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Combining an Agile and Lean Approach

by Ben Linders on  Jan 14, 2014

Several approaches exist to improve software development, among them are agile and lean. Managers have to decide which approaches to deploy in their organization. Approaches can also be combined depending on the problems that need to be solved. InfoQ interviewed Régis Medina about combining agile and lean, focusing on people and learning.

Adding Purpose and Hypotheses to Agile Retrospectives

by Ben Linders on  Jan 02, 2014 2

Regularly doing agile retrospectives helps teams to learn and improve themselves. You can make retrospectives more effective by adding purposes and by validating if your retrospective actions are leading to improvement with the usage of hypotheses.

Experiences from Applying Kanban at SAP

by Ben Linders on  Dec 23, 2013

The experiences with more than two years of applying Kanban at SAP were presented by Alexander Gerber and Martin Engel at Lean Kanban Central Europe. Their case study showed how they supported the implementation of lean and agile processes. InfoQ interviewed them about how Kanban was introduced and received within SAP, the training approach and the experiences from teams with the Kanban practices

The Habit of Improving

by Ben Linders on  Dec 13, 2013

Agile is about a mindset and a contiguous improvement of everything said Yves Hanoulle. InfoQ did an interview with him about the habits that people have and what you can do to get into the habit of improving.

Supporting Personal Development in a Learning Organization

by Ben Linders on  Dec 12, 2013

Organizations learn through their employees. To enable adoption of agile ways of working, organization have to support the personal development of their employees.

Benefits-led Process Improvement Using the CMMI

by Ben Linders on  Dec 10, 2013 1

Achieving a maturity level is a target often used in CMMI based process improvement programs. It can be important for organizations to have insight in the relation between a maturity level and business goals, and to know the business benefits. An interview with Michelle Krupa on changing an improvement program from being CMMI Maturity Level based to a benefits led approach.

How Retrospectives Can Support Learning in Lean Startup

by Ben Linders on  Dec 05, 2013

The build-measure-learn feedback loop in lean startup aims to help entrepreneurs to learn about the needs of their customers. Agile retrospectives are a way to reflect and learn and to agree on changes that are needed. Some examples describing how lean startup can be supported with agile retrospectives to learn and take actions.

Interview with Kevin Behr on Continuous Improvement Kung-Fu

by João Miranda on  Nov 17, 2013

At the recent DevOps Days in New York, Kevin Behr, co-author of “The Visible Ops Handbook” and ”The Phoenix Project”, and Jesse Palmer gave a talk on how they instilled a continuous improvement culture into an operations team. InfoQ interviewed Kevin Behr to know more about the approach that was taken.

Is Having Fun Important for Agile Teams?

by Ben Linders on  Nov 07, 2013 9

Working in an agile team can sometimes be stressful, when the needs of the customers are unclear, if there is a lot of work to be done, or when team members are having difficulties doing their work. You might ask the question if having fun could reduce the feelings of stress, increase motivation, or increase productivity? And if that is true, then what can you do to have more fun in agile teams?

Achieving the DevOps’ Three Ways

by João Miranda on  Oct 23, 2013

Everything Sysadmin proposes five milestones, each with a set of detailed checklists, to help an organization adopt a DevOps culture. The site places these milestones within the context of The Three Ways, a set of principles popularized by “The Phoenix Project”.

Adopting Agile When Your Management Style is Mostly Command and Control

by Ben Linders on  Oct 17, 2013

Agile adoption in organizations where command and control is the most dominant management style can be tricky. There have been situations where an agile transition didn’t deliver the expected improvements, or even failed and was stopped. Several authors suggested ways to adopt agile in organizations with a command and control management style. How did you deal with it when transitioning to agile?

Using Retrospectives for Personal Improvement

by Ben Linders on  Oct 10, 2013

Agile retrospectives are used by teams to improve their performance, by reflecting on the way of working and defining improvement actions. But retrospectives can also be used for personal improvement, additional to or as a replacement of performance appraisals. Such retrospectives can be done as a one-on-one by a manager and an employee, individually by an employee, or in a team.

Using Feedback Techniques for the gov.uk Website

by Ben Linders on  Sep 26, 2013

Jake Benilov will give a talk on September 27 at Agile Tour Brussels about feedback techniques used for making gov.uk. InfoQ did an interview with Jake about using the feedback techniques and how the team applies lean startup with minimum viable products to do user research.

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.

How to Use Feedback with Performance Appraisals for Agile Enterprises

by Ben Linders on  Aug 29, 2013

When enterprises implement agile ways of working, questions can arise if changes are needed in the way performance appraisals are being done? Several authors have suggestions on how you can use feedback next or as a replacement for existing appraisal processes, to improve the performance of individuals and teams.

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