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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.

Experiencing the Difference Between Dev & Ops and DevOps

by Ben Linders on  Mar 24, 2015

In a workshop at the Agile Testing Day Netherlands attendants experienced the Dev & Ops and DevOps approaches. An interview with Jaap Schuttevaer about what DevOps can bring to organizations, tearing down the walls between Dev and Ops and advice for organizations that want to apply DevOps.

Playing the Product Owner Value Game

by Ben Linders on  Mar 23, 2015

The product owner value game is a card game for teams. The objective of the game is to deliver as much value as possible. Teams learn to prioritize backlogs, plan iterations, and deliver results. The game helps teams to talk about agile principles, and exchange experiences.

Adoption of Agile in Eastern Europe

by Ben Linders on  Mar 21, 2015

The gap in agile adoption between Eastern Europe and the US and Western Europe is becoming smaller. Scrum is the most widespread framework, Kanban adoption is growing and SAFe, LeSS, DAD are trending. The way that companies are transitioning to agile is significantly different in Eastern Europe.

Becoming More Transparent Helps to Manage Work

by Ben Linders on  Mar 19, 2015

The Agile Testing Day Netherlands 2015 conference devotes a full day track to talented Dutch agile youngsters to share their experiences. Tamara de Paus talked about how to organize your work and be more transparent. An interview about the changes that were done by the team to manage work and create transparency, what worked and what didn't, and the things they learned along the way.

Creativity and Testing: Do They Go Together?

by Ben Linders on  Mar 17, 2015

At the Agile Testing Days 2014 in Potsdam Jan Jaap Cannegieter spoke about using different sides of our brain to optimize testing and he will redo this presentation during the Agile Testing Day Netherlands 2015. InfoQ interviewed Cannegieter about how agile has changed testing, creativity and thinking in testing, skills of agile testers, and how testers can make steps towards agile testing.

Overcoming the Challenges of Agile Business Intelligence

by Savita Pahuja on  Mar 17, 2015 1

Tony Kenney, Partner at C3 Business Solutions, explains how to get success in agile business intelligence projects.

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.

Using Sociocracy for Decision Making and Learning in Agile

by Ben Linders on  Mar 12, 2015 3

Organization that are adopting agile often look for ways to establish self-organized teams where team members are able to take more responsibility. Agile software development teams could improve their decision making by using the consent principle and sociocratic procedures. Sociocratic governance structures can also be used to scale up agile principles to every level of the organization.

Mark Lines talks about Disciplined Agile Delivery

by Shane Hastie on  Feb 27, 2015

At the upcoming Agile India conference Mark Lines, co-creator with Scott Ambler of Disciplined Agile Delivery (DAD) a process decision framework designed to help organizations to apply agile and lean for their unique context, will present a whole-day workshop on DAD. In advance of the conference he spoke to InfoQ about the challenges DAD is designed to help overcome and the value of certification

Establishing Self-Organized Agile Teams

by Ben Linders on  Feb 26, 2015

Agile suggest teams to self-organize their work. The questions arise what self-organization is and what organization can do to make it possible for teams to become self-organizing.

Diana Larsen talks about Agile Fluency, Barriers to Agility and the value of Open Space Technology

by Shane Hastie on  Feb 20, 2015 1

Diana Larsen is keynoting at the upcoming Agile India conference. Her talk is titled "Dancing Along the Agile Fluency Path" in which she will present a model for achieving and assessing the level of fluency an organisation has in their adoption of agile values and principles. She spoke to InfoQ about collaborative work cultures, barriers to agility, retrospectives and the value of open space.

Q&A with Dave Gray about Liminal Thinking for Organizational Change

by Ben Linders on  Feb 19, 2015 2

The majority of change initiatives fail because people feel that they do not have any influence in the proposed changes and don’t understand how they affect them or would make things better for them says Dave Gray. Liminal thinking is a change approach that focuses on understanding how people construct and change their beliefs. It provides a skill set to create and use thresholds to effect change.

How Agile Can Learn from Behavioral Economics

by Ben Linders on  Feb 17, 2015 2

People often don’t decide and act rationally, according to studies from the area of behavioral economics. Pierre Hervouet describes how our brain takes decisions, talks about experiments on using personas and the IKEA effect and explains what we can learn from these experiments for agile software development.

Step by Step Improvement Needs Relative Safety

by Ben Linders on  Feb 12, 2015

At the OOP 2015 conference Colin Hood talked about bridging the gap between requirements engineering process definition and successful iterative roll-out. He presented how the introduction of improvements to requirements engineering can be done better when done step by step, and how relative safety is needed to enable people to take the steps.

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