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Designing Systems for Testability

by Ben Linders on  Oct 22, 2014

Testability must be explicitly designed in the system said Peter Zimmerer from Siemens AG. Test architects should drive testability and collaborate with architects, designers and testers in using good design and engineering practices. At the QA&Test 2014 conference Peter gave a tutorial about design for testability for embedded software systems.

Use Your Blockades to Sustainably Improve

by Ben Linders on  Oct 21, 2014

Blockades in work, like insufficient information, unclear requirements or having to wait for tools or systems to become available can have a systematic cause. It could be the case that similar problems that block the team keep happening until the underlying causes are addressed. You can use your blockades as treasures of improvement to sustainably improve the way work is done.

Different Approaches to Create Story Wall

by Savita Pahuja on  Oct 20, 2014

Ryan Mckergow explains various ways to set up story walls for agile team. This post includes setting up columns, rows, selecting colors and avatars for the story wall.

Getting your Quality Management System Used

by Ben Linders on  Oct 20, 2014

Creating and maintaining a Quality Management System (QMS) can be difficult, certainly when organizations have multiple product lines where different regulations and standards are applicable. InfoQ interviewed Willem van den Biggelaar about the benefits of having a QMS, dealing with multiple regulations, assuring adherence, how a QMS can support agility and deploying a QMS in an agile way.

VersionOne and CA Technologies release a new PPM/APM integrated solution

by Katherine Kirk on  Oct 18, 2014

Last week VersionOne and CA Technologies announced that they have integrated their Project and Portfolio Management (PPM) and Agile Project Management (APM) products to provide an enterprise solution which the two organisations say gives users the ability to have a strategic view of a complete portfolio at the executive level no matter what methodology teams might use.

Avoidance of Organizational Dysfunction Leads to Scrum Masters' Failure

by Savita Pahuja on  Oct 17, 2014 2

Bob Marshall explains the reason of failing of scrum master in most of the organizations as the lack of awareness on the part of adopting scrum and scrum master’s responsibility to tackle organizational dysfunction.

Q&A with Pragmatic Dave: Agility over Agile

by Katherine Kirk on  Oct 17, 2014

Dave Thomas and Martin Fowler participated in a panel for the GOTO Conference series, focused on ‘A retake on the Agile Manifesto’, inspired from Dave’s blog, ‘Agile Is Dead (Long Live Agility)’. In this Q&A, Dave (also known as Pragmatic Dave) explains his thoughts around the panel, his blog and why he believes it’s time to focus less on agile and more on the practical application of agility.

Mixing Agile with Waterfall for Code Quality

by Ben Linders on  Oct 17, 2014 3

The 2014 CAST Research on Application Software Health (CRASH) report states that enterprise software built using a mixture of agile and waterfall methods will result in more robust and secure applications than those built using either agile or waterfall methods alone. InfoQ interviewed Bill Curtis about structural quality factors, and mixing agile and waterfall methods.

Effectiveness of Meetings in Development Process

by Savita Pahuja on  Oct 16, 2014

Software development initiatives include different types of meetings, spread across the whole development process. A post on the Mobile Orchard blog explains tips and tricks to check and improve the effectiveness of these meetings.

The Importance of Discipline in Agile

by Ben Linders on  Oct 16, 2014 4

Agile software development is sometimes perceived as an undisciplined way of working. There are organizations which use that perception as an excuse to not adopt agile. According to others agile is actually a more disciplined approach than waterfall for software development. Let’s explore how discipline plays a role in agile and why discipline is considered important for agile to be successful.

Governance Behaviours that Result in Success with Agile

by Shane Hastie on  Oct 14, 2014

Brian Wernham wrote an article for The Times in which he identifies seven governance behaviours which are needed for successful adoption of agile, especially focused on government departments adopting new ways of working. The UK Government has mandated agile practices for delivery of IT projects and provides guidelines for service design using agile approaches.

Book Series on Managing Remote Teams

by Ben Linders on  Oct 09, 2014

In the book series the art of managing remote teams authors share their experiences and provide advice on establishing and working with remote teams. The books are intended for people who are about to setup an offshore or nearshore team, or people who are already managing a remote team and want to improve.

Maturity Model for Continuous Performance Improvement

by Savita Pahuja on  Oct 08, 2014

Martin Fowler, described Maturity Model as a tool that helps people assess the current effectiveness of a person or group and supports figuring out what capabilities they need to acquire next in order to improve their performance.

Agile for Mobile Application Development

by Savita Pahuja on  Oct 06, 2014

For mobile application development, teams are looking to introduce a lightweight development process like agile software development, which offers tremendous opportunities and value to build applications in short cycles.

Kickstart Agile the Kanban Way

by Ben Linders on  Oct 02, 2014

Successful adoption of agile is related to the approach that is used to introduce changes in the organization. Organization can do a top down “mandated” implementation or use a different approach. Kanban can be used as a way to kick start agile, allowing teams to opt-in to agile practices when they feel ready for it to create a sustainable new way of working .

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