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  • Conversation Patterns for Software Professionals. Part 2

    by Michał Bartyzel on  Dec 21, 2014

    All too often we that the business people we deal with do not know what they want, in this second article in a series Michael presents some ideas on how to talk to them and how to explore their needs. In this article he discusses formulating questions to be able to uncover the real needs and underlying motivations

  • Spark the Change Runner up - the Markel Marvel: A Case Study of IT Transformation in Insurance

    by Helen Walton on  Dec 17, 2014

    In an industry famously resistant to change, Markel International began an ambitious program to improve its technical capabilities and development culture. Many companies talk about transformation, but few are prepared to tell the story warts-and-all. Spark judge and writer, Helen Walton, interviews the Markel team to discover the obstacles faced as they went from waterfall to agile in 6 months.

  • Open Kanban: The First Agile and Lean Open Source Method for Continuous Improvement

    by Joseph Hurtado on  Dec 15, 2014

    Open Kanban is an innovative open source method that takes the best ideas from Agile and Lean and creates a minimal method, one that is designed to be adapted to any business or even personal use. Open Kanban recognizes the importance of technical excellence, and for that reason it is designed to be extended to address a particular knowledge area. Kanban Ace is the first extension of Open Kanban.

Spark the Change Winner - Mission-critical: a case study of GCHQ’s culture of innovation

Posted by Helen Walton on  Dec 14, 2014

The public sector – innovative? An intelligence agency – open? It doesn’t sound likely. But when Helen Walton interviewed GCHQ for the Spark Award she discovered an exceptional, creative culture.

Author Q&A: Introduction to Agile Methods by Sondra Ashmore & Kristin Runyan

Posted by Shane Hastie on  Dec 12, 2014

The book Introduction to Agile Methods by Sondra Ashmore & Kristin Runyan is a straightforward introduction to agile values, principles and practices which includes interviews with various luminaries

Q&A with Janet Gregory and Lisa Crispin about More Agile Testing

Posted by Ben Linders on  Dec 09, 2014

The book More Agile Testing cover developments in agile testing from the last five years: challenges, test practices, and examples of and experiences with testing from teams all around the world. 2

Reflections on the Dare Festival – Melbourne, 2014

Posted by Anton Rossouw on  Dec 07, 2014

Dare Festival Melbourne is a one-day fast paced event about workplace innovation, change and happiness - Anton summarises the talks with help from some visual recordings.

No Projects - Beyond Projects

Posted by Allan Kelly on  Dec 05, 2014

Applying the project lifecycle model to software development complicates both and makes developing good software harder. Allan Kelly presents ideas on how to move beyond projects and into flow. 3

#NoEstimates Project Planning Using Monte Carlo Simulation

Posted by Dimitar Bakardzhiev on  Dec 01, 2014

This article shows how to do planning using reference class forecasting with the #NoEstimates paradigm which promises more accuracy in forecasts. 11

Building Relationships Between Agile Teams and Stakeholders

Posted by Ben Linders on  Nov 26, 2014

Results from neuroscience research can be used in our daily work to strengthen relationships in the workplace and improve collaboration between agile teams and their stakeholders.

Conversation Patterns for Software Professionals. Part 1

Posted by Michał Bartyzel on  Nov 22, 2014

All too often we that the business people we deal with do not know what they want, Michael presents some ideas on how to talk to them and how to explore their needs.

The Resurrection of Product Risk Analysis

Posted by Chris Schotanus on  Nov 19, 2014

Product risk analysis (PRA) can be done during the various phases of sequential or agile system development. This article shows how to apply PRA to elevate it from project level to domain level.

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