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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.

Agile 2016: Persona Based Teams - The Ultimate Focus

by Angela Wick on  Aug 23, 2016

At the Agile 2016 conference Andy Hircock, Mike Lowery, and Rob Vandenburg, discussed how they transitioned to persona-based teams, instead of feature or component based, and how they used this to help teams keep focused on their customers despite significant growth.

Agile 2016 Keynote: Modern Agile

by Craig Smith on  Aug 21, 2016 1

At the recent Agile 2016 conference in Atlanta, Joshua Kerievsky, CEO of Industrial Logic and author of "Refactoring to Patterns" gave a thought-provoking keynote around the idea of Modern Agile.

Agile 2016: Agile Program Management: Measurements to See Value and Delivery

by Angela Wick on  Aug 19, 2016

Johanna Rothman gave a talk at Agile 2016 about measurements for agile program management. She explored the challenges around selecting what to measure, how traditional measurements don't provide the right information to make decisions from and provided examples of measurements that can be useful.

Agile 2016: Steve Denning on Agile within Large Organizations and Leadership in Agile

by Angela Wick on  Aug 15, 2016

At the recent Agile 2016 Conference, leadership expert and author Steve Denning presented a fishbowl-style session focused on the topics of Agile within Large Organizations and Leadership in Agile. He covered three broad topics: Engagement of Leaders - Agile Mindset Shift in Management, Agile Adoption Challenges and Agile in the Global Economy

Scaling Teams to Grow Effective Organizations

by Ben Linders on  Aug 11, 2016

When organizations are growing fast it can be a challenge to keep them sane and to achieve what you actually want to achieve by hiring more people: getting more done. Alexander Grosse talked about how you scale teams to build an effective organization at Spark the Change London 2016. He explored the five domains of scaling teams: Hiring, People Management, Organization, Culture, and Communication.

Agile 2016: Communicating and Collaborating - How Distributed Teams Can Thrive

by Angela Wick on  Aug 08, 2016

David Horowitz and Mark Kilby presented at the Agile 2016 conference on how distributed teams can thrive. The premise of their talk was that distributed teams need to be connected, and that while face-to-face is important for collaboration, it isn’t as important as connectedness.

Agile 2016: Industry Analyst Panel

by Shane Hastie on  Aug 05, 2016

The Agile 2016 conference annual Industry Panel Discussion session examined Agile Trends and Future Directions. The panel discussed the implications of artificial intelligence and machine learning on the software industry, safety and ethics in AI systems, whether the Agile Manifesto should be updated, and the impact of tools on agile adoptions.

Agile 2016: The Executives Step-By-Step Guide to Leading Large-Scale Agile Transformation

by Angela Wick on  Aug 03, 2016

During his presentation at the Agile 2016 conference, Mike Cottmeyer focused on leading large-scale agile transformations. He specifically discussed how to talk to executives about this transformation and ensure that the transformation is measured and set up in the mindset in which executives will respond.

Agile2016 Opening Keynote: Managing for Happiness

by Shane Hastie on  Jul 31, 2016 2

Jurgen Appelo gave the opening keynote talk at the Agile 2016 conference in Atlanta, GA, USA last week. His talk was titled Managing for Happiness and is a synopsis of his latest book, of the same title.

Using Models in Developing Software for Self-Driving Cars

by Ben Linders on  Jul 28, 2016

Models play an important role in developing software for autonomous systems like self-driving cars; they are used to simulate and verify behavior, document the system, and generate code. Jonathan Sprinkle explains how to model software used in autonomous systems, the benefits of modeling, using test data to validate the software that drives a car and techniques for writing reliable code.

Spotify Wants To Be Good at Failing

by Ben Linders on  Jul 21, 2016

Spotify wants to be really good at getting it wrong quickly and optimized for experimentation, said Marcus Frödin, director of engineering at Spotify. At Spark the Change London 2016 he presented a concept to learn from mistakes and breed success and gave examples of failures at Spotify and how they learned from them.

Latest Edition of the Scrum Guide Now Available

by Shane Hastie on  Jul 09, 2016 2

The latest edition of the Scrum Guide has been launched by Scrum co-creators Ken Schwaber and Jeff Sutherland. The biggest change in this version of the Guide is the inclusion of the Scrum Values.

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.

Why Diversity and Inclusion Matters, and How to Drive It

by Ben Linders on  Jun 23, 2016 2

Leveraging and harnessing different ideas, perspectives and experiences from a talented and capable workforce regardless of their organizational position and background drives effectiveness in organizations. Diversity and inclusion matters to reach business objectives and be seen as a social responsible organization.

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