A new "Scrum Kickoff Planner" has just been released by Adam Weisbart with the aim of facilitating team discussion around the important facets of starting a new Agile team or project.
A “team of leaders” is a team where everyone is encouraged to take ownership of a project, where the leadership potential is developed in every team member. InfoQ has interviewed Bob Vanourek and Gregg Vanourek, authors of the book Triple Crown Leadership: Building Excellent, Ethical, and Enduring Organizations in which they explain this concept in detail.
Scrum and Pomodoro are blended by Mangus Nord to maximize both team and individual productivity.
Andrew Montalenti on his blog pixelmoneky.org talks about viability of fully distributed teams now and in the future.
Simon Baker from Energized Work talks about past, present and future of Agile in his paper "No bull". The publication covers Baker's 12 years of experience with different teams and companies.
Design thinking is about creating vision of the future, not just managing the present. Bill Burnett from Stanford University recently spoke about design thinking and what questions we need to ask to shift from design to design thinking.
Mike Cohn recently suggested that the Daily Standup (or Scrum) is not a status meeting for the Scrum Master, but a forum where team members are synchronising their work. Techniques such as breaking eye contact are helpful for Scrum Masters to fix this anti pattern in their teams.
For years Agile has been encouraging teams to work together collaboratively in open spaces and encouraging developers to pair program, but lately these types of practices have been coming under fire.
Visure Solutions recently announced the availability of IRQA which denotes a solution for requirements definition and management (RDM). A sound process using professional tools is important for ensuring the quality of product and solution development with respect to the requirements specification.
VS11 will provide new tools that expedite unit testing, refactoring, and easier communication across the entire development team. These new components are intended to benefit everyone from developers, and testers to those deploying and maintaining the resulting application.
The latest version of Application Lifecycle Unification tool Tasktop Sync supports repository introspection and REST based application lifecycle artifact management. Tasktop team released last month version 2.0 of the tool. InfoQ spoke with Mik Kersten, CEO of Tasktop, about the new features in the latest release.
In December the GEOCens (Geospatial Cyberinfrastructure for Environmental Sensing) is finishing its pilot phase, as the not-for-profit organization Cybera has recently published at GISUser.com. The software architecture is supposed to improve researcher access to international environmental data drawn from more than 60,000 sensors and 2,800 web map servers.
Tom Arbogast, Bas Vodde and Craig Larman have released a sample chapter from their upcoming book on scaling Lean and Agile. The chapter deals with the difficult topic of writing contracts for agile development.
The Amplifying Your Effectiveness (or AYE) Conference took place this year in Cary, North Carolina...