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Effectiveness of Meetings in Development Process

by Savita Pahuja on  Oct 16, 2014

Software development initiatives include different types of meetings, spread across the whole development process. A post on the Mobile Orchard blog explains tips and tricks to check and improve the effectiveness of these meetings.

The Importance of Discipline in Agile

by Ben Linders on  Oct 16, 2014 4

Agile software development is sometimes perceived as an undisciplined way of working. There are organizations which use that perception as an excuse to not adopt agile. According to others agile is actually a more disciplined approach than waterfall for software development. Let’s explore how discipline plays a role in agile and why discipline is considered important for agile to be successful.

Second GOTO Berlin Conference Due Early November

by Jan Stenberg on  Oct 15, 2014

The second GOTO conference in Berlin is due early November, with two days of conference on November 6-7, preceded by one day of training. The program is titled "for developers, by developers" with emphasis placed on presenting the latest developments as they become relevant and interesting for the software development community.

Governance Behaviours that Result in Success with Agile

by Shane Hastie on  Oct 14, 2014

Brian Wernham wrote an article for The Times in which he identifies seven governance behaviours which are needed for successful adoption of agile, especially focused on government departments adopting new ways of working. The UK Government has mandated agile practices for delivery of IT projects and provides guidelines for service design using agile approaches.

QCon London 2015 Registration Open & Tracks Announced; March 2-6

by Diana Baciu on  Oct 14, 2014

The 9th annual QCon London (March 2-6) has been announced and registration is open! QCon London has become a mainstay conference for the UK and European software development community. This year continues in our tradition of practitioner-driven high quality content with 19 tracks and over 100 speakers. Register before Oct 22 & save £540.

Book Series on Managing Remote Teams

by Ben Linders on  Oct 09, 2014

In the book series the art of managing remote teams authors share their experiences and provide advice on establishing and working with remote teams. The books are intended for people who are about to setup an offshore or nearshore team, or people who are already managing a remote team and want to improve.

Maturity Model for Continuous Performance Improvement

by Savita Pahuja on  Oct 08, 2014

Martin Fowler, described Maturity Model as a tool that helps people assess the current effectiveness of a person or group and supports figuring out what capabilities they need to acquire next in order to improve their performance.

Agile for Mobile Application Development

by Savita Pahuja on  Oct 06, 2014

For mobile application development, teams are looking to introduce a lightweight development process like agile software development, which offers tremendous opportunities and value to build applications in short cycles.

QConSF in 4 Weeks ‘DevOps @Google’ Keynote; Lambda Architecture Myths; Reactive Programmimg @Netflix

by Nitin Bharti on  Oct 06, 2014

81% of speakers, 100% of keynotes, and 100% of tutorials have been confirmed for the 8th annual QCon San Francisco 2014. All confirmed sessions are now live on our schedule. Register before Oct 18th and save $400.

Kickstart Agile the Kanban Way

by Ben Linders on  Oct 02, 2014

Successful adoption of agile is related to the approach that is used to introduce changes in the organization. Organization can do a top down “mandated” implementation or use a different approach. Kanban can be used as a way to kick start agile, allowing teams to opt-in to agile practices when they feel ready for it to create a sustainable new way of working .

JavaOne Press Panel - Community and Java SE

by Ben Evans on  Oct 01, 2014

Oracle execs hail community involvement in success and adoption of Java 8, announce better security features, but small number of new features.

Cooperative Development Using Pair Programming and Non-Solo Development

by Savita Pahuja on  Sep 30, 2014 2

Valentin Tudor Mocanu described upgraded form of pair programming using pairing and non-solo development.

Collaborative Adoption of Scrum Guide

by Shane Hastie on  Sep 29, 2014

Three of the organisations in the fractured Scrum community have jointly announced their collaboration and endorsement of the new ScrumGuides.org website as the official source of “The Scrum Guide, The Definitive Guide to Scrum: The Rules of the Game.”

CloudBees Exit PaaS Business, Resign JCP Executive Committee Seat

by Ben Evans on  Sep 29, 2014

CloudBees have announced they are exiting the PAAS business to focus on Enterprise Jenkins. With this new focus, they have resigned from the Java Community Process Executive Committee.

Scrum Turkey Community Launch Agile Sparrow Program to Teach University Graduates

by Shane Hastie on  Sep 27, 2014

The Scrum Turkey community have launched a program aimed at giving university graduates a deep experiential understanding of the Scrum framework. Going beyond just the two-day Scrum training this program requires participants to apply their knowledge and meet regularly with coaches to reinforce and expand their skills. The program is offered free to students and is supported by sponsorship.

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