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ThoughtWorks embraces the individuality of the people in the organization and hence the opinions expressed in the blogs may contradict each other and also may not represent the opinions of ThoughtWorks.

Épico pra que te quero

O papel dos épicos na análise ágil

Quando o Alexandre Klaser e eu apresentamos Priorização por Objetivos (que descreve um quadro aonde as colunas são hipóteses a ser testadas e as linhas são níveis de refinamento), muita gente pergunta qual o papel de épicos no quadro de objetivos. A verdade é que eles não tem papel algum.

Talvez não seja para tanto, acredito que existam cenários aonde o conceito de épico faz sentido (como por exemplo quando se descobre que uma estória é grande demais - nesse caso, podemos a transformá-la em um épico até que ela seja dividida em…

Blog post by Lourenco Piuma Soares
24 April 2014

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No TW Insights: Encolha suas estórias

Muitos times que tentam implementar processos ágeis reportam não colher os benefícios prometidos. Isso pode ter inúmeras causas, mas uma que passa frequentemente desapercebida é que e as estórias vão inflando a medida que pressões do dia a dia começam a aparecer. Não estou falando da estimativa em pontos, mas sim do escopo esperado de uma estória. Tentar fazer demais em uma estória compromete o fluxo, aumenta o ciclo (tempo de provisionamento) e gera frustração no time. Uma equipe ágil que busca entrega contínua e iterativa deve tentar reverter essa tendência.

Normalmente consideramos a sigla I.N.V.E.S.T., cunhada por Bill Wake

Blog post by Lourenco Piuma Soares
23 April 2014

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Awesome Marco Civil article

Estadão“, the biggest newspaper from São Paulo and one of the biggest in Brazil, has today´s top page article on the president sanctions of the internet Marco Civil. Along with the main article is posted the latest article by Claudia Mello and Luca Bastos (my Thoughtworks Brazil friends) about this topic.

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The article (in Portuguese): O sucesso do Marco Civil e a força da pressão popular.

I could not resist omn reading it in English (Google Translate). I love the last paragraph, especially the Developer Carochinha time.

“Claudia Melo holds a Ph.D. in agile methods…

Blog post by Paulo Caroli - Blog
23 April 2014

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Protractor: Testando Aplicações AngularJS com uma Solução Integradora

Se você está desenvolvendo uma aplicação AngularJS, use Protractor para testá-la. Porquê?

  • Protractor é um framework de testes funcionais para aplicações AngularJS e funciona como uma solução integradora combinando poderosas ferramentas e tecnologias tais como NodeJS, Selenium, webDriver, Jasmine, Cucumber e Mocha.
  • Tem um monte de costumizações do Selenium para facilitar a criação de testes para aplicações AngularJS
  • Protractor também acelera seus testes como evita a necessidade do uso de “sleeps” e “waits” em seus testes tendo estes otimizados internamente.
  • Como é baseado nos conceitos do AngularJS e que é fácil aprender Protractor se você já conhece sobre AngularJS e…

Blog post by Daniel de Amorim
23 April 2014

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Proud to be a ThoughtWorker in Brazil

Little did I know where that dream would take us today. Back in 2008/2009 I started a movement that culminated with the opening of ThoughtWorks Brazil (December 2009).

Five years later, I am sitting at the amazing Porto Alegre ThoughtWorks office editing chapters for the ThoughtWorks Brazil Anthology (coming out in October this year). At the same time, I am following the NETMundial – Global Multistakeholder Meeting on the Future of Internet Governance. The meeting is happening right now in São Paulo, Brazil.

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And it is with great joy that I receive a photo where Claudia Mello, ThoughtWorks Brazil CTO

Blog post by Paulo Caroli - Blog
23 April 2014

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QCon quick feedback on talks

This is a simple and fast activity to measure how participants feel about a session as they leave the room.

Running the activity

  1. Prepare a plate with cards of three colors: green, yellow and red
  2. Place a feedback box by the door.
  3. Ask each participant to pick a card and drop on the feedback box, as they leave the session, according to the color code:
  • Green – the session was great!
  • Yellow – the session was ok.
  • Red – the session was poor.
QCon Feedback

photo takes at QCon SP 2014

 

I have learned this activity on the QCon conferences. It…

Blog post by Paulo Caroli - Funretrospectives
22 April 2014

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Feedback for the Fun Retrospectives talk

Thank you for the feedback on the Fun Retrospectives talk at QCon São Paulo!

I have used the learning scale (check out activity) for collecting some feedback.  Please find the results below.

The question: How many retrospectives activities did/do you know before/after this talk?

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How many retrospectivities activities did/do you know before/after this talk?

I was also extremely happy with the results from the feedback collected by QCon. By the way, it is another awesome check out activity! The QCon quick feedback on talks activity (posted at FunRetrospective.com).

QCon feedback results for the FunRetrospective talk.

  • Green cards: 105

Blog post by Paulo Caroli - Blog
22 April 2014

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Bias lighting as radiator for Snap-CI

Bias lighting

Recently I got myself a RBG led strip with a remote control similar to this one for bias lighting on my computer, before I had just a regular lamp sitting behind my monitor. If you want to know more about bias lighting check this post on Coding Horror. Here’s how it looks now:

RGB led strip for bias lighting

Turning the bias lighting into a build radiator

The fact that I could change the colors of the RGB strip with a remote control gave me the idea of making it a build radiator with Arduino. First step was to make the Arduino send…

Blog post by Marco Valtas
20 April 2014

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Plan to move from Dropbox to Google Drive? Better think twice

After the huge price drop announced by Google I decided to give it a try. I have been a Dropbox user for a long time, but its prices versus my usage aren’t really compatible.

However, we only realize the pros/cons of a service after taking a closer look and comparing it to another one.

In the follow topics, I will cover some experiments/findings that I made.

Google Drive doesn’t support symlinks

At first glance, one thing that really annoyed me is the fact that Google Drive doesn’t support symlinks, i.e. it won’t upload to the cloud the content that a…

Blog post by Nicholas Pufal - CoffeeCup
19 April 2014

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Retrospective activity (filtering) : Most Likes and Dislikes

cross posted on FunRetrospectives.com

This is a follow-up on the Plus Minus Voting activity. It creates a visual tool for the marked items according to its total score (from the lowest to the highest).

Running the activity
1. Create an axis as per the figure below ().->
2. Ask the participants to place the marked post-its (from the Plus Minus activity) on the axis as per their total score (e.g., 4 + and 1 – have a score of 3).
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3. Discuss with the group about the items.
Note that the items with + and – on it…

Blog post by Paulo Caroli
16 April 2014

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