Organizations learn through their employees. To enable adoption of agile ways of working, organization have to support the personal development of their employees.
An exploration of recent advice from Henrik Knibert, Ward Cunningham and Hayim Makabee on technical debt, how to make the most of it and when to pay it off.
“Many team and their product owners believe that the team's unique job is to deliver more and more story points, but we consider this to be a complete misunderstanding of the relation between the team and the product owner” said Damien Thouvenin and Pierrick Revol. They ran a sprint planning game on investing time to produce stories, investigate issues, reduce technical debt, or do training.
Achieving a maturity level is a target often used in CMMI based process improvement programs. It can be important for organizations to have insight in the relation between a maturity level and business goals, and to know the business benefits. An interview with Michelle Krupa on changing an improvement program from being CMMI Maturity Level based to a benefits led approach.
The build-measure-learn feedback loop in lean startup aims to help entrepreneurs to learn about the needs of their customers. Agile retrospectives are a way to reflect and learn and to agree on changes that are needed. Some examples describing how lean startup can be supported with agile retrospectives to learn and take actions.
45/100 speakers and 3 keynotes have been confirmed for QCon London 2014 (Mar 3-7, 2014). The eight annual conference will feature talks from language pioneers, project leads, and practitioner case studies from companies like Netflix, NASA, Spotify, Financial Times, and more. You can get in early by reserving your seat now saving £325 by Dec 15th.
In "experiences with a distributed agile team", Joost Mulders and Andriy Korpan presented how they integrated a near shore development team from the Ukraine in a Dutch product development organization using agile practices. At the XP Days Benelux 2013 conference they talked about the do’s and don’ts of distributed agile.
In the XP Days workshop Agile cross borders, Hoang-Anh PHAN & Anais Victor explored how you can deal with language barriers in a multi cultural organization. They work for the Vietnamese company Officience who provides outsourcing services to French customer, using the English language to communicate and work together.
On each day of the 3-day conference at the inviting environs offered at the Hyatt there was a jam-packed schedule of speakers, exhibits and activities that made for some difficult decisions as to which tracks and what happening to attend.
The pace of organizational change and technology adoption is increasing which means that enterprise software development needs to find ways to keep pace with these changes. The rise of big data is also driving the need to undertake many experiment and adapt rapidly. Blogger Matt Asay recently wrote about this in a post titled "Hey, Enterprise Developers! Get Agile Or Get Steamrollered"
At the XP Days Benelux conference, Paul Kuijten did a session called "kill all projects" where he questioned if getting rid of all projects could be a good idea. InfoQ did an interview with Paul about project management practices that can be valuable for agile, and the funding of product development.
Jurgen Appelo has released a tool to help target intrinsic motivators in teams and individuals, his -Champfrogs checklist.
FloraHolland wanted to realize change goals for business units in parallel with their daily business, and decided to use Scrum to manage their business changes. A session from the XP Days Benelux 2013 conference which shows how a Job Demands-Resources model was used by several business units to adopt Scrum and agile elements to change their way of working.
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.