Karen describes her way of creating a happy work environment.
Even with best intentions it can be challenging for people to follow up on actions that they agreed to do. They can start to doubt if they can do the actions and become afraid to fail. Several authors have recognized this and came up with suggestions for dealing with it and making change happen.
An interview with Ivan Kusalic, Software/DevOps engineer at Nokia HERE in Berlin, about why they decided to apply DevOps, how DevOps has changed their way of working, which benefits they are getting, and the challenges that they had and how they dealt with them when development and operations became one team. Kusalic also gives some advice for applying DevOps with teams.
The demand for IT project managers is increasing. Agile methodologies support collaboration with distributed teams for creative problem solving. The Internet of Things, cloud, big data, and cyber security will continue to dominate the IT landscape. Project managers have to pioneer IOT initiatives, be prepared for the influx of data and ensure that deliverables from their projects are secure.
Agile is not meant only for software development. People implement Agile practices in their personal lives too. This post talks about implementation of Agile at home.
InfoQ did an interview with Menno Vis, IT director of bol.com, about the benefits of increasing agility, how bol.com deploys Scrum, using roadmaps with agile, the challenges that have been faced when scaling agile, the main focus area's at bol.com for agile scaling, establishing loosely coupled teams, and the things that bol.com does for their people to have fun while doing their work.
Yves Hanoulle started a community project to write a book on hiring. InfoQ interviewed Hanoulle about this project, the differences between hiring contractors and "fixed" employees and ongoing trends in hiring. InfoQ also interviewed some of the members of this project about why they joined and their views on effective hiring.
Mindfulness is a stress reduction technique which organizations use reduce the stress in employees.
Continuous Integration can help to find integration issues earlier and to visualize the status of the build to all involved. Integration problems can be detected at build-time in stead of run-time during testing and teams can get immediate feedback on changes that they made and on the impact on components that are developed by other teams.
Making teams working together can be challenging, but it is often needed to develop and deliver large complex products. In her opening keynote about scaling dilemma's at the Agile Adria 2015 conference Mary Poppendieck presented ideas for organizations that want to scale agile.
Alexey Pikulev, business agility coach at Unusual Concepts describes team trust constellations exercise in his recent blog. This exercise is based on the concept of Systematic Constellations.
At Unruly teams have been applying eXtreme Programming (XP) since being founded in 2006. Teams take a test-first approach to developing code and invest in automated checks that can be run in live environments. InfoQ interviewed Rachel Davies about the importance of a continuous approach to testing, how this has evolved over the years and the business advantage that it delivers to Unruly.
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.
Doing pair programming when working remote helps to increase interaction between developers and build relationships in teams, it makes knowledge flow and can prevent developers from drifting away. You can experiment with tooling to find a setup that works for you. Empathy and egolessness can emerge organically when doing pairing in a distributed team. Read about experiences with remote pairing.
Organizations are increasingly working with remote teams to discover that it can be challenging to establishing remote teams and collaborate effectively with people in remote or distributed teams. An interview with Janis Janovskis on the challenges of remote teams, working together in different time zones, using hangouts and experiments to establish remote teams and finding the right people.