At Unruly teams have been applying eXtreme Programming (XP) since being founded in 2006. Teams take a test-first approach to developing code and invest in automated checks that can be run in live environments. InfoQ interviewed Rachel Davies about the importance of a continuous approach to testing, how this has evolved over the years and the business advantage that it delivers to Unruly.
Microsoft has completely rewritten the build server in Team Foundation Server and Visual Studio Online. The new tool completely eliminates the massive XAML-based Windows Workflow files that were used as build definitions.
Tomas Rybing, Director, Project Management at Aptilo Networks, proposed a prioritization technique called ‘Priority Pyramid’, in agile environment.
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.