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Implementing Agile in Data Warehouse Projects

by Savita Pahuja on  Apr 14, 2015

This post talks about the agile implementation in data warehouse projects.

What is Blocking Adoption of Servant Leadership

by Ben Linders on  Apr 02, 2015

Although the world has changed we still worship ideas from ancient management heroes says Tomasz Wykowski. Our behavior changes quite slowly. To get servant leadership adopted in organizations you need to start from yourself and be an example. Give trust to people and respect them, and invite them to change.

The Need for a Product Champion

by Shane Hastie on  Mar 31, 2015

Ron Jeffries recently posted about the need for a Product Champion, someone who knows the customer marketplace, who can be accountable for maximizing success. He discusses how in many Scrum, XP and "Agile" teams the Product Owner is not adequate for the task and that by taking the perspective of a Product Champion they can deliver great outcomes.

Missing Test Competencies in Agile

by Manuel Pais on  Mar 31, 2015

Fran O'Hara's lessons learned integrating testing in agile teams, in particular ensuring required test competencies are in place. Full test integration in an agile team is not as simple as mixing a couple of testers in the team, instead multiple working practices and skills are needed for delivering quality applications in an agile world.

How a Scrum Master Helped a Team to Increase Their Agility

by Ben Linders on  Mar 30, 2015

Here's an experience story from a tester who decided to move onward and become a Scrum master to help her team to become more agile, with learnings from their agile journey and pieces of advice for doing change in organizations.

Managing Dependencies Between Product Backlog Items

by Savita Pahuja on  Mar 30, 2015

This post talks about the strategies to manage dependencies between product backlog items.

Playing the Product Owner Value Game

by Ben Linders on  Mar 23, 2015

The product owner value game is a card game for teams. The objective of the game is to deliver as much value as possible. Teams learn to prioritize backlogs, plan iterations, and deliver results. The game helps teams to talk about agile principles, and exchange experiences.

Adoption of Agile in Eastern Europe

by Ben Linders on  Mar 21, 2015

The gap in agile adoption between Eastern Europe and the US and Western Europe is becoming smaller. Scrum is the most widespread framework, Kanban adoption is growing and SAFe, LeSS, DAD are trending. The way that companies are transitioning to agile is significantly different in Eastern Europe.

Scrum.org Launches New Learning Programs

by Savita Pahuja on  Mar 20, 2015

InfoQ spoke to Ken Schwaber about the new and updated assessment programs launched by Scrum.org. He shares the vision of Scrum.org for 2015.

Becoming More Transparent Helps to Manage Work

by Ben Linders on  Mar 19, 2015

The Agile Testing Day Netherlands 2015 conference devotes a full day track to talented Dutch agile youngsters to share their experiences. Tamara de Paus talked about how to organize your work and be more transparent. An interview about the changes that were done by the team to manage work and create transparency, what worked and what didn't, and the things they learned along the way.

Connected Companies Put Customers at the Center of Everything

by Ben Linders on  Mar 18, 2015

Dave Gray talked about how a connected company focuses on customer efficiency instead of company efficiency at the No Pants Festival 2015. A connected company has multidisciplinary teams where people work together to deliver a product or service. People working at a connected company feel empowered, they are able to solve problems together and to better serve the needs of their customers.

Importance of Courageous Communicators in Agile Organizations

by Savita Pahuja on  Mar 14, 2015

It is very important to have courageous communicators in agile teams. Senior leadership should support the role of courageous communicators.

Using Sociocracy for Decision Making and Learning in Agile

by Ben Linders on  Mar 12, 2015 2

Organization that are adopting agile often look for ways to establish self-organized teams where team members are able to take more responsibility. Agile software development teams could improve their decision making by using the consent principle and sociocratic procedures. Sociocratic governance structures can also be used to scale up agile principles to every level of the organization.

Various Aspects of Definition of "Done"

by Savita Pahuja on  Mar 11, 2015

This post talks about the definition of "done" at various levels: story, sprint, release, etc. Daniel Gullo shares his experience on using definition of "done".

Why BDD Can Save Agile

by Rui Miguel Ferreira on  Mar 10, 2015 2

Matt Wynne, founder at Cucumber Ltd spoke at QCon London 2015 on how BDD can leverage the benefits of Agile on teams struggling with common patterns like lack of predictability, communication and quality.

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