Software developers spend a tremendous amount of time and energy focused on how to build the best possible products. We obsess over what web framework to use or whether to go with a NoSQL or SQL database. While these questions are important, they often neglect to address an equally important aspect of software development: culture.
We are at a crossroads in the agile-adoption narrative. Early in the story teams were the “bottom-up” vector for agile spread. Next the way agile spread started to shift away from teams to executives and “management”. Recent developments move us towards consultancy for bring agile to larger enterprises that struggle with change. Which way is agile going to go next?
Knowledge about system and domain, which is important for both effectiveness and good quality, is best acquired through a dialog, face2face. Unfortunately, there are situations when a dialog is not possible and our only rescue is lean documentation. This article gives you 6 practices how to maximize information while minimizing the number of words. This makes it easy to use and to maintain.
With the emergence of the WebRTC API standard, developers without any experience in telecommunications technology are enabled to easily integrate real-time comms into their applications.
Culture plays an important role in organizational change. Successful agile adoption tends to depend on the ability to change culture by making the culture explicit and becoming more conscious of it.
The Cynefin model can be used in different ways - this article examines the situation where there is a need to make sense of situation as we have found that there are a large number of issues.
Estimating story points can be a tedious process and some teams abandon doing story points to help predict their velocity. This is a way to make the process of estimating points much faster.
This article summarizes the key takeaways and highlights from QCon London 2015 as blogged and tweeted by attendees.
Experiments and lessons from the engineering organization of King Digital Entertainment showing how continuous improvement of HR-related processes and topics fosters a creative and innovative culture. 4
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.