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What Is New on ThoughtWorks Radar Nov 2015

by Abel Avram on  Nov 14, 2015

ThoughtWorks has published their radar for the end of 2015, covering technologies in four areas: Languages & Frameworks, Platforms, Techniques, and Tools.

Kanban at the Dutch National Archive

by Ben Linders on  Nov 13, 2015

Bianca Griffioen gave a talk at the Lean Kanban Benelux 2015 conference about how kanban has been adopted to visualized, prioritize and manage work at the infrastructure and services department of the Dutch National archive. InfoQ interviewed her about why they decided to go for kanban, how they introduced kanban and use it, how the team and stakeholder feel about kanban and what they learned.

IT Hosting with Kanban: A Case Study from an Insurance Company

by Ben Linders on  Nov 13, 2015

Odile Moreau presented a case study of a big insurance company who started their Agile journey with Kanban for IT Hosting teams at the Lean Kanban Benelux 2015 conference. InfoQ interviewed her about the situation at the insurance company, what made them decide to choose Kanban, how teams use Kanban to manage flow and coordinate, and asked her to share learnings from this Kanban journey.

Agile with Internal Coaches and Facilitators

by Ben Linders on  Nov 12, 2015

An interview with Andreas Schliep and Peter Beck about why internal coaches and facilitators are important when organizations want to increase their agile maturity, advantages and disadvantages of working with external coaches, how internal coaches contribute to agile adoption, what internal coaches and facilitators can do to be ready to work effectively, and qualification of internal coaches.

Rebuild or Refactor?

by Ben Linders on  Nov 12, 2015 3

Should you rebuilding or refactoring software?An interview with Wouter Lagerweij about what it is that makes refactoring so difficult, if rebuilding software is less risky than refactoring, and how continuous delivery fits with rebuilding software.

Product Development in an Unruly Mob: Alex Wilson and Benji Weber Q&A

by Daniel Bryant on  Nov 11, 2015

At the fifth ‘Agile on the Beach’ conference, held in Cornwall, UK, InfoQ sat down with Alex Wilson and Benji Weber from Unruly. Wilson and Weber presented a session at the conference entitled 'Product Development in an Unruly Mob', and discussed how mob programming has helped Unruly get the best from the software delivery team.

How Testing Changed When Moving from Waterfall to Agile and DevOps

by Ben Linders on  Nov 11, 2015

An interview with Laurent Py about why decided to transition to agile and DevOps and the benefits that they are getting from that, the "testing swing", how you can measure behavior change to find out if a feature is valuable, on the strategy and approach for test automation and what he expects that the future will bring us in testing.

Motivation and Drive in Agile Teams

by Ben Linders on  Nov 11, 2015

Fin Kingma talked about motivation and how the success of agile relies on driven people at the Agile Testing Days 2015.

Q&A with David Anderson on Enterprise Services Planning

by Ben Linders on  Nov 11, 2015

Enterprise Services Planning is a way of planning, scheduling, sequencing, and selecting work for professional services. It extends Kanban for enterprise-wide service improvement. InfoQ interviewed Anderson about what Enterprise Services Planning (ESP) aims to deliver, how it can be used to manage risks, how cost of delay can be used inside ESP, and why feedback loops are important in ESP.

Maven Central Now Mirrored by Google

by Matt Raible on  Nov 09, 2015 1

Takari, the Maven-focused company started by Maven founder Jason van Zyl, announced that Maven Central is now mirrored on Google Cloud Storage. Maven Central is the central repository where many open source Java libraries publish their artifacts.

Role of Testers in Agile Teams

by Ben Linders on  Nov 09, 2015

Karen Greaves and Sam Laing will give a keynote titled "testers are dying" at the Agile Testing Days 2015; InfoQ will cover this conference. InfoQ interviewed them about how agile impacts the role of testers, what testers can do to shorten the lead time of testing, collaboration between testers and other team members in agile teams, and the value that testers can contribute in agile teams.

Why is Continuous Product Improvement Not Mainstream? A Q&A with Melissa Perri

by Daniel Bryant on  Nov 08, 2015

At the fifth ‘Agile on the Beach’ conference, held in Cornwall, UK, InfoQ sat down with Melissa Perri, founder of ProdUX Labs. Perri presented a talk entitled ‘Continuous Product Improvement’ at the conference, which questioned that with the widely implemented technical practices of continuous integration and continuous deployment, why is it that continuous product development is not mainstream?

Turn the Ship Around - Towards Leadership at Every Level

by Ben Linders on  Nov 06, 2015

At the Agile Tour London 2015 Wim Heemskerk and Dirk Mulder hosted a session about creating leadership at every level, based on the book Turn the Ship Around by David Marquet. InfoQ interviewed them about how hierarchy can hinder transitioning to agile, why organizations should develop leaders in stead of followers, and on applying leadership lessons from the book to increase the agility.

Delivering Value with Agile Teams

by Ben Linders on  Nov 05, 2015

In this interview Ralph Jocham talks about how to deliver value with agile teams, the most important skills that Scrum masters and product owners need to have, how you can know that the quality of the software that you are delivering is right and what teams can do if they want to deliver more value.

Dropbox Deprecates APIs and Prioritizes User Collaboration

by Saul Caganoff on  Nov 01, 2015

Support for Dropbox's Datastore and Sync APIs ended last week, leaving developers confused and depending on a new Core API which is still in preview status. Meanwhile recent announcements of collaboration products appear to signal a prioritization away from developers towards a focus on user collaboration.

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