A report on recent commentary by Mike Cohn, Thomas Cagley and others on the topic of team self-assembly and sustaining successful self-organising teams.
IDC has published the “2014 Worldwide Software Developer and ICT-Skilled Worker Estimates” document, a study estimating the number of professional software developers, hobbyist developers and Information and Communications Technology (ICT)-skilled workers in the world at the start of 2014. The 90 countries covered in the study represent 97% of the world’s GDP.
Adopting agile is an organization change which involves management. It is said that management buy-in is crucial for agile to succeed and that a lack of management support can be a barrier in agile transformations. There are different ways for management to support agile in enterprises.
The Manifesto for Agile Software Development values "working software over comprehensive documentation". This core value asks us to think about how much and which kinds of documents are needed and when they need to be written.
Martin Fowler published an article on his website describing the different workflows that could be used when refactoring and explaining the reasons for combining them.
Several approaches exist to improve software development, among them are agile and lean. Managers have to decide which approaches to deploy in their organization. Approaches can also be combined depending on the problems that need to be solved. InfoQ interviewed Régis Medina about combining agile and lean, focusing on people and learning.
In 2011 Trevor Eckhart found logs on his device that he believed were associated with Carrier iQ data. Our response at the time, which has since been confirmed by a detailed FTC investigation, is that the data collection logs were associated with and used by the manufacturer of the device, not Carrier iQ. They were not Carrier iQ logs.
Agile coaches can coach in pairs instead of coaching individually. Each coach will focus on different aspects of coaching. As every coach has specific experience and skills they can complement each other. Two coaches can collaboratively help individuals or teams to learn and improve when adopting agile.
InfoQ spoke with Klaus Olsen to get further details about the bug hunting technique, how it came about and why it is worth using.
Submissions for talks at the Agile 2014 conference to be held in Orlando, Florida in August 2014 close on the 14th of January. The Agile Alliance is calling for interested speakers to submit their proposals soon.
Language pioneers, project leads, and seasoned practitioners will provide two days of hands-on tutorials at the eighth annual QCon London (Mar 3-7, 2014). Three to six hours in length, QCon tutorials delve into new technologies, tools, or methodologies driving innovation in enterprise software development. Get in early for the three day conference; reserve your seat now to save £236 by Jan 8th.
Regularly doing agile retrospectives helps teams to learn and improve themselves. You can make retrospectives more effective by adding purposes and by validating if your retrospective actions are leading to improvement with the usage of hypotheses.
It's one thing having an in-house training program. But there is a certain deeper insight that can be gained from attending a Q-Con conference in person. Which may be one reason why attendance at the globe-hopping event continues to grow.
"Producing Software, Professionally" was the theme of the inaugural Agile Singapore Conference 2013. The conference was a seminal event for the Agile community in Southeast Asia.
A case study on creating buy-in and commitment for flow thinking using a mental model and metaphor was presented at the Lean Kanban Central Europe conference. InfoQ interviewed Håkan Forss and Erik Schön about their journey from methods & tools to principles & mindset and how they use visual management to implement flow thinking and improve the product development flow at Ericsson.