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Adoption of SAFe at TomTom

by Ben Linders on  May 19, 2015

InfoQ interviewed Hans Aerts, vice president software development and agile coach at TomTom, about why they decided to adopt SAFe and how it was introduced and used to simplify the organizational structure and stop doing projects, why they focus on throughput rather than output, how they modified SAFe for Custom Systems, and what using SAFe has brought TomTom.

Agile, DevOps and Eating Your Own Dogfood

by Ben Linders on  May 18, 2015

An interview with Yaniv Yehuda, Co-Founder and CTO of DBmaestro, about how they are doing agile development and using DevOps, how they implemented continuous delivery, on agile practices that turned out to be difficult to implement, and the benefits that they are getting for using agile and DevOps practices.

Q&A with Gil Zilberfeld on Agile Product Planning and Management

by Ben Linders on  May 14, 2015

InfoQ did an interview with Gil Zilberfeld about better ways to do product planning and tracking, his thoughts about #noestimates, including value in product planning discussions, and how to improve decision making in product development.

Chuck Cobb on the Role of an Agile PMO

by Savita Pahuja on  Apr 27, 2015

InfoQ did an interview with Charles about the role of the PMO in an agile organization.

How BDD Has Helped to Address Communication Problems and Improve Collaboration

by Ben Linders on  Apr 23, 2015

Behavior driven development (BDD) can be used to improve communication between testers, developers and the business. For example you can use given-when-then scenarios to develop test scripts and at the same time define the requirements of the system. BDD involves all team members and helps them to think about the product.

Implementing Agile in Data Warehouse Projects

by Savita Pahuja on  Apr 14, 2015

This post talks about using an agile implementation for 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.

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