The concept of test management sits awkwardly in agile, mostly because it’s a construct derived from the time when testing was a post-development phase, performed by independent testing teams. Agile, with its focus on cross functional teams, has sounded the death knell for many test managers. While test management is largely irrelevant in agile, there is still a desperate need for test leadership.
When scaling agile principles through rituals it's important to constantly evaluate and evolve those rituals. This article provides examples of experiments that focus on the original intent when developing team behaviors. It shows how you can be aware of triggers that mean your team is not finding value in a ritual and what you can do to make things more visible.
In the book The Lean IT Field Guide Mike Orzen and Tom Paider explain how to initiate, execute, and sustain a Lean IT transformation. InfoQ interviewed them about how lean can be seen as a learning system, why managers should have both technical and social skills, how to assure that changes will sustain, and establishing a culture of engineering excellence and craftsmanship.
Lyssa Adkins and Dan Greening had a chance to explore the ideas behind the Agile Base Patterns, identifying ways organisations can use these ideas to improve the outcome from their agile adoptions
In a futurespectives participants abstract themselves from the legacy of outstanding challenges, fly high dreaming the future to see itself in a year from now, and possibly derive some actions.
This article describes the challenges faced in starting a group of internal lean-agile coaches and some outcomes such as self-assessment radars, mentoring sessions, and a few lessons.
An interview with Graham Dick about agile and the role of project managers with self-organized teams, how project managers can be a positive agent for change, and making collaboration work in agile.
The book Save our Scrum provides advice for teams to implement Scrum. It explores what teams that are having difficulties doing Scrum can do to get out of trouble find better ways to use Scrum.
How does fire fighting compare to DevOps? Michael Biven, team lead at Ticketmaster, shares important lessons on leadership, mentoring and team chemistry from his experience as a fire fighter.
Why Agile didn't work? In this article Ping discusses know the pyramid structure of the 12 Agile principles and the managerial and technical support required for Agile to work. 11
Rini van Solingen and Rob van Lanen wrote Scrum for Managers, a book providing answers for organizations that want to or are adopting Scrum.
In the book Kanban Change Leadership Klaus Leopold and Sigi Kaltenecker explore how Kanban can be deployed to get change done in organizations and to build a culture of continuous improvement.