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Journal Article - How Clover (almost) learned a Lesson about Velocity

Dirk Schreckmann
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I wrote up an introduction to the concepts of estimating and measuring velocity on an XP project.
I'd appreciate any feedback here.


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Ernest Friedman-Hill
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I think it's great! Very entertaining read, and it gets the point across clearly. The best part of it is that the story conveys the motivation for measuring velocity in feed bags (or gummi bears.)
I'd be interested to hear what other Ranchers think of this evolving literary genre.


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Thomas Paul
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That was very cool and should be added to the Campfire stories. Nice job. You really caught the flavor of the Ranch.


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Fiat! Umm... I mean, Bravo!


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Frank Carver
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Nice article. My only slight worry is that it took me 'til about half way through the article to realise that it was talking about XP development progress measurement and not about Velocity.
Any chance that you could tweak the title a bit or add an introduction to make this any clearer?


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Originally posted by Frank Carver:
Nice article. My only slight worry is that it took me 'til about half way through the article to realise that it was talking about XP development progress measurement and not about Velocity.

Strange enough, I had this problem, too. I think there is also a code coverage tool named "Clover", which just made it worse... :roll:
Very nice article, though!
[ January 23, 2004: Message edited by: Ilja Preuss ]

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Dirk Schreckmann
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Originally posted by Frank Carver:
Nice article. My only slight worry is that it took me 'til about half way through the article to realise that it was talking about XP development progress measurement and not about Velocity.
Any chance that you could tweak the title a bit or add an introduction to make this any clearer?

Would a title like "How Clover (almost) learned a Lesson on measuring Velocity" perhaps clear such confusion.
Frank Carver
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How about the (admittedly more wordy:
"How my dog Clover (almost) learned a lesson on measuring project velocity"
I've deliverately removed some of the capitalization, so that the word velocity is not capitalized (and so less likely to be thought of as a proper noun; used the term "project velocity" which helps introduce the idea that it's a methodology article rather than a product one; introduced the phrase "my dog" to help avoid the amiguity with the name of the code coverage tool.
Has any of this ruined the original style or intent of the title? Was it supposed to be a "teaser"?
 
 
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