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Use Your Blockades to Sustainably Improve

by Ben Linders on  Oct 21, 2014

Blockades in work, like insufficient information, unclear requirements or having to wait for tools or systems to become available can have a systematic cause. It could be the case that similar problems that block the team keep happening until the underlying causes are addressed. You can use your blockades as treasures of improvement to sustainably improve the way work is done.

Different Approaches to Create Story Wall

by Savita Pahuja on  Oct 20, 2014

Ryan Mckergow explains various ways to set up story walls for agile team. This post includes setting up columns, rows, selecting colors and avatars for the story wall.

Avoidance of Organizational Dysfunction Leads to Scrum Masters' Failure

by Savita Pahuja on  Oct 17, 2014 2

Bob Marshall explains the reason of failing of scrum master in most of the organizations as the lack of awareness on the part of adopting scrum and scrum master’s responsibility to tackle organizational dysfunction.

Effectiveness of Meetings in Development Process

by Savita Pahuja on  Oct 16, 2014

Software development initiatives include different types of meetings, spread across the whole development process. A post on the Mobile Orchard blog explains tips and tricks to check and improve the effectiveness of these meetings.

The Importance of Discipline in Agile

by Ben Linders on  Oct 16, 2014 4

Agile software development is sometimes perceived as an undisciplined way of working. There are organizations which use that perception as an excuse to not adopt agile. According to others agile is actually a more disciplined approach than waterfall for software development. Let’s explore how discipline plays a role in agile and why discipline is considered important for agile to be successful.

Book Series on Managing Remote Teams

by Ben Linders on  Oct 09, 2014

In the book series the art of managing remote teams authors share their experiences and provide advice on establishing and working with remote teams. The books are intended for people who are about to setup an offshore or nearshore team, or people who are already managing a remote team and want to improve.

Cooperative Development Using Pair Programming and Non-Solo Development

by Savita Pahuja on  Sep 30, 2014 2

Valentin Tudor Mocanu described upgraded form of pair programming using pairing and non-solo development.

How Agile Can Yield Effective IT Business Alignment

by Ben Linders on  Sep 24, 2014

In agile projects the product owner is often seen as the person who primary assures the connection between business and IT. But for effective IT-Business alignment having a product owner is not enough. What can people from the business, demand and supply parts of the organization do increase the effectiveness of IT – Business alignment?

State of Testing Report

by Ben Linders on  Sep 18, 2014

The State of Testing 2013 report contains the results of a survey done by Joel Montvelisky from PractiTest together with Tea-Time with Testers. The survey, which has been filled in by people from testing and QA communities, provides insight in the adoption of test techniques and practices, test automation, and the challenges that testers are facing.

Building Agile Relationships with Customers and End-Users

by Ben Linders on  Sep 11, 2014

Teams can become so focused that they forget the world around them and risk losing contact with stakeholders. This makes it difficult for them to know what their customers need and how end users will use their products. At the ASAS2014 conference Daisy Rasing-de Joode will show how successful agile teams create synergy by being interdependent and highly collaborative with their environment.

Enabling Agile Teams to Improve Software Quality

by Ben Linders on  Aug 07, 2014

Long working days, deadlines and team pressure can impact the quality of the software that agile teams deliver. What can we do to prevent that from happening and enable teams to improve the quality of their software? Some suggestions are to arrange for scope and deadline slack, adopt pull systems, and to make sure that people can slow down and get enough sleep.

Huge Retrospectives with Online Games

by Ben Linders on  Jul 31, 2014

Agile retrospectives are mostly done at the team level or at a project level. What if you need to conduct a retrospective with 50 teams or more? Luke Hohmann describes how a large scale agile transformation project did a huge retrospective to create insight on what was going well and what needed to be improved.

Blameless Post-Mortems

by João Miranda on  Jul 28, 2014

Blameless post-mortems of production incidents are increasingly seen as an essential fixture of any organisation's procedures. Mathias Meyer, from Travis CI, shared how blameless post-mortems had a profound effect on him. InfoQ took this opportunity to have a look at post-mortem practices of organizations like Etsy, GitHub or Chef.

Success Factors for Agile Delivery in the Federal Government

by Ben Linders on  Jul 17, 2014

The Guide to Critical Success Factors in Agile Delivery discusses the values, benefits and challenges of agile and proposes critical success factors for implementing an agile delivery in the federal government. InfoQ interviewed Paul Gorans about implementing agile practices, how agile impacts acquisition and procurement, scaling agile communication and the usage of reviews in agile.

Alternative Approaches for Implementing Agile

by Ben Linders on  Jul 03, 2014

Top-down implementation of agile is a commonly use approach for agile adoption in organizations. Alternative approaches exist, like implementing agile by stealth, using continuous improvement teams, starting with a quiet phase or taking baby steps by implementing a limited set of agile practices.

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