This article summarizes the key takeaways and highlights from QCon New York 2014 as blogged and tweeted by attendees. Over the course of the next 5 months, InfoQ will be publishing most of the conference sessions online, including 24 video interviews that were recorded by the InfoQ editorial team.
There are ways to obtain sustainable pace beyond scrum that can help stem the increasing number of failing scrum projects. Because executing sprints as small projects often does not lead to the desired results, it is more effective to apply a backlog-item-oriented workflow and to treat sprints as iterations.
Rally Software and Carnegie Mellon's Software Engineering Institute (SEI) are researching the impact of agile software development practices using data from Rally’s Agile Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) platform. InfoQ interviewed Larry Maccherone and Jim McCurley about their collaboration, measurements from the study, conclusions from the analysis and plans for further research.
Got skills but lack the Big Idea? Having one isn't as important as knowing how to find more. Know your prey. Be an idea hunter. 3
Ahmad presents a set of techniques that can be applied in strategic workshops or an initial product backlog session. He tells the story of a workshop where these techniques were used in Egypt.
In this important and thorough treatise “Integration Testing from the Trenches” Nicolas Frankel starts from basics and develops integration testing with a casual formalism that's intuitive and fun.
When and how to apply architecture depends on the context. This article shows how you can give proper attention to architecture in an agile setting. Adaptability and conversation are the essentials. 3
Brian Rabon wrote the book Scrum for the rest of us which describes Scrum without using information technology jargon aimed at all kinds of teams that want to use Scrum for managing projects.
An interview about applying strength-based techniques like appreciative inquiry, solution focused, positive deviance and 5-why's with Lean Six Sigma, and measuring performance in organizations.
The Agile Organisation: Can Agile really deliver at scale and for the whole organisation; are people ready to make the changes necessary, and do the products and processes on offer deliver results? 7
InfoQ interviewed Tommy Norman about his introduction training on Scrum, roles, artifacts and events, User Stories and collaboration in teams, and on-line resources for learning more about agile.
This article explains why it is inherently wrong to set up software metrics to try and 'improve' the software development process, and offers some alternatives. 3