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At AgilityFeat we are more than just designers and coders. We are also thought leaders. Our team has spoken at numerous conferences around the US, Europe, and Latin America. We are leading the way when it comes to applying agile methodologies to nearshore software development in Latin America. Our blog is where we share those lessons with you, as well as news about what our team is up to.

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O’Reilly Media publishes WebRTC Video course by...

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I’m excited to announce that after months of work and editing, O’Reilly Media has published an Introductory course on WebRTC that I developed for them. Our team at AgilityFeat has built a number of WebRTC applications for ourselves and...

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O’Reilly Media publishes WebRTC Video course by AgilityFeat’s Arin Sime

I’m excited to announce that after months of work and editing, O’Reilly Media has published an Introductory course on WebRTC that I developed for them. Our team at AgilityFeat has built a number of WebRTC applications for ourselves and our clients, and we also edit the weekly newsletter RealTimeWeekly.co, which regularly includes WebRTC content. We’ve […]

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3 tips for Onboarding Remote Hires

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Building a great remote team has enormous benefits. By expanding one’s talent pool beyond your local area you can dramatically increase your chances for finding people who possess the unique set of skills and talents for your team. As a product de...

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3 tips for Onboarding Remote Hires

Building a great remote team has enormous benefits. By expanding one’s talent pool beyond your local area you can dramatically increase your chances for finding people who possess the unique set of skills and talents for your team. As a product development team based throughout the Americas (that’s North, Central and South by the way), […]

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Announcing: Pi’s, Node, and Real-Time things

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                We are excited to announce that our resident node.JS guru, Allan Naranjo has been selected to speak at not one but two upcoming conferences in San Francisco. In October, Allan will be present...

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Announcing: Pi’s, Node, and Real-Time things

                We are excited to announce that our resident node.JS guru, Allan Naranjo has been selected to speak at not one but two upcoming conferences in San Francisco. In October, Allan will be presenting at the HTML5 Developers Conference as well as the Internet of Things Conference. Both […]

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Free Agile Training

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If you’re looking for a couple hours of agile video to watch, a way to help you go to sleep at night, or just from free agile training, then I present to you the following videos. Our development team at AgilityFeat is spread out around Cent...

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Free Agile Training

If you’re looking for a couple hours of agile video to watch, a way to help you go to sleep at night, or just from free agile training, then I present to you the following videos. Our development team at AgilityFeat is spread out around Central America. When we bring on a new team member, […]

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Recording in Real Time with the Web Audio API (...

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Building software to manipulate files is always tricky, however when we are talking about audio files and specifically about the Web Audio API in HTML5, this challenge gets significantly more difficult. In this post, we will look at the basics you...

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Recording in Real Time with the Web Audio API (Part 1)

Building software to manipulate files is always tricky, however when we are talking about audio files and specifically about the Web Audio API in HTML5, this challenge gets significantly more difficult. In this post, we will look at the basics you need to know to get started recording and manipulating audio in the browser with […]

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WebRTC Fundamentals with Lisa Larson-Kelley

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Lisa Larson-Kelley is a well established expert on web video, and recently she has applied that expertise to the WebRTC standard for HTML5 use of in-browser video, audio and data channels. If you’re new to WebRTC, the simplest and most commo...

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WebRTC Fundamentals with Lisa Larson-Kelley

Lisa Larson-Kelley is a well established expert on web video, and recently she has applied that expertise to the WebRTC standard for HTML5 use of in-browser video, audio and data channels. If you’re new to WebRTC, the simplest and most common example of how to use it is to build video chat directly into your […]

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AgilityFeat’s Mariana Lopez to Speak at MoDevUX...

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We’re very excited to announce that AgilityFeat’s resident UX rockstar, Mariana Lopez has been selected to speak at the upcoming MoDevUX 2014 Conference. The conference will be held on May 19th and 20th in McLean, Virginia. As you migh...

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AgilityFeat’s Mariana Lopez to Speak at MoDevUX 2014

We’re very excited to announce that AgilityFeat’s resident UX rockstar, Mariana Lopez has been selected to speak at the upcoming MoDevUX 2014 Conference. The conference will be held on May 19th and 20th in McLean, Virginia. As you might guess from the conference name, the conference will focus on user experience design for mobile applications. […]

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Real time app preview at MoDevEast

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The future of web and mobile development is happening in real time. As real time data and communications become easier to integrate into applications, you will need to change the architecture and even business models of your applications to suppor...

