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DevOps Days Amsterdam Day 1 Focused on Continuous Delivery and DevOps Culture

by Manuel Pais on  Jun 15, 2013

The first day of DevOps Days Amsterdam had its focus split between continuous delivery and promoting a DevOps culture. Talks focused on how to automate the deployment pipeline but also system recovery in case of failure. On the culture side leveraging distinct personality types to successfully introduce changes and the positive impact of strong company culture on hiring were some of the takeaways.

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.

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.

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.

Upcoming Agile Coach Camps

by David Bulkin on  Jul 20, 2011 1

Agile coaches facilitate the transformations of teams and organizations to agile methods. Agile coach camps are open space unconferences where coaches gather to share and learn. There are two upcoming coach camps, one in Bletchley Park in the UK, the other in Columbus Ohio in the US.

Diversity in Agile – Women in Agile interviews available

by Shane Hastie on  Aug 09, 2010

The Agile Alliance sponsored Diversity in Agile program launched the first set of interviews from the Women In Agile series at Agile 2010 today. Shane Hastie spoke to Lisa Crispin about the work that has been done and the interviews that are available for viewing.

Cost of Cross Functional Teams

by Vikas Hazrati on  Jul 27, 2010 8

Cross functional teams are the teams in which all members work on delivery of the same business value. It could potentially be the same feature or the same product. Though, Agile recommends cross functional teams due to a lot of inherent advantages, there are some caveats that organizations need to be aware of.

The Value of Diversity

by Shane Hastie on  Jul 25, 2010 4

This is the second in a series of discussions looking at factors that enable Agile teams to be successful. Diversity of gender, culture, opinion, perspective, skills and background is considered to be an important factor in forming and persisting high-performance teams. This news item examines the perspectives from variety of commentators.

Naresh Jain Discusses "Simple Design & Testing" And The Conference Dedicated To It

by Mike Bria on  Jun 16, 2010

"Simplicity" is a core agile tenet, particularly when it comes to software design and testing. Since 2006, Naresh Jain has been running a worldwide conference, the Simple Design & Testing Conference, for practitioners to collectively push the boundaries on the topic. Naresh tells InfoQ what's going on behind this small, but well-known conference and why he is so passionate about the topic.

Soft Skills Are Paramount: A Report From Agile Boston Openspace

by Amr Elssamadisy on  May 03, 2010

Last week the Agile Boston user group held a full day OpenSpace conference. One session was focused on how to affect other groups in an organization that you and/or your team is dependent on. The members of this session shared their different contexts and problems and came up with several strategies in improving their situations, none of which were were Agile practices.

Scrum Gathering: Community of Practice

by Dan Mezick on  Mar 29, 2010

The Agile community is developing consensus around three important areas of practice: requirements gathering, agile coaching, and open space formats for group learning. At the recent Scrum Gathering, these topics were prominent topics of discussion on Day 1, Day 2, and Day 3 of the event. InfoQ explored each of these further to gain a better understanding of their place in Agile.

US Scrum Gathering, An All-Open Space Final Day

by Mike Bria on  Mar 11, 2010

The 2010 US Scrum Gathering in Orlando wraps up after an all-Open Space Day 3, exemplifying the collaborative and empirical essence of Scrum as its originally intended.

US Scrum Gathering, An Exciting Day Two

by Mike Bria on  Mar 09, 2010

Day two of the 2010 Scrum Gathering, packed full of a whirlwind of topics, talkers, activities, useful nuggets, and again (of course) healthy debates. Highlights including Harrison Owens, the creator of Open Space (as we know it), Jeff Patton's User Story Mapping, Jurgen Appello on self-organization and much, much more.

Second Agile Coach Camp Announced

by Chris Sims on  Feb 01, 2010 2

March 19 - 21, agile coaches will gather in Durham, North Carolina to share, learn, and improve their skills. Registration for this event costs no money, but each participant must write a position paper in order to qualify. The event will have no preset agenda of sessions. Instead, the Open Space approach will be used, and participants will create the agenda at the event itself.

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