VersionOne have released the results of the 10th annual State of Agile survey. Based on over 3800 responses from around the globe the results indicate that agile methods deliver tangible benefits; they are steadily becoming the default approach to software development and are starting to expand to areas outside software.
VersionOne have announced their Winter 2016 release which includes support for SAFe 4.0 along with more features which support both strategic and team level use of the product. InfoQ spoke to Lee Cunningham (Director, Enterprise Agile) and Mark Rogge (Director of Sales) about the release and why the changes in SAFe 4.0 are considered to be so significant.
User Story Mapping can be a simple yet valuable pattern when adopting Domain-Driven Design (DDD) in projects dealing with complex domains. It can help creating shared domain knowledge among developers and domain experts, Eriksen Costa claims in a blog post discussing advantages combining User Story Mapping with Domain-Driven Design (DDD).
ThoughtWorks have enhanced their application lifecycle management product Mingle with a new dependency management capability which supports scaling development across multiple teams and tracking dependencies in the tool.
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.
Jez Humble talked about organizational obstacles to moving fast at scale and how to address them at the GOTO Berlin 2015 conference. InfoQ interviewed him about how we can focus on value, why having a shared understanding of an artifact can be very valuable, removing waste and discovering the needs of customers quickly with low costs, and how to use the concept of improvement kata.
Markus Andrezak talked about innovation in the enterprise at the the GOTO Berlin 2015 conference. InfoQ interviewed him on misunderstandings on innovation and asked him about solutions that enterprises can use to develop innovative products.
Russ Olsen did the opening keynote titled "To the Moon" at the GOTO Berlin 2015 conference. InfoQ interviewed him about drawbacks of doing all the things at the same time to meet the deadline, learning from things that went wrong and from things that went right, how little things can kill you in software development, and how to focus and deal with details when doing complex work.
ThoughtWorks has published their radar for the end of 2015, covering technologies in four areas: Languages & Frameworks, Platforms, Techniques, and Tools.
VersionOne recently acquired ClearCode Labs with a view to incorporating the DevOps capabilities of the ClearCode product into the core VersionOne Agile Lifecycle Management product. CEO Robert Holler spoke to InfoQ about the acquisition and about the capabilities included in the product for the Fall 2015 release
People are used to making plans and taking decisions using estimates, even though they are often not so good in estimation says Gil Zilberfeld. The #NoEstimates movement explores alternatives for estimation. At the Agile Testing Days 2015 Zilberfeld will do a workshop on Planning with #NoEstimates. InfoQ will be covering this conference with write-ups, Q&As and articles.
Where many organizations use agile to develop IT products, agile principles and practices can also be applied for maintaining landscapes of commercial products. Gert Florijn and Eelco Rommes will talk about directing complex IT-landscapes in public sectors such as healthcare and local and national government organizations at the Agile and Software Architecture Symposium 2015.
Development and collaboration software vendor Atlassian released version 7 of its project tracking application JIRA as three new standalone products: JIRA Core, JIRA Software and JIRA Service Desk. All three products are build atop a common platform to better serve non-technical business teams, development teams as well as IT and other service teams with an edition tailored to each team’s needs.
Key messages on day two of the 'Agile on the Beach' conference included that self-organising teams who embrace ‘autonomy, purpose and mastery’ create a successful and resilient culture, there is need for technical leadership that encompasses programming, people and processes, and being truly agile involves working with ‘an ever evolving set of ever evolving practices’.
An interview about recent developments in requirement definition and management, how agile teams handle requirements and which problems they face in their daily work, using interactive diagrams and prototypes for conveying requirements, how interactive prototyping can be used with a lean startup approach, and what the future will bring us in requirements definition and management.