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How Cloud-Based Development Makes AutoScout24 More Agile

by Ben Linders on  Feb 08, 2016

InfoQ interviewed Erik Doernenburg and Philipp Garbe from AutoScout24 about what made them decide to switch to the cloud and which benefits they expected, and how they manage computing resources using the cloud. InfoQ also asked them to give some examples showing how the cloud helps to deploy DevOps and to explain why teams are interested in working in an agile way and are eager to try new things.

Building an Agile Organization Using Business Mapping

by Ben Linders on  Feb 04, 2016

Dan North gave a talk about business mapping at the Scaling Agile for the Enterprise 2016 congress in Brussels. InfoQ interviewed him about the problems that he sees from a business perspective when the IT part of an organization adopts agile, and asked him what business mapping is and how it can help organizations to increase their agility.

How Testability Can Help Teams to Go Faster

by Ben Linders on  Feb 03, 2016

At the Agile Practitioners 2016 conference Huib Schoots talked about testability. He stated that low testability, anything that makes our software hard to test, slows teams down, and explored how testability can be increased.

Technical Debt and Team Morale when Maintaining a Large System

by Ben Linders on  Jan 26, 2016

Thomas Bradford talked about his experience with maintaining a monolith Java based system with zero test coverage and large technical debt at the Agile Testing Days 2015. InfoQ interviewed him about the problems that they had maintaining the system and the technical debt that had been build up, why they decided to take a different approach and how they improved team morale.

CoachRetreats: A Way to Practice Coaching Skills

by Ben Linders on  Jan 23, 2016 1

A coachRetreat is a "safe to fail" learning platform where participants can try different approaches to coaching. In a coachRetreat participants explore the way that people interact in a given situation and can learn to view a situation from different perspectives to improve their coaching skills. An interview with Oana Juncu, Elad Sofer and Yves Hanoulle.

Leadership Fit for the 21st Century: Challenges in an Agile Environment

by Ben Linders on  Jan 21, 2016

This first post in the series on leadership fit for the 21st century covers the talk given by Hendrik Pothof from ING and Michael Bres from Axis into Management about leadership challenges in an agile environment.

Storytelling for Agile

by Ben Linders on  Jan 14, 2016

InfoQ interviewed Oana Juncu about what storytelling is and how it works, the value that stories can bring, examples of narrative techniques that can be used in storytelling, and her experiences with using storytelling in agile transformation.

Test First Approaches With Test Driven Development and Behavior Driven Development

by Ben Linders on  Jan 07, 2016

InfoQ interviewed Gil Zilberfeld about the benefits that a test first approach can bring, the concepts of Test Driven Development (TDD) and Behavior Driven Development (BDD) and examples of teams using BDD and TDD, and how you can explore BDD and TDD without doing any coding.

Using Microservices in the Internet of Things

by Ben Linders on  Dec 31, 2015

In this interview Fred George explains how the internet of things can exploit microservices and the challenges that the Internet of Things is posing and how to deal with them. InfoQ also asked him for advice for the software industry regarding the usage of microservices for the Internet of Things.

Don't Optimize Team-level Performance

by Ben Linders on  Dec 24, 2015

Klaus Leopold gave a talk at the GOTO Berlin 2015 conference in which he elaborated why focusing on team-level performance often leads to local suboptimalization and doesn't increase agility across the team. InfoQ interviewed him about why installing agile frameworks does not help to increase agility, how kanban can be used to increase collaboration, and benefits that teams can get from kanban.

Support for Microservices

by Ben Linders on  Dec 18, 2015 3

Fred George talked about what organizations can do to successfully deploy microservices at the GOTO Berlin 2015 conference. InfoQ interviewed him about business and IT interaction for microservices, what organizations can do to support teams in using microservices, benefits of microservices and what the future will bring for microservices.

Microservices at Spotify

by Ben Linders on  Dec 14, 2015

Kevin Goldsmith talked about how Spotify uses microservices to break down architectures and be innovative at the GOTO Berlin 2015 conference. He argues that Microservices are easier to test, deploy and monitor than monolithic applications. Spotify also aims to have as few as possible dependencies in their product, and microservices are very helpful for that.

Developing and Testing Microservices

by Ben Linders on  Dec 14, 2015

At the Agile Testing Days 2015 Jose Lima from Redgate software shared his experiences with microservices. InfoQ interviewed him about advantages and disadvantages of developing products with microservices, how applying microservices has improved the quality of products, testing microservices and the skills that testers need, and his learnings from developing and testing microservices.

Scaling Without Blueprints and the Agile Scaling Cycle

by Ben Linders on  Dec 10, 2015

InfoQ interviewed Stefan Roock about adding XP practices to Scrum, why using an agile framework as a blueprint for designing the organization is a premature optimization and why culture and principles are more important than practices. Roock also explains the agile scaling cycle with examples of how it can be used, and talks about the benefits and pitfalls of this approach for agile scaling.

Using Kanban to Innovate

by Ben Linders on  Dec 09, 2015

Patrick Steyaert talked about lean innovation with Kanban at the Lean Kanban Benelux 2015 and Lean Kanban Central Europe 2015 conferences. InfoQ interviewed him about the main obstacles to innovation, how to use discovery Kanban to manage innovation, how to develop talent for innovation, and asked him for examples of using Kanban with a business model canvas or lean canvas or other thinking tools.

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