Salesforce Version Control: It’s a Challenge

Version control, for most developers, is an absolute must in any professional setting. Many developers would say as much for any development scenario, professional or otherwise. However, in the face of budgets, deadlines, learning curves, and just plain laziness, it’s tempting to forgo the effort for “more productive” efforts like the coding itself.…

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What is Responsive Design?

What is Responsive Design?

What Is Responsive Design? The age of smartphones is upon on us, and the web is transforming to accommodate them.  According to an August 2013 article by Mashable, mobile web browsing is rapidly gaining popularity.  The study found that 11.1% of all web traffic in 2012 occurred via mobile devices, and that this percentage has since increased by more than 6%.  …

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Agile – A Voyage of Discovery

Agile might just be the greatest innovation in software development methodology – ever. The benefits of being able to implement changes rapidly, with user involvement, with no design surprises. What’s not to like? Well, in highly complex, highly integrated and regulated environments, Agile presents some additional risk and can, when used in isolation, be responsible for furthering...

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Lessons from the Chicago Blackhawks: Pull the Goalie and Beat the Clock

Written by Consultants, for Consultants (and sports enthusiasts)  Coach Joel Quenneville made the decision to pull the goalie in game six of the Stanley Cup Finals. Chicago’s last ditch, all in, effort to extend a game that was on its way to a loss. Pulling the goalie is a coach’s ultimate decision that arguably provides the most intense and nerve-racking ninety seconds of any game.…

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Refining the Daily Standup: The 4th Question

In a previous post, I spoke about dysfunctions in a daily standup that can derail its value to an Agile team, sometimes silently. But there’s another dysfunction I didn’t mention, one that may never show up unless you explicitly address it. My own war story in this area caused me to craft an addition to the standard three-question standup format that I use with every team: the 4th...

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Standup Pitfalls: How to Ruin a Perfectly Good Daily Scrum

Agile is like the game of golf: easy to understand, but difficult to master. For classically trained project managers, leading an Agile team can be confusing, intimidating, and contains pitfalls that a PM may never see. But those pitfalls can stifle an otherwise promising Agile team and jeopardize the product. Typically, the first Agile ceremony adopted by teams “doing Agile” is the daily...

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