Agile was and still is the seemingly latest and greatest when it comes to development team setups. But what is Agile? Best to ask Martin Fowler, he certainly knows what he’s talking about.
And I don’t doubt that agile setups can work, but the problem is that you need an extremely highly motivated and highly skilled team of people who want to work together for the greater good. Now the majority of companies doesn’t have these people, and most won’t be able to attract them either. Once mediocre, always mediocre.
I’ve seen companies trying to implement agile, often enough without any further resources, or just based on one online article. Clearly that’s not how it can work. Many call themselves agile because they just don’t do planning ahead, specifications etc., but that’s also not agile, you’ll always have to plan, and architect, and think.
The other problem is that many customers won’t be willing to jump onto the agile bandwagon, meaning to work without clear costs / estimates, timelines etc. Same goes for Boards. And I can see why, as you need to have a pretty good evangelist to be able to convince people how well this can work. And that’s someone who read more than an article, or even a book about agile.
Without prior experience you just should not try to become agile by yourself, you either pay for experts (most companies won’t be willing to do that) or hire one. But there just aren’t many out there, I’d say, and even if you find one, they won’t want to work for a non-agile company.
All in all, agile is just another too often used buzzword without much meaning, similar to Cloud computing.
Well, its pretty simple really. Disable 3G. Now isn’t that sad? Its got the 3G in its name, but its broken by design.
Sorry, just couldn’t resist on this one, I read this revealing post (well, I read the headline and the first few sentences) on SEOmoz.
So what exactly is Social (Search or Media) Marketing?
According to this german SEO site (its very trustworthy) Google has some serious issues with the anchor text handling.
As you may know, the anchor text is quite important for links. Probably even more important then the title of the actual page.
But if a page links more than once to one other page and uses different anchor texts, then only the first one counts! See the tests on the site above (screenshots).
I think this is really important when it comes to site navigation, as that normally comes before the content, and therefor before probably better anchor texts!
Now you really wonder why Google is handling it like this, but as I mentioned before, they seem to have some problems with their reality check.
A few weeks ago I decided to migrate my Notebook from Gentoo to Kubuntu.
Now why would anyone want to do that? Well, as I use Kubuntu in the office I realized that its easier to handle for my partner Britta, with all those GUI settings and popups if you attach something (mp3 player, …) etc.
Yeah, the most famous text string in the IT industry. Or is it maybe Foo Bar?
This is my new english blog where I will write down all the IT related things that come to my mind (and stuff that I don’t want to forget!).
And thanks to Bo who complained on my German blog that he can’t understand the stuff there, so, here ya go!