Phil Abernathy asserts that the role of the Agile Coach may be due to sunset - he proposes an alternate based on his vision of an Agile Practitioner Manager embedded within an agile team. The Agile Practitioner Manager will have "skin in the game" being responsible not just for helping the team with their process but also being accountable for the deliver of customer value through the product.
As organizations adopt agile practices and techniques they often find that existing talent management approaches need to adapt to new ways of working. This article discusses the critical task of replacing dysfunctional performance management systems, antiquated job families and limiting career paths that undermine the effectiveness of our teams and compromise the health of our culture.
Innovations in software delivery and product ideation don’t always impact each other. However, the rapidly increasing appetite for new product features coupled with the decreased lifetime of products, and even business models, necessitates joining up the cycles of continuous design and continuous delivery into a holistic approach to delivery. This article discusses shrinking the innovation cycle
Gil Broza has written a book focusing on the people factors that are needed for successful agile adoption and transformation in an organization. He offers advice targeting leaders at all levels.
Many think that the role of testing is dead in agile, but I think it is growing and turning into better and effective testing; redefines the way things are done and the order in which they are done. 2
In Part 2 of our MSBuild series look at using the CI server Jenkins. We choose Jenkins because it supports a wide variety of projects, making it ideal for heterogeneous environments. 6
Waterfall QA teams are slow and costly. Siloed away from developers, is QA the best way to ensure software quality? Is unit testing a better way to ensure software quality? 11
In this first of a two-part series, Mustafa Saeed Haji Ali looks at implementing a continuous integration system using MSBuild and Jenkins, an extendable continuous integration server. 8
Patrick Kua has recently published The Retrospective Handbook which provides practical advice on how to make retrospectives much more effective. 1
"How Google Tests Software" is an informative and interesting look beneath the covers of how a large technical organization like Google deals with the complexity of software testing. 1
Agile Fever is infecting software development efforts across the world and its infectees are often not even aware of it! Alex Bell describes some common variants and how to avoid them. 37
This case study describes how Kanban and lean development techniques were used to rescue a distressed project that had violated its budget, schedule, and quality constraints. 13