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Agile Testers can be a Harlequin

by Ben Linders on  Nov 30, 2015

Agile testers can signal and question the (testing) process. Marnix van den Ent gave a talk at the Agile Testing Days 2015 in which he explained how he views testers as a harlequin: "a servant to the team and its process, like the Italian Harlequin he is there to help to understand what is happening". An interview about developing an art of questioning, XP practices and retrospectives.

Testing Systems with a Nest of Tests

by Ben Linders on  Nov 28, 2015

James Lyndsay did a workshop titled "a nest of tests" at the Agile Testing Days 2015. In this workshop he explored how you can design large collections of tiny tests and visualize their output to test systems, and showed how tools can help you to do it. InfoQ interviewed him about this testing approach.

Automation in Testing over Test Automation

by Ben Linders on  Nov 27, 2015

At the Agile Testing Days 2015 Richard Bradshaw explored how using the term “test automation” is restricting teams in exploiting the benefits of automation. InfoQ interviewed Bradshaw about the difference between testing and checking and why they are both important, how automation can support testing, using automation frameworks, and why we should always focus on the testing problem.

A Tour of Agile Scaling Approaches

by Shane Hastie on  Nov 26, 2015 1

At the Agile Tour Bangkok G John Okoro gave a tour of the various approaches to scaling agile that are in the marketplace today. He examined SAFe, LeSS & LeSS Huge, Scrum, the Spotify "model", Nexus and Scrum of Scrums, identifying the context they are designed for and some pros and cons of each approach.

Q&A with David Marquet on Applying Intent-based Leadership in Agile

by Ben Linders on  Nov 26, 2015

Software engineers can really do a tremendous service to themselves, their co-workers, and the world by stepping up and being a leader from the position they are in. Agile is essentially building a leader-leader model in software organizations says David Marquet. An interview about having leadership at all levels in the organization and applying the leader-leader model in agile.

Real-life Agile Scaling - Henrik Kniberg's Opening Keynote at Agile Tour Bangkok

by Shane Hastie on  Nov 21, 2015

Henrik Kniberg, author of the InfoQ Minibook “Scrum and XP from the Trenches”, gave the opening keynote at the Agile Tour Bangkok conference on Saturday 21 November in Thailand. His talk was titled “Real-life Agile Scaling”, in which he addressed the key challenges to scaling agile beyond a few teams. He asked why organisations want to scale, and presented some ideas on how to do so.

Human Refactoring: Applying Refactoring to Your Life

by Ben Linders on  Nov 19, 2015

Bryan Beecham gave a keynote about Human Refactoring at the Agile Testing Days 2015. InfoQ interviewed him about how Human Refactoring can help us to improve our lives, how it relates to refactoring code, why he considers eating healthy food to be important, how agile teams can benefit from human refactoring, and where people can find more information about self improvement and individual growth.

Making People Feel Empowered with Intent-based Leadership

by Ben Linders on  Nov 18, 2015

Intent-based leadership is about giving control and decision-making power to people who have the information. When we give control to people who have the competence and clarity, we create an environment where great things happen. An interview with Jenni Jepsen about intent-based leadership, giving influence and control to people, and creating an environment where people can feel empowered.

Kanban at the Dutch National Archive

by Ben Linders on  Nov 13, 2015

Bianca Griffioen gave a talk at the Lean Kanban Benelux 2015 conference about how kanban has been adopted to visualized, prioritize and manage work at the infrastructure and services department of the Dutch National archive. InfoQ interviewed her about why they decided to go for kanban, how they introduced kanban and use it, how the team and stakeholder feel about kanban and what they learned.

IT Hosting with Kanban: A Case Study from an Insurance Company

by Ben Linders on  Nov 13, 2015

Odile Moreau presented a case study of a big insurance company who started their Agile journey with Kanban for IT Hosting teams at the Lean Kanban Benelux 2015 conference. InfoQ interviewed her about the situation at the insurance company, what made them decide to choose Kanban, how teams use Kanban to manage flow and coordinate, and asked her to share learnings from this Kanban journey.

Agile with Internal Coaches and Facilitators

by Ben Linders on  Nov 12, 2015

An interview with Andreas Schliep and Peter Beck about why internal coaches and facilitators are important when organizations want to increase their agile maturity, advantages and disadvantages of working with external coaches, how internal coaches contribute to agile adoption, what internal coaches and facilitators can do to be ready to work effectively, and qualification of internal coaches.

Rebuild or Refactor?

by Ben Linders on  Nov 12, 2015 3

Should you rebuilding or refactoring software?An interview with Wouter Lagerweij about what it is that makes refactoring so difficult, if rebuilding software is less risky than refactoring, and how continuous delivery fits with rebuilding software.

Motivation and Drive in Agile Teams

by Ben Linders on  Nov 11, 2015

Fin Kingma talked about motivation and how the success of agile relies on driven people at the Agile Testing Days 2015.

Q&A with David Anderson on Enterprise Services Planning

by Ben Linders on  Nov 11, 2015

Enterprise Services Planning is a way of planning, scheduling, sequencing, and selecting work for professional services. It extends Kanban for enterprise-wide service improvement. InfoQ interviewed Anderson about what Enterprise Services Planning (ESP) aims to deliver, how it can be used to manage risks, how cost of delay can be used inside ESP, and why feedback loops are important in ESP.

Role of Testers in Agile Teams

by Ben Linders on  Nov 09, 2015

Karen Greaves and Sam Laing will give a keynote titled "testers are dying" at the Agile Testing Days 2015; InfoQ will cover this conference. InfoQ interviewed them about how agile impacts the role of testers, what testers can do to shorten the lead time of testing, collaboration between testers and other team members in agile teams, and the value that testers can contribute in agile teams.

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