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Experiences from Continuous Testing at Siemens Healthcare

by Ben Linders on  Feb 24, 2015

Marco Achtziger shared his experiences with deploying continuous testing in large scale agile project at Siemens Healthcare at the OOP conference. InfoQ interviewed Achtziger about continuous testing and continuous integration, infrastructural and social challenges with continuous testing, testing processes and tools, and improving continuous testing.

Feedback Cycles in Scrum

by Ben Linders on  Jan 26, 2015

In agile software development feedback plays an important role. Many are aware how feedback supports dealing with changing requirements and adjusting the way of working in teams with retrospectives. But there is more that feedback can do in agile. “An effective feedback cycle in Scrum is more than having sprints and doing retrospectives” says Kris Philippaerts.

Lean and Agile Leadership with the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe)

by Ben Linders on  Jan 12, 2015

The Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) provides practices, roles activities and artifacts for applying Lean and Agile development at enterprise scale. InfoQ interviewed Dean Leffingwell about deploying the scaled agile framework, building cross functional agile teams and aligning teams, the people part of SAFe and the principles of lean and agile leadership.

Reimplementing TeX's Algorithms: Looking Back at Thirty Years of Programming

by Sergio De Simone on  Jan 09, 2015

Glenn Vanderburg, director of engineering at LivingSocial, gave an interesting recount of his effort to implement TeX’s algorithms in Clojure at the last ClojureConj conference. In the process, he discovered how much programming has changed in the last thirty years.

Managing Agile Teams with Project Managers

by Ben Linders on  Aug 21, 2014 1

Adopting agile in organizations usually impacts the role and activities of project managers. Scrum offers the possibility for project managers to become Scrum masters or product owners. Project managers can also adopt their way of working and the things they do to work together with Scrum masters and agile teams.

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.

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