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January 2009 Archives

Handling Large Stories in Agile

Posted by Marty Haught on Jan 08, 2009Comments

Obie Fernandez just posted a nice entry on a limitation he’s felt recently with large stories. I have thought about this exact thing several times over the past couple of years and my teams have tried a few different approaches. Bill de hÓra and Geoffrey Wiseman posted two great follow-ups that share some of my same conclusions.

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MountainWest RubyConf 2009

Posted by Marty Haught on Jan 20, 2009Comments

The speaker line-up has been announced for the 3rd Mountain West RubyConf and it looks great. The diversity and quality of the talks rivals any other Ruby conference I’ve seen and for $100 registration for 2 days is a steal of a deal. This is small, community-driven conferences at their best. I know several members of the Boulder Ruby group will be attending, myself included. If you can attend the March 13-14 conference in Salt Lake City, you should strongly consider it. I loved the first two conferences and I can’t see this one being any different.

Ubuntu Machine

Posted by Marty Haught on Jan 12, 2009Comments

Sean Cribbs tweeted the other day about Ubuntu Machine. Since I was getting ready to reinstall a slice with Passenger I checked it out. Tonight I spent an hour using it to set up a brand new Slice via Slicehost. I’m happy to report is was the easiest slice to set up and I got the entire server stack installed. All that’s left is for me to cap over my rails apps and create the databases. Very nice work. Props to Thomas Balthazar.