See article on Bloomberg entitled Australia Facing `Once-in-100-Year’ Housing Slump.
The data from Residex showed that there were prices drops between 0.6% and 2.2% across Australian capital cities. The median Australian house dropped 3%. One analyst predicts 30% drops by 2010 and a spokesperson from the Salvation Army calls it a “debt tsunami”. The tide certainly does seem to be heading out a long way…
Note that the article does not mention which month the Residex data is for. i.e. May, June or July. I imagine it’s June.
I am glad to see InfoQ have posted a writeup about scaling agile teams using feature teams rather than component teams. This includes a downloadable chapter in the latest book by Craig Larman on the subject. We used to call this working vertically or horizontally. It has also been called cross-functional teams. I have always preferred to work vertically for the following reasons:
- Less people needed to reach a consensus about interfaces between layers of the application.
- It helps to give you the big picture of the application which is something that most of us developers strive to see.