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  • Kickstart Agile the Kanban Way

    Successful adoption of agile is related to the approach that is used to introduce changes in the organization. Organization can do a top down “mandated” implementation or use a different approach. Kanban can be used as a way to kick start agile, allowing teams to opt-in to agile practices when they feel ready for it to create a sustainable new way of working .

  • ING Netherlands' Measured Improvements on Transition to DevOps

    Jan-Joost Bouwman and Mark Heistek, from ING Retail Banking Netherlands, presented at Devopsdays Amsterdam how a CMMI-ITIL organization transitioned to a more agile mindset. Somewhat unusually in this kind of sessions, ING presented quantitative evidence of the improvements, such as a marked increase in the number of changes deployed to production and a decrease of the risk value per change.

  • Improving Product Development with Flow Thinking

    A case study on creating buy-in and commitment for flow thinking using a mental model and metaphor was presented at the Lean Kanban Central Europe conference. InfoQ interviewed Håkan Forss and Erik Schön about their journey from methods & tools to principles & mindset and how they use visual management to implement flow thinking and improve the product development flow at Ericsson.

  • Scrum Project Management Practices Support the CMMI

    An exploration on how project management with Scrum and the project management process areas of the Capability Maturity Model Integration for Development are related.

  • Continuous Delivery Speeds Up Innovation

    Thoughtworks recently published a whitepaper including a maturity model for continuous delivery (or CD) as a response to research indicating that most companies understand the importance of innovation, but are not able to deliver software quickly enough to meet the needs of business leaders.

  • A Collection of Agile Resources by J. Sutherland, K. Schwaber, D. Star, M. Lacey, and D. J. Anderson

    Microsoft has put together a number of resources for Visual Studio developers, containing principles, practices and guidelines for Agile development. These resources are condensed articles written by influential Agile leaders -Jeff Sutherland, Ken Schwaber, David Star, Mitch Lacey, David J. Anderson - containing the essence of several Agile methodologies and being usable by any software dev team.

  • Too Much Technology?

    As technologists we often never question how technology is affecting us and our world. This interview with Eric Brende presents an a different view on progress, innovation and technology.

  • Individual Yield

    Tony Wong, a project management blackbelt, enumerates some practical points on individual procutivity. This article wonders how well these apply to software development and contrasts his list with that of other lists.

  • How do you measure the RESTful-ness of an application?

    With debates on comparing and contrasting REST with WS-* or SOA having died down, the debate moves on to have to measure how RESTful a system may be, or how "mature" it is. One approach that is referred to many times is the Richardson Maturity Model. However, there is disagreement within the community as to whether or not this model is the right approach to use.

  • How To Split User Stories

    Many new Agile teams have difficulty splitting their user stories small enough to work well with Agile techniques. In several articles, members of the Agile community provide guidance on how to split user stories effectively.

  • What Constitutes A High-Quality Agile Transition?

    In a number of blog postings, members of the Agile community offer their perspectives on what constitutes a high-quality transition to Agile methods within an organization

  • The Top-Down vs Bottom-Up SOA Debate Revisited

    A long standing debate in the SOA community about top down vs. bottom up approaches to SOA resurfaced recently, after open source ESB maker MuleSoft announced the release of a management console said to support their bottom-up approach to SOA management philosophy.

  • Revisiting Biases Against Open Source SOA Solutions

    Ronald Schmelzer, a senior analyst at ZapThink revisits the common misconception/biases on the suitability of open source SOA solutions for the enterprise and asks “why is it then that so many IT organizations prematurely discard Open Source Software (OSS) from their SOA implementations?”

  • Uncovering Serious Flaws of Agile and Scrum

    Software development is known to be a creative process. The failure of traditional methods, where the dynamic environment of software development was ignored, made Agile methods fairly popular. There has been a growing adoption of Agile methodologies, particularly Scrum. However, is everything all right with Agile? Kai Gilb does not think so. He suggested that there are serious flaws with Agile.

  • Benefits Of Running Enterprise SOA Initiatives Like A Startup

    Dion Hinchcliffe provides a detailed look at how we might run service orientated initiatives to maximize value of IT assets. He contrasts the state of Enterprise SOA initiatives to open API’s to public services available on the web; especially startups; in terms of adoption, time to market and overall return on investment and how to adopt some of that knowledge in Enterprise SOA.