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Balancing Quality and Velocity in Agile

by Ben Linders on  Aug 14, 2014

Agile software development teams have to assure that the products that they develop have sufficient quality. Management often also expect that they increase their velocity to be able to deliver more functionality faster to their customer. Several authors explored the relationship between quality and velocity and suggested ways to improve both quality and velocity.

QCon SF Update (Nov 3-7, 2014): Walmart Labs, Netflix, Twitter Talks Confirmed; Registrations up 50%

by Nitin Bharti on  Aug 08, 2014

With registrations up 50% and 24/100 speakers confirmed, the 8th annual QCon San Francisco (Nov 3-7, 2014) is expected to draw over 1,000 team leads, architects, engineering directors, and project managers for three days of practitioner-delivered talks. The tracks-to-days schedule has been published along with the confirmed list of tutorials. Register before Aug 23rd and save $600.

Enabling Agile Teams to Improve Software Quality

by Ben Linders on  Aug 07, 2014

Long working days, deadlines and team pressure can impact the quality of the software that agile teams deliver. What can we do to prevent that from happening and enable teams to improve the quality of their software? Some suggestions are to arrange for scope and deadline slack, adopt pull systems, and to make sure that people can slow down and get enough sleep.

Agile 2014 Closing Keynote: Beyond Budgeting

by Shane Hastie on  Aug 05, 2014 1

Bjarte Bogsnes gave the closing keynote talk at Agile 2014. His talk was titled Beyond Budgeting:an agile management model for new business and people realities. The fundamental premise of his talk is that the current financial models and budgeting process in our organizations is broken.

Agile 2014 Second Keynote - Best Job Ever

by Shane Hastie on  Aug 01, 2014 1

Diana Larsen gave the second keynote talk at the Agile 2014 conference. Titled “Best Job Ever” she gave the audience advice on designing their careers to enable fulfilling and engaging work.

Agile 2014 Vendor Roundup #3

by Katherine Kirk on  Aug 01, 2014

The Agile 2014 conference is underway in Orlando, Fl, USA this week. This is the third of a number of news items summarising the offerings from the vendors who are exhibiting at the conference.

Huge Retrospectives with Online Games

by Ben Linders on  Jul 31, 2014

Agile retrospectives are mostly done at the team level or at a project level. What if you need to conduct a retrospective with 50 teams or more? Luke Hohmann describes how a large scale agile transformation project did a huge retrospective to create insight on what was going well and what needed to be improved.

Agile 2014 Vendor Round Up #2

by Todd Charron on  Jul 30, 2014

What's new with vendors at Agile 2014?

Agile 2014 Vendor Roundup #1

by Shane Hastie on  Jul 29, 2014

The Agile 2014 conference is underway in Orlando, Fl, USA this week. This is the first of a number of news items summarising the offerings from the vendors who are exhibiting at the conference.

Agile 2014 Opening Keynote

by Shane Hastie on  Jul 28, 2014

Sam Gluckenheimer opened the Agile 2014 conference with a talk titled "The Journey to Cloud Cadence" in which he discussed the transformationt at Microsoft Developer Division from a waterfallian box product delivery cycle of four years to Agile practices enabling a hybrid SaaS and on-prem business, triweekly delivery of new features in the service, and quarterly delivery for on-premise customers.

Blameless Post-Mortems

by João Miranda on  Jul 28, 2014

Blameless post-mortems of production incidents are increasingly seen as an essential fixture of any organisation's procedures. Mathias Meyer, from Travis CI, shared how blameless post-mortems had a profound effect on him. InfoQ took this opportunity to have a look at post-mortem practices of organizations like Etsy, GitHub or Chef.

Revisiting What is DevOps

by Carlos Sanchez on  Jul 24, 2014

Mike Loukides, vice president of content strategy for O'Reilly Media, writes an update on his now two year old "What is DevOps" article focusing on the DevOps cultural changes.

Nurturing a Culture for Continuous Learning

by Ben Linders on  Jul 24, 2014

Continuous learning supports agile adoption in enterprises. A culture change can be needed to enable and support continuous learning. There are several things that managers and agile coaches can do to establish and nurture a continuous learning culture.

Scrum Meets Management 3.0

by Savita Pahuja on  Jul 21, 2014 1

Scrum meets management 3.0 , a talk presented by Arne Ahlander at Regional Scrum Gathering India 2014.

Agile 2014 Conference Special Events

by Shane Hastie on  Jul 19, 2014

The Agile 2014 conference starts in Orlando, Florida on July 28. In addition to the conference sessions and keynotes there are a number of special events happening at the conference.

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