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Agile Australia Conference Review

by Shane Hastie on  Jul 02, 2014

The Agile Australia 2014 conference was held in Melbourne, Australia last week. Over 950 people from all around Australia, New Zealand and beyond attended this annual event. The theme of this year’s conference was Embracing Disruption, there were 41 sessions covering five broad topic areas.

ING Netherlands' Measured Improvements on Transition to DevOps

by João Miranda on  Jun 25, 2014

Jan-Joost Bouwman and Mark Heistek, from ING Retail Banking Netherlands, presented at Devopsdays Amsterdam how a CMMI-ITIL organization transitioned to a more agile mindset. Somewhat unusually in this kind of sessions, ING presented quantitative evidence of the improvements, such as a marked increase in the number of changes deployed to production and a decrease of the risk value per change.

Role of Managers in Agile Transformation

by Savita Pahuja on  Jun 22, 2014 1

Changing role of traditional managers in agile projects explained by Robert Galen and Zappos approach of halocracy organizational model.

Agile Training and Coaching for Managers

by Ben Linders on  Jun 19, 2014

Several authors discussed the importance of training for the success of agile adoption. Teams usually receive training when organizations are adopting agile. The question is how much and what kind of training and coaching is needed for the managers to make an agile transformation succeed.

Q&A with Spark the Change Conference Organisers

by Shane Hastie on  Jun 17, 2014

The Spark the Change conference runs in London on 3-4 July. The theme of the conference is “Create an Organisation you can Believe in”. Aimed at leaders from across the business the conference aims to inspire attendees to build better, strong businesses, become more inspiring leaders themselves and create happier workplaces. InfoQ spoke to one of the organisers about the conference.

Using a Definition of Ready

by Ben Linders on  Jun 12, 2014 2

Many teams use the Definition of Done to check if a user story is finished and the product is ready to be delivered. But what about the user stories that a team receives from their product owner? Teams can check the quality of the user stories using a Definition of Ready.

Examining the 'TDD is Dead' Controversy

by Shane Hastie on  Jun 04, 2014 10

Since DHH's opening keynote at Railsconf 2014 in which he questioned the use and value of TDD, and his subsequent post titled "TDD is Dead, Long Live Testing" have generated a lot of reaction and controversy. Much of the reaction has been focused on how TDD is, or should be, applied and used.

US Department of Defense (DoD) is Going Agile

by Savita Pahuja on  May 31, 2014 3

US Department of Defense (DoD) is going agile with the help of Dr. Jeff Sutherland. DoD created a plan of IT modernization and started using new models of software acquisition.

Do we Need Managers and Hierarchy in Agile?

by Ben Linders on  May 29, 2014 1

In organizations that are adopting agile people sometimes state that the hierarchy should be abolished and that we should get rid of managers. They consider managers and hierarchy to be something that hinder self-organization of teams.

Role of Management in Agile Governance

by Ben Linders on  May 20, 2014

How can we manage and govern multiple agile teams? At the Agile Governance conference in Amsterdam Christoph Johann Stettina presented about agile governance and the role of management. He studied 14 large European organizations on how they apply agile project management methods in IT project portfolios.

Replacing Orchestration by Autonomy to Speed Up the Software Delivery Cycle

by Ben Linders on  May 16, 2014

Software delivery in a modern company requires autonomy to make releasing software easy. Niek Bartholomeus gave the presentation orchestration in meatspace at the DevOps Summit in Amsterdam where he discussed how can we change enterprises from orchestration to a more autonomous approach, in order to speed up the feedback cycle from idea to production.

Targetprocess Executives on Inntegrating UX into Agile Development

by Shane Hastie on  May 12, 2014

InfoQ recently spoke to Michael Dubakov & Andrey Mihailenko of Targetprocess about the upcoming release of the product, and their own experiences integrating user experience into their agile development process. This is the second part of that interview in which they discuss how they have integrated user experience into their agile development process.

Examples Showing How You Can Scale Scrum

by Ben Linders on  May 08, 2014

Larger organization often have the desire to use Scrum beyond the team level. This news explores some examples of what organizations do to adopt an agile way of working across the enterprise by scaling Scrum.

Mike Beedle Releases Enterprise Scrum Definition 1.01

by Savita Pahuja on  May 06, 2014

Enterprise Scrum Definition Release 1.01 released by Mike Beedle as business-oriented, scalable, general empirical management and execution framework.

How a Feel Good Manager can Foster and Grow Culture

by Ben Linders on  May 05, 2014

In the article culture is the true north Arne Roock talked about the “feel good manager”: a role which helps to foster and grow the culture in an organization. InfoQ talked with Magdalena Bethge, Feel Good Manager at Jimdo, about supporting the culture and collaboration, happiness, and helping employees to find their work-life balance.

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