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Real time app preview at MoDevEast

The future of web and mobile development is happening in real time. As real time data and communications become easier to integrate into applications, you will need to change the architecture and even business models of your applications to support it. Our team has built a variety of enterprise applications using real time messaging frameworks […]

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3 Lean games for your next company retreat

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Has your company adopted lean or agile, but it still hasn’t quite sunk into your culture? You may want to incorporate some lean games into your next company retreat or all-hands meeting. Games can be a great way to have fun, do some team bui...

Arin Sime

3 Lean games for your next company retreat

Has your company adopted lean or agile, but it still hasn’t quite sunk into your culture? You may want to incorporate some lean games into your next company retreat or all-hands meeting. Games can be a great way to have fun, do some team building (without cheesy “trust falls”), and learn something along the way. […]

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Announcing Product Consultations

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One of the most fun things that I get to do is to speak with entrepreneurs about their business ideas. Most of the time, they are contacting me to find out how much it will cost to build their idea (or re-build their product). As one might expect,...

Arin Sime

Announcing Product Consultations

One of the most fun things that I get to do is to speak with entrepreneurs about their business ideas. Most of the time, they are contacting me to find out how much it will cost to build their idea (or re-build their product). As one might expect, entrepreneurs (especially non-technical ones) want this budget […]

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Branching Strategies for Agile Teams

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Branching code is a bit of a pain. And agile teams need to do more of it typically. This is because we are balancing new features with production bug fixes, and working in short scrum sprints while also keeping an eye on longer term visions for ou...

Arin Sime

Branching Strategies for Agile Teams

Branching code is a bit of a pain. And agile teams need to do more of it typically. This is because we are balancing new features with production bug fixes, and working in short scrum sprints while also keeping an eye on longer term visions for our product. As an agile coach, I am often […]

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6 ways your architecture can hurt agility

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When I do agile coaching for our clients, I hear a lot of Yesbuts. That’s when I say something that agile teams are supposed to do (like short iterations or frequent releases), and the client says “Yes, but…” There are alwa...

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6 ways your architecture can hurt agility

When I do agile coaching for our clients, I hear a lot of Yesbuts. That’s when I say something that agile teams are supposed to do (like short iterations or frequent releases), and the client says “Yes, but…” There are always lots of reasons (or excuses) why a client won’t buy into agile principles right […]

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Improving our Sprint Zero process

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Project on-boarding is key to success Step two is always a question mark. It’s one of my favorite meme’s on the internet. Some joker on a message board will say they have a great idea, and their business plan usually goes something like the image ...

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Improving our Sprint Zero process

Project on-boarding is key to success Step two is always a question mark. It’s one of my favorite meme’s on the internet. Some joker on a message board will say they have a great idea, and their business plan usually goes something like the image on the left. It’s a light hearted way to poke [...]

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DareToBeLean Webinar with Patrick Vlaskovits on...

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Want to get a sneak peak at what to expect at the DareToBeLean conference? Well, here’s your chance! On November 15th at 12:30 EST, AgilityFeat will present a “fireside chat”, interwebs-style with Patrick Vlaskovits. You already know Patrick from ...

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DareToBeLean Webinar with Patrick Vlaskovits on Nov 15th!

Want to get a sneak peak at what to expect at the DareToBeLean conference? Well, here’s your chance! On November 15th at 12:30 EST, AgilityFeat will present a “fireside chat”, interwebs-style with Patrick Vlaskovits. You already know Patrick from his book, The Entrepreneur’s Guide to Customer Development. He’s written a new book called The Lean [...]

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AgilityFeat Presenting “Just Deploy It” at Igni...

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I’m very pleased to say that I will be presenting an Ignite talk at the Lean Startup Conference in San Francisco in December.  I will talk about some anti-patterns that I see in software development for startups.  In short, my advice is to “Just D...

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AgilityFeat Presenting “Just Deploy It” at Ignite Lean Startup Conference

I’m very pleased to say that I will be presenting an Ignite talk at the Lean Startup Conference in San Francisco in December.  I will talk about some anti-patterns that I see in software development for startups.  In short, my advice is to “Just Deploy It!” and stop holding back so much.  Whether it’s a [...]

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Patrick Vlaskovits, “The Lean Entrepreneur” to ...

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Patrick Vlaskovits to lead Customer Development workshop at D2BL2013 3-day workshop to be held on the beach in Costa Rica Software development firm AgilityFeat is pleased to announce that Patrick Vlaskovits will be leading a full day workshop on c...

