Every time someone tells me about the next software suite that will track all my projects and solve all my problems because it will make the “process” really “agile”, I go back and read the manifesto.
If this new software suite contradicts or impedes any of the 4 cornerstones of the manifesto, that software suite, process, administrative paperwork, extra meeting, is out. Did I mention that extra excel file logging the exact same “issues” everyone knows about and the email chains?
Here are the four main points of the Agile Manifesto, focus on the ones on the left and feel free to apply these four points to any new “agile” tool that will solve all your problems overnight. The points are great to detect baloney.
The presentation had quite a few valid points along with the concept of “velcro” or test bed for modules. Test beds are a very familiar concept in electronics. In order to test hard drives or dvd drives, the manufacturer create test beds as opposed to test the parts in a computer. The same line of reasoning applies to software.
I look forward to see the code from this presentation at CodePlex and see what Mario Cardinal will blog after the Alt.NET conference in Vancouver, whether the same approach can be achieved with mocking frameworks.
Today (June 15th) I found the code for the Velcro project at codeplex.com. Hope this helps you evaluating this concept: http://velcro.codeplex.com/