On each day of the 3-day conference at the inviting environs offered at the Hyatt there was a jam-packed schedule of speakers, exhibits and activities that made for some difficult decisions as to which tracks and what happening to attend.
At the XP Days Benelux conference, Paul Kuijten did a session called "kill all projects" where he questioned if getting rid of all projects could be a good idea. InfoQ did an interview with Paul about project management practices that can be valuable for agile, and the funding of product development.
FloraHolland wanted to realize change goals for business units in parallel with their daily business, and decided to use Scrum to manage their business changes. A session from the XP Days Benelux 2013 conference which shows how a Job Demands-Resources model was used by several business units to adopt Scrum and agile elements to change their way of working.
At the recent Dreamforce event in San Francisco Salesforce launched their Salesforce1 platform. The initial deliverables focus on mobile, and aim to improve on the earlier ‘Touch’ user interface by having a richer set of underlying application programming interfaces (APIs). The launch has been accompanied by new application and admin mobile apps.
The product owner role from Scrum is used to interface between the business and development. In larger organization with complex products and many decisions that need to be made, having this role filled in by one person is often not feasible. InfoQ did an interview with Timo Punkka about the role of the product owner, lean portfolio management, and customer collaboration.
During a UBS Global Technology Conference held last week, Microsoft’s Julie Larson-Green, EVP Devices and Studios, discussed her company’s approach to today’s software market, providing insights especially into the mobile device operating systems space. We selected the most interesting fragments from the session’s transcript (HTML, DOCX).
Amazon Web Services have announced three new instance types for its Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) infrastructure as a service. I2 instances use solid state disk (SSD) to deliver high input/output performance, C3 instances tie each virtual CPU to a hardware hyper-thread for compute intensive workloads, and G2 instances offer Nvidia graphics processing units (GPUs) for 3D applications.
Enterprises that are adopting agile organizational-wide will at some time have to scale their agile practices. In a session at the Agile Methods in the Finance Sector and Complex Environment conference, attendees shared their experiences with scaling agile in enterprises.
Teradata revamps its cloud offering, offers Data Warehouse Data Platform as a Service solution. Teradata Cloud is aspiring to become a worthy competitor to Amazon Redshift, with a richer set of predefined libraries and a more effective way of loading data.
To enable development of secure products, processes covering the software development life cycle have to include security activities. Winfried Russwurm from Siemens and Peter Panholzer from Limes Security facilitated a workshop at the SEPG Europe 2013 conference where they explored security activities and presented the Application Guide for Improving Processes for Secure Products.
Cloud startup Apcera is making its Continuum product more visible with the launch of a new website on 14 Nov.
Today, Pivotal announced the availability of Pivotal CF, an enterprise cloud platform based on Cloud Foundry, along with a number of Pivotal One services such as an Apache Hadoop and Analytics service. A reply of the announcement is available from gopivotal.com
Apigee Edge now supports Node.js and has open sourced Volos, a project containing a set of API management modules.
The recently released version 5.9 of the message broker Apache ActiveMQ adds among other features support for replication of the LevelDB Store and a new Hawtio web console together with more than 200 issues resolved.
Last week finalized elections for the open seats with the Java Community Process (JCP) Executive Committee (EC). Receiving the most votes this year for the elected positions is the Eclipse Foundation, which will hold its seat for a two year term within the voting body.