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Artistic Parallels Between Making Music and Agile Testing

by Ben Linders on  Feb 21, 2015

Music can be used as a metaphor to illustrate learnings from agile and testing. Alexandra Schladebeck and Huib Schoots will do a live performance in their keynote “where words fail, music speaks” at the Agile Testing Day Netherlands 2015. An interview about artistic parallels between music and agile testing, what agile teams can learn from musicians, and feedback in agile software development.

Diana Larsen talks about Agile Fluency, Barriers to Agility and the value of Open Space Technology

by Shane Hastie on  Feb 20, 2015 1

Diana Larsen is keynoting at the upcoming Agile India conference. Her talk is titled "Dancing Along the Agile Fluency Path" in which she will present a model for achieving and assessing the level of fluency an organisation has in their adoption of agile values and principles. She spoke to InfoQ about collaborative work cultures, barriers to agility, retrospectives and the value of open space.

Q&A with Dave Gray about Liminal Thinking for Organizational Change

by Ben Linders on  Feb 19, 2015 2

The majority of change initiatives fail because people feel that they do not have any influence in the proposed changes and don’t understand how they affect them or would make things better for them says Dave Gray. Liminal thinking is a change approach that focuses on understanding how people construct and change their beliefs. It provides a skill set to create and use thresholds to effect change.

Atlassian Launches HipChat Server for Team Collaboration Behind the Firewall

by Steffen Opel on  Feb 17, 2015

Development and collaboration software vendor Atlassian recently launched HipChat Server, an on-premise version of its text, audio and video chat, file and screen sharing, as well as third party integration offering for team collaboration.

Why Not Combine Roles of Scrum Master and Product Owner?

by Savita Pahuja on  Feb 17, 2015

This post includes the discussion around combining the roles of scrum master and product owner.

How Agile Can Learn from Behavioral Economics

by Ben Linders on  Feb 17, 2015 2

People often don’t decide and act rationally, according to studies from the area of behavioral economics. Pierre Hervouet describes how our brain takes decisions, talks about experiments on using personas and the IKEA effect and explains what we can learn from these experiments for agile software development.

Config Management Camp: Lean Configuration Management

by Carlos Sanchez on  Feb 16, 2015

Jez Humble, co-author of "Continuous Delivery" and "Lean Enterprise" and VP at Chef, presented the second Config Management Camp keynote, sharing the principles that enable high throughput and stability and the configuration management practices behind them, using models drawn from the Lean movement.

Scrum for Individuals

by Savita Pahuja on  Feb 15, 2015

Usage of Scrum for individuals or one person projects.

No Estimation in Small And Large Scale Agile Projects

by Savita Pahuja on  Feb 13, 2015 1

This post covers the value of estimation in large and small scale projects and views on no estimation.

Step by Step Improvement Needs Relative Safety

by Ben Linders on  Feb 12, 2015

At the OOP 2015 conference Colin Hood talked about bridging the gap between requirements engineering process definition and successful iterative roll-out. He presented how the introduction of improvements to requirements engineering can be done better when done step by step, and how relative safety is needed to enable people to take the steps.

21st Century Software Delivery with Jez Humble

by Daniel Bryant on  Feb 11, 2015

Jez Humble has stated that current software delivery practices are not optimised to create valuable software, and three issues must be addressed in order to enable innovation. First, the traditional project model is unsuitable. Second, the entire organisational value stream must be addressed. Third, the problems are rooted in process and culture, not organisational structure or tooling.

Introducing Behaviour-Driven Development

by Jan Stenberg on  Feb 10, 2015 4

Behaviour-Driven Development (BDD) can help in overcoming the gap between the developer’s understanding of what needs to be built and the business’ understanding of the technical challenges caused by the requirements. The reason is improvement in communication between the two groups, Alistair Stead and Konstantin Kudryashov explains in their Beginner’s guide to BDD.

Going Beyond Agility with Antifragility

by Ben Linders on  Feb 09, 2015 1

Antifragility emphasizes embracing chaos or randomness through adapting and evolving. It can help enterprises to be more able to deal with and even gain from uncertainty and disorder, making them more flexible and adaptive to events that happen.

Using Cost of Delay to Quantify Value and Urgency

by Ben Linders on  Feb 06, 2015

Joshua Arnold facilitated a workshop about Cost of Delay at the Lean Kanban France 2014 conference. InfoQ did an interview with Arnold in which he talks about the cost of delay: what it is, why it matters, the importance of quantifying it and some tips for getting started.

Java's JDK Repository Now Builds Warning-Free

by Ben Evans on  Feb 06, 2015

The cleanup programme for OpenJDK has reached a major milestone - the main OpenJDK jdk repository is now free of build warnings.

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