Estimating story points can be a tedious process. So tedious in fact that some teams abandon doing story points to help predict their velocity. Instead of letting go of this valid way to predict upcoming work, how about finding a way to make the process of estimating points much faster? Not only faster, but FUN! Yes, story point estimation and fun in the same paragraph!
This article summarizes the key takeaways and highlights from QCon London 2015 as blogged and tweeted by QCon's 1,200 attendees. Over the course of the next 4 months, InfoQ will be publishing most of the conference sessions online, including more then 25 video interviews that were recorded by the InfoQ editorial team.
King Digital Entertainment needs to foster a creative and innovative culture with engaged and motivated people to create fun games. They have established an environment with freedom and trust, with space for experiments, exploration, and learning, to make people happy. Experiments and lessons from the engineering organization showing continuous improvement of HR-related processes and topics.
If you don't want to analyze all user stories in your project in order to estimate size then Randomized Branch Sampling can be used for portfolio related decisions and quotations on prospect projects.
Nic Ferrier talks about deploying agile effectively, the need for managers or Scrum masters, focusing on architecture to improve collaboration and using technology to avoid organizational problems.
The 2015 State of DevOps survey is out. Survey's co-author Gene Kim explains what are the goals for this edition, how the data is analysed and what have we learned so far from past surveys.
This article introduces a recent metaphor mentioned in management literature, a richer one than servant leadership: host leadership. A metaphor that is more useful for a modern agile organisation. 2
Developers across the globe attend coderetreats to learn from each other and refine their software design skills, but how do they work? What do people say about them? How can we make them even better? 3
A mix of existing robust hardware development ideas, plus a few newly taken from Agile software are being used now by real teams, even to get around or through the challenge of doing fast iterations.
The book Conscious Agility (Conscious Capitalism + Business Agility = Antifragility) describes a design-thinking approach for business to benefit from uncertainty, disorder, and the unknown.
The book "Agile! The Good, the Hype and the Ugly" provides a review of agile principles, techniques and tools. It explores the agile methods Extreme Programming, Lean Software, Scrum and Crystal. 4
In this article, authors discuss the software engineering practices in startup companies and provide empirical software engineering sources related to their engineering practices. 1