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Using Kanban for Change: A Case Study from an Insurer

by Ben Linders on  Nov 11, 2014

Kanban is often used to manage work, but the concepts of kanban can also be used to guide a journey of change in an organization. This is a case study of an insurance company that used kanban to get change done to improve visibility and predictability and engaging their people.

Measuring Outcomes with the Mobius Framework

by Ben Linders on  Nov 06, 2014

In stead of feature farming, we need to deliver better outcomes and focus on the business results that we need to deliver. Measurements should provide insight into the outcomes because that is what is important. The Mobius loop can be used to define appropriate measurements.

Catalyzing Change with a Kanban Flow Manager

by Ben Linders on  Nov 03, 2014

When organization use kanban mainly for visualization of the work they may be missing out on benefits, says Matthew Philip. Introducing a flow manager role can help teams to reflect and find solutions to the problems that they are facing, thus catalyzing change in the organization.

The Importance of Technical Practices in Agile

by Ben Linders on  Oct 30, 2014

Sometimes organizations that are adopting agile complain that they didn't get the benefits that they expected to get out of it. One of the possible reasons could be that insufficient attention has been given to performing the technical practices that support the agile values and principles.

Use Your Blockades to Sustainably Improve

by Ben Linders on  Oct 21, 2014

Blockades in work, like insufficient information, unclear requirements or having to wait for tools or systems to become available can have a systematic cause. It could be the case that similar problems that block the team keep happening until the underlying causes are addressed. You can use your blockades as treasures of improvement to sustainably improve the way work is done.

The Importance of Discipline in Agile

by Ben Linders on  Oct 16, 2014 4

Agile software development is sometimes perceived as an undisciplined way of working. There are organizations which use that perception as an excuse to not adopt agile. According to others agile is actually a more disciplined approach than waterfall for software development. Let’s explore how discipline plays a role in agile and why discipline is considered important for agile to be successful.

Kickstart Agile the Kanban Way

by Ben Linders on  Oct 02, 2014

Successful adoption of agile is related to the approach that is used to introduce changes in the organization. Organization can do a top down “mandated” implementation or use a different approach. Kanban can be used as a way to kick start agile, allowing teams to opt-in to agile practices when they feel ready for it to create a sustainable new way of working .

Collaborative Adoption of Scrum Guide

by Shane Hastie on  Sep 29, 2014

Three of the organisations in the fractured Scrum community have jointly announced their collaboration and endorsement of the new ScrumGuides.org website as the official source of “The Scrum Guide, The Definitive Guide to Scrum: The Rules of the Game.”

Scrum Turkey Community Launch Agile Sparrow Program to Teach University Graduates

by Shane Hastie on  Sep 27, 2014

The Scrum Turkey community have launched a program aimed at giving university graduates a deep experiential understanding of the Scrum framework. Going beyond just the two-day Scrum training this program requires participants to apply their knowledge and meet regularly with coaches to reinforce and expand their skills. The program is offered free to students and is supported by sponsorship.

Does Continuous Deployment Depict Customer Disatisfaction

by Savita Pahuja on  Sep 19, 2014 2

Continuous deployment helps organizations in delivering high quality software fast through build, test and deployment automation. It gives earlier return on investment, earlier feedback and easy process of deployment. Is continuous deployment also good from business perspective?

Details of NetBeans Day at JavaOne 2014

by Ben Evans on  Sep 18, 2014

Oracle have announced details for NetBeans Day 2014. Particular topics of interest include Maven, a new Education initiative and an appearance by James Gosling.

ZeroTurnaround Discontinues LiveRebel, Market not Ready for Release Automation

by Carlos Sanchez on  Sep 09, 2014 3

ZeroTurnaround has announced the discontinuation of their application release automation product, LiveRebel, claiming that the release automation market is not big enough because it is not one of the top problems that teams face, and there is no clear picture of what release management should be.

9th Annual State of Agile Survey Now Open

by Craig Smith on  Sep 01, 2014

The 9th Annual State of Agile Survey is currently open for participants to share their adoption of Agile practices and processes for inclusion in the annual report.

Death by Planning in Agile Adoption

by Ben Linders on  Aug 28, 2014 1

Management can get the feeling of losing control when their enterprise adopts agile and starts deploying self-organizing teams. Procedures, review boards and consultation bodies can become superfluous when switching to an agile approach, but they may not realize that, says Marcel Heijmans. Trying to regain control with additional planning can make things worse, causing "death by planning".

Maven Central Enables SSL

by Ben Evans on  Aug 04, 2014 1

Responding to recent concerns that hackers could upload rogue versions of common libraries to Maven Central, Sonatype has released a patch that closes a security vulnerability, enabling SSL by default.

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