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The Trappings of Agile

Mark Mzyk November 9, 2011

It’s easy to think that the agile movement has been around forever. It certainly feels like it has in the raging torrent that is software development time. Yet if you read the Agile Manifesto that started it all, at the bottom, in small letters, you’ll notice the copyright date. © 2001. Only ten years ago […]

DevOps and The Lean Startup

Mark Mzyk October 3, 2011

All the rage in developer circles and at conferences at the moment is talk of DevOps. This is the loosely defined movement that is about getting developers more closely involved in operations. All the rage in entrepreneur circles at the moment is the concept of the Lean Startup. The term, coined by Eric Ries, is […]

Opinions and Beliefs

Mark Mzyk August 1, 2010

“Have strong opinions, weakly held.” This is a refrain often heard in programming circles. Out of curiosity, I googled it to see if I could learn where it came from. The first hit leads to a 2006 post on Bob Sutton’s blog, where he lays out the origins of the phrase and the rational behind […]