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The Spring IO Platform Released to Simplify Dependency Management

by Matt Raible on  Jul 03, 2014

Pivotal last week released the first version of their new Spring IO Platform 1.0. At its core, the Spring IO Platform is a list of dependencies (and their versions) that work well together. Its implementation is a Maven POM file that you can import into your projects to set the versions for dependencies. These dependencies are curated and harmonized across Spring projects.

Alternative Approaches for Implementing Agile

by Ben Linders on  Jul 03, 2014

Top-down implementation of agile is a commonly use approach for agile adoption in organizations. Alternative approaches exist, like implementing agile by stealth, using continuous improvement teams, starting with a quiet phase or taking baby steps by implementing a limited set of agile practices.

Agile Australia Conference Review

by Shane Hastie on  Jul 02, 2014

The Agile Australia 2014 conference was held in Melbourne, Australia last week. Over 950 people from all around Australia, New Zealand and beyond attended this annual event. The theme of this year’s conference was Embracing Disruption, there were 41 sessions covering five broad topic areas.

Software Extension to PMBOK Guide Fifth Edition Released

by Savita Pahuja on  Jun 30, 2014

Project Management Institute recently published software extension to the PMBOK Guide Fifth Edition. It includes mapping and replacing traditional approaches with their agile alternatives to ease the transition from traditional to agile methods.

Group Performance Reviews and Rewards in Agile Teams

by Savita Pahuja on  Jun 29, 2014

Group performance reviews, bonuses and rewards in agile teams to promote team culture.

Delivering More Software Without Adding People

by Ben Linders on  Jun 26, 2014

As the need for software products and services increases organizations look for ways to increase their capacity. Often organizations decide to scale up by adding more people. Some question this approach and suggest alternative ways to be able to deliver more software without adding people.

Survey on Agile in Marketing by CMG Partners

by Savita Pahuja on  Jun 25, 2014

Results of sixth-annual CMO’s agenda, “The Agile Advantage,” a qualitative survey assessing the role and responsibilities of the chief marketer have been released by marketing strategy consultancy CMG Partners.

ING Netherlands' Measured Improvements on Transition to DevOps

by João Miranda on  Jun 25, 2014

Jan-Joost Bouwman and Mark Heistek, from ING Retail Banking Netherlands, presented at Devopsdays Amsterdam how a CMMI-ITIL organization transitioned to a more agile mindset. Somewhat unusually in this kind of sessions, ING presented quantitative evidence of the improvements, such as a marked increase in the number of changes deployed to production and a decrease of the risk value per change.

On Power and Influence

by João Miranda on  Jun 23, 2014

At DevOpsDays Amsterdam, Mark Coleman asserted that all organizational's cultural changes start with one person influencing another. He finds that Charles Handy's writings on power and influence help on understanding how an organizations works and how one can go on to change it. Mark discussed Charles Handy's six sources of power and six methods of influence.

Role of Managers in Agile Transformation

by Savita Pahuja on  Jun 22, 2014 1

Changing role of traditional managers in agile projects explained by Robert Galen and Zappos approach of halocracy organizational model.

Active Participation of Product Owners in Sprint Retrospective

by Savita Pahuja on  Jun 21, 2014 2

Roman Pichler shared his views on product owner’s participation in sprint retrospective to increase collaboration with development team.

Bol.com's DevOps Journey

by João Miranda on  Jun 20, 2014

On the first day of DevOpsDays Amsterdam 2014, bol.com, an online store, reported its experiences in its DevOps journey. Full automation, careful team building and an agile mindset that cross-cuts the organisation were the keys to success. RunDeck, Puppet, Hiera and Nagios enable bol.com to build and monitor a full working environment in under two hours, in a fully automated fashion.

Agile Training and Coaching for Managers

by Ben Linders on  Jun 19, 2014

Several authors discussed the importance of training for the success of agile adoption. Teams usually receive training when organizations are adopting agile. The question is how much and what kind of training and coaching is needed for the managers to make an agile transformation succeed.

The Power of Anonymous Retrospectives

by Rui Miguel Ferreira on  Jun 18, 2014 1

Hiren Doshi recently published a post on his blog about Anonymous Retrospectives, a technique suggested for agile teams to maximize the feedback gathered during retrospective meetings.

Q&A with Spark the Change Conference Organisers

by Shane Hastie on  Jun 17, 2014

The Spark the Change conference runs in London on 3-4 July. The theme of the conference is “Create an Organisation you can Believe in”. Aimed at leaders from across the business the conference aims to inspire attendees to build better, strong businesses, become more inspiring leaders themselves and create happier workplaces. InfoQ spoke to one of the organisers about the conference.

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