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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.

AnyPresence Soups up Enterprise MBaaS Platform- Part 1 of 2

by Martin Monroe on  Oct 30, 2013

Mobile Backend as a Service provider AnyPresence continues to hone their chops. Launching the fifth update to their self-titled platform geared for the enterprise. Co-founder Rich Mendis provides some insights for InfoQ readers…

Applying the Lean Startup Approach in Enterprises

by Ben Linders on  Oct 24, 2013 1

Coming to decisions about which products to build or which features to add to existing products can be difficult. The lean startup approach can help to get insight into the needs of customers, and to build a sustainable business around a set of products and services that serves those needs. How can enterprises adopt the lean startup approach to become more innovative and competitive?

Stories of Using Real Options to Take Decisions

by Ben Linders on  Sep 27, 2013 2

Projects and product development is one long series of difficult decisions, says Pascal Van Cauwenberghe. Real Options can help you to take the right decision at the right time, even under difficult circumstances. At the Agile Tour Brussels conference, Pascal presented stories of his experiences with using real options in decision taking.

Benefits of Combining Agile and Lean Startup

by Ben Linders on  Sep 12, 2013 1

Enterprises want to increase their capability to deliver value to customers in less time. Many adopt agile software development to iteratively develop and deliver software solutions. Lean startup aims to support developing new businesses and products. Several authors shared their views on how combining agile and lean startup methods can be beneficial.

Agile Retrospectives, Can You Skip Them?

by Ben Linders on  Sep 05, 2013 2

Teams sometimes consider to skip a retrospective meeting, when they feel time pressure, or do not see direct benefits of doing one. Next they question themselves if they have to keep doing retrospectives? Agile retrospectives help teams to learn and improve continuously, and there are valid reasons to keep doing them also with mature teams.

Making Time for Innovation in Enterprises

by Ben Linders on  Jul 25, 2013 2

To stay competitive, enterprises look for ways to do innovation inside their organization. A first step can be to make time available which people can use to think about new products and services and discuss ideas and develop concepts, for instance with a dedicated “full-time” innovation team, by arranging frequent innovation time-slots, or by organizing short and intense innovation workshops.

The Flexibility of Agile: Flaw or Strength?

by Ben Linders on  Jul 18, 2013 4

The principle of “responding to change over following a plan”, is it a strength or a flexibility that can’t work in practice? For example, what about agile projects that had difficulties managing changes and customers who expect too much flexibility? Can agile not live up to its promises, or is it the way that teams and organizations have adopted agile that is causing the problems?

Microsoft Is to Undergo Major Reorganization

by Abel Avram on  Jul 11, 2013

Microsoft has detailed their plan for a major reorganization. All OSes will be under one lead. Other engineering areas will be Apps, Cloud and Devices.

Simplicity for Building the Right Thing

by Ben Linders on  Jun 20, 2013

At GOTO Amsterdam 2013, Russ Miles did a lightning talk about building the right thing in 5 questions: the 4 questions from impact mapping “Why? Who? How? and What?” and one additional question “What assumptions underpin everything?”. InfoQ did an interview with him about building the right thing using simplicity.

Finding Ways to Improve Business – IT Collaboration

by Ben Linders on  Jun 06, 2013 2

Collaboration between business and IT can be a problem in enterprises. People are finding ways to better support the business needs and increase the business value of IT, using business IT fusion, DevOps or sociocracy.

Just How Much Do Failed IT Projects Cost?

by Shane Hastie on  May 26, 2013 3

Failed IT projects have a significant impact on the global economy, and on the public perception of the IT industry. Just how much is wasted on failed IT? In 2009 it was estimated to be over 6 Trillion USD. Not confident of those results Michael Krigsman got two experts to calculate the wasted funds and came to a "mere" 3 Trillion dollars.

Integrate DevOps and ITIL Intelligently

by Grischa Ekart on  Apr 26, 2013

Alan Sharp-Paul, co-founder of ScriptRock, recently highlighted the need to intelligently integrate DevOps and ITIL (IT Infrastructure Library) within enterprises. He argues that forcing in DevOps where ITIL reigns is a risky proposition. The role of ITIL and its co-existence with DevOps has been commented on by Patrick Debois and other authors.

"February Revolution" Aims to Focus Software Delivery on Business Outcomes

by Shane Hastie on  Feb 25, 2013

In February 2013 a group of authors, speakers, consultants and practitioners met to identify the common elements in their approaches to focusing software delivery on business outcomes. The group identified some underlying principles and practical steps that organisations and teams can take to help ensure the products they "build the right product" to maximize business value.

Google Drops Free Apps Offering, Paying Customers can Downgrade to Free till January 9th

by Schlomo Schapiro on  Jan 04, 2013

On December 6th, 2012 Google stopped to accept new registrations for free Google Apps domains, that could be used for up to 10 users. Existing free Google Apps users can continue to use the service without any change. Google Apps for Business domains can downgrade to the free version till January 9th if they have no more than 10 users and fit into the reduced features set.

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