How Database Administration Fits into DevOps

by Ben Linders on  Jan 28, 2016 5

InfoQ interviewed Dan North about the activities that are performed by database administrators and how they are related to those done by developers and by operations, how database administration is usually organized, how the database fits into DevOps or Continuous Delivery, and what he expects that the future will bring for database administration when organizations adopt DevOps.

Technical Debt and Team Morale when Maintaining a Large System

by Ben Linders on  Jan 26, 2016

Thomas Bradford talked about his experience with maintaining a monolith Java based system with zero test coverage and large technical debt at the Agile Testing Days 2015. InfoQ interviewed him about the problems that they had maintaining the system and the technical debt that had been build up, why they decided to take a different approach and how they improved team morale.

CoachRetreats: A Way to Practice Coaching Skills

by Ben Linders on  Jan 23, 2016 1

A coachRetreat is a "safe to fail" learning platform where participants can try different approaches to coaching. In a coachRetreat participants explore the way that people interact in a given situation and can learn to view a situation from different perspectives to improve their coaching skills. An interview with Oana Juncu, Elad Sofer and Yves Hanoulle.

Leadership Fit for the 21st Century: Challenges in an Agile Environment

by Ben Linders on  Jan 21, 2016

This first post in the series on leadership fit for the 21st century covers the talk given by Hendrik Pothof from ING and Michael Bres from Axis into Management about leadership challenges in an agile environment.

Storytelling for Agile

by Ben Linders on  Jan 14, 2016

InfoQ interviewed Oana Juncu about what storytelling is and how it works, the value that stories can bring, examples of narrative techniques that can be used in storytelling, and her experiences with using storytelling in agile transformation.

Riley Newman on How Airbnb Uses Data Science

by Jérôme Serrano on  Jan 10, 2016

Riley Newman, head of data science at Airbnb, recently published an article describing how the Californian startup defines and uses data science. He explains that data can be seen as the voice of the customers, and data science as an act of interpretation. He also details several initiatives that have been particularly important for scaling data science.

Test First Approaches With Test Driven Development and Behavior Driven Development

by Ben Linders on  Jan 07, 2016

InfoQ interviewed Gil Zilberfeld about the benefits that a test first approach can bring, the concepts of Test Driven Development (TDD) and Behavior Driven Development (BDD) and examples of teams using BDD and TDD, and how you can explore BDD and TDD without doing any coding.

Research Insights: No Silver Bullets for DevOps Culture

by Manuel Pais on  Dec 31, 2015

InfoQ ran a DevOps research question during Q4 of 2015, to find out which practices contribute the most to a healthy DevOps culture. The results show there are no predominant practices as DevOps initiatives are highly contextual.

Microservices and Teams at Amazon

by Jan Stenberg on  Dec 31, 2015

The microservices pattern are changing how we build applications and team structure is extremely important to be successful in building and running these microservices, Chris Munns stated in a talk about how microservices at enterprise scale are built at Amazon at the earlier I Love APIs 2015 conference.

Developing a Solar Car with Scrum

by Ben Linders on  Dec 17, 2015

At the Lean Kanban Benelux 2015 conference Jeroen Molenaar shared his experiences working as an agile coach with the Dutch solar car team that has won the world solar challenge in Australia.

Developing and Testing Microservices

by Ben Linders on  Dec 14, 2015

At the Agile Testing Days 2015 Jose Lima from Redgate software shared his experiences with microservices. InfoQ interviewed him about advantages and disadvantages of developing products with microservices, how applying microservices has improved the quality of products, testing microservices and the skills that testers need, and his learnings from developing and testing microservices.

Cellular Technologies Enabling the Internet of Things

by Kevin Farnham on  Dec 09, 2015 1

The Internet of Things is about connecting things. When the remotest of the things lie beyond the reach of WIFI networks, cellular technologies can provide a viable communications infrastructure. To this end, 4G Americas, a telecommunications industry trade organization, has published a new white paper titled "Cellular Technologies Enabling the Internet of Things."

Prototyping Mental Models with Lego Serious Play for Agile

by Ben Linders on  Dec 08, 2015

People can tell stories and express themselves when trying to solve complex problems using Lego. Jens Hoffmann facilitated the session "Prototyping an Agile Culture with LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY®" at the GOTO Berlin 2015 conference.

Leadership Principles for Agile Organizations

by Ben Linders on  Dec 02, 2015

Selena Delesie gave a keynote at the Agile Testing Days 2015 about leadership principles that she sees in successful agile companies. InfoQ interviewed her about how leadership principles from Sir Richard Branson are related to the foundations of agile and asked her which principles are giving companies a competitive edge and how companies can deploy agile to become more competitive.

Agile Testers can be a Harlequin

by Ben Linders on  Nov 30, 2015

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.

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