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End-to-End Testing Considered Harmful: A Q&A with Steve Smith

by Daniel Bryant on  Dec 17, 2015

InfoQ recently sat down with Steve Smith and discussed the ideas behind his recent blog post “End-to-End Testing Considered Harmful”. Smith talked about release testing being a form of ‘risk management theatre’, discussed the benefit of unit and acceptance testing, and stressed the value of monitoring at runtime versus the typically fragile and slow-running implementation of end-to-end testing.

Developing a Solar Car with Scrum

by Ben Linders on  Dec 17, 2015

At the Lean Kanban Benelux 2015 conference Jeroen Molenaar shared his experiences working as an agile coach with the Dutch solar car team that has won the world solar challenge in Australia.

Microservices at Spotify

by Ben Linders on  Dec 14, 2015

Kevin Goldsmith talked about how Spotify uses microservices to break down architectures and be innovative at the GOTO Berlin 2015 conference. He argues that Microservices are easier to test, deploy and monitor than monolithic applications. Spotify also aims to have as few as possible dependencies in their product, and microservices are very helpful for that.

Developing and Testing Microservices

by Ben Linders on  Dec 14, 2015

At the Agile Testing Days 2015 Jose Lima from Redgate software shared his experiences with microservices. InfoQ interviewed him about advantages and disadvantages of developing products with microservices, how applying microservices has improved the quality of products, testing microservices and the skills that testers need, and his learnings from developing and testing microservices.

ThoughtWorks adds Dependency Management to Mingle to Support Scaling

by Shane Hastie on  Dec 14, 2015

ThoughtWorks have enhanced their application lifecycle management product Mingle with a new dependency management capability which supports scaling development across multiple teams and tracking dependencies in the tool.

Scaling Without Blueprints and the Agile Scaling Cycle

by Ben Linders on  Dec 10, 2015

InfoQ interviewed Stefan Roock about adding XP practices to Scrum, why using an agile framework as a blueprint for designing the organization is a premature optimization and why culture and principles are more important than practices. Roock also explains the agile scaling cycle with examples of how it can be used, and talks about the benefits and pitfalls of this approach for agile scaling.

Cellular Technologies Enabling the Internet of Things

by Kevin Farnham on  Dec 09, 2015 1

The Internet of Things is about connecting things. When the remotest of the things lie beyond the reach of WIFI networks, cellular technologies can provide a viable communications infrastructure. To this end, 4G Americas, a telecommunications industry trade organization, has published a new white paper titled "Cellular Technologies Enabling the Internet of Things."

Using Kanban to Innovate

by Ben Linders on  Dec 09, 2015

Patrick Steyaert talked about lean innovation with Kanban at the Lean Kanban Benelux 2015 and Lean Kanban Central Europe 2015 conferences. InfoQ interviewed him about the main obstacles to innovation, how to use discovery Kanban to manage innovation, how to develop talent for innovation, and asked him for examples of using Kanban with a business model canvas or lean canvas or other thinking tools.

Eight Dragons of Agile Measurement

by Rui Miguel Ferreira on  Dec 08, 2015

Larry Maccherone, Director of Analytics and Research at AgileCraft and frequent speaker at agile conferences like QCon, gave a webinar in which he discusses the major risks and challenges when introducing metrics in an agile environment. Risks are referred as "dragons" and the techniques to get rid of them as "slayers".

Prototyping Mental Models with Lego Serious Play for Agile

by Ben Linders on  Dec 08, 2015

People can tell stories and express themselves when trying to solve complex problems using Lego. Jens Hoffmann facilitated the session "Prototyping an Agile Culture with LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY®" at the GOTO Berlin 2015 conference.

Moving Fast at Scale

by Ben Linders on  Dec 08, 2015

Jez Humble talked about organizational obstacles to moving fast at scale and how to address them at the GOTO Berlin 2015 conference. InfoQ interviewed him about how we can focus on value, why having a shared understanding of an artifact can be very valuable, removing waste and discovering the needs of customers quickly with low costs, and how to use the concept of improvement kata.

The Scrum Master who Sold his Authority

by Shane Hastie on  Dec 07, 2015

Maris Prabhakaran gave a talk at Agile Tour Thailand titled “The Srum Master who Sold his Authority” in which he examined a variety of common mistakes he has seen Scrum Masters make and suggested some ideas and tools needed to be effective in the role.

NYC CTO Summit Emphasizes Soft Skills for Tech Leaders

by Victor Grazi on  Dec 07, 2015

The Wheelhouse annual CTO Summit was held last week at the Nasdaq building in New York's Times Square, targeting CTO's and engineering leaders in every industry, and presented by CTO's past and present. InfoQ reviews the conference, and speaks to conference organizer Peter Bell about the goals of the conference.

Q&A on Innovation in the Enterprise

by Ben Linders on  Dec 04, 2015

Markus Andrezak talked about innovation in the enterprise at the the GOTO Berlin 2015 conference. InfoQ interviewed him on misunderstandings on innovation and asked him about solutions that enterprises can use to develop innovative products.

Having the Right Mix of IT, Culture and Practice for DevOps

by Ben Linders on  Dec 03, 2015 1

An interview with Nicole Forsgren about why organizations are starting to embrace DevOps methods, how being able to deploy fast can also increase IT stability, what to focus upon when changing the organizational culture to improve performance, how lean management can help to increase the performance, and asked her for advice when organizations want to apply DevOps to increase their performance.

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