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Deliver Shippable Products with Good Engineering Practices

by Ben Linders on  Aug 25, 2016

Good engineering practices are the tools that help agile teams to deliver shippable products. Although many engineering practices have proved to be effective, they are not as widely used as they should be. Agile anti-patterns like the software testing ice-cream cone, accumulating technical debt and functional silos prevent teams from delivering a potentially releasable product.

Overcoming Paradigms to Become Truly Agile

by Ben Linders on  Jul 07, 2016 1

Truly agile is what you are, and to become agile you need to overcome paradigms, argues Arie van Bennekum, co-author of the agile manifesto. It takes "being agile" and not "doing agile" to achieve success. Agile is an interaction concept based on the values and principles of the agile manifesto. Technology facilitates agile working, but tools don’t make you agile.

Mob Programming - an Interview with Woody Zuill

by Stéphane Wojewoda on  Jun 14, 2016

Woody Zuill gave a keynote on Mob Programming at the first Mob Programming Conference. He spoke to InfoQ about the common questions people ask, different ways to introduce Mob Programming, the main problem of the IT industry, the other activities where mobbing can fit, and the purpose of mobbing.

Marketing Communications Chapter by Agile Consortium

by Ben Linders on  Mar 24, 2016

The Agile Consortium has launched the MarComs chapter which aims to exchange knowledge on agile among marketing and communication professionals. InfoQ interviewed Jeremy Curtin, one of the founders and chair of this initiative.

Adopting Agile Beyond Software

by Ben Linders on  Mar 21, 2016 2

Eduardo Nofuentes talked about agile beyond software at 1st conference in Melbourne, Australia. He explored how you can deploy the agile principles and values outside software development, and gave examples of how he has used them to increase business agility when working with call centres and other non-software teams.

Role of Business Analysis in Agile

by Ben Linders on  Mar 10, 2016

An interview with Erin McManus and Ryan McKergow about the need for business analysis in agile, how agile impacts the role of the business analyst, the changes that they have seen in business analysis when agile is being adopted, and specific business analysis practices that that they can recommend for agile teams.

The State of Testing in 2016

by Ben Linders on  Jan 08, 2016 1

The state of testing survey aims to provide insights on a number of aspects of the testing profession. Reviewing things like the adoption of test techniques and practices, test automation, and many of the other challenges that testers are facing today. The survey, made by testers for testers, is organized by Joel Montvelisky from PractiTest together with Lalit Bhamare from Tea-Time with Testers.

Nexus Guide for Scrum is Published

by Ben Linders on  Sep 10, 2015 2

Nexus is a framework for developing and sustaining large software development projects. The Nexus Guide can be used next to the Scrum Guide to scale Scrum and support the integrated effort of multiple software development teams.

State of Testing 2015 Report is Published

by Ben Linders on  Jul 02, 2015 3

The state of testing 2015 report shares results from this year's testing survey that was organized by Joel Montvelisky from PractiTest and Lalit Bhamare from Tea-Time with Testers. It provides insights in the adoption of test techniques and practices, test automation, and the challenges that testers are facing. InfoQ did an interview with the organizers of the survey.

Uncertainty in Agile and the Discovery Mindset

by Ben Linders on  Jun 11, 2015

InfoQ interviewed Andrea Provaglio about business models for execution, optimization and discovery, dealing with uncertainty and leveraging it to create business value, understanding both value and cost, growing a discovery mindset, and creating a culture where people have the courage to make mistakes and can learn from them.

AgileWelly OpenSpace Event Explores Growing Pains of Agile

by Shane Hastie on  May 04, 2015

Last week the AgileWelly meetup group hosted an OpenSpace event in which over 100 people participated in examining topics under the theme "Agile Adolescence: The Growing Pains". Over the course of the day over 25 sessions were held which explored factors ranging from deployment of continuous delivery to actors that result in highly motivated teams.

OnAgile Virtual Conference to Explore Emerging Technical Trends and Practices

by Shane Hastie on  Apr 28, 2015

The OnAgile virtual conference is running on May 14, 2015. It will examine the impact and value of technical practices in agile transformations. A wide range of speakers will explore aspects covering microservices, continuous delivery, functional programming, exploratory testing and software craftsmanship. InfoQ spoke to conference chair Declan Whelan about the event.

Achieving a Learning Culture that Supports Scaling Agile

by Ben Linders on  Jan 22, 2015

When you want to scale agile you have to view it as “a way of doing things, a mindset and a culture for the whole company” says Christoph Mathis. To scale agile you need to change the culture to achieve a learning organization.

Adopting Agile: Should We Start with the Structure?

by Ben Linders on  Dec 04, 2014 5

When an organization decides to adopt agile the way it is structured often has to change. An agile way of working also brings new practices for teams and managers, and usually impacts the culture and mindset. All of these are related, but changing everything at the same time might be a too big challenge for an organization. Let’s explore what can happen when we start with the structure.

Examples of Applying Metrics in Kanban

by Ben Linders on  Nov 12, 2014

Metrics are engrained in kanban. They play a role in several kanban practices like visualizing and managing flow, and support the agenda’s for sustainability, service orientation and survivability. At the Lean Kanban Central Europe 2014 Conference Wolfgang Wiedenroth talked about the power of metrics. In his presentation he provided may examples of using metrics with kanban.

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