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Concourse: Scalable Open Source CI Pipeline Tool

by Grischa Ekart on  Apr 27, 2016

Concourse, an open source CI pipeline tool that uses yaml files for configuring pipelines and configuration-free setup, has recently bumped its major release and is currently available in version 1.1.0. Major conceptual benefits of Concourse are explicit and first-class support of pipelines, running isolated builds in containers, avoidance of snowflake build servers and easy access to build logs.

Atlassian Bamboo 5.11 Delivers Continuous Integration At Scale

by Craig Smith on  Apr 26, 2016

Atlassian, makers of development tools such as JIRA and Confluence, have just released version 5.11 of their continuous delivery tool Bamboo with a host of new features to help teams scale and collaborate. The key feature in this new release is the ability to scale from 100 to 250 elastic build agents.

Why the Mob Programming Conference Matters

by Stéphane Wojewoda on  Apr 25, 2016

Mob Programming is a software development approach where the whole team works together on the same thing, at the same time, in the same space, and at the same computer. This is a relatively new approach and one which is generating a lot of discussion. The first Mob Programming conference is coming up on 1-2 May. InfoQ spoke to the organizers to understand why the event matters.

Helping Great Teams Form Using the Core Protocols

by Stéphane Wojewoda on  Apr 24, 2016

The Core Protocols are a set of ideas identified by Jim and Michelle McCarthy. Richard Kasperowski will open the second day of the Agile Games Conference with an explanation of how to use these protocols to help a team transform to greatness. He spoke to InfoQ about how this happens and how they relate to other team formation models.

GitLab and DigitalOcean Offer Free Hosting for GitLab CI to Open Source Community

by Sergio De Simone on  Apr 21, 2016

GitLab, maker of the homonymous Git-based code management and continuous integration platform, and Y Combinator cloud platform provider DigitalOcean have partnered to provide free hosting to the open source community to move their continuous integration to the cloud.

VersionOne releases 10th Annual State of Agile Survey Results

by Shane Hastie on  Apr 19, 2016

VersionOne have released the results of the 10th annual State of Agile survey. Based on over 3800 responses from around the globe the results indicate that agile methods deliver tangible benefits; they are steadily becoming the default approach to software development and are starting to expand to areas outside software.

Economic Effects of Multitasking on an Organisation

by Savita Pahuja on  Apr 19, 2016

This post talks about how multitasking negatively impacts an an organisation economically.

Q&A with John Willis on Burnout in the Software Industry

by Ben Linders on  Apr 14, 2016

InfoQ interviewed John Willis about what made him decide to talk about burnout, the possible effects of burnout for a person, how burnouts are impacting the software development industry, leading indicators of a potential burnout and how they can be used to prevent burnouts, and suggestions for dealing with mismatches between employees and organizations that can cause a burnout.

Growing Agility

by Ben Linders on  Apr 07, 2016

Andrea Tomasini will give a keynote talk titled "Stop Scaling, Start Growing an Agile Organization" at the Agile Eastern Europe 2016 Conference. InfoQ interviewed him about growing agility.

Agile Epics in GitHub with ZenHub Epics

by Sergio De Simone on  Apr 05, 2016

GitHub-based project management solution ZenHub has recently introduced “Epics”, a new tool that provides a complete re-work of GitHub issues and issue management that aims to make it possible to fully manage product roadmaps inside of GitHub.

Characteristics of Evolutionary Architectures

by Jan Stenberg on  Mar 31, 2016

The first principle of Evolutionary architecture is support for incremental non-breaking changes. Microservices architecture is one great example of such an architecture, Rebecca Parsons and Neal Ford from Thoughtworks claims when describing characteristics and principles of Evolutionary architectures.

How Code is Built at Netflix

by Michael Stiefel on  Mar 31, 2016

Netflix does not require any team to use particular deployment tools, but teams are responsible for maintaining the tools they implement. Centralized teams at Netflix offer a set of tools to reduce the cognitive load of the majority of their engineers. This tool set uses Nebula, GIT, Jenkins, and Spinnaker to build Amazon Machine Images very efficiently and very quickly.

Tomas Rybing Introduces the Shooting Target - Value Kanban Board

by Savita Pahuja on  Mar 31, 2016

This post describes the applications of the shooting target in kanban board introduced by Tomas Rybing.

Contracting to Enable Agile Behaviour

by Ben Linders on  Mar 31, 2016

InfoQ interviewed Martin Kearns about how agile contracts differ from contracts for waterfall projects, how contracts can deal with scope changes, major disturbances or delays during development, how contracts can enable agile behaviour and help all those involved to work together based on an agile mindset, and the role that lawyers can have when organizations want to use contracts with agile.

Jenkins 2.0 Beta Available, Adds New Pipeline Build System

by David Iffland on  Mar 30, 2016

Jenkins 2.0 beta is now available which includes a new Pipeline build delivery system using a DSL built on Groovy. That feature and a new user setup process aims to give users most of what the need out of the box.

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