Agile New Zealand Conference Wrapup

by Shane Hastie on  Sep 09, 2015

The Agile New Zealand conference was held in Wellington, New Zealand last week. With over 350 conference attendees, four keynotes talks and 24 session the conference had an overall theme of Transformation and three tracks - Agile Transformation, Agile Enterprise and Digital Transformation. InfoQ attended the conference and there will be interviews and articles published in the next few months.

Playing Games with the Agile Essentials

by Ben Linders on  Sep 07, 2015

The agile essentials from Ivar Jacobson International is a starter kit of agile practices, provided as a deck of cards. Teams can play games with these cards to learn agile practices and inspect and adapt their way of working.

Key Takeaways from the 'Agile on the Beach' Conference: Day One

by Daniel Bryant on  Sep 06, 2015

At the fifth ‘Agile on the Beach’ conference, held in Cornwall, UK, several leading practitioners of agile software delivery presented the state-of-the-art and emerging trends within this domain. Key messages included the need for the more rigorous use of the scientific method throughout the software delivery lifecycle, and the benefits provided by applying agile principles to product development.

2015 State of Scrum Report Published by Scrum Alliance

by Savita Pahuja on  Sep 05, 2015

Scrum Alliance surveyed almost 5,000 people about their use of Scrum and the report is published.

Innovation at AXA's Digital Agency

by Ben Linders on  Sep 05, 2015

The AXA Digital Agency deploys the Lean Startup approach, using design thinking, minimum viable product development and growth hacking, to innovate and support the digital transformation at AXA. An interview with Yves Caseau about the importance of innovation, adopting a lean startup approach, learnings from minimum viable products and growth hacking and advice for starting an innovation journey.

Making a Mindshift in Management for Agility

by Ben Linders on  Sep 03, 2015

The volatility in the market requires that organizations become able to adapt to changing demand as fast as possible while gaining the highest value. To implement agile managers need to team up to remove impediments in the organization says Ahmet Akdag. An agility transformation is about learning to try, fail and learn.

Interview with Founder on the Future of API Documentation

by Jerome Louvel on  Aug 27, 2015

Documentation, one of the great neglected areas of software development, is finally getting some attention, with a number of relatively new tools. For an API documentation can be considered essential. Gregory Koberger is working on a system with the intent of connecting developer documentation more directly to APIs and the API dashboard.

Driving Transformational Behavior with Core Work Systems

by Ben Linders on  Aug 27, 2015

Mike Orzen will talk about using core work systems to drive transformational behavior at the Lean IT Summit 2015. An interview on the benefits that organizations aim for with lean IT, why adopting and reinforcing new behaviors is essential to create sustained change, core work systems and work processes for IT organizations, and common missteps in lean IT transformations and how to prevent them.

Getting Rid of Annual Performance Reviews

by Savita Pahuja on  Aug 23, 2015

Professional services firm, which employs hundreds of thousands of workers in cities around the globe, has been quietly preparing for the “massive revolution” of getting rid of annual performance reviews and rankings, in its internal operations.

Agile 2015 Sponsor Roundup #2

by Craig Smith on  Aug 23, 2015

The Agile 2015 conference ran in Washington, DC earlier this month with over 2300 attendees from around the globe. This is a second article in a series looking at the sponsors who supported the conference. They were each asked to answer three questions – Who, What and Why. Who are they, What were they offering at the conference and Why did they choose to sponsor this event?

Investigation of Project Management Skills

by Ben Linders on  Aug 20, 2015

An investigation was done to find out which skills are desired by employers for project management positions and what it takes to be successful as a project manager. An interview about skills for managing projects, likability of bosses and leadership skills, why people feel miserable at work and what can be done to prevent it and the need for project managers when organizations migrate to agile.

Agile 2015 – Industry Analyst Panel: Agile Trends and Future Direction

by Shane Hastie on  Aug 20, 2015

At the recent Agile 2015 conference the Agile Alliance hosted the fifth annual industry analyst panel briefing in which a group of commentators answered questions on the theme of agile trends and future directions.

Ilan Goldstein on a Scrum Myth Buster Series

by Savita Pahuja on  Aug 20, 2015 1

This post covers scrum myths described by Ilan Goldstein, Certified Scrum Trainer.

Agile 2015 Closing Keynote - Want Better Collaboration? Don’t be so Defensive

by Shane Hastie on  Aug 19, 2015

James Tamm, author of the book Radical Collaboration, gave the closing keynote at the recent Agile 2015 conference. His talk was titled “Want Better Collaboration – don’t be so defensive" and provided advice on how to be more collaborative by understanding the factors which cause our own defensiveness.

The new QCon London - returning for its 10th year!

by Wesley Reisz on  Aug 19, 2015

QCon London 2016 will take place at the The Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre on March 7-11, 2016 next year, and registration is now open.

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