Agile teams which use noestimates, can use slicing heuristic to empirically measure cycle time to help them predict how much, can be done before doing the actual work.
Agile coaches often use a “hands-off” descriptive approach when coaching teams. The question is if such a coaching approach is always the best solution when teams are adopting agile? Would there be situations where prescriptive “hands-on” coaching could be more effective? How could you do it?
The 9th Annual State of Agile Survey is currently open for participants to share their adoption of Agile practices and processes for inclusion in the annual report.
Facebook-owned DBaaS platform Parse has open-sourced the full source code of the official Facebook f8 apps for iOS and Android, Parse Developer Advocates Christine Abernathy announced. The apps are aimed to provide guidance for how to build apps on Parse as well as a starting point for similar apps and shows an interesting use of Parse for UI customisation.
Management can get the feeling of losing control when their enterprise adopts agile and starts deploying self-organizing teams. Procedures, review boards and consultation bodies can become superfluous when switching to an agile approach, but they may not realize that, says Marcel Heijmans. Trying to regain control with additional planning can make things worse, causing "death by planning".
Facebook engineers Slobodan Predolac and Nicolas Spielberg have recently described how they "solved a long-term mobile debugging problem and reduced the crash rate ... by more than 50 percent." In the process, they show general useful techniques and a few Facebook tools that can help with large, rapidly evolving codebases.
Worldwide Agile Coach Camps continue to allow coaching practitioners to share knowledge and experience with a view to improving outcomes for agile teams across many countries and industries. This post lists upcoming Coach Camps, looks at how and why they work and discusses their impact with participants.
Adopting agile in organizations usually impacts the role and activities of project managers. Scrum offers the possibility for project managers to become Scrum masters or product owners. Project managers can also adopt their way of working and the things they do to work together with Scrum masters and agile teams.
Since the Agile 2014 conference ended on the 1st of August there have been a lot of posts examining the conference experience and suggesting ideas for future events.
Leading application performance monitoring vendor AppDynamics released version 3.9 of their flagship "Application Intelligence Platform" monitoring tool. Highlights of the release include big data analysis and machine learning to provide intuitive, scalable performance monitoring. InfoQ spoke to Maneesh Joshi, head of product marketing and strategy at AppDynamics
Agile software development teams have to assure that the products that they develop have sufficient quality. Management often also expect that they increase their velocity to be able to deliver more functionality faster to their customer. Several authors explored the relationship between quality and velocity and suggested ways to improve both quality and velocity.
QCon SF Update (Nov 3-7, 2014): Walmart Labs, Netflix, Twitter Talks Confirmed; Registrations up 50%
With registrations up 50% and 24/100 speakers confirmed, the 8th annual QCon San Francisco (Nov 3-7, 2014) is expected to draw over 1,000 team leads, architects, engineering directors, and project managers for three days of practitioner-delivered talks. The tracks-to-days schedule has been published along with the confirmed list of tutorials. Register before Aug 23rd and save $600.
Long working days, deadlines and team pressure can impact the quality of the software that agile teams deliver. What can we do to prevent that from happening and enable teams to improve the quality of their software? Some suggestions are to arrange for scope and deadline slack, adopt pull systems, and to make sure that people can slow down and get enough sleep.
Bjarte Bogsnes gave the closing keynote talk at Agile 2014. His talk was titled Beyond Budgeting:an agile management model for new business and people realities. The fundamental premise of his talk is that the current financial models and budgeting process in our organizations is broken.
Diana Larsen gave the second keynote talk at the Agile 2014 conference. Titled “Best Job Ever” she gave the audience advice on designing their careers to enable fulfilling and engaging work.