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Managing the Expectations from Agile

by Ben Linders on  Mar 27, 2015

InfoQ did an interview with Gil Zilberfeld about managing the expectations that organizations have of agile and how to prevent misconceptions, valuable ideas and practices from agile and what the future will bring for agile.

What We Have Learned in Testing and New Developments in Agile Testing

by Ben Linders on  Mar 14, 2015

Software development in agile is based on testing says José Díaz. Agile has brought us real teams of development and testing without borders. Some of the currently relevant topics in agile testing are the transition from waterfall to agile methodologies, tester skills and Certified Agile Tester, DevOps and mobile testing.

Scrum Alliance Launches "Added Qualifications"

by Shane Hastie on  Mar 09, 2015

The Scrum Alliance has launched a new program of Added Qualifications aimed at existing CSM/CSPO certification holders who want to explore more advanced Scrum topics. The first Added Qualification is in Scaling Scrum Fundamentals to larger organizations and multiple teams. InfoQ spoke to Scrum Alliance Managing Director Carol McEwan about the new qualifications.

Scaling Agile: Frameworks and Experiences

by Ben Linders on  Jan 19, 2015

The Agile Consortium Belgium together with UNICOM is organizing the Scaling Agile for the Enterprise 2015 congress in Brussels, Belgium. InfoQ interviewed Arie van Bennekum and Jan de Baere from the Agile Consortium about activities organized by the Agile Consortium, issues that the software industry is facing with agile scaling and stories from enterprises that have successfully scaled agile.

A MS Certification Based on Publishing an Application

by Jonathan Allen on  Jan 07, 2015

Microsoft has been trying to create generally accepted software development certifications for at least two decades. In an attempt to distinguish between those who actually know the material and those who are just good at memorizing study guides they’ve tried a variety of tactics. This time they are allowing programmers to submit examples of their work for credit towards a certification.

Developing Leadership Skills by Using a Metaphor of Orchestra Rehearsals

by Ben Linders on  Dec 19, 2014 1

Rehearsals of top-notch orchestras and ensembles can represent an unprecedented source of deep learning for management teams said Dominique Dejonghe and Luc Galoppin from Pensato. InfoQ interviewed Dominique and Luc about leadership development, the relationship between making music and managing organizations and on finding the oboe in your project or process.

Empowered People Control Their Own Career

by Ben Linders on  Dec 15, 2014

Fons Leroy, CEO of VDAB (a public employment service in Belgium), talked about how innovation and co-creation has helped strengthen citizens on the labor market. He explored what VDAB is doing to empower citizens to be in the driver seat of their own career. Organizations can use a similar approach to empower employees and increase organizational agility.

Adopting Agile: Should We Start with the Structure?

by Ben Linders on  Dec 04, 2014 5

When an organization decides to adopt agile the way it is structured often has to change. An agile way of working also brings new practices for teams and managers, and usually impacts the culture and mindset. All of these are related, but changing everything at the same time might be a too big challenge for an organization. Let’s explore what can happen when we start with the structure.

Becoming a Continuous Learning Organization

by Ben Linders on  Nov 10, 2014

Software Development is often considered to be knowledge intensive, therefor organizations look for ways to enable continuous learning. “We need learning organisations and they start with learning individuals” says Marcin Floryan. Individual learning can be difficult and scaling individual learning even more challenging. What can organizations do to become a continuous learning organization?

Value of Certifications for Agile Transformation

by Savita Pahuja on  Sep 22, 2014

Does agile certification depict the knowledge of professional? Thoughts shared by various thought leaders.

Nurturing a Culture for Continuous Learning

by Ben Linders on  Jul 24, 2014

Continuous learning supports agile adoption in enterprises. A culture change can be needed to enable and support continuous learning. There are several things that managers and agile coaches can do to establish and nurture a continuous learning culture.

Examining Different Approaches to Scaling Agile

by Shane Hastie on  Jul 08, 2014

Scaling Agile is a source of great consternation - what does it mean, how to scale, what framework or approach to use, what techniques need to change when adopting agile at scale, etc. Richard Dolman & Steve Spearman have built a matrix for comparing agile scaling frameworks. They spoke to InfoQ about their work.

Agile Training and Coaching for Managers

by Ben Linders on  Jun 19, 2014

Several authors discussed the importance of training for the success of agile adoption. Teams usually receive training when organizations are adopting agile. The question is how much and what kind of training and coaching is needed for the managers to make an agile transformation succeed.

Management Buy-in and Support in Agile Adoption

by Ben Linders on  Jan 30, 2014

Adopting agile is an organization change which involves management. It is said that management buy-in is crucial for agile to succeed and that a lack of management support can be a barrier in agile transformations. There are different ways for management to support agile in enterprises.

Experiences from Applying Kanban at SAP

by Ben Linders on  Dec 23, 2013

The experiences with more than two years of applying Kanban at SAP were presented by Alexander Gerber and Martin Engel at Lean Kanban Central Europe. Their case study showed how they supported the implementation of lean and agile processes. InfoQ interviewed them about how Kanban was introduced and received within SAP, the training approach and the experiences from teams with the Kanban practices

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