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DevTeach Vancouver 2007: David Laribee Presentation

Well I'm here and it's just as good as I expected.  I'm actually writing my posts a bit out of order.  My post on Jeremy Miller's presentation will come later even though it was earlier then this one. 

David Laribee did an awesome presentation on "The Story, The Iteration, The Release - A Data Dump on Agile Planning" which was a discussion of agile management practices and was (in his words) an  "Opinionated and My Path".  What followed over the next hour+ was a very interesting talk on agile management processes based on David's experiences. 

One point that David makes that really hit home based on my own experiences is that if you are doing the agile engineering practices.. think refactoring, tdd, paired programming, etc you are actually only winning half the battle.  The other half is managing the troops in a manner that makes them most efficient (and most likely happier).  Based on my experiences I definitely agree that something like Scrum is a great enabler for most projects.

Most of the session was on user stories.  How you write them and techniques for managing how many you plan on completing in a single operation.  Story points came out as the winner for tracking time a story takes.  I've worked on a project where we had a Scrum implementation that used "quasi" points since they actually were linked to hours.  It worked for us but I would definitely love to be on a team that implemented the story points practice.

The concept of acceptance criteria came up which is something I had never heard of before.  It seems like it would fill the holes that existed on the Scrum project I was last on nicely.

One last thing to point out about David's session was that there was a lot of audience participation.  For me this is just another sign of a great presentation.


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