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Patrick Vlaskovits, “The Lean Entrepreneur” to kick-off DareToBeLean

Patrick Vlaskovits to lead Customer Development workshop at D2BL2013 3-day workshop to be held on the beach in Costa Rica Software development firm AgilityFeat is pleased to announce that Patrick Vlaskovits will be leading a full day workshop on customer development as part of DareToBeLean. Patrick is co-author of “The Entrepreneur’s Guide to Customer Development”, […]

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Last day at the #AgileDevLab #Agile2012!

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Get your green now before it’s too late!  Green Cucumber tests, that is. This is the last day of the Agile Dev Lab at the Agile 2012 conference, where we are working on the website wishlisting.org for charities to use for very specific fundraising...

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Last day at the #AgileDevLab #Agile2012!

Get your green now before it’s too late!  Green Cucumber tests, that is. This is the last day of the Agile Dev Lab at the Agile 2012 conference, where we are working on the website wishlisting.org for charities to use for very specific fundraising needs.  Our beta client is AHIP, and you can donate online [...]

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#AgileDevLab open at #Agile2012 to support @AHI...

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The Agile Dev Lab is open for business at Agile 2012 in Dallas Texas!  This week we will be here from 9am-5pm Tuesday – Thursday doing Acceptance Test Driven Development (ATDD) with Cucumber and Ruby to build the website wishlisting.org for use by...

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#AgileDevLab open at #Agile2012 to support @AHIPVA!

The Agile Dev Lab is open for business at Agile 2012 in Dallas Texas!  This week we will be here from 9am-5pm Tuesday – Thursday doing Acceptance Test Driven Development (ATDD) with Cucumber and Ruby to build the website wishlisting.org for use by non profits.  Look for us next to the big quilt in the [...]

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Announcing Dare To Be Lean!

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I hinted at it previously, but now the fancy landing page is ready and I am proud to invite you to join us in Costa Rica in early 2013 for an awesome 3 day hands on workshop for entrepreneurs! The workshop is called Dare To Be Lean, and you can le...

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Announcing Dare To Be Lean!

I hinted at it previously, but now the fancy landing page is ready and I am proud to invite you to join us in Costa Rica in early 2013 for an awesome 3 day hands on workshop for entrepreneurs! The workshop is called Dare To Be Lean, and you can learn more here: DareToBeLean.AgilityFeat.com We [...]

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ATDD Kickstart coming to Washington DC in June!

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June 4-5, 2012 Washington, DC   DETAILS/REGISTRATION For information on other dates blog.agilityfeat.com/atdd-kickstart/ AgilityFeat is proud to be partnering with Lithespeed on our ATDD Kickstart classes, and so we’re pleased to announce an upcom...

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ATDD Kickstart coming to Washington DC in June!

June 4-5, 2012 Washington, DC   DETAILS/REGISTRATION For information on other dates blog.agilityfeat.com/atdd-kickstart/ AgilityFeat is proud to be partnering with Lithespeed on our ATDD Kickstart classes, and so we’re pleased to announce an upcoming course near Washington DC! This class is designed to take your team from zero to test automation using Cucumber in a [...]

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Dave Haeffner to speak on Selenium at #Agile2012

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Congratulations to Dave Haeffner for having his Agile 2012 submission “Selenium Users Anonymous” accepted!  Dave will be leading a “counseling” session for Selenium users at Agile 2012 in Dallas.  The conference is from August 13 – 17 2012 and you...

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Dave Haeffner to speak on Selenium at #Agile2012

Congratulations to Dave Haeffner for having his Agile 2012 submission “Selenium Users Anonymous” accepted!  Dave will be leading a “counseling” session for Selenium users at Agile 2012 in Dallas.  The conference is from August 13 – 17 2012 and you can get more information at agile2012.agilealliance.org. Dave Haeffner is the Chief Quality Officer at AgilityFeat, [...]

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ATDD Kickstart coming to Richmond!

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ATDD with Cucumber! May 14-15, 2012Richmond, VA Length: 2 days Cost: $1495 US / person Early bird registration $1395 3 or more people – $1295 each AgilityFeat is proud to be bringing our Acceptance Test Driven Development training to Richmond this...

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ATDD Kickstart coming to Richmond!

