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

Q&A with Andreas Schliep on ScALeD – Scaled Agile and Lean Development

by Ben Linders on  Jan 02, 2015 3

The introduction and integration of agile approaches to an organization should be regarded and treated as an agile project itself says Andreas Schliep. An interview with Andreas about pitfalls when trying to scale agile, on ScALeD and how it compares to Agility Path, LeSS, SAFe and DaD, and on continuous improvement and scaling retrospectives.

Experiences and Good Practices from Hackathons

by Ben Linders on  Dec 27, 2014

Hackathons are events where developers work together during a fixed period to collaboratively develop software. They provide learning opportunities and space for developers and organizations sponsoring the hackathons to network and have some fun.

Is Unhedged Call Options a Better Metaphor for Bad Code?

by Ben Linders on  Dec 24, 2014

In a blog post on bad code and technical debt Steve Freeman described how Chris Matts came up with the metaphor of an unhedged call option for bad code. This post is being intensively discussed on Reddit and on Hacker News recently. InfoQ interviewed Steve and Chris about using metaphors for bad code and code smells, trade-offs and costs of low quality code, and responsibilities for code quality.

New Tools from Google to Help Developing C/C++ Applications on Android

by Sergio De Simone on  Dec 23, 2014

A new set of libraries and tools from Google's Fun Propulsion Labs, fplutil, promises to make it easier to develop C/C++ applications for Android.

Why Pair Programming is Hard to Implement

by Savita Pahuja on  Dec 23, 2014 1

Pair Programming is good for increasing the software quality and collaboration within team members but it is hard to implement. This news describes the reasons why it is hard and how to figure out good practices of pair programming for your team.

Improve your Programming Skills with

by Ben Linders on  Dec 23, 2014 helps developers to increases their craftsmanship in a language through feedback and discussion. It’s a community and tool where developers can write code and discuss it to strengthen their problem-solving skills. InfoQ did an interview with the creator of exercism Katrina Owen and with Richard Thomson who contributed the C++ language track for exercism.

Dealing with Negative Emotions in Teams

by Ben Linders on  Dec 22, 2014

When people work together in agile teams, emotions are bound to happen. Where positive emotions can give a boost to team working, negative emotions can have significant impact on collaboration in teams and affect their productivity. Noel Radley published a report on how team mood can impact project management. InfoQ asked her why negative emotions happen and how agile teams can deal with them.

Atlassian Releases Atlassian Cloud Products

by Savita Pahuja on  Dec 22, 2014

Atlassian introduced Atlassian Cloud in December 2014.Atlassian Cloud delivers the power of Atlassian software in a flexible development and collaboration platform for teams of any size. With no downloads and simplified user and site administration, team can securely work together wherever there is internet access.

Emotion Cards for Agile Teams

by Savita Pahuja on  Dec 19, 2014 1

This news describes usage of emotion cards as an effective tool in the toolbox of any scrum master, agile Coach or trainer. Emotion Cards are a set of cards showing common emotions like angry, anxious, confused, happy, sad, surprised, tired and worried.

The State of Agile – December 2014

by Shane Hastie and others on  Dec 19, 2014 2

Recently we polled a small group of InfoQ editors, consultants and trainers asking them for their thoughts on the state of Agile adoption and what ideas, practices or techniques are emerging or being recognised as useful at the end of 2014. This is not a scientific study, rather an informal collection of opinions.

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