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Agile and Lean Adoption in Greece

by Ben Linders on  Sep 14, 2015

Small and medium sized companies have adopted the agile way of working in Greece and there are few examples of agile in larger organizations, interest in agile from the local industry is growing. Among the topic discussed in agile meetups are whether companies should implement Scrum or Kanban, Scrum for startups, dealing with fixed price and scope contracts, productivity, and happiness in teams.

Business Case for Diversity in Organizations

by Ben Linders on  Sep 12, 2015

There is a positive correlation between diversity and financial performance and in an inclusive workplace, employees are more engaged which is crucial for retention and performance says Regina Chien. Having a diversity of thought and life experiences is going to help engineers create the best products.

Nexus Guide for Scrum is Published

by Ben Linders on  Sep 10, 2015 2

Nexus is a framework for developing and sustaining large software development projects. The Nexus Guide can be used next to the Scrum Guide to scale Scrum and support the integrated effort of multiple software development teams.

Agile New Zealand Conference Wrapup

by Shane Hastie on  Sep 09, 2015

The Agile New Zealand conference was held in Wellington, New Zealand last week. With over 350 conference attendees, four keynotes talks and 24 session the conference had an overall theme of Transformation and three tracks - Agile Transformation, Agile Enterprise and Digital Transformation. InfoQ attended the conference and there will be interviews and articles published in the next few months.

Innovation at AXA's Digital Agency

by Ben Linders on  Sep 05, 2015

The AXA Digital Agency deploys the Lean Startup approach, using design thinking, minimum viable product development and growth hacking, to innovate and support the digital transformation at AXA. An interview with Yves Caseau about the importance of innovation, adopting a lean startup approach, learnings from minimum viable products and growth hacking and advice for starting an innovation journey.

Making a Mindshift in Management for Agility

by Ben Linders on  Sep 03, 2015

The volatility in the market requires that organizations become able to adapt to changing demand as fast as possible while gaining the highest value. To implement agile managers need to team up to remove impediments in the organization says Ahmet Akdag. An agility transformation is about learning to try, fail and learn.

Driving Transformational Behavior with Core Work Systems

by Ben Linders on  Aug 27, 2015

Mike Orzen will talk about using core work systems to drive transformational behavior at the Lean IT Summit 2015. An interview on the benefits that organizations aim for with lean IT, why adopting and reinforcing new behaviors is essential to create sustained change, core work systems and work processes for IT organizations, and common missteps in lean IT transformations and how to prevent them.

Agile 2015 Sponsor Roundup #2

by Craig Smith on  Aug 23, 2015

The Agile 2015 conference ran in Washington, DC earlier this month with over 2300 attendees from around the globe. This is a second article in a series looking at the sponsors who supported the conference. They were each asked to answer three questions – Who, What and Why. Who are they, What were they offering at the conference and Why did they choose to sponsor this event?

Agile 2015 – Industry Analyst Panel: Agile Trends and Future Direction

by Shane Hastie on  Aug 20, 2015

At the recent Agile 2015 conference the Agile Alliance hosted the fifth annual industry analyst panel briefing in which a group of commentators answered questions on the theme of agile trends and future directions.

Agile 2015 Closing Keynote - Want Better Collaboration? Don’t be so Defensive

by Shane Hastie on  Aug 19, 2015

James Tamm, author of the book Radical Collaboration, gave the closing keynote at the recent Agile 2015 conference. His talk was titled “Want Better Collaboration – don’t be so defensive" and provided advice on how to be more collaborative by understanding the factors which cause our own defensiveness.

Agile 2015 Interviews and Commentary

by Shane Hastie on  Aug 17, 2015

At the recent Agile 2015 conference two organisations had video booths set up to record interviews with conference attendees, organizers and speakers. These videos are now published and available.

Agile 2015 Sponsor Roundup

by Shane Hastie on  Aug 08, 2015

The Agile2015 conference ran in Washington, DC last week with over 2300 attendees from around the globe. This is the first of a number of news items that will highlight different aspects of the conference. They were each asked to answer three questions – Who, What and Why. Who are they, What were they offering at the conference and Why did they chose to sponsor this event?

Q&A with Jørn Larsen on Teamwork and Aligning with Customers

by Ben Linders on  Aug 06, 2015

Jørn Larsen, co-founder and CEO of Trifork, presented waste is a crime: don't waste your team at the GOTO Amsterdam 2015 conference. InfoQ interviewed Larsen about the "perfect world" to develop software products, aligning with many customers, why waste is a crime, why flow is important for software teams and what they can do to establish flow.

Moving Towards Integral Quality

by Ben Linders on  Jul 30, 2015

Olaf Lewitz gave a keynote about Integral Quality at the Agile Testing Day Netherlands 2015. InfoQ asked Lewitz about quality attributes, what causes poor quality software, the relationship between the structure and culture of the organization and software quality and about clarifying intent and increasing trust.

Q&A with Jeff Sutherland on Agile Leadership

by Ben Linders on  Jul 23, 2015

InfoQ interviewed Jeff Sutherland about the problems that larger organizations have when adopting Scrum, how they can increase their capability for handling impediments, improving agile leadership, what Scrum masters can do to help teams to become agile, and his advice to managers when their organization is implementing Scrum.

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