ATDD with Cucumber! May 14-15, 2012Richmond, VA Length: 2 days Cost: $1495 US / person Early bird registration $1395 3 or more people – $1295 each AgilityFeat is proud to be bringing our Acceptance Test Driven Development training to Richmond this May! More details are below, or use the link on the right to sign [...]

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AgilityCast: Introduction to Cucumber

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Today we held the first of many future “AgilityCasts”, where we record a short presentation by one of our team members on a topic related to agile software development, nearshore agile development in Costa Rica, or anything that suits our fancy. T...

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AgilityCast: Introduction to Cucumber

Today we held the first of many future “AgilityCasts”, where we record a short presentation by one of our team members on a topic related to agile software development, nearshore agile development in Costa Rica, or anything that suits our fancy. These sessions are meant to be pretty informal, and while we are using powerpoint, [...]

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Course Announcement: ATDD Kick-Start with Cucum...

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Dave Haeffner and I are proud to announce a new workshop on Acceptance Test Driven Development using Cucumber and Ruby that we are offering in 2012.  The workshop will initially be taught as private courses to companies, so if you are interested i...

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Course Announcement: ATDD Kick-Start with Cucumber and Ruby

Dave Haeffner and I are proud to announce a new workshop on Acceptance Test Driven Development using Cucumber and Ruby that we are offering in 2012.  The workshop will initially be taught as private courses to companies, so if you are interested in a quote, please contact me at Arin@AgilityFeat.com or 434.996.5226. ATDD Kick-Start with [...]

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Great agile event coming up on Feb 3rd at VGT i...

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I’m excited to be part of a great upcoming agile event in the Charlottesville area! VGT (Video Gaming Technologies) in Ruckersville is hosting an evening of agile in a few weeks in coordination with AgileCville and Impact Makers.  There going to b...

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Great agile event coming up on Feb 3rd at VGT in Ruckersville

I’m excited to be part of a great upcoming agile event in the Charlottesville area! VGT (Video Gaming Technologies) in Ruckersville is hosting an evening of agile in a few weeks in coordination with AgileCville and Impact Makers.  There going to be multiple speakers, free food, and this event is being promoted in Richmond as [...]

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Failure Pattern Poker at @AgileIowa

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Would competition in a game help create engagement and conversation, or stifle the conversation in favor of “one-ups man ship”? That was one of the questions that came up when I led a session of Agile Failure Pattern Poker last month at the Agile ...

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Failure Pattern Poker at @AgileIowa

Would competition in a game help create engagement and conversation, or stifle the conversation in favor of “one-ups man ship”? That was one of the questions that came up when I led a session of Agile Failure Pattern Poker last month at the Agile Iowa meeting. I’ve played this game in a few settings now, [...]

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Speaking on Agile Estimation at #AgileDC

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Are you looking for an inexpensive way to learn agile methods?  Improve your agile engineering practices?  Or learn about how agile methods are being employed in government?  AgileDC is the place for you! I’m very pleased to be speaking on Agile E...

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Speaking on Agile Estimation at #AgileDC

Are you looking for an inexpensive way to learn agile methods?  Improve your agile engineering practices?  Or learn about how agile methods are being employed in government?  AgileDC is the place for you! I’m very pleased to be speaking on Agile Estimation techniques at AgileDC on Wednesday Oct 26 at the Kellogg Conference Hotel in [...]

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Speaking at #InnovateVA2011 Sept 16th

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The Innovate Virginia conference will be held in Richmond, Virginia, on Friday September 16th, and I am proud to be one of the speakers there.  It will be an excellent one-day conference bringing together many excellent speakers in a cost effectiv...

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Speaking at #InnovateVA2011 Sept 16th

The Innovate Virginia conference will be held in Richmond, Virginia, on Friday September 16th, and I am proud to be one of the speakers there.  It will be an excellent one-day conference bringing together many excellent speakers in a cost effective and local setting perfect for the many teams around Virginia who are learning about [...]

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Agile 101 for business students

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Yesterday I had the great pleasure of speaking to two undergrad business classes at the University of Virginia’s McIntire School of Commerce.  The students are primarily accounting and finance majors, with a few engineering majors thrown in ...

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Agile 101 for business students

Yesterday I had the great pleasure of speaking to two undergrad business classes at the University of Virginia’s McIntire School of Commerce.  The students are primarily accounting and finance majors, with a few engineering majors thrown in for good measure.  I provided an overview of Agile methods to the class, and we did an exercise […]

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