Product backlog refinement is a practice in which product backlog items are split and often re- estimated. This post is based on user story splitting and re-estimations.
The British newspaper The Guardian has open sourced Grid, their image management service. Grid utilizes numerous modern web-based technologies including AngularJS, Amazon Web Serivces, and ElasicSearch using ECMAScript 6 and Scala. Build by a small developer team over the past 11 months, it is currently used in production and available under a liberal open source license.
Some people stress the need for agile training with certification, as it helps to select candidates and lays a foundation for an agile transformation. Others are against certification, in their opinion they don't reflect people's abilities and skills properly and people who have no certifications might be better candidates than others who have. Are you pro or against agile certification?
Dan Tousignant, Agile Executive Coach and Trainer at Cape Project Management, proposed a matrix to help organizations choose their Agile approach.
ZenHub is a collaboration and project management tool integrated with GitHub. Their latest version is integrated with GitHub Enterprise.
QASymphony has released qMap, a visual mapping solution for agile testers of cloud, mobile, big data and IoT apps. InfoQ did an interview with Kyle Cochran about why qMap was developed, how testers can use qMap to get insight into their testing results and manage testing and can use information from qMap improve the quality of their product, and how QMap can be deployed within agile and DevOps.
Jørn Larsen, co-founder and CEO of Trifork, presented waste is a crime: don't waste your team at the GOTO Amsterdam 2015 conference. InfoQ interviewed Larsen about the "perfect world" to develop software products, aligning with many customers, why waste is a crime, why flow is important for software teams and what they can do to establish flow.
This article contains advice written for web developers by two engineers, one recommending useful tools and techniques while the other providing suggestions on addressing some of the challenges faced writing for the browser.
This post talks about peer-to-peer bonus system. Thoughts are shared by Jurgen Appelo, Google and Zappos.
Remembering that automation is a side benefit and not the reason for BDD is one improvement to more closely follow the recommendations of BDD thought leaders, Joe Colantonio explains noticing six ways of improving work with a BDD mindset.
Olaf Lewitz gave a keynote about Integral Quality at the Agile Testing Day Netherlands 2015. InfoQ asked Lewitz about quality attributes, what causes poor quality software, the relationship between the structure and culture of the organization and software quality and about clarifying intent and increasing trust.
The Scrum Alliance has announced that it is withdrawing the trademark filing for the term "Scrum User Group".
The Puppet Labs: State of DevOps Report 2015 shows the current DevOps trends in IT, comparing the high and low performers in terms of deployment success and stability, and observing the link between architecture and developer productivity.
Gradle 2.5 has been announced this month including a number of incubating features, such as Continuous Builds, Dependency Substitution Rules, Progress Events, Google Tests, and others.
InfoQ interviewed Jeff Sutherland about the problems that larger organizations have when adopting Scrum, how they can increase their capability for handling impediments, improving agile leadership, what Scrum masters can do to help teams to become agile, and his advice to managers when their organization is implementing Scrum.