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Balancing Demand and Capability with Kanban

by Ben Linders on  Dec 16, 2013

Kanban helps organizations to get insight into their work-in-progress, and establish a pull system where demand and capability can be balanced. A first step is to find out what the real capability is and visualize the flow. InfoQ interviewed Florian Eisenberg about evolutionary change and how you can balance demand and capability in organizations.

The Habit of Improving

by Ben Linders on  Dec 13, 2013

Agile is about a mindset and a contiguous improvement of everything said Yves Hanoulle. InfoQ did an interview with him about the habits that people have and what you can do to get into the habit of improving.

Supporting Personal Development in a Learning Organization

by Ben Linders on  Dec 12, 2013

Organizations learn through their employees. To enable adoption of agile ways of working, organization have to support the personal development of their employees.

Modernization Is Not Optional

by Saul Caganoff on  Dec 10, 2013

Most large organizations have allowed their systems to evolve without good architecture and governance. The result is a "hair ball" of systems interfaces and dependencies which greatly increase complexity, risk and the cost of change. David Sprott describes how systems modernization should be a collaboration between business management and IT.

Using Agile to Build a Distributed Development Team

by Ben Linders on  Dec 04, 2013

In "experiences with a distributed agile team", Joost Mulders and Andriy Korpan presented how they integrated a near shore development team from Ukraine in a Dutch product development organization using agile practices. At the XP Days Benelux 2013 conference they talked about the do’s and don’ts of distributed agile.

Increasing Pace of Change Drives Agile In Enterprise Applications

by Shane Hastie on  Nov 30, 2013

The pace of organizational change and technology adoption is increasing which means that enterprise software development needs to find ways to keep pace with these changes. The rise of big data is also driving the need to undertake many experiment and adapt rapidly. Blogger Matt Asay recently wrote about this in a post titled "Hey, Enterprise Developers! Get Agile Or Get Steamrollered"

Is Getting Rid of All Projects a Good Idea?

by Ben Linders on  Nov 30, 2013 1

At the XP Days Benelux conference, Paul Kuijten did a session called "kill all projects" where he questioned if getting rid of all projects could be a good idea. InfoQ did an interview with Paul about project management practices that can be valuable for agile, and the funding of product development.

Managing Business Change with Scrum at FloraHolland

by Ben Linders on  Nov 28, 2013

FloraHolland wanted to realize change goals for business units in parallel with their daily business, and decided to use Scrum to manage their business changes. A session from the XP Days Benelux 2013 conference which shows how a Job Demands-Resources model was used by several business units to adopt Scrum and agile elements to change their way of working.

Case Studies of Lean and Kanban from Central Europe

by Ben Linders on  Nov 21, 2013

The 2013 international conference in Central Europe about Lean and Kanban (LKCE13) included presentations about change management, systems thinking, leadership, learning, and teamwork, and case studies from larger organizations that have applied Lean and Kanban. InfoQ interviewed Arne Roock about deployment of Lean and Kanban in agile software development.

Practices for Scaling Agile in Enterprises

by Ben Linders on  Nov 19, 2013 2

Enterprises that are adopting agile organizational-wide will at some time have to scale their agile practices. In a session at the Agile Methods in the Finance Sector and Complex Environment conference, attendees shared their experiences with scaling agile in enterprises.

Using Process Improvement for Repeatable Results with Agile

by Ben Linders on  Nov 11, 2013

On November 14 and 15 the SEPG Europe 2013 conference will be held in Amsterdam. The conference program covers experience stories and presentations on using the Capability Maturity Model Integrated™ (CMMI) in agile environments. InfoQ will cover this conference, and did interviews about how the CMMI can support agile adoption and the focus of the SEPG Europe conference.

Technical Practices, Systems Thinking, and Culture Matter in Agile Adoption

by Ben Linders on  Nov 05, 2013

Simplicity, feedback, communication, respect and courage, these eXtreme Programming (XP) values still inspire the team of the XP Days Benelux 2013 conference. InfoQ did an interview with two of the conference hosts, Merlijn van Minderhout and Pascal Van Cauwenberghe, about new developments in agile, successful agile transformations and the needs of European organizations in agile adoption.

Does Agile Drive Death March Projects?

by Shane Hastie on  Oct 27, 2013 7

A recent Gartner blog raised the issue of Agile projects driving "death march" behavior as each iteration becomes a drive to deliver more and more.

Adopting Agile When Your Management Style is Mostly Command and Control

by Ben Linders on  Oct 17, 2013

Agile adoption in organizations where command and control is the most dominant management style can be tricky. There have been situations where an agile transition didn’t deliver the expected improvements, or even failed and was stopped. Several authors suggested ways to adopt agile in organizations with a command and control management style. How did you deal with it when transitioning to agile?

Using Retrospectives for Personal Improvement

by Ben Linders on  Oct 10, 2013

Agile retrospectives are used by teams to improve their performance, by reflecting on the way of working and defining improvement actions. But retrospectives can also be used for personal improvement, additional to or as a replacement of performance appraisals. Such retrospectives can be done as a one-on-one by a manager and an employee, individually by an employee, or in a team.

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