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What Is (Not) DevOps, and How Do We Get There?

by Abel Avram on  Mar 06, 2014 2

In this article we discuss some of the misunderstandings surrounding DevOps and provide an introduction to a process that can bring the cultural shift that DevOps is all about.

Documentation in Agile: How Much and When to Write It?

by Ben Linders on  Jan 23, 2014

The Manifesto for Agile Software Development values "working software over comprehensive documentation". This core value asks us to think about how much and which kinds of documents are needed and when they need to be written.

Drinking the Scrum Kool-Aid

by Danny Ackerman on  Nov 06, 2013 1

The Scrum Holy War warns about the religious fervor of Scrum and why it won’t save your company.

How Googlers Use Their 20% Time

by Abel Avram on  Aug 19, 2013 1

This article contains comments from googlers providing insight in how Google’s engineers use their 20% time on pet projects.

Agile and Sales

by Danny Ackerman on  Jul 13, 2013

A sales manager answers the questions of can sales be agile and how to make the change.

Solving Difficult System Problems with a DevOps Culture

by Aslan Brooke on  Dec 28, 2012 1

Michael Stanke, director of software delivery at Puppet Labs, has written on SysAdvent about how DevOps is the development of a culture that can successfully overcome complex and difficult system thinking problems. Michael shares his experience of transitioning into a new position full of opportunities to make technical and process oriented contributions.

Evidence of Success of Agile Projects

by Ben Linders on  Nov 22, 2012 1

Early results of a study on the effects of agile development practices are showing improvements in productivity and quality. These results aim to answer questions on development projects schedules and budgets. They also provide insight in the results of outsourcing and co-located teams.

Business Craftsmanship: an Approach for Transforming Knowledge Work

by Ben Linders on  Nov 14, 2012

Tobias Mayer started Business Craftsmanship: an organizational development and transformation approach to teach and apply ideas from Agile software development to any knowledge work context. Several posts have been published, for example about “Core Values” and “In Praise of Processes”.

The Questions when Measuring Agile Adoption

by Craig Smith on  Oct 25, 2011

There have been numerous attempts over the years to determine the best way to measure the effectiveness of an Agile adoption. Some recent articles have reignited the debate around the most useful metrics.

Moving Ops from black to white box

by Manuel Pais on  Oct 17, 2011

During his talk at DevOps Days in Gothenburg Mitchell Hashimoto, co-author of Vagrant and system admin at Kiip, proposed an experience-based roadmap for moving organizations from a traditional black box ops culture to an (ideal) white box culture where developers are free to change the production environment.

Is it Time to Stop Estimating User Stories?

by Todd Charron on  Oct 01, 2011 12

Most new Agile teams transition from hours based estimates to relative estimation using story points, but do we even need estimates at all?

How Facebook Ships Code

by Jean-Jacques Dubray on  Jan 26, 2011 3

Facebook is probably the hottest company today, driving a very high level of interest and scrutiny. Despite a high level of secrecy, Yee Lee, a product manager at Skype, has assembled a large collection of notes detailing how code ships at Facebook.

Hiring for an Agile Team

by Vikas Hazrati on  Sep 29, 2010 4

Agile development model has spawned a lot of interest, conferences, books across the entire software development community. The paradigm of effective software development has taken a shift in the right direction. One area which still needs some refactoring is the best way to hire for an Agile team.

10 Suggestions for the Architect of an Agile Team

by Abel Avram on  Sep 14, 2010 19

Tom Hollander, a Solutions Architect at Microsoft Australia, held a presentation entitled The Role of an Architect in an Agile Team at TechEd Australia where he discussed what he does as an architect leading an agile team.

The Various Flavors of Unified Process

by Shane Hastie on  Feb 20, 2010 3

The Rational Unified Process(RUP) was developed through the 1990's as a framework for software engineering best practices. Features such as iterations, simplicity, focus on value and regular feedback were identified as being important for Asuccessful software engineering. A number of authors have built methodologies that adapt UP to different project domains. This article examines some of them.

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