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Using Large Agile Retrospectives to Improve Projects

by Ben Linders on  Apr 25, 2013

Retrospectives help teams to learn and improve their way of working. Several agile coaches have scaled retrospectives to cover larger projects or programs with multiple teams. Let’s explore how they did it.

Improve DevOps Cultures with Information Consolidation

by Aslan Brooke on  Apr 04, 2013 2

The Appsecute platform aims to improve collaboration and increase productivity through consolidating information associated to an applications lifecycle. The software as a service platform accepts messages directly from people and from integrated technology platforms, then it aggregates those events online for viewing by everyone within an organization.

Reactions to Yahoo!’s Decision to Forbid Employee Telecommuting

by Abel Avram on  Mar 01, 2013 8

Yahoo!’s recent decision to call all employees to work from company’s offices has raised some questions especially throughout the telecommuting community. Is this a disguised move to lay off people? Is it a misunderstanding of how remoting is to be managed? Is this the right move for Yahoo!?

Agile Open Event a Resounding Success in Florianopolis, Brazil

by Shane Hastie on  Jan 29, 2013 1

The Agile Alliance sponsored an Agile Open event in Florianopolis, Brazil on the 25th of January. The event attracted over 100 participants from all over Brazil and as far away as Canada. The event put on by the Agile Alliance as part of the focus the Alliance has of engaging with and supporting local agile communities around the world.

Are your Software Development Projects using Agile?

by Ben Linders on  Dec 27, 2012

A Gartner research report from December 2009 predicted that by 2012 “agile development methods will be utilized in 80% of all software development projects”. Let's check if the prediction from Gartner has come true?

Scrumodoro: Methods For Personal Effectiveness Within Scrum

by Christopher Goldsbury on  Jun 04, 2012 10

Scrum and Pomodoro are blended by Mangus Nord to maximize both team and individual productivity.

Improving Productivity and Efficiency for Fully Distributed Teams

by Marta Jasinska on  May 31, 2012 2

Andrew Montalenti on his blog pixelmoneky.org talks about viability of fully distributed teams now and in the future.

Design Thinking and Culture of Collaboration

by Srini Penchikala on  May 16, 2012 2

Design thinking is about creating vision of the future, not just managing the present. Bill Burnett from Stanford University recently spoke about design thinking and what questions we need to ask to shift from design to design thinking.

The Daily Standup/Scrum is not for the Scrum Master

by Anand Vishwanath on  Apr 18, 2012 4

Mike Cohn recently suggested that the Daily Standup (or Scrum) is not a status meeting for the Scrum Master, but a forum where team members are synchronising their work. Techniques such as breaking eye contact are helpful for Scrum Masters to fix this anti pattern in their teams.

Is Agile Stifling Introverts?

by Todd Charron on  Mar 31, 2012 10

For years Agile has been encouraging teams to work together collaboratively in open spaces and encouraging developers to pair program, but lately these types of practices have been coming under fire.

Pivot-Thinking – The Neuroscience of Design

by Michael Stal on  Mar 06, 2012 5

The Center of Professional Development at the Stanford University offers a free live seminar on 8th March (9.00 am / PST) addressing the thinking behind design thinking. Pivot thinking is a new research area that addresses how to bridge the gap between "convergers" and "divergers" in teams which is particularly interesting for software engineering projects.

IRQA - A Requirements Definition and Management Solution for Systems Engineering Projects

by Michael Stal on  Jan 27, 2012 5

Visure Solutions recently announced the availability of IRQA which denotes a solution for requirements definition and management (RDM). A sound process using professional tools is important for ensuring the quality of product and solution development with respect to the requirements specification.

Preview of Visual Studio 11: Agile Support, Group Collaboration, and Clone Detection

by Jeff Martin on  Jan 25, 2012

VS11 will provide new tools that expedite unit testing, refactoring, and easier communication across the entire development team. These new components are intended to benefit everyone from developers, and testers to those deploying and maintaining the resulting application.

Tasktop Sync 2.0 Supports ALM Repository Introspection and REST Based Artifact Management

by Srini Penchikala on  Dec 25, 2011 1

The latest version of Application Lifecycle Unification tool Tasktop Sync supports repository introspection and REST based application lifecycle artifact management. Tasktop team released last month version 2.0 of the tool. InfoQ spoke with Mik Kersten, CEO of Tasktop, about the new features in the latest release.

Enabling and Sustaining High Performing Teams

by Shane Hastie on  Nov 06, 2011

Agile practices should foster high-performance self-organizing teams. It is important that high-performance equals value delivery, to ensure that the team solves the right problem. It is also important to create an environment where high-performance can flourish which requires thinking and action at a management level. We examine three commentators perspectives on enabling high performance.

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