When you want to scale agile you have to view it as “a way of doing things, a mindset and a culture for the whole company” says Christoph Mathis. To scale agile you need to change the culture to achieve a learning organization.
The Disciplined Agile Delivery (DAD) framework is a process decision framework with end-to-end strategies for delivering solutions. InfoQ interviewed Mark Lines about the deploying the Disciplined Agile Delivery framework, how it support continuous delivery and DevOps, how DAD relates to the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe).
CA Technologies recently published a study on the perceptions of 1,425 IT and line of business (LOB) executives on DevOps. It found that 88% of respondents have adopted (24%) or are considering adopting (64%) DevOps. The study focuses on the views of executives (e.g.: C-level, VPs, Directors) at organizations with revenues of at least $500M, bringing a different perspective on the subject.
When developers are promoted into a position leading the team, a different skillset is needed. InfoQ interviewed Patrick Kua, author of the book, Talking with Tech Leads, about the need for technical leaders, differences between the Scrum master and Tech Lead roles, leadership skills and what technical leaders can do to support people in developing their skills and abilities.
The Agile Consortium Belgium together with UNICOM is organizing the Scaling Agile for the Enterprise 2015 congress in Brussels, Belgium. InfoQ interviewed Arie van Bennekum and Jan de Baere from the Agile Consortium about activities organized by the Agile Consortium, issues that the software industry is facing with agile scaling and stories from enterprises that have successfully scaled agile.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.