A survey of recent commentary and presentations by Ken Schwaber and others on the merits of the multidisciplinary, T-shaped, team-member within an empowered cross-functional team.
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.
The 2013 international conference in Central Europe about Lean and Kanban (LKCE13) included presentations about change management, systems thinking, leadership, learning, and teamwork, and case studies from larger organizations that have applied Lean and Kanban. InfoQ interviewed Arne Roock about deployment of Lean and Kanban in agile software development.
On November 14 and 15 the SEPG Europe 2013 conference will be held in Amsterdam. The conference program covers experience stories and presentations on using the Capability Maturity Model Integrated™ (CMMI) in agile environments. InfoQ will cover this conference, and did interviews about how the CMMI can support agile adoption and the focus of the SEPG Europe conference.
Projects and product development is one long series of difficult decisions, says Pascal Van Cauwenberghe. Real Options can help you to take the right decision at the right time, even under difficult circumstances. At the Agile Tour Brussels conference, Pascal presented stories of his experiences with using real options in decision taking.
Organizations adopt agile to be able to handle changes. Agile helps teams to deliver products that satisfy the needs of customers; products which do not contain unneeded (and unused) features. Lean software development says: everything not adding value to the customer is considered to be waste. How can a transition from waterfall to agile software development help organizations to reduce waste?
Steve Blank explains the real goal of an MVP is to start the learning process, not to create a smaller and cheaper version of the final product.
The priority game is an exercise which Michael Franken did at the GOTO Amsterdam 2013 conference, to make large backlogs manageable. He showed how Scrum can help you to focus and remove waste by not making things that are probably never used by customers.
At his Keynote at the Lean Kanban conference in Chicago, Kanban pioneer David J. Anderson delivered a keynote on the state of Kanban. InfoQ captured some of the highlights of Anderson's address.
VersionOne recently released the results of their State of Agile Development Survey for 2012, and once again it proved to be an interesting indicator of Agile adoption and trends.
Organizations want to improve their business processes, and today they need to do it faster. Is it possible to use agile methods and techniques for business process improvement?
Delivering faster is one of the reasons that enterprises mention why want to use agile for software development. How can agile be used to become faster?
There is more to VS2012.2 than just Git support. Both Visual Studio and TFS will receive some usability improvements to the everyday quality-of-life for developers.
VersionOne have announced the next release of their Application Lifecycle Management product, with a focus on providing capabilities that directly support the activities of development teams, while still servicing the need for larger organization-wide consolidation and reporting. VersionOne CEO Robert Holler spoke to InfoQ about the Fall 2012 product release.
At a time when the term DevOps is getting increasing attention from Gartner and other high profile industry players due to reduced time to market, better quality and increased revenue, Damon Edwards discussed at DevOps Days in Rome how to bring forward a DevOps culture and not focus solely on the automation aspect.