There has been some discussion recently on the Australian "dotnet" Mailing
List about the applicability of XP and agile development to large scale
Nick Randolf questioned someone's comment that "most of the practices won't work in large, dispersed
projects". He asked for good reasons why they would not?
I wrote in response ...
I like Barry Boehm's critical
Size : Criticality : Dynamism :
Personnel : Culture
Size: Well-matched to small products and teams.
Reliance on tacit knowledge limits
Criticality: Untested on safety-critical
products. Potential difficulties with simple design and lack of
Dynamism: Simple design and continuous
refactoring are excellent for highly dynamic environments, but a source of
potentially expensive rework for highly stable
Personnel: Requires continuous presence of a
critical mass of scarce Cockburn Level 2 or 3 experts. Risky to use
non-agile Level 1B people.
Culture: Thrives in a culture where
people feel comfortable and empowered by having many degrees of freedom -
thriving on chaos.
It's now widely accepted that XP practices "must be adapted as
necessary for projects that do not fit the "small team" limits recommended by
its founders." (http://www.thoughtworks.com/bad-smells-in-xp.pdf)
in Australia, efforts to implement XP as a corporate methodology or in large
projects - tend to go the way of Citect (citect.com.au). A "guru"
will preach "values" over "process", which rapidly go out the window as
processes that manage risk and offer predictability to customers and
stakeholders are re-introduced.
I think that's why there is movement away
from XP in projects unsuited to it's sweet spot, to say SCRUM, or one of the
large team variants of Crystal.
I'm finding that one new change required on upgrading a project from .NET
1.x to 2.0 occurs when wanting to make an assembly's internals
accessible to another assembly i.e. creating a friend
In .Net 1.x, one might have default project assembly
attributes as follows:-
1 [assembly: AssemblyDelaySign(false)]
2 [assembly: AssemblyKeyFile("")]
However, if you add the InternalsVisibleAttributeTo attribute ...
1 [assembly: InternalsVisibleTo("AxScriptTest")]
... you'll get a compilation error:-
Friend assembly reference 'AxScriptTest' is invalid.
Strong-name signed assemblies must specify a
public key in their InternalsVisibleTo
It seems that the existence of these attributes is enough to make VS2005
think that the assembly is strongly named. To solve this, simply remove
the AssemblyDelaySign and AssemblyKeyFile attributes, or do something like the
1 #if !DEBUG
2 [assembly: AssemblyKeyFile(@"D:\Alintex\Alintex.snk")]
4 [assembly: InternalsVisibleTo("AxScriptTest")]
I’m currently managing a team that uses Lotus Notes. Because I need to use Outlook through my company’s mail server, making my schedule public – so that team members using Notes can see my schedule and schedule meetings with me – was problematic until I realised that I can have Outlook publish my schedule in standard vCalendar format.
- Display the Free/Busy Options Dialog (Tools>Options>Calendar Options>Free Busy Options).
- Select the Publish at my location checkbox and enter a local, network or FTP address as per the Outlook help file. e.g. ftp://account:firstname.lastname@example.org/%name%.vfb