2015 State of Scrum Report Published by Scrum Alliance

by Savita Pahuja on  Sep 05, 2015

Scrum Alliance surveyed almost 5,000 people about their use of Scrum and the report is published.

Innovation at AXA's Digital Agency

by Ben Linders on  Sep 05, 2015

The AXA Digital Agency deploys the Lean Startup approach, using design thinking, minimum viable product development and growth hacking, to innovate and support the digital transformation at AXA. An interview with Yves Caseau about the importance of innovation, adopting a lean startup approach, learnings from minimum viable products and growth hacking and advice for starting an innovation journey.

Making a Mindshift in Management for Agility

by Ben Linders on  Sep 03, 2015

The volatility in the market requires that organizations become able to adapt to changing demand as fast as possible while gaining the highest value. To implement agile managers need to team up to remove impediments in the organization says Ahmet Akdag. An agility transformation is about learning to try, fail and learn.

10 Properties Defining Software Architecture

by Jan Stenberg on  Aug 27, 2015 2

Software architecture is a process; a sequence of strategic design decisions mapping specification and business goals to architecture design, and a thing; a set of views produced by the process that address different stakeholders, Michael Stal states describing how to define a software architecture.

Driving Transformational Behavior with Core Work Systems

by Ben Linders on  Aug 27, 2015

Mike Orzen will talk about using core work systems to drive transformational behavior at the Lean IT Summit 2015. An interview on the benefits that organizations aim for with lean IT, why adopting and reinforcing new behaviors is essential to create sustained change, core work systems and work processes for IT organizations, and common missteps in lean IT transformations and how to prevent them.

Agile 2015 Sponsor Roundup #2

by Craig Smith on  Aug 23, 2015

The Agile 2015 conference ran in Washington, DC earlier this month with over 2300 attendees from around the globe. This is a second article in a series looking at the sponsors who supported the conference. They were each asked to answer three questions – Who, What and Why. Who are they, What were they offering at the conference and Why did they choose to sponsor this event?

Investigation of Project Management Skills

by Ben Linders on  Aug 20, 2015

An investigation was done to find out which skills are desired by employers for project management positions and what it takes to be successful as a project manager. An interview about skills for managing projects, likability of bosses and leadership skills, why people feel miserable at work and what can be done to prevent it and the need for project managers when organizations migrate to agile.

Agile 2015 – Industry Analyst Panel: Agile Trends and Future Direction

by Shane Hastie on  Aug 20, 2015

At the recent Agile 2015 conference the Agile Alliance hosted the fifth annual industry analyst panel briefing in which a group of commentators answered questions on the theme of agile trends and future directions.

Ilan Goldstein on a Scrum Myth Buster Series

by Savita Pahuja on  Aug 20, 2015 1

This post covers scrum myths described by Ilan Goldstein, Certified Scrum Trainer.

Agile 2015 Closing Keynote - Want Better Collaboration? Don’t be so Defensive

by Shane Hastie on  Aug 19, 2015

James Tamm, author of the book Radical Collaboration, gave the closing keynote at the recent Agile 2015 conference. His talk was titled “Want Better Collaboration – don’t be so defensive" and provided advice on how to be more collaborative by understanding the factors which cause our own defensiveness.

Agile 2015 Interviews and Commentary

by Shane Hastie on  Aug 17, 2015

At the recent Agile 2015 conference two organisations had video booths set up to record interviews with conference attendees, organizers and speakers. These videos are now published and available.

Impact of Splitting User Stories on the Original Estimates

by Savita Pahuja on  Aug 14, 2015 1

Product backlog refinement is a practice in which product backlog items are split and often re- estimated. This post is based on user story splitting and re-estimations.

Meet Grid, The Guardian's Image Management Service

by Jeff Martin on  Aug 13, 2015

The British newspaper The Guardian has open sourced Grid, their image management service. Grid utilizes numerous modern web-based technologies including AngularJS, Amazon Web Serivces, and ElasicSearch using ECMAScript 6 and Scala. Build by a small developer team over the past 11 months, it is currently used in production and available under a liberal open source license.

Pro or Against Agile Certification

by Ben Linders on  Aug 13, 2015 6

Some people stress the need for agile training with certification, as it helps to select candidates and lays a foundation for an agile transformation. Others are against certification, in their opinion they don't reflect people's abilities and skills properly and people who have no certifications might be better candidates than others who have. Are you pro or against agile certification?

Adopting a Suitable Agile Method Based on Organizational Goals

by Savita Pahuja on  Aug 12, 2015 1

Dan Tousignant, Agile Executive Coach and Trainer at Cape Project Management, proposed a matrix to help organizations choose their Agile approach.

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