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 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.
The UK’s intelligence agency has a proud history of technical innovation, but given its need for secrecy and public accountability, it doesn’t sound like the kind of place to win an award for ‘innovation in management and building a happier workplace’. Yet when Spark judge, Helen Walton, interviewed GCHQ, she discovered a culture of creativity, diversity and surprising openness.
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
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
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. 1
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
This article shows how to do planning using reference class forecasting with the #NoEstimates paradigm which promises more accuracy in forecasts. 13
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.
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.
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.
"Scrum Shortcuts Without Cutting Corners" by Ilan Goldstein is a must read book that delivers real world examples on how to effectively implement and embed Agile in your team or organisation.