Agile testers can signal and question the (testing) process. Marnix van den Ent gave a talk at the Agile Testing Days 2015 in which he explained how he views testers as a harlequin: "a servant to the team and its process, like the Italian Harlequin he is there to help to understand what is happening". An interview about developing an art of questioning, XP practices and retrospectives.
Software engineers can really do a tremendous service to themselves, their co-workers, and the world by stepping up and being a leader from the position they are in. Agile is essentially building a leader-leader model in software organizations says David Marquet. An interview about having leadership at all levels in the organization and applying the leader-leader model in agile.
Bianca Griffioen gave a talk at the Lean Kanban Benelux 2015 conference about how kanban has been adopted to visualized, prioritize and manage work at the infrastructure and services department of the Dutch National archive. InfoQ interviewed her about why they decided to go for kanban, how they introduced kanban and use it, how the team and stakeholder feel about kanban and what they learned.
Fin Kingma talked about motivation and how the success of agile relies on driven people at the Agile Testing Days 2015.
Karen Greaves and Sam Laing will give a keynote titled "testers are dying" at the Agile Testing Days 2015; InfoQ will cover this conference. InfoQ interviewed them about how agile impacts the role of testers, what testers can do to shorten the lead time of testing, collaboration between testers and other team members in agile teams, and the value that testers can contribute in agile teams.
At the Agile Tour London 2015 Wim Heemskerk and Dirk Mulder hosted a session about creating leadership at every level, based on the book Turn the Ship Around by David Marquet. InfoQ interviewed them about how hierarchy can hinder transitioning to agile, why organizations should develop leaders in stead of followers, and on applying leadership lessons from the book to increase the agility.
Support for Dropbox's Datastore and Sync APIs ended last week, leaving developers confused and depending on a new Core API which is still in preview status. Meanwhile recent announcements of collaboration products appear to signal a prioritization away from developers towards a focus on user collaboration.
Autonomy is one of the core guiding principles at Spotify. It enables employees to make decisions as close to the works that is being done as possible. At the Agile Greece Summit 2015 Kristian Lindwall and Cliff Hazell from Spotify explained why autonomy is at the heart of agility.
At the combined Agile Alliance and Agile Open Northwest Open Space event in Portland Declan Whelan and Diana Larsen led two sessions in which they explored the application of the Agile Fluency model for understanding and addressing technical debt and showed a game based on the model which teams can use to help them identify practices and principles they want to adopt based on their fluency goals
An agile transformation needs a convincing involvement and statement by top management to show that the game really has changed says Jürgen Dittmar. InfoQ asked him about how management can be an obstacle in agile transformations, changing the mindset and approach for managing organizations, how managers and leaders can enable agility in organizations, and examples from applying Management 3.0.
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.
Nexus is a framework for developing and sustaining large software development projects. The Nexus Guide can be used next to the Scrum Guide to scale Scrum and support the integrated effort of multiple software development teams.
The agile essentials from Ivar Jacobson International is a starter kit of agile practices, provided as a deck of cards. Teams can play games with these cards to learn agile practices and inspect and adapt their way of working.
Mike Orzen will talk about using core work systems to drive transformational behavior at the Lean IT Summit 2015. An interview on the benefits that organizations aim for with lean IT, why adopting and reinforcing new behaviors is essential to create sustained change, core work systems and work processes for IT organizations, and common missteps in lean IT transformations and how to prevent them.
An investigation was done to find out which skills are desired by employers for project management positions and what it takes to be successful as a project manager. An interview about skills for managing projects, likability of bosses and leadership skills, why people feel miserable at work and what can be done to prevent it and the need for project managers when organizations migrate to agile.