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Uncertainty in Agile and the Discovery Mindset

by Ben Linders on  Jun 11, 2015

InfoQ interviewed Andrea Provaglio about business models for execution, optimization and discovery, dealing with uncertainty and leveraging it to create business value, understanding both value and cost, growing a discovery mindset, and creating a culture where people have the courage to make mistakes and can learn from them.

Practicing Mindfulness Technique At Work

by Savita Pahuja on  Jun 10, 2015 1

Mindfulness is a stress reduction technique which organizations use reduce the stress in employees.

AXELOS Launches PRINCE2 Agile

by Savita Pahuja on  Jun 08, 2015 1

AXELOS is going to launch PRINCE2 Agile in June 2015. PRINCE2 Agile is a complete project management solution, combining the flexibility and responsiveness of agile with the clearly defined framework of PRINCE2.

Google Create Kubernetes-based VM/Docker Image Building Framework

by Daniel Bryant on  Jun 06, 2015

Google have created a Kubernetes-based open source reference implementation that automates the building of custom Google Compute Engine VM images with Jenkins and Packer. The primary goal of this work is to demonstrate how to add image creation into a build pipeline for continuous delivery, and produce artifacts that may provide increased reliability and reduced speed of VM initialisation.

Defining Devops as CALMSS

by Savita Pahuja on  Jun 06, 2015 2

Forrester has come-up with a new definition of DevOps. Forrester has added an additional “S” for sourcing in the CALMS definition of DevOps. They believe that DevOps must be supported by a solid sourcing strategy to extend the ecosystem. This then brings them to the acronym of CALMSS.

Model-based Migration Approach for Maintenance of Legacy Software

by Ben Linders on  Jun 05, 2015 1

Hans van Wezep, software architect at Philips Healthcare, talked about model-based migration at the Bits&Chips Software Engineering conference. InfoQ did an interview with van Wezep about the challenges in maintaining legacy software, why manual refactoring is error prone, using models to refactor and migrate a codebase, and the benefits of using models when maintaining legacy software.

Meeting Regulatory Demands with Agile Software Development

by Ben Linders on  Jun 04, 2015 1

InfoQ interviewed Jan van Moll about regulatory demands for software in healthcare, satisfying these demands with waterfall project or with a mix of waterfall and agile, and introducing agile in an R&D organization that needs to fulfill regulatory demands.

Martin Fowler on "Yagni: You Are Not Gonna Need IT" XP Practice

by Savita Pahuja on  Jun 03, 2015 11

Martin Fowler describes yagni practice, why its is important and the costs of building presumptive features. Yagni is an acronym that stands for "You Aren't Gonna Need It". It is an Extreme Programming (XP) practice which states a programmer should not add functionality until deemed necessary.

Managing Technical Debt Using Total Cost of Ownership

by Ben Linders on  Jun 03, 2015

Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) can be used for investment decisions and financial benefit analysis. When applied to software it covers the initial development costs and subsequent maintenance costs until phase out of a product. TCO can support architectural decisions and management of technical debt.

Delivering Business Value

by Savita Pahuja on  Jun 01, 2015

Calculating the business value of features is way beyond just a few numbers.

Agile Australia 2015 to Focus on the Art of Simplicity

by Craig Smith on  May 31, 2015

The Agile Australia 2015 conference is running in Sydney on 17 - 18 June with its theme around the art of simplicty. The conference has been running since 2009 and is set to attract over 1,000 delgates representing over 250 of Australia's leading organisations.

Lessons on Building Continuous Delivery for Infrastructure

by João Miranda on  May 31, 2015

Lindsay Holmwood, Flapjack's creator, offers advice to enable fast, with quality, feedback loops and to support small, discrete changes. Holmwood asserts that to get quality feedback there are five main issues to think about: the CAP theorem; SLA definition; SLA validation; interfaces between services; data and infrastructure immutability.

How to Facilitate an Agile Retrospective Using "Rory Story Cubes"

by Savita Pahuja on  May 30, 2015

How to use Rory Story Cubes for sprint retrospective.

Applying Continuous Integration at Thales Naval Systems

by Ben Linders on  May 29, 2015

Continuous Integration can help to find integration issues earlier and to visualize the status of the build to all involved. Integration problems can be detected at build-time in stead of run-time during testing and teams can get immediate feedback on changes that they made and on the impact on components that are developed by other teams.

How to Descale an Organization

by Savita Pahuja on  May 27, 2015 1

There are many frameworks available for scaling Agile. In contrast to the concept of scaling Agile, there is a belief of descaling the organization.

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