This is the first in a series of articles that will show how to build peer feedback loops, an effective means to encourage a culture of continuous improvement. Starting with a problem statement and some background on feedback, followed by explaining why metrics and meetings are not enough, the article describes the first three methods on how to design and facilitate peer feedback sessions.
The 2015 Standish Group Chaos Report has been released which shows some improvement and lots of opportunity for improvement in the software development industry. Jennifer Lynch spoke to InfoQ about the findings and their implications for software development. A significant change in the survey approach this year is the expansion of the definition of success to explore outcomes.
InfoQ interviewed the authors of fifty quick ideas to improve your retrospectives about why they wrote the book and how ideas are described, when you can do retrospectives, what facilitators can do to establish safety, why facilitators should not be the ones who solve problems, celebrating successes, good practices for getting actions done, and the value that teams get from doing retrospectives.
Book review and interview with Steve Smith and Matthew Skelton, authors of "Build Quality In", a collection of experience reports (including their own) on Continuous Delivery and DevOps initiatives.
Telefónica adapted Lean Startup to their processes, culture and organization to make it work. A Q&A with Susana Jurado Apruzzese on innovation and creating digital products.
The article emphasizes the need of a balance between feature development and technical debt repayment and outlines pragmatic strategies that software projects could adopt to manage technical debt.
As infrastructure becomes code, reviewing (and testing) provides the confidence necessary for refactoring systems. Reviews also help spread consistent best practices throughout the organization.
Sanjiv Augustine wrote Scaling Agile: A Lean JumpStart, a book on scaling Agile methods. It is a short and informative book about scaling Agile methods.
The book Scrumban [R]Evolution: Getting the Most Out of Agile, Scrum, and Lean Kanban explores the principles and theories of Scrumban, and shows how Scrumban can be deployed in organizations. 2
Agile methodologies long ago proved their efficiency with small co-located teams. No organization is too big, complex or distributed to adopt Agile practices, but they must follow these simple rules
At the recent Agile Australia conference Linda Rising spoke to InfoQ about adopting an experimentation mindset and running continuous retrospectives in a team.
How does fire fighting compare to DevOps? Michael Biven, team lead at Ticketmaster, shares important lessons on leadership, mentoring and team chemistry from his experience as a fire fighter.