Dan North gave a talk about business mapping at the Scaling Agile for the Enterprise 2016 congress in Brussels. InfoQ interviewed him about the problems that he sees from a business perspective when the IT part of an organization adopts agile, and asked him what business mapping is and how it can help organizations to increase their agility.
At the Agile Practitioners 2016 conference Huib Schoots talked about testability. He stated that low testability, anything that makes our software hard to test, slows teams down, and explored how testability can be increased.
Proper implementation of feature toggles based on a categorisation of their longevity and dynamism helps dealing with their operational complexity according to Pete Hodgson, consultant at ThoughtWorks. In his post he expands Martin Fowler's FeatureToggle pattern and proposes Release, Ops, Experiment and Permission Toggle implementation strategies.
InfoQ interviewed Dan North about the activities that are performed by database administrators and how they are related to those done by developers and by operations, how database administration is usually organized, how the database fits into DevOps or Continuous Delivery, and what he expects that the future will bring for database administration when organizations adopt DevOps.
Thomas Bradford talked about his experience with maintaining a monolith Java based system with zero test coverage and large technical debt at the Agile Testing Days 2015. InfoQ interviewed him about the problems that they had maintaining the system and the technical debt that had been build up, why they decided to take a different approach and how they improved team morale.
Software industry pioneer, prolific author, researcher, consultant and photographer Edward Yourdon died on January 20, 2016
A coachRetreat is a "safe to fail" learning platform where participants can try different approaches to coaching. In a coachRetreat participants explore the way that people interact in a given situation and can learn to view a situation from different perspectives to improve their coaching skills. An interview with Oana Juncu, Elad Sofer and Yves Hanoulle.
This first post in the series on leadership fit for the 21st century covers the talk given by Hendrik Pothof from ING and Michael Bres from Axis into Management about leadership challenges in an agile environment.
InfoQ interviewed Oana Juncu about what storytelling is and how it works, the value that stories can bring, examples of narrative techniques that can be used in storytelling, and her experiences with using storytelling in agile transformation.
InfoQ interviewed Boris Modylevsky about the importance of measuring code quality and how measurements can be used to improve quality, integrating static code analysis in continuous integration, testing coverage and test automation, and the benefits that continuous integration with integrated code analysis and test coverage can bring.
Riley Newman, head of data science at Airbnb, recently published an article describing how the Californian startup defines and uses data science. He explains that data can be seen as the voice of the customers, and data science as an act of interpretation. He also details several initiatives that have been particularly important for scaling data science.
The state of testing survey aims to provide insights on a number of aspects of the testing profession. Reviewing things like the adoption of test techniques and practices, test automation, and many of the other challenges that testers are facing today. The survey, made by testers for testers, is organized by Joel Montvelisky from PractiTest together with Lalit Bhamare from Tea-Time with Testers.
InfoQ interviewed Gil Zilberfeld about the benefits that a test first approach can bring, the concepts of Test Driven Development (TDD) and Behavior Driven Development (BDD) and examples of teams using BDD and TDD, and how you can explore BDD and TDD without doing any coding.
InfoQ ran a DevOps research question during Q4 of 2015, to find out which practices contribute the most to a healthy DevOps culture. The results show there are no predominant practices as DevOps initiatives are highly contextual.
The microservices pattern are changing how we build applications and team structure is extremely important to be successful in building and running these microservices, Chris Munns stated in a talk about how microservices at enterprise scale are built at Amazon at the earlier I Love APIs 2015 conference.