Mary Poppendieck spoke at Agile 2007 providing an insight into the adaptation of manufacturing management principles in the software development arena.
Lean methods employ Kaizen, or continuous improvement, to reduce waste and improve results on a regular, even daily, basis. On the leanagilescrum group, Alan asked, "Are there known techniques for facilitating kaizen activities within Lean/Agile software development?"
Agile teams seem to be meeting more resistance, as they scale up and move from "early adopter" territory into the mainstream. Does this mean Agile can't work in more traditional organisations? Not necessarily, say coaches Michael Spayd and Joe Little, in a new InfoQ interview: what's needed now is an awareness of the need to facilitate organizational change.
Adopting Agile practices requires a shift in the organisation on many different levels, but can making such a change lead to serious trouble?
Microsoft has been pushing a lot of new technology lately, but is any of it actually useful? In the case of .NET Micro, Leviton Manufacturing says it is, though the far more interesting technology is Z-Wave.
Seasoned practitioners packed a small room at Agile2006 to hear Linda Rising's "Are Agilists the Bonobos of the Software Community?" where she shared her thoughts on the evolutionary roots of teamwork. In this InfoQ interview, Linda talked with editor Deborah Hartmann about how writing her book "Fearless Change" led her to read on the science of the human brain and the social rituals of apes.
Ahmed Sidky and James D. Arthur present an Agile Adoption Framework. Attempting to provide a structured, repeatable and measurable framework for adopting Agile processes in a software development organization.
Recent discussions on the extremeprogramming list keep returning to "telling the truth". Why do we bite off more than we can chew? Why the overtime heroics? Kent Beck's one-hour talk "Ease at Work" explored how to get off what he called the "genius-shithead rollercoaster" and just be yourself at work. Question: Would you rather spend energy on maintaining an image, or doing more cool stuff?
Ying Hu and Sam Peng show how they solved some major problems dealing with international currency by selectively applying Domain-Driven Design to their existing application.
Two security classes in .NET, HMACSHA512 and HMACSHA384, have a bug. It isn't an earth-shattering bug, but it does produce results that are inconsistent with the standard. The .NET Security team shows how this will be handed so that current applications won't break when the code gets fixed.
When transitioning to agile, success requires a true change in behavior and outlook. Daffyd Rees shares advice on "Cultivating Agile Attitudes" in this excerpt from the Agile Alliance's Agile Development Journal, including "Growing Agile Developers," "Creating Agile Coaches," and "Weeding out Hidden Problems."
Giving closures a break to start 2007, the Java community has taken up the topic of properties in recent days. A flurry of commentary revisiting the possibility of a property keyword and arrow operator has appeared.
Ryan Tomayko recently wrote a detailed 2007 prediction on the "The Pending Ruby/Java Co-op". Java is going into 2007 with a number of interesting developments at the JVM level. Ryan considers a path were the JVM becomes a viable Ruby runtime environment.
ONJava Editor Chris Adamson has posted his 2007 predictions for the Java world. He takes a look at the major changes in 2006 and says what to look for as a result of them. He focuses on open-sourcing Java, the Java Platform, changes outside of Sun, and the JCP.
There has recently been a great deal of discussion both inside and outside the agile community in which the essential question is: Has the word "agile" become meaningless?