You probably heard we have been moving into a faster release cadence with the new mountain ranges releases in this post and this one. For many Product Managers or Business Owners releasing faster could be the difference between success and failure. Being able to shorten the cycle between an idea and valuable user feedback enables new companies to understand better market needs and improve based on it. Releasing valuable software earlier is the sweet spot for Agile and Lean methodologies.
There is a lot of talk about the lean startup and whether it works or not. Some proclaim it is critical to the success of any startup and that it is even the DNA of any modern startup. Others claim that it’s unproven, unscientific and gets your product to market in a haphazard way that is ungrounded in quality.
But the lean startup model, when you boil it down,
How much time do you invest in estimating your backlog? Do you really get any value from it? When was the last time you thought about the value it provides you? I can see estimation as a source of problems in many ways.
I’ve been working at MuleSoft on the Sustaining Engineering team for a few months. In this time I watched how things work and find out what type of challenges we deal everyday have and how we solved them. I watched a great team working long hours to solve customers problems as fast as possible. Our primary goal is to enable our customers to meet their deadlines, and remove any problem they might have with MuleSoft’s products in the process.
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Once in a while I get questions about whether Apache Tomcat implements a way to include other files in server.xml, Tomcat’s main configuration file. The answer is that there is a way to do it, and that Tomcat didn’t have to implement a new feature for it to work. The way to do it is: XML entity includes.
At MuleSoft we use Agile development to build and deliver all of our software products. One of the more challenging and potentially time consuming part of agile is story estimating. Recently we decided to take a new approach to this that has proven to be a lot of fun and amazingly accurate. I call it Bubble Sort Estimation.
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