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QCon San Francisco Update (Nov 3-7, 2014): Tracks Announced, Registrations Up 875%

by Nitin Bharti on  Jul 01, 2014

Track topics have been finalized for the 8th annual QCon San Francisco (Nov 3-5, 2014). Registrations for the event - which has been completely sold out for the past three years - are up 875% compared to the same time last year. Register before Jul 26th and save $700.

Software Extension to PMBOK Guide Fifth Edition Released

by Savita Pahuja on  Jun 30, 2014

Project Management Institute recently published software extension to the PMBOK Guide Fifth Edition. It includes mapping and replacing traditional approaches with their agile alternatives to ease the transition from traditional to agile methods.

Group Performance Reviews and Rewards in Agile Teams

by Savita Pahuja on  Jun 29, 2014

Group performance reviews, bonuses and rewards in agile teams to promote team culture.

Delivering More Software Without Adding People

by Ben Linders on  Jun 26, 2014

As the need for software products and services increases organizations look for ways to increase their capacity. Often organizations decide to scale up by adding more people. Some question this approach and suggest alternative ways to be able to deliver more software without adding people.

Survey on Agile in Marketing by CMG Partners

by Savita Pahuja on  Jun 25, 2014

Results of sixth-annual CMO’s agenda, “The Agile Advantage,” a qualitative survey assessing the role and responsibilities of the chief marketer have been released by marketing strategy consultancy CMG Partners.

ING Netherlands' Measured Improvements on Transition to DevOps

by João Miranda on  Jun 25, 2014

Jan-Joost Bouwman and Mark Heistek, from ING Retail Banking Netherlands, presented at Devopsdays Amsterdam how a CMMI-ITIL organization transitioned to a more agile mindset. Somewhat unusually in this kind of sessions, ING presented quantitative evidence of the improvements, such as a marked increase in the number of changes deployed to production and a decrease of the risk value per change.

Node Security Project Aims at Making Node.js More Secure

by Sergio De Simone on  Jun 25, 2014

Node Security Project has been quietly working at improving Node.js security for a few months now. The project has the goal of auditing Node.js existing module base to help "improve Node landscape and provide confidence to developers and enterprises about the state of security in Node.js land."

On Power and Influence

by João Miranda on  Jun 23, 2014

At DevOpsDays Amsterdam, Mark Coleman asserted that all organizational's cultural changes start with one person influencing another. He finds that Charles Handy's writings on power and influence help on understanding how an organizations works and how one can go on to change it. Mark discussed Charles Handy's six sources of power and six methods of influence.

Role of Managers in Agile Transformation

by Savita Pahuja on  Jun 22, 2014 1

Changing role of traditional managers in agile projects explained by Robert Galen and Zappos approach of halocracy organizational model.

Active Participation of Product Owners in Sprint Retrospective

by Savita Pahuja on  Jun 21, 2014 2

Roman Pichler shared his views on product owner’s participation in sprint retrospective to increase collaboration with development team.

Bol.com's DevOps Journey

by João Miranda on  Jun 20, 2014

On the first day of DevOpsDays Amsterdam 2014, bol.com, an online store, reported its experiences in its DevOps journey. Full automation, careful team building and an agile mindset that cross-cuts the organisation were the keys to success. RunDeck, Puppet, Hiera and Nagios enable bol.com to build and monitor a full working environment in under two hours, in a fully automated fashion.

Agile Training and Coaching for Managers

by Ben Linders on  Jun 19, 2014

Several authors discussed the importance of training for the success of agile adoption. Teams usually receive training when organizations are adopting agile. The question is how much and what kind of training and coaching is needed for the managers to make an agile transformation succeed.

The Power of Anonymous Retrospectives

by Rui Miguel Ferreira on  Jun 18, 2014 1

Hiren Doshi recently published a post on his blog about Anonymous Retrospectives, a technique suggested for agile teams to maximize the feedback gathered during retrospective meetings.

Beta Testing on iOS 8 with TestFlight

by Sergio De Simone on  Jun 18, 2014

At WWDC 2014, Apple announced the integration of TestFlight within the iOS 8 development tool suite. This aims at giving developers more options to set up a beta testing program and make the whole process a lot easier, thus promising to fix a longstanding complaint from developers about the hardness of testing iOS apps before launch.

Q&A with Spark the Change Conference Organisers

by Shane Hastie on  Jun 17, 2014

The Spark the Change conference runs in London on 3-4 July. The theme of the conference is “Create an Organisation you can Believe in”. Aimed at leaders from across the business the conference aims to inspire attendees to build better, strong businesses, become more inspiring leaders themselves and create happier workplaces. InfoQ spoke to one of the organisers about the conference.

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