Author: Akshay

Time-based estimates are a bad idea

Time-based estimation is frequently used in software development projects, even though it is far from being accurate or efficient. Here’s a deep dive into the inherent problems that should prompt both developers and managers to avoid this approach.

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Dining Tables

In this episode we discuss the “dining table” seating arrangement for XP teams. We’ve covered several advantages of this way of sitting. We have also talked about a few disadvantages and some ways to counter them.

Have you had good / bad experiences working in this kind of a setup? Share them in the comments… Are you looking to try this kind of a setup in your workspace but not quite convinced? Share your concerns / doubts…

Are your stand ups broken?


This is episode #1 of the Practising XP podcast where we talk about standup anti-patterns and possible remedies.

In the first part we discuss:

  1. People not coming no time
  2. Stand ups taking too long
  3. Stand ups being a status update to the PM


In the second part we discuss:

  1. Stand up meetings being boring
  2. Stand up amnesia
  3. Stand ups becoming more about people than the work
  4. Network and Connection issues

Some of these as well as other points are discussed elaborately by Jason Yip here.