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Q&A with Scott Ambler on the Disciplined Agile Enterprise

by Ben Linders on  Jan 27, 2015

“An agile enterprise is able to anticipate and respond swiftly to changes in the marketplace” says Scott Ambler. InfQ interviewed Scott about the reasons why agile projects are failing, how to increase budgets for building new systems, disciplined DevOps, harmonizing agile and lean, and on coaching for enterprise agility.

Feedback Cycles in Scrum

by Ben Linders on  Jan 26, 2015

In agile software development feedback plays an important role. Many are aware how feedback supports dealing with changing requirements and adjusting the way of working in teams with retrospectives. But there is more that feedback can do in agile. “An effective feedback cycle in Scrum is more than having sprints and doing retrospectives” says Kris Philippaerts.

The State of Testing in 2015

by Ben Linders on  Jan 23, 2015

The state of testing survey 2015 aims to provide insight in the adoption of test techniques and practices, test automation, and the challenges that testers are facing. Ongoing developments have impact on testing, such as the Internet of Things (IoT) and the adoption of agile where developers and testers collaborate in teams and competencies become more important than roles and titles.

Using the "Worse is Better" Concept with Agile and Lean

by Ben Linders on  Jan 23, 2015

Less functionality can make a better product according to the “Worse is Better” concept described 25 years ago by Richard P. Gabriel. According to Kevlin Henney and Frank Buschmann we can learn from the worse is better concept for development and architecture with agile and lean.

Fastlane Brings Continuous Deployment to iOS

by Sergio De Simone on  Jan 23, 2015

Fastlane is a suite of tools that aim at automating the iOS app release process and provide "a fully working Continuous Deployment process" that can be triggered by running a single command. Interview with fast lane's creator, Felix Krause.

Achieving a Learning Culture that Support Scaling Agile

by Ben Linders on  Jan 22, 2015

When you want to scale agile you have to view it as “a way of doing things, a mindset and a culture for the whole company” says Christoph Mathis. To scale agile you need to change the culture to achieve a learning organization.

Scaling Agile with the Disciplined Agile Delivery Framework

by Ben Linders on  Jan 22, 2015

The Disciplined Agile Delivery (DAD) framework is a process decision framework with end-to-end strategies for delivering solutions. InfoQ interviewed Mark Lines about the deploying the Disciplined Agile Delivery framework, how it support continuous delivery and DevOps, how DAD relates to the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe).

DevOps Adoption in the Large Enterprise

by João Miranda on  Jan 22, 2015

CA Technologies recently published a study on the perceptions of 1,425 IT and line of business (LOB) executives on DevOps. It found that 88% of respondents have adopted (24%) or are considering adopting (64%) DevOps. The study focuses on the views of executives (e.g.: C-level, VPs, Directors) at organizations with revenues of at least $500M, bringing a different perspective on the subject.

Technical Leadership for Agile Teams

by Ben Linders on  Jan 20, 2015

When developers are promoted into a position leading the team, a different skillset is needed. InfoQ interviewed Patrick Kua, author of the book, Talking with Tech Leads, about the need for technical leaders, differences between the Scrum master and Tech Lead roles, leadership skills and what technical leaders can do to support people in developing their skills and abilities.

Scaling Agile: Frameworks and Experiences

by Ben Linders on  Jan 19, 2015

The Agile Consortium Belgium together with UNICOM is organizing the Scaling Agile for the Enterprise 2015 congress in Brussels, Belgium. InfoQ interviewed Arie van Bennekum and Jan de Baere from the Agile Consortium about activities organized by the Agile Consortium, issues that the software industry is facing with agile scaling and stories from enterprises that have successfully scaled agile.

Putting People First to Increase Motivation and Performance

by Ben Linders on  Jan 15, 2015

Focusing on the motivation of individuals can positively impact performance. An interview with Peter van Oevelen about motivating individuals, influencing the mood of teams, applying radical management, economies of motivation and building effective teams with individuals that have their own ideas, preferences and motivations.

The Role of the Middle Manager in an Agile World

by Rui Miguel Ferreira on  Jan 13, 2015

Mário Moreira explored the role of the middle management in an agile world on its agile adoption roadmap blog and the challenges that are in place when facing that reality.

Lean and Agile Leadership with the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe)

by Ben Linders on  Jan 12, 2015

The Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) provides practices, roles activities and artifacts for applying Lean and Agile development at enterprise scale. InfoQ interviewed Dean Leffingwell about deploying the scaled agile framework, building cross functional agile teams and aligning teams, the people part of SAFe and the principles of lean and agile leadership.

Agile Teams and Managers can Collaborate to Solve Impediments

by Ben Linders on  Jan 08, 2015

Impediments are issues that hinder agile teams. They are problems that teams are facing, which they need to solve. Managers can help agile teams in several ways to solve impediments.

Should Agile Projects Be Innovative?

by Han Xu on  Jan 06, 2015

Agile was considered to be synonymous with innovation. However, Scrum Alliance co-founder Mike Cohn earlier criticized modern Scrum for focusing too much on meeting the time goals at the expense of exploring innovative solutions

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