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Heroku Adds GitHub and Dropbox Deployment Options

by Richard Seroter on  Jan 21, 2015

Developers have two new ways to publish code to the Heroku Platform-as-a-Service. Heroku recently added mechanisms to push code stored in either Github or Dropbox. These features, currently in beta, give Heroku a set of deployment techniques that compare favorably to other PaaS providers.

DevOps and Auditing

by Grischa Ekart on  Jan 20, 2015

Audit processes are based on the traditional software development life cycle. Organisational DevOps skill can support auditing processes through collaboration and clear communication between DevOps personnel and the auditors. Software development and IT operations should be a proactive partner in the auditing process.

Technical Leadership for Agile Teams

by Ben Linders on  Jan 20, 2015

When developers are promoted into a position leading the team, a different skillset is needed. InfoQ interviewed Patrick Kua, author of the book, Talking with Tech Leads, about the need for technical leaders, differences between the Scrum master and Tech Lead roles, leadership skills and what technical leaders can do to support people in developing their skills and abilities.

Scaling Agile: Frameworks and Experiences

by Ben Linders on  Jan 19, 2015

The Agile Consortium Belgium together with UNICOM is organizing the Scaling Agile for the Enterprise 2015 congress in Brussels, Belgium. InfoQ interviewed Arie van Bennekum and Jan de Baere from the Agile Consortium about activities organized by the Agile Consortium, issues that the software industry is facing with agile scaling and stories from enterprises that have successfully scaled agile.

Putting People First to Increase Motivation and Performance

by Ben Linders on  Jan 15, 2015

Focusing on the motivation of individuals can positively impact performance. An interview with Peter van Oevelen about motivating individuals, influencing the mood of teams, applying radical management, economies of motivation and building effective teams with individuals that have their own ideas, preferences and motivations.

The Role of the Middle Manager in an Agile World

by Rui Miguel Ferreira on  Jan 13, 2015

Mário Moreira explored the role of the middle management in an agile world on its agile adoption roadmap blog and the challenges that are in place when facing that reality.

Lean and Agile Leadership with the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe)

by Ben Linders on  Jan 12, 2015

The Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) provides practices, roles activities and artifacts for applying Lean and Agile development at enterprise scale. InfoQ interviewed Dean Leffingwell about deploying the scaled agile framework, building cross functional agile teams and aligning teams, the people part of SAFe and the principles of lean and agile leadership.

Reimplementing TeX's Algorithms: Looking Back at Thirty Years of Programming

by Sergio De Simone on  Jan 09, 2015

Glenn Vanderburg, director of engineering at LivingSocial, gave an interesting recount of his effort to implement TeX’s algorithms in Clojure at the last ClojureConj conference. In the process, he discovered how much programming has changed in the last thirty years.

QCon New York 2015 (Jun 8-12): Track Topics Announced

by Diana Baciu on  Jan 09, 2015

The 15 track topics have been finalized for the 4th annual QCon New York (Jun 8-12) including: Modern CS, Mobile, Fraud Detection, Streaming Data, Microservices, Modern Advances in Java Technology, Machine Learning, Architectures You've Always Wondered about and more. Register before Jan 17th and save $700.

Agile Teams and Managers can Collaborate to Solve Impediments

by Ben Linders on  Jan 08, 2015

Impediments are issues that hinder agile teams. They are problems that teams are facing, which they need to solve. Managers can help agile teams in several ways to solve impediments.

Should Agile Projects Be Innovative?

by Han Xu on  Jan 06, 2015

Agile was considered to be synonymous with innovation. However, Scrum Alliance co-founder Mike Cohn earlier criticized modern Scrum for focusing too much on meeting the time goals at the expense of exploring innovative solutions

QCon London 2015: Google, Netflix Keynotes Confirmed; Tutorials At-a-Glance (March 2-6, 2015)

by Nitin Bharti on  Jan 03, 2015

John Wilkes, ​Principal Software Engineer at Google and Roy Rapoport, Manager of Insight Engineering at Netflix have been confirmed to keynote at the 9th annual QCon London (Mar 2-6, 2015). All four keynotes, 65/100 speakers, and 13 tutorials are now confirmed, including 19 conference tracks. Register before Jan 26 and save £290.

Q&A with Andreas Schliep on ScALeD – Scaled Agile and Lean Development

by Ben Linders on  Jan 02, 2015 3

The introduction and integration of agile approaches to an organization should be regarded and treated as an agile project itself says Andreas Schliep. An interview with Andreas about pitfalls when trying to scale agile, on ScALeD and how it compares to Agility Path, LeSS, SAFe and DaD, and on continuous improvement and scaling retrospectives.

Experiences and Good Practices from Hackathons

by Ben Linders on  Dec 27, 2014

Hackathons are events where developers work together during a fixed period to collaboratively develop software. They provide learning opportunities and space for developers and organizations sponsoring the hackathons to network and have some fun.

Is Unhedged Call Options a Better Metaphor for Bad Code?

by Ben Linders on  Dec 24, 2014

In a blog post on bad code and technical debt Steve Freeman described how Chris Matts came up with the metaphor of an unhedged call option for bad code. This post is being intensively discussed on Reddit and on Hacker News recently. InfoQ interviewed Steve and Chris about using metaphors for bad code and code smells, trade-offs and costs of low quality code, and responsibilities for code quality.

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