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Q&A with Jørn Larsen on Teamwork and Aligning with Customers

by Ben Linders on  Aug 06, 2015

Jørn Larsen, co-founder and CEO of Trifork, presented waste is a crime: don't waste your team at the GOTO Amsterdam 2015 conference. InfoQ interviewed Larsen about the "perfect world" to develop software products, aligning with many customers, why waste is a crime, why flow is important for software teams and what they can do to establish flow.

Creating a Happy Work Environment

by Savita Pahuja on  Jul 10, 2015

Karen describes her way of creating a happy work environment.

Getting Actions Done to Make Change Happen

by Ben Linders on  Jul 09, 2015 7

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.

Experiences from DevOps at Nokia HERE

by Ben Linders on  Jun 29, 2015

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.

Developments in IT Project Management

by Ben Linders on  Jun 25, 2015 2

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.

How to Use Agile at Home

by Savita Pahuja on  Jun 25, 2015 1

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.

Scaling Agile at

by Ben Linders on  Jun 22, 2015

InfoQ did an interview with Menno Vis, IT director of, about the benefits of increasing agility, how deploys Scrum, using roadmaps with agile, the challenges that have been faced when scaling agile, the main focus area's at for agile scaling, establishing loosely coupled teams, and the things that does for their people to have fun while doing their work.

Writing a book on Hiring - A Community Project

by Ben Linders on  Jun 18, 2015

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.

Practicing Mindfulness Technique At Work

by Savita Pahuja on  Jun 10, 2015 1

Mindfulness is a stress reduction technique which organizations use reduce the stress in employees.

Applying Continuous Integration at Thales Naval Systems

by Ben Linders on  May 29, 2015

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.

Scaling Dilemmas and How to Deal with Them

by Ben Linders on  May 11, 2015

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 Describes Team Trust Constellations Exercise

by Savita Pahuja on  May 01, 2015 1

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.

Benefits of Continuous Testing

by Ben Linders on  Apr 30, 2015

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.

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.

Experiences from Doing Remote Pairing

by Ben Linders on  Apr 09, 2015

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.

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