Avishai Ish-Shalom talked about the importance of moving from agile cargo cult to agile organizations at DevOps Days Ljubljana 2015. He gives some practical examples and guidance for taking full advantage of Conway's Law.
At the inaugural O’Reilly Software Architecture conference, Raffi Krikorian discussed strategies and tactics for technical leads and architects who are undertaking a system rewrite. Drawing on his experience as VP of Twitter Engineering, Krikorian discussed a twelve point plan for managing a re-architecting, including defining “done”, instrumenting existing systems, and enforcing code quality.
DevOps Days Ljubljana 2015 took place on the 3rd and 4th April and talks covered the full CAMS spectrum: Culture, Automation, Measurement and Sharing.
Oliver Hankeln shares the anti-patterns he found for handling failure in organizations: hiding mistakes, engaging in blame game, the arc of escalation and cowardice. He then suggests corrective actions for each of them.
Although the world has changed we still worship ideas from ancient management heroes says Tomasz Wykowski. Our behavior changes quite slowly. To get servant leadership adopted in organizations you need to start from yourself and be an example. Give trust to people and respect them, and invite them to change.
Organizations are increasingly working with remote teams to discover that it can be challenging to establishing remote teams and collaborate effectively with people in remote or distributed teams. An interview with Janis Janovskis on the challenges of remote teams, working together in different time zones, using hangouts and experiments to establish remote teams and finding the right people.
Ron Jeffries recently posted about the need for a Product Champion, someone who knows the customer marketplace, who can be accountable for maximizing success. He discusses how in many Scrum, XP and "Agile" teams the Product Owner is not adequate for the task and that by taking the perspective of a Product Champion they can deliver great outcomes.
You can increase the quality of products by constantly increasing the level of automation of the delivery process and working with DevOps teams who constantly deliver small features to get quick customer feedback. A case story from ING Lease explaining the problems they had, experiences from the first steps of their agile and DevOps journey and exploring what they want to achieve in the future.
Fran O'Hara's lessons learned integrating testing in agile teams, in particular ensuring required test competencies are in place. Full test integration in an agile team is not as simple as mixing a couple of testers in the team, instead multiple working practices and skills are needed for delivering quality applications in an agile world.
Here's an experience story from a tester who decided to move onward and become a Scrum master to help her team to become more agile, with learnings from their agile journey and pieces of advice for doing change in organizations.
It can be challenging for people when they learn an idea at a conference and try to apply it in their work environment. Fanny Pittack and Alex Schwartz practiced a “change dojo” with conference attendants and provided suggestions to do successful change in organizations. InfoQ interviewed them about using change dojos for organizational change.
This post talks about the strategies to manage dependencies between product backlog items.
In the closing keynote of the Agile Eastern Europe 2015 conference Yves Hanoulle did an experiment together with his son Joppe in pair presenting. InfoQ interviewed Joppe and Yves Hanoulle about doing experiments, checking the safety of the environment and ways to make it safer, learning from failure, and presenting in pairs at conferences.
There is an evolution going on in testing. It used to be that testing was about confirming to the specification. Testers were often brought in too late and had too little influence, but that is changing now as Cirilio Wortel explained in his talk on the evolution of software testing.
InfoQ did an interview with Gil Zilberfeld about managing the expectations that organizations have of agile and how to prevent misconceptions, valuable ideas and practices from agile and what the future will bring for agile.