In an industry famously resistant to change, Markel International began an ambitious program to improve its technical capabilities and development culture. Many companies talk about transformation, but few are prepared to tell the story warts-and-all. Spark judge and writer, Helen Walton, interviews the Markel team to discover the obstacles faced as they went from waterfall to agile in 6 months.
Open Kanban is an innovative open source method that takes the best ideas from Agile and Lean and creates a minimal method, one that is designed to be adapted to any business or even personal use. Open Kanban recognizes the importance of technical excellence, and for that reason it is designed to be extended to address a particular knowledge area. Kanban Ace is the first extension of Open Kanban.
The UK’s intelligence agency has a proud history of technical innovation, but given its need for secrecy and public accountability, it doesn’t sound like the kind of place to win an award for ‘innovation in management and building a happier workplace’. Yet when Spark judge, Helen Walton, interviewed GCHQ, she discovered a culture of creativity, diversity and surprising openness.
The book Introduction to Agile Methods by Sondra Ashmore & Kristin Runyan is a straightforward introduction to agile values, principles and practices which includes interviews with various luminaries
Dare Festival Melbourne is a one-day fast paced event about workplace innovation, change and happiness - Anton summarises the talks with help from some visual recordings. 1
Results from neuroscience research can be used in our daily work to strengthen relationships in the workplace and improve collaboration between agile teams and their stakeholders.
The book fifty quick ideas to improve your user stories aims to help people to write better user stories and support teams in iteratively delivering products that satisfy their customers' needs.
This article presents a new model proposing two key factors to consider for software delivery using impact maps, and why recognising the right context is crucial to get the most out of this method.
In his new book Scrum: The Art of Doing Twice the Work in Half the Time, Jeff Sutherland explains how the Scrum framework can be used as a general business practice to accelerate work of all kinds.
Pair programming can increase quality, velocity and even job satisfaction, and yet it is not a widely used practice today. Melinda shows how and why you should bring this practice into your team. 5
At the recent Agile 2014 conference Sam Guckenheimer gave the opening keynote on Microsoft Developer Division's transition to a continuous delivery model. After the talk he sat down with InfoQ.
This article provides a holistic approach to scaling Scrum. It is based on LeSS, amending it to better face the challenges of large projects. 5