At the Agile Tour London 2015 Doug Talbot gave a talk titled "Do you know how fast you're going?". InfoQ interviewed him about difficulties with estimation and planning, the measurements that agile teams use, objectively measuring productivity, his view on the #NoEstimates movement, and asked him for ideas that can help teams to make measurement more meaningfully.
The 10th annual state of agile survey is open through October 2, 2015. The survey explores the worldwide adoption of agile.
There is a positive correlation between diversity and financial performance and in an inclusive workplace, employees are more engaged which is crucial for retention and performance says Regina Chien. Having a diversity of thought and life experiences is going to help engineers create the best products.
The state of testing 2015 report shares results from this year's testing survey that was organized by Joel Montvelisky from PractiTest and Lalit Bhamare from Tea-Time with Testers. It provides insights in the adoption of test techniques and practices, test automation, and the challenges that testers are facing. InfoQ did an interview with the organizers of the survey.
Jurgen Appelo proposes a new technique of work management called the chunking technique intended to increase productivity.
Usage of Scrum for individuals or one person projects.
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.
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.
Rebel Labs recently released a productivity report indicating DevOps is a key initiative for 2013 with tangible benefits for engineers, managers, and businesses. The report includes findings in the following categories: the work week, application failures/responses, tools, and software releases.
Java software tools maker ZeroTurnaround has acquired Javeleon, a Denmark based startup that produces a product related to ZeroTurnaround's popular JRebel dynamic Java class-reloading tool.
JustCode Q3 ships with several new features which enables developers to minimize coding by automating frequently used tasks and thereby improving productivity.
Microsoft recently released Power Tools for Visual Studio 2012 with three new features to enhance developers productivity.
Alex "Sandy" Pentland, professor of MIT, talks about his experiments with sociometric badges in context of teams productivity in his interview for Harvard Business Review. His research can help in defining optimal communication patters that will make you and your team members more efficient and more satisfied at work.
Interruptions are something that every team has to deal with and, if not managed appropriately, they can potentially have a detrimental affect on their ability to deliver. In a recent post on the Agile Advice blog, Mishkin Berteig described seven options that teams could consider to deal with interruptions when using Scrum or iterative Agile approaches.
As technologists we often never question how technology is affecting us and our world. This interview with Eric Brende presents an a different view on progress, innovation and technology.