Roy Rapoport, Insight Engineering Manager at Netflix, talks about how decisions are delegated to the lowest level possible; how open sourcing takes place and how sharing success criteria leads to team and business/IT aligment.
Anil Madhavapeddy describes why unikernels have important security properties, how they can be built, and how they can be utilised alongside of Docker containers. He stresses the importance of type safe languages, particularly OCaml, which was used for the Mirage OS project, but also touches upon Go and Rust.
Architecture design is defining the basic structure of our software for now and for the future. But how can this work, given that we are living in an agile world accepting the fact that we only have limited knowledge of our final system? InfoQ was talking with Colin Garlick about architecture design and responsibilities during software development.
Steve Thair on introducing DevOps in large organizations, the particular challenges they face (from ROI based finance models to technical debt to improving communication) and how to address them.
Ruud Wijnands talks about things that can and do go wrong with Agile transitions, improving technical skills and practices, supporting people in learning, the value that agile can bring to organizations and giving managers more insight into the possibilities of agile, helping teams to increase their agility and what managers can do to increase the success of agile transitions.
Tim Ottinger talks about things that can and do go wrong with Agile transitions, why facilitation matters in agile, increasing the understanding of agile, what is needed to create trust in the organization, the importance of technical practices in Agile, improving technical skills and practices and the “Taking back Agile” initiative.
Tony and Chris describe how Skype transformed their operations to adopt agile methods across 200+ teams spread over eight locations around the world. They discuss what worked, some of the challenges and share ideas that other organisations may be able to use in their own transitions.
An interview with Rachel Davies about extreme programming and agile techniques, good things that have happened since the agile manifesto was published, developments that give agile a bad name and things that can be done to prevent that people think badly about agile and start to resist it and how scrum teams can adopt more technical practices from XP.
Enyo Kumahor talks about how Cobat Partners helps companies in Africa to leverage technology, applying the ideas of frugal innovation and pragmatism to delivering products which make a difference to the daily lives of people in Africa, despite the constraints they must work within. She discusses how these ideas apply beyond Africa, and how IT professionals around the world can help.
Portia Tung works as an agile coach and shares some experience on making teams out of individuals and motivating those teams to follow a vision or reach a goal. One technique to reach a goal is to use hope as the combination of will-power and way-power. How much power do I have to follow my goals and how much creativity do I have to overcome any obstacles on my way?
At QCon London Helen Walton and Pete Burden discussed what it takes to design a collaborative, agile supporting culture in an organisation, if it is possible for large organisations to actually change and what is needed to enable that change. The spoke about the Spark the Change conference and how it is a showcase of organisations that are actually working in new ways.
The Internet of Things is becoming a part of our lives right now - we are measuring health, we are connecting to our cars, we can open our front door while being half-way around the globe. And while we can benefit from all the sensors and actors around us, there is also a big risk of losing control and data. Paul Fremantle shares some knowledge on potential threads and what we can do about them.