The OnAgile virtual conference is running on May 14, 2015. It will examine the impact and value of technical practices in agile transformations. A wide range of speakers will explore aspects covering microservices, continuous delivery, functional programming, exploratory testing and software craftsmanship. InfoQ spoke to conference chair Declan Whelan about the event.
InfoQ did an interview with Charles about the role of the PMO in an agile organization.
At Craft Conference 2015, Adrian Trenaman discussed the evolution of the Gilt.com architecture from a monolithic Ruby on Rails application to a cloud-based microservice ‘lots of small applications’ platform utilising Scala, Docker and AWS. Trenaman shared both technical and organisational lessons learnt from the past eight years, as Gilt has grown from a startup to a $1B company.
Sven Peters presented a guide to creating and maintaining an effective ‘coding culture’ at Craft Conference 2015 in Budapest. Recommendations included, defining and regularly retrospecting on organisational and team values, giving people time to innovate, celebrating success, enabling transparent communications and actions, and ensuring the needs of the customer are constantly in focus.
Behavior driven development (BDD) can be used to improve communication between testers, developers and the business. For example you can use given-when-then scenarios to develop test scripts and at the same time define the requirements of the system. BDD involves all team members and helps them to think about the product.
InfoQ had the opportunity to interview Uri Sarid, creator of another famous API language, the RAML project. Uri is also CTO of MuleSoft and we appreciate that he was generous with his time to help the community understand RAML’s technology and governance, share his view of the SmartBear acquisition of Swagger, and provide interesting comparison points between RAML, Swagger and API Blueprint.
The Agile Alliance has announced the speaker lineup and program for the Agile 2015 conference and the Agile Executive Forum, both events being held in Washington, DC in August 2015.
Registration is now open for QCon San Francisco 2015 (Nov 16-20). The 9th annual event - taking place at The Hyatt Regency San Francisco - will feature over 100 speakers, 15 tracks, and many opportunities for networking. Register before Jun 27th and save $800.
David Dame, enterprise agility change agent and organizational coach introduced scaling engagement agility in his recent blog. He says that instead of process scaling, think of engagement scaling.
At the recent CukeUp 2015 conference an attempt was made to describe what Behaviour-Driven Development (BDD) actually is, and for Paul Rayner it was clear that BDD is a community centred on key values and principles still open to adding new practices, not a community focused on boundaries and exclusion.
Behavior Driven Development (BDD) uses examples, preferably in conversations, to illustrate behavior. A lot of people focus on the tools if they are doing BDD but having the conversations is more important than writing down conversations and automating them said to Liz Keogh. An exploration of using BDD to do experiments to deal with complex problems and do discoveries.
Jurgen Appelo proposes a new technique of work management called the chunking technique intended to increase productivity.
Atlassian recently released Stash Data Center, a highly available and horizontally scalable deployment option for its on-premises source code and Git repository management solution Stash. New nodes can be added without downtime to provide active-active clustering and instant scalability.
The 4th annual QCon New York will provide over 600 team leads, architects, software engineers, and project managers with practical guidance on Architecting for Failure, Applying Data Science and Machine Learning, Engineering Culture, Microservices & more. Hear case studies from the heads of engineering and technical directors at companies like LinkedIn, Twitter, Netflix, Comcast and Facebook.
Git Large File Storage (LFS) is an open source Git extension aimed to better "integrate large binary files such as audio samples, datasets, graphics, and videos" into a Git workflow, says GitHub.