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GitHub Releases OSX Client

by Alex Blewitt on  Jun 22, 2011

GitHub have launched a desktop client for Mac OS X called simply GitHub for Mac.

Questioning Team Accountability

by Amr Elssamadisy on  Jun 13, 2011 14

Glen Alleman describes the business management process they use and describes his discomfort with the idea of team accountability instead of having one person be accountable. He questions the effectiveness of having a team accountable and what that means when there is no single point that is responsible for success or failure.

TeamCity 6.5: Enhanced Integration with Git & Mercurial, .NET Improvements

by Roopesh Shenoy on  May 30, 2011

JetBrains recently announced the release of TeamCity 6.5. The new release comes with a new look and has improved integration with Git and Mercurial along with several improvements especially for .NET developers. Moreover the free Professional Edition now allows unlimited users.

Visual Studio vNext Will Bring More Agility and DevOps Integration

by Abel Avram on  May 18, 2011

Microsoft has unveiled at TechEd North America 2011 some of the new features coming in Visual Studio: more Agile tools for project planning and collecting stakeholder feedback, a connector for providing operations feedback to developers, plus architecture diagrams and unit testing for VC++.

SAP announces StreamWork as Solution for Collaborative Decision-Making

by Michael Stal on  May 15, 2011

SAP has recently introduced StreamWork as a cloud-based solution for collaborative decision-making. According to the German ERP company its product brings together the people, information, and proven business approaches to drive fast, meaningful results.

Coverity releases new tool for Code Governance

by Michael Stal on  May 07, 2011 3

The privately owned US company Coverity claims that its newly released and browser-based software tool Coverity Integrity Control supports development organizations to set standard policies for code quality and security, and then manage, monitor and report on these policies as code is tested.

Tasktop 2.0 Supports Task Federation and Cross-Repository Agile Planning

by Srini Penchikala on  Mar 31, 2011

The latest version of Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) collaboration tool Tasktop supports task federation, cross-repository Agile planning, and new connectors to other ALM tools like HP Agile Accelerator and SmartBear CodeCollaborator. Tasktop team last week released version 2.0 of the software which also has integration with Hudson CI tool.

How Facebook Ships Code

by Jean-Jacques Dubray on  Jan 26, 2011 3

Facebook is probably the hottest company today, driving a very high level of interest and scrutiny. Despite a high level of secrecy, Yee Lee, a product manager at Skype, has assembled a large collection of notes detailing how code ships at Facebook.

Agile/Scrum Retrospectives–Tips and Tricks

by Mark Levison on  Dec 16, 2010 7

Retrospectives and feedback loops are at the heart of any successful Agile/Scrum implementation. They’re the tool we use to help teams improve. Yet in two day introduction to Agile classes they often get glossed over. Lacking time trainers (including this one) often race through the topic outlining only one simple type of retrospectives.

Is the Agile Retrospective Prime Directive Patronizing?

by Shane Hastie on  Dec 13, 2010 11

Angela Harms recently blogged about the Agile Retrospective Prime Directive. She discusses how the language of the prime directive around "everyone doing their best" could be seen as patronizing and insulting to team members. Other commentators who have discussed the intent of the Prime Directive include Esther Derby and George Dinwiddie. How useful is the Retrospective Prime Directive?

Sociology and Scrum

by Dan Mezick on  Oct 07, 2010

The Scrum Master job requires skills in diplomacy-- and effective communication. Team members must also communicate effectively. Tools for accomplishing these "soft-skill" tasks are now freely available. A detailed book about one of these useful tools entitled SOFTWARE FOR YOUR HEAD, is over 400 pages in total, and is now available-- free to the world in PDF format.

Designing Agile Spaces

by Dave West on  Aug 06, 2010

Agile has always stressed the need for an appropriate physical space to support the team and team practices. Ryan Martens recently wrote about the intersection of design, design thinking, and the agile environment - suggesting that open space and wall-to-wall whiteboards are just the beginning of what is needed to create an ideal agile team-space.

Cost of Cross Functional Teams

by Vikas Hazrati on  Jul 27, 2010 8

Cross functional teams are the teams in which all members work on delivery of the same business value. It could potentially be the same feature or the same product. Though, Agile recommends cross functional teams due to a lot of inherent advantages, there are some caveats that organizations need to be aware of.

The Value of Diversity

by Shane Hastie on  Jul 25, 2010 4

This is the second in a series of discussions looking at factors that enable Agile teams to be successful. Diversity of gender, culture, opinion, perspective, skills and background is considered to be an important factor in forming and persisting high-performance teams. This news item examines the perspectives from variety of commentators.

Learning from the creative industries - consistency to build trust

by Shane Hastie on  Jul 11, 2010 1

This is the first in a series of discussions looking at factors that enable teams to be successful. This post reports on a recent Wired magazine article that looks at the creative process in use at Pixar Animation Studios and how their process encourages team formation, long-term relationships and trust in a “safe to fail” environment.

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