Last week the AgileWelly meetup group hosted an OpenSpace event in which over 100 people participated in examining topics under the theme "Agile Adolescence: The Growing Pains". Over the course of the day over 25 sessions were held which explored factors ranging from deployment of continuous delivery to actors that result in highly motivated teams.
The OnAgile virtual conference is running on May 14, 2015. It will examine the impact and value of technical practices in agile transformations. A wide range of speakers will explore aspects covering microservices, continuous delivery, functional programming, exploratory testing and software craftsmanship. InfoQ spoke to conference chair Declan Whelan about the event.
When you want to scale agile you have to view it as “a way of doing things, a mindset and a culture for the whole company” says Christoph Mathis. To scale agile you need to change the culture to achieve a learning organization.
When an organization decides to adopt agile the way it is structured often has to change. An agile way of working also brings new practices for teams and managers, and usually impacts the culture and mindset. All of these are related, but changing everything at the same time might be a too big challenge for an organization. Let’s explore what can happen when we start with the structure.
Metrics are engrained in kanban. They play a role in several kanban practices like visualizing and managing flow, and support the agenda’s for sustainability, service orientation and survivability. At the Lean Kanban Central Europe 2014 Conference Wolfgang Wiedenroth talked about the power of metrics. In his presentation he provided may examples of using metrics with kanban.
Testability must be explicitly designed in the system said Peter Zimmerer from Siemens AG. Test architects should drive testability and collaborate with architects, designers and testers in using good design and engineering practices. At the QA&Test 2014 conference Peter gave a tutorial about design for testability for embedded software systems.
For mobile application development, teams are looking to introduce a lightweight development process like agile software development, which offers tremendous opportunities and value to build applications in short cycles.
The 9th Annual State of Agile Survey is currently open for participants to share their adoption of Agile practices and processes for inclusion in the annual report.
Top-down implementation of agile is a commonly use approach for agile adoption in organizations. Alternative approaches exist, like implementing agile by stealth, using continuous improvement teams, starting with a quiet phase or taking baby steps by implementing a limited set of agile practices.
The 8th annual State of Agile Development Survey was announced at the Agile 2013 conference. Previous surveys have provided insight into agile adoption. You can participate in the survey, and get the data before it goes public.