At Unruly teams have been applying eXtreme Programming (XP) since being founded in 2006. Teams take a test-first approach to developing code and invest in automated checks that can be run in live environments. InfoQ interviewed Rachel Davies about the importance of a continuous approach to testing, how this has evolved over the years and the business advantage that it delivers to Unruly.
Tomas Rybing, Director, Project Management at Aptilo Networks, proposed a prioritization technique called ‘Priority Pyramid’, in agile environment.
The OnAgile virtual conference is running on May 14, 2015. It will examine the impact and value of technical practices in agile transformations. A wide range of speakers will explore aspects covering microservices, continuous delivery, functional programming, exploratory testing and software craftsmanship. InfoQ spoke to conference chair Declan Whelan about the event.
InfoQ did an interview with Charles about the role of the PMO in an agile organization.
Sven Peters presented a guide to creating and maintaining an effective ‘coding culture’ at Craft Conference 2015 in Budapest. Recommendations included, defining and regularly retrospecting on organisational and team values, giving people time to innovate, celebrating success, enabling transparent communications and actions, and ensuring the needs of the customer are constantly in focus.
At Craft Conference in Budapest, Dan North and Jessica Kerr presented a keynote session which cautioned developers that complexity is often found outside of the code. The key messages included: identify and manage areas of complexity; treat learning as a first-class citizen; focus on working to sustainably minimise lead time to business impact; and nurture a supportive team and community.
Behavior driven development (BDD) can be used to improve communication between testers, developers and the business. For example you can use given-when-then scenarios to develop test scripts and at the same time define the requirements of the system. BDD involves all team members and helps them to think about the product.
The Agile Alliance has announced the speaker lineup and program for the Agile 2015 conference and the Agile Executive Forum, both events being held in Washington, DC in August 2015.
David Dame, enterprise agility change agent and organizational coach introduced scaling engagement agility in his recent blog. He says that instead of process scaling, think of engagement scaling.
Jurgen Appelo proposes a new technique of work management called the chunking technique intended to increase productivity.
Atlassian recently released Stash Data Center, a highly available and horizontally scalable deployment option for its on-premises source code and Git repository management solution Stash. New nodes can be added without downtime to provide active-active clustering and instant scalability.
This post talks about using an agile implementation for data warehouse projects.
DevOps promises to break down the barriers between the developers and the systems operators, but success with DevOps hinges on the company's culture and flexibility.
Ash Maurya describes the importance of writing a problem statement in the business model.
Doing pair programming when working remote helps to increase interaction between developers and build relationships in teams, it makes knowledge flow and can prevent developers from drifting away. You can experiment with tooling to find a setup that works for you. Empathy and egolessness can emerge organically when doing pairing in a distributed team. Read about experiences with remote pairing.