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Getting People to Limit Their Work In Progress

by Ben Linders on  Dec 02, 2014

Kanban talks about limiting work in progress (WIP) as a way to manage workflow. “Limiting WIP is hard enough, but selling it can be nearly impossible” said Jim Benson. At the Lean Kanban Central Europe 2014 Conference he talked about how to convince others to limit WIP.

Flyway 3.1 Extends Schema Evolution to DB2 z/OS, Redshift and Vertica

by Grischa Ekart on  Dec 01, 2014

Last week Boxfuse announced the availability of a new release of Flyway, its open source database migration tool. Highlight is the addition of IBM DB2 z/OS, Amazon Redshift and HP Vertica to Flyway's list of supported databases, a move that expands the coverage of the "big data and big iron space." The new release also features SQL callbacks and packaged DB drivers for ease of use.

Lean Change Using Innovative Practices

by Ben Linders on  Dec 01, 2014

Organizations are looking for ways to do continuous change to increase their agility. There’s an interest in practices that managers can use to make change happen in their organizations. InfoQ interviewed Jason Little about his book on lean change management, what inspires him, and on using options and innovative practices in change.

How Spiral Dynamics Can Help To Become More Agile

by Ben Linders on  Dec 01, 2014

To become agile you might need to change the core values and beliefs of an organization. Applying value systems from spiral dynamics can help organizations to go from doing agile to being agile as Dajo Breddels showed in the path to agility at the XP Days Benelux 2014 conference.

PMI Launches Business Analysis Certification and Practice Guide

by Shane Hastie on  Nov 27, 2014

At the recent Project Management Institute Global Congress the Business Analysis Practice Guide was announced, to complement the Professional in Business Analysis certification which was launched in November. InfoQ spoke to Dave Bieg, Business Analysis and Requirements Program Manager about the certification and the practice guide.

Defining the Value of Software Products Precisely and Quantitatively

by Ben Linders on  Nov 27, 2014

The real requirements of a product are not the functions that are needed, or user stories that have to be delivered. It is the possible improvement of performance that customers can get from using the product said Matteo Vaccari. At the XP Days Benelux 2014 conference he facilitated a workshop together with Antonio Carpentieri about defining the value that is needed by customers.

Deploying Transparency and Self Regulating Management to Get Actions Done

by Ben Linders on  Nov 26, 2014

At the Lean Kanban France 2014 conference Bjarte Bogsnes gave a keynote presentation about beyond budgeting. In his presentation he talked about the problems with traditional management and how transparency and self regulating management comes to the rescue, and the principles and practices of beyond budgeting.

Recruit to Catch the Good Ones

by Ben Linders on  Nov 25, 2014

How can you recruit good people and help them becoming successful without challenging your established workforce too much? According to Ralph van Roosmalen and Daan van Osch finding the right people will be one of the biggest problems in IT. At the XP Days Benelux 2014 conference Ralph and Daan will give a presentation in which they share experiences from IT recruiting at RES Software.

Agile at Scale with Hoshin Kanri

by Ben Linders on  Nov 24, 2014 1

When organizations decide to scale agile they can be looking for agile ways to define strategies, manage direction and sustain alignment. Deploying and stay aligned, is today's challenge said Pierre Neis. At the Lean Kanban France 2014 conference Pierre showed how using Hoshin Kanri has helped global players in their lean agile transition.

Relation of Agility and Modularity

by Savita Pahuja on  Nov 21, 2014

This post describes the relation of Agility and Modularity. Why modularity is important and how can we use it is described in OSGi white paper.

Becoming Software Craftsmen

by Ben Linders on  Nov 20, 2014 9

The software craftsmanship movement talks about practicing as a way to to develop programming skills to become software craftsmen. Technical practices are considered to be important, it takes time to learn them and become better programmers.

How Etsy Does Continuous Integration for Mobile Apps

by João Miranda on  Nov 19, 2014 1

Nassim Kammah, engineer at Etsy, explained to Velocity Conference attendants how Etsy does continuous integration for mobile apps. Etsy uses a mix of automated and manual processes, still adhering to the same principles that it applies on web development and reusing many of the same tools. Nassim also talked about how Etsy handles the unique set of challenges presented by mobile apps development.

Lean Thinking Applied for Organizational Change

by Ben Linders on  Nov 19, 2014

In lean, we co-design and continuously improve processes and tools to better serve individuals and interactions said Claudio Perrone. Lean views problems as a gap between the current situation and the standard and expectation. Am interview with Claudio about problem solving and learning, and on tools that can be used to apply lean thinking for change in organizations.

Wrapup of Agile Singapore 2014 Conference

by Shane Hastie on  Nov 18, 2014

The second annual Agile Singapore conference was held last week with over 400 attendees and 25 speakers who spoke on a wide range of topics from the agile mindset to technical practices and creating a culture of joy in work.

Embedding Security Testing in Development Workflow

by João Miranda on  Nov 18, 2014

Stephen de Vries, ContinuumSecurity founder, promoted the idea of continuous and visible security at Velocity Europe 2014. Stephen argued that the same kind of processes and tools that embedded QA in the whole workflow of an agile development process can be applied to security. BDD-Security is a security testing framework that follows the Given-When-Then approach and is built on top of JBehave.

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