The purpose of metrics

We need to measure things to know if we are improving. And, a dysfunctional culture can mean that measuring things has the wrong effect. Everywhere I look these days, someone is talking about “developer productivity” and how to measure it. The most recent DORA community Metrics Monday Lean Coffee discussions revolved around questions like, “what […]

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Measuring the impact of LLM-based tools

At a recent DORA community Metrics Monday, one of our Lean Coffee topics was about ways to measure the impact of LLM-based tools. The person proposing the topic meant specifically the IDE coding assistants such as GitHub CoPilot, and possibly command-line code generation tools. This got me thinking, and my own thinking extends to the […]

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Some takeaways from the Software Teaming 2024 conference

I have enjoyed a lot of ensemble / mob programming, aka teaming, over the years. As a diverse group, including people with different deep skills, backgrounds and experience, we learn faster, work smarter, and vastly reduce our cycle time. So, I was not surprised to have many takeaways from Agile New England’s virtual Software Teaming […]

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Celebrating 10 years of friendship, courage, and joy

Gitte Klitgaard reminded me recently that it’s been 10 years since we met at BoosterConf. It seems like yesterday, and it seems like a lifetime ago. I love BoosterConf and I went again in 2019 (another fab experience). And, I treasure the joyful memory of getting to know Gitte there. Gitte has written her story […]

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A look back at release engineering

Let’s take a look back at release engineering – my experiences with it, that is. I recently listened to an episode of the AB Testing podcast featuring Katja Obring. (Highly recommended!) Katja mentioned having worked as a release engineer. She, Alan Page and Brent Jensen (hosts of the podcast) discussed the importance of testing specialists […]

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