Simon Bennett emphasizes the primary differences in approach between ‘Contracting for Agile’ and ‘Agile Contracting’, expanding the discussion into what he sees as the key distinctions of ‘Agile at Scale’ and ‘Scaling Agile’ by using examples that highlight the importance of working with ‘now’
Bjarte Bogsnes discusses Beyond Budgeting and why those in the Agile community should be paying attention to it.
Carol talks about the growth of the Scrum Alliance to over 325000 members, the role of the Scrum Master, Scrum Gatherings around the world and taking Scrum beyond Software Development.
Roy Rapoport explains the concept of canary analysis and how Netflix uses it to deploy software to its internal systems.
Mark talks about what it takes to enable high-performing teams, the importance of stable teams, the value of cohesiveness, how the placement of water coolers and layout of lunch tables make a difference to team performance and how to overcome obstacles imposed by distance.
Ashley Puls explains Java bytecode manipulation: reasons for manipulating bytecode, libraries that help, how NewRelic is using it, and more.
Karl Scotland introduces the Kanban Canvas – a sheet he has designed to be printed on A0 paper and used to collaboratively explore a kanban system. The canvas is built around the heuristics and related questions, with the goal being to co-create a system design by exploring and answering the questions. The Kanban Canvas can be downloaded here
At Agile 2014 Gil Broza spoke about what servant leadership really means, getting past the buzzwords to practical advice for managers and leaders on how to empower teams and individuals. He also previewed his upcoming book on the Agile Mindset.
The OSGi Alliance is working on a Promises specification which will provide CompletableFutures that can run all the way back to Java 1.4. Tim explains why this is of benefit and how it compares to Java 8, along with where you can find out more information about the project and how it can be used both inside and outside an OSGi framework.
Engine Yard's Ines Sombra discusses state management in the cloud in general, and specific data stores including MySQL, Postgres and some NoSQL alternatives. She also explains why the pets and cattle analogy doesn't work for her, and what need to be done in organisations with respect to trusting people and trusting the infrastructure.
Jeff Sutherland talks about some of the ideas behind Scrum and discusses his new book which takes Scrum ideas outside of IT into the larger business world. He explains the importance of management setting compelling goals and tapping into what really motivates people.