"Swarming" is a technique whereby many members of a team work together to deliver a User Story, taking advantage of the skills of many team members working together at the same time. It is recognised as a powerful approach to delivering high quality stories quickly. Johanna addresses how to achieve the same results when your team is geographically distributed?
In the last couple of years terms like Specification by Example, Executable Specifications and Feature Injection have showed up quite frequently in the community, often in relation to Behaviour Driven Development (BDD) or tools like Cucumber or SpecFlow. InfoQ have talked to some of the leading experts in this domain about what these practices are and how they relate to BDD.
Offshore Development is a critical success factor for many organizations as is adopting Agile methodologies. However, these two techniques have never worked well together. Overcoming this challenge, “Design for Hybrid Agile Adoption (DH2A)”, is a methodology defined to successfully execute Agile projects in a distributed and out-sourced environment. This article provides an overview of DH2A.
Ken Howard and Barry Rogers have written a book that focuses on the first value from the Agile Manifesto. They provide advice, tools and techniques to help teams and individuals improve interactions. 2
In this IEEE article, John Stouby Persson and Lars Mathiassen discuss a process for managing risks associated in managing the distributed software projects. 2
In this article, excerpted from the book Coaching Agile Teams, Lyssa Adkins shows you how to activate the journey toward high performance in an Agile team in both provocative and practical ways.
This article by Andres Kutt summarizes six learnings from 55 months as an architecture team lead at Skype. Some of them are technical while some focus upon the softer aspects of an architect's work. 20
This article shows how flirting skills can be used to improve interactions in the workplace. 13
One of the responsibilities of self-organizing teams is to take decisions that respect everyone’s opinion. This book has some examples in coaching the team to navigate through difficult discussions.
Reuse can be hard, especially in a large organization. Vijay Narayanan offers 10 practical tips to assure effective reuse of software components. 4
Success/failure with Scrum can hinge on how we adapt it. Here's the story of a successful, large, distributed Scrum project (already scrapped once under a traditional approach) with lessons learned. 11
Given their increasing frequency, the ability to effectively facilitate meetings utilizing teleconferences and desktop sharing tools is an important skill. This article offers tips and tricks. 13