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The State of Agile – December 2014

by Shane Hastie and others on  Dec 19, 2014 1

Recently we polled a small group of InfoQ editors, consultants and trainers asking them for their thoughts on the state of Agile adoption and what ideas, practices or techniques are emerging or being recognised as useful at the end of 2014. This is not a scientific study, rather an informal collection of opinions.

New and Interesting on ThoughtWorks Radar Jan 2015

by Abel Avram on  Dec 19, 2014 2

ThoughtWorks has published a digital preview of the January 2015 radar, providing opinion on techniques, tools, platforms and languages and taking a snapshot of the current trends in software technology.

Monoliths from a Microservices Perspective

by Jan Stenberg on  Dec 18, 2014

There is a strong trend for microservice based architectures and frequent discussions comparing them to monoliths, Robert Annett explains and defines a monolith as an architectural style or a pattern using three basic viewtypes for characterization.

Adopting Innovative Ways to Manage Organizations

by Ben Linders on  Dec 08, 2014

Organizations are discovering new innovative ways to manage work and unleash the potential of the people who are working there. The Dare Festival Antwerp 2014 focuses on organization design and culture for networked organizations, providing ideas and actionable practices. Frederic Laloux explored 12 organizations who are using fundamentally new ways to manage work and their employees.

What is the Web?

by Mark Little on  Dec 07, 2014 2

Mark Nottingham, chair of the HTTP Working Group, asks the question What is the Web? As he mentions, this simple question has some complex and perhaps unexpected answers depending upon your perspective. A common approach would be to say that it has to be rooted in the Web browser, but that has some interesting consequences, not all of which are useful for non-browser stakeholders.

Liquefying an Organization to Increase Agility

by Ben Linders on  Dec 05, 2014

Organizations look for ways to increase their agility and becoming more adaptive and responsive. There a new wave of modern ways for managing organizations, supporting transparency and self-organization, taking off. LiquidO is an organizational governance model for arranging activities and decisions and giving credit, allowing everybody in an organization to take part in management activities.

IBM, Databricks, GraphLab Present Notebooks as Unified Interfaces for Building Prediction Apps

by Mikio Braun on  Dec 02, 2014

At the StrataHadoop conference in Barcelona last week, Rod Smith, Vice President of the IBM Emerging Internet Technologies organization, presented work on an internal product they have been developing in their consulting work with clients that integrates data sources, and data analysis.

The Future of Microservices

by Jan Stenberg on  Dec 01, 2014 2

Microservices are not new ideas and we will over the course of 3-5 years end up rebuilding WS-* the same way Web Services did rebuild all from CORBA unless we learn from our mistakes and improve to prevent them from being made again, Greg Young stated in a presentation at the Microservices Conference in London.

Microservices as a Service-Oriented Delivery Model

by Jan Stenberg on  Nov 30, 2014 5

Microservices are valuable, but to break things up properly creating the right boundaries we need to understand our business and its processes Jeppe Cramon stated in a presentation at the Microservices Conference in London.

A Critical Look at Microservices for the Enterprise

by Jan Stenberg on  Nov 29, 2014 2

Udi Dahan describes how looking for highly cohesive, loosely coupled microservices, not within a system but over the enterprise, we can end up with a focus on organising services around business capabilities spanning the whole organisation since this is what the business care about.

Defining the Value of Software Products Precisely and Quantitatively

by Ben Linders on  Nov 27, 2014

The real requirements of a product are not the functions that are needed, or user stories that have to be delivered. It is the possible improvement of performance that customers can get from using the product said Matteo Vaccari. At the XP Days Benelux 2014 conference he facilitated a workshop together with Antonio Carpentieri about defining the value that is needed by customers.

Deploying Transparency and Self Regulating Management to Get Actions Done

by Ben Linders on  Nov 26, 2014

At the Lean Kanban France 2014 conference Bjarte Bogsnes gave a keynote presentation about beyond budgeting. In his presentation he talked about the problems with traditional management and how transparency and self regulating management comes to the rescue, and the principles and practices of beyond budgeting.

Agile at Scale with Hoshin Kanri

by Ben Linders on  Nov 24, 2014 1

When organizations decide to scale agile they can be looking for agile ways to define strategies, manage direction and sustain alignment. Deploying and stay aligned, is today's challenge said Pierre Neis. At the Lean Kanban France 2014 conference Pierre showed how using Hoshin Kanri has helped global players in their lean agile transition.

Using Kanban for Change: A Case Study from an Insurer

by Ben Linders on  Nov 11, 2014

Kanban is often used to manage work, but the concepts of kanban can also be used to guide a journey of change in an organization. This is a case study of an insurance company that used kanban to get change done to improve visibility and predictability and engaging their people.

Gregor Hohpe on Architects in Enterprises

by Jan Stenberg on  Nov 10, 2014 2

Architecture is looking at things in a bigger context, thinking ahead and making decisions. Using their technical and communication skills architects can play a significant role in this by establishing direct contacts with people at different levels in an organisation, Gregor Hohpe said when sharing his experiences from working for Google, and now as Chief IT Architect at Allianz.

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