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PMI Launches Business Analysis Certification and Practice Guide

by Shane Hastie on  Nov 27, 2014

At the recent Project Management Institute Global Congress the Business Analysis Practice Guide was announced, to complement the Professional in Business Analysis certification which was launched in November. InfoQ spoke to Dave Bieg, Business Analysis and Requirements Program Manager about the certification and the practice guide.

Defining the Value of Software Products Precisely and Quantitatively

by Ben Linders on  Nov 27, 2014

The real requirements of a product are not the functions that are needed, or user stories that have to be delivered. It is the possible improvement of performance that customers can get from using the product said Matteo Vaccari. At the XP Days Benelux 2014 conference he facilitated a workshop together with Antonio Carpentieri about defining the value that is needed by customers.

Agile at Scale with Hoshin Kanri

by Ben Linders on  Nov 24, 2014 1

When organizations decide to scale agile they can be looking for agile ways to define strategies, manage direction and sustain alignment. Deploying and stay aligned, is today's challenge said Pierre Neis. At the Lean Kanban France 2014 conference Pierre showed how using Hoshin Kanri has helped global players in their lean agile transition.

Mindfulness and Situational Awareness in Organizations

by Ben Linders on  Nov 12, 2014 1

To thoroughly remove waste in a process you need flow to deliver just in time, and mindfulness and situational awareness in organizations to handle problems with processes and built in human intelligence. Organizations apply concepts from flow to develop what is needed and when it is needed and use pull to prevent inventories. What they also need is “Jidoka”: mindfulness and situational awareness.

Using Kanban for Change: A Case Study from an Insurer

by Ben Linders on  Nov 11, 2014

Kanban is often used to manage work, but the concepts of kanban can also be used to guide a journey of change in an organization. This is a case study of an insurance company that used kanban to get change done to improve visibility and predictability and engaging their people.

Agile Testing for Automotive Systems

by Ben Linders on  Oct 29, 2014

Agile testing can be used when developing software for automotive systems. To adopt agile techniques in automotive the automotive SPICE V-model needs to be adopted to agile. One result from combining agile and SPICE as Xavier Martin presented at the QA&Test 2014 conference is that “intensive automated testing and client demonstrations helps to produce better products, rising clients satisfaction”.

Atlassian Launches Project Portfolio Management Solution for JIRA

by Steffen Opel on  Oct 28, 2014

Development and collaboration software vendor Atlassian launched JIRA Portfolio, an add-on for JIRA that "provides a single, accurate view for planning and managing initiatives across multiple teams and projects", at its annual user conference Summit.

Adapting Test Teams to Agile Projects

by Ben Linders on  Oct 28, 2014

Testing teams and their managers need to unlearn the traditional mindset and practices when they want to adopt an agile way of working says Navneet Goyal. At the International Conference on Software QA and Testing on Embedded Systems he gave a talk about how test teams should adapt themselves in agile projects.

VersionOne and CA Technologies release a new PPM/APM integrated solution

by Katherine Kirk on  Oct 18, 2014

Last week VersionOne and CA Technologies announced that they have integrated their Project and Portfolio Management (PPM) and Agile Project Management (APM) products to provide an enterprise solution which the two organisations say gives users the ability to have a strategic view of a complete portfolio at the executive level no matter what methodology teams might use.

Mixing Agile with Waterfall for Code Quality

by Ben Linders on  Oct 17, 2014 4

The 2014 CAST Research on Application Software Health (CRASH) report states that enterprise software built using a mixture of agile and waterfall methods will result in more robust and secure applications than those built using either agile or waterfall methods alone. InfoQ interviewed Bill Curtis about structural quality factors, and mixing agile and waterfall methods.

The Importance of Discipline in Agile

by Ben Linders on  Oct 16, 2014 4

Agile software development is sometimes perceived as an undisciplined way of working. There are organizations which use that perception as an excuse to not adopt agile. According to others agile is actually a more disciplined approach than waterfall for software development. Let’s explore how discipline plays a role in agile and why discipline is considered important for agile to be successful.

Does Continuous Deployment Depict Customer Disatisfaction

by Savita Pahuja on  Sep 19, 2014 2

Continuous deployment helps organizations in delivering high quality software fast through build, test and deployment automation. It gives earlier return on investment, earlier feedback and easy process of deployment. Is continuous deployment also good from business perspective?

Building Agile Relationships with Customers and End-Users

by Ben Linders on  Sep 11, 2014

Teams can become so focused that they forget the world around them and risk losing contact with stakeholders. This makes it difficult for them to know what their customers need and how end users will use their products. At the ASAS2014 conference Daisy Rasing-de Joode will show how successful agile teams create synergy by being interdependent and highly collaborative with their environment.

9th Annual State of Agile Survey Now Open

by Craig Smith on  Sep 01, 2014

The 9th Annual State of Agile Survey is currently open for participants to share their adoption of Agile practices and processes for inclusion in the annual report.

Death by Planning in Agile Adoption

by Ben Linders on  Aug 28, 2014 1

Management can get the feeling of losing control when their enterprise adopts agile and starts deploying self-organizing teams. Procedures, review boards and consultation bodies can become superfluous when switching to an agile approach, but they may not realize that, says Marcel Heijmans. Trying to regain control with additional planning can make things worse, causing "death by planning".

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