An interview with Rachel Davies about extreme programming and agile techniques, good things that have happened since the agile manifesto was published, developments that give agile a bad name and things that can be done to prevent that people think badly about agile and start to resist it and how scrum teams can adopt more technical practices from XP.
Enyo Kumahor talks about how Cobat Partners helps companies in Africa to leverage technology, applying the ideas of frugal innovation and pragmatism to delivering products which make a difference to the daily lives of people in Africa, despite the constraints they must work within. She discusses how these ideas apply beyond Africa, and how IT professionals around the world can help.
Portia Tung works as an agile coach and shares some experience on making teams out of individuals and motivating those teams to follow a vision or reach a goal. One technique to reach a goal is to use hope as the combination of will-power and way-power. How much power do I have to follow my goals and how much creativity do I have to overcome any obstacles on my way?
At QCon London Helen Walton and Pete Burden discussed what it takes to design a collaborative, agile supporting culture in an organisation, if it is possible for large organisations to actually change and what is needed to enable that change. The spoke about the Spark the Change conference and how it is a showcase of organisations that are actually working in new ways.
Jenni explores the neuroscience which shows why agile works, how it links to the factors that motivate people (using the SCARF model) and how leadership at every level and shows how empowering people is necessary for organisational success.
Frank Tino is an executive at a large software company who brought Agile to his organization using an invitational approach, instead of imposing practices on teams. He used a method called OpenSpace Agility to bring an entire enterprise into the process of experimenting with Agile principles and practices, in service to getting a rapid and lasting Agile adoption at scale.
Ben talks about the value of retrospectives as a technique for teams to improve their processes and achieve better outcomes through continuous improvement and ongoing learning. He says that management support is needed to enable change to be effective. He emphasizes the importance of technical as well as social practices for delivery of valuable software.
Matthew Skelton talks about the challenges to DevOps and Continuous Delivery adoption, what's the impact of microservices in this space, how to leverage ITIL, and DevOps team topologies.
Shane Hastie on Distributed Agile Teams, Product Ownership and the Agile Manifesto Translation Program
An interview with Shane Hastie about working effectively in distributed agile teams and making remote working work, why product ownership should be a team sport and how product owners teams can work with development teams and the Agile Manifesto translation program.
Aino Corry talks about using different teaching methods to teach university students at different levels, how students and professors react to the different methods, what makes teaching rewarding for her and how the future will look in teaching.
Rebecca Parsons, Thoughtworks CTO, on microservices: prerequisites, challenges and benefits. Also insights on designing services for scalability, handling failure and eventual consistency.
Aino Corry talks about overcoming barriers in retrospectives, facilitating effective retrospectives, techniques for doing retrospectives and the vital skills that retrospective facilitators need.