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Asking for Help in Agile Adoption

by Ben Linders on  Apr 17, 2014

Coaching and mentoring can help organizations in adopting agile. But they only work if people are open to help. What makes it that people sometimes do not allow coaches to help them? What can you do to encourage helpful behavior in organizations?

Q&A with Targetprocess Executives about Targetprocess v3

by Shane Hastie on  Apr 16, 2014

InfoQ spoke to Michael Dubakov & Andrey Mihailenko of Targetprocess about the upcoming release of version 3 of the product. They discussed the new features which are included in the release and how these features can benefit customers.

Why Agile Works in Context to Organizations in Australia

by Savita Pahuja on  Apr 15, 2014 1

A report on why agile works for Australia’s most progressive organizations like ANZ, Bankwest, Commonwealth Bank, NAB, Suncorp, Allianz, SunSuper and many more and their journey to DevOps and continuous delivery.

QCon New York Update: 60/100 Speakers; Gilad Bracha, Netflix Keynotes Confirmed (Jun 11-13, 2014)

by Nitin Bharti on  Apr 11, 2014

Gilad Bracha, Co-Author of the Java Spec, and Dianne Marsh, Director of Engineering at Netflix have been confirmed as keynote speakers for the third annual QCon New York (Jun 11-13, 2014). The tutorials schedule has been finalized and the preliminary conference schedule is now live. New speakers are being added daily to the conference website, with more than 60/100 speakers already confirmed.

Role of Managers in Agile Retrospectives

by Ben Linders on  Apr 10, 2014

Agile teams use retrospectives to reflect upon their way of working. Since it’s the team’s own responsibility to continuously improve themselves they have to decide upon the actions that they will do. What can managers do to support their teams when they are doing agile retrospectives?

Concerns about Measuring Velocity for Team Improvement

by Ben Linders on  Apr 03, 2014

Agile teams measure the velocity of their sprints. It helps them to plan and track their progress and provides insight for product owners to plan product releases. Can teams also use velocity data when they want to improve themselves? Several authors have written about velocity and shared their concerns on measuring velocity to improve the productivity of teams.

The Shallot 2014 Edition Published

by Shane Hastie on  Apr 01, 2014

The 2014 Edition of The Shallot - the online magazine which conducts deep analysis of the state of the information technology industry - has been released.

Lean UX Conference Returns to NYC

by Todd Charron on  Apr 01, 2014

The Lean UX Conference is returning to NYC April 10-12, 2014 and this year includes a wide variety of speakers as well as workshops from Jeff Gothelf, Dave Snowden and Michael Cheveldave. I had a chance to sit down with one of the conference founders, Will Evans to discuss what to expect from the conference this year.

Rebecca Parsons on the ThoughtWorks Technology Radar

by Shane Hastie on  Mar 28, 2014 3

In January ThoughtWorks released the latest version of their Technology Radar in which they track what's interesting in the software development ecosystem. The big themes this year are (1) early warning systems and recovery in production, (2) the tension between privacy and big data, (3) the javascript ecosystem and (4) blurring of the line between the physical and virtual worlds.

Q&A with Atlassian product marketing specialist Dave Meyer on Connect 1.0 and Atlassian Verified

by Savita Pahuja on  Mar 27, 2014

InfoQ spoke to Atlassian product marketing specialist Dave Meyer on new product releases - Atlassian Connect 1.0 and Atlassian Verified.

Measuring the Value of Agile Adoption

by Ben Linders on  Mar 27, 2014

When defining a business case for adopting agile, the question can arise how you can measure the business value that can be delivered using agile software development.

Managing your Software Debt

by Ben Linders on  Mar 20, 2014

Software debt exists in different ways. Technical debt is widely known, some other forms are competence debt and quality debt. Software debt can cause product maintenance costs to increase and can depress developers. Several solutions exist to manage software debt.

Audio Interviews on Making Agile Culture Change Stick

by Shane Hastie on  Mar 13, 2014

Following on from the "Individuals and Interactions" interview series Author Gill Broza launched a series titled "A Packing List for your Agile Journey" in which he will interview a variety of commentators, practitioners and authors on what it takes to make an agile transition sustainable in the long term.

Working with Investors as a Lean Startup

by Ben Linders on  Mar 13, 2014

Entrepreneurs using lean startup can work with investors to raise capital for their business. Business plans from lean startups often differ from traditional startups and lean startup encourages learning from failure and to pivot, which might scare off investors. Can entrepreneurs and investors together use the lean startup approach to do fundraising?

Improving Process with Two Definitions of Done

by Savita Pahuja on  Mar 11, 2014 2

Separate ideal and current versions of Definition of Done can be used in agile teams. The purpose is to expand Definition of Done to grow in maturity and quality. This can be implemented on physical boards as well as on other electronic Agile Tools like Jira.

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