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Concerns about Measuring Velocity for Team Improvement

by Ben Linders on  Apr 03, 2014

Agile teams measure the velocity of their sprints. It helps them to plan and track their progress and provides insight for product owners to plan product releases. Can teams also use velocity data when they want to improve themselves? Several authors have written about velocity and shared their concerns on measuring velocity to improve the productivity of teams.

The Shallot 2014 Edition Published

by Shane Hastie on  Apr 01, 2014

The 2014 Edition of The Shallot - the online magazine which conducts deep analysis of the state of the information technology industry - has been released.

Lean UX Conference Returns to NYC

by Todd Charron on  Apr 01, 2014

The Lean UX Conference is returning to NYC April 10-12, 2014 and this year includes a wide variety of speakers as well as workshops from Jeff Gothelf, Dave Snowden and Michael Cheveldave. I had a chance to sit down with one of the conference founders, Will Evans to discuss what to expect from the conference this year.

Rebecca Parsons on the ThoughtWorks Technology Radar

by Shane Hastie on  Mar 28, 2014 3

In January ThoughtWorks released the latest version of their Technology Radar in which they track what's interesting in the software development ecosystem. The big themes this year are (1) early warning systems and recovery in production, (2) the tension between privacy and big data, (3) the javascript ecosystem and (4) blurring of the line between the physical and virtual worlds.

Q&A with Atlassian product marketing specialist Dave Meyer on Connect 1.0 and Atlassian Verified

by Savita Pahuja on  Mar 27, 2014

InfoQ spoke to Atlassian product marketing specialist Dave Meyer on new product releases - Atlassian Connect 1.0 and Atlassian Verified.

Measuring the Value of Agile Adoption

by Ben Linders on  Mar 27, 2014

When defining a business case for adopting agile, the question can arise how you can measure the business value that can be delivered using agile software development.

Managing your Software Debt

by Ben Linders on  Mar 20, 2014

Software debt exists in different ways. Technical debt is widely known, some other forms are competence debt and quality debt. Software debt can cause product maintenance costs to increase and can depress developers. Several solutions exist to manage software debt.

Audio Interviews on Making Agile Culture Change Stick

by Shane Hastie on  Mar 13, 2014

Following on from the "Individuals and Interactions" interview series Author Gill Broza launched a series titled "A Packing List for your Agile Journey" in which he will interview a variety of commentators, practitioners and authors on what it takes to make an agile transition sustainable in the long term.

Working with Investors as a Lean Startup

by Ben Linders on  Mar 13, 2014

Entrepreneurs using lean startup can work with investors to raise capital for their business. Business plans from lean startups often differ from traditional startups and lean startup encourages learning from failure and to pivot, which might scare off investors. Can entrepreneurs and investors together use the lean startup approach to do fundraising?

Improving Process with Two Definitions of Done

by Savita Pahuja on  Mar 11, 2014 2

Separate ideal and current versions of Definition of Done can be used in agile teams. The purpose is to expand Definition of Done to grow in maturity and quality. This can be implemented on physical boards as well as on other electronic Agile Tools like Jira.

Domino: Datascience-as-a-Service

by Michael Hausenblas on  Mar 11, 2014

Domino, a Platform-as-a-Service for data science, enables people to do analytical work using languages such as Python or R in the cloud (EC2).

Attitudes for Sustainable Lean Startup Teams

by Ben Linders on  Mar 11, 2014

Ramli John gave an ignite talk about the minimum viable attitudes for lean startup teams at the 2013 lean startup conference. According to Ramli there are three attitudes that help teams to run lean sustainable over time: humbleness, hunger and happiness.

ThoughtWorks Open Sources Go, a CD Tool

by Abel Avram on  Mar 07, 2014 8

ThoughtWorks has recently open sourced their Continuous Delivery (CD) tool, called Go, having its origins in CruiseControl and providing a pipeline process that covers the entire code development process: continuous integration, testing and deploying.

QCon New York 2014 Update: Netflix, LinkedIn, Google, Foursquare Case Studies Confirmed (Jun 11-13)

by Nitin Bharti on  Mar 06, 2014

The third annual QCon New York (Jun 11-13, 2014) will feature in-depth case studies from LinkedIn, Netflix, Foursquare, Google, Mount Sinai, Gilt and others. Hear how these companies are dealing with some of the greatest challenges in the arenas of Big Data, DevOps, Cloud Computing, Architecture, and Software Delivery. Register before Mar 15th and save $500.

Using Scrum of Scrums with Agile Teams to Coordinate and Collaborate

by Ben Linders on  Mar 06, 2014

Scrum of scrums can be used to scale the daily stand-up meeting when multiple teams are involved. Its purpose is to support agile teams in collaborating and coordinating their work with other teams. Several authors have shared views on scrum of scrums, with experiences of using them.

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