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.

Becoming a Responsive Enterprise

by Ben Linders on  Jun 16, 2016

Software-driven companies are taking over the world because they are responsive organizations, built on 'sense and respond' instead of 'plan and predict'. In the next decade every large scale organization will be digitized and will effectively become a software-driven enterprise. Vikram Kapoor, CEO at Prowareness, explored how organizations can increase their responsiveness.

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.

Understanding the Science of Mobbing

by Stéphane Wojewoda on  May 31, 2016

Llewellyn Falco gave a keynote on Mob Programming during the first Mob Programming Conference, called "Understanding the Science of Mobbing". He explored the differences between solo, pair and mob programming, why mobbing gives better outcomes: "It's not getting the most of the people but the best"

Technologies and Trends in Developing Complex Software Systems

by Ben Linders on  May 26, 2016 7

The Software-Centric Systems Conference explored new technologies, trends, and experiences in developing complex software systems. InfoQ spoke with Rob Howe and Martijn Rutten, two members of the program committee, about the main challenges that software development is facing, technology developments, driving innovation, and deploying agile to improve process reliability and deliver value.

How GlobalLogic Used a Bottom-up Approach to Become More Agile

by Ben Linders on  May 19, 2016

Yuriy Koziy, delivery manager at GlobalLogic, argued at the Agile Eastern Europe 2016 conference that organizational change should start at the team level rather than in senior management. He formed a group of like-minded engineering managers and agile coaches who act as change agents, transforming the organization bottom-up from the inside.

Using Lego to Teach Technical Practices

by Stéphane Wojewoda on  May 15, 2016

Explaining Craftsmanship techniques is hard, especially to Senior Management and Executives. Since understanding is usually key to a mindset shift and technical practices are the way to develop good quality software, it's very important to explain them. Mike Bowler facilitated a workshop on how to use Lego for technical practices during the 7th Agile Games Conference.

Agile Alliance Technical Conference Videos Available

by Shane Hastie on  May 09, 2016

The first Agile Alliance Technical Conference was recently held. The conference had a strong focus on the strong technical skills needed to make agile software development effective and covered a wide range of technical topics. There were two keynote talks by Sandi Metz on the challenges to professionalism and Uncle Bob Martin on why it is so important. The conference videos are now available.

Mobbing on an Article

by Stéphane Wojewoda in a Mob on  May 04, 2016

At the first Mob Programming Conference a group of authors experimented with mobbing to write a news item about working in this way. This is the result.

Agile Games 2016 Keynote - Faster, Cheaper, Better Training Design

by Stéphane Wojewoda on  May 02, 2016

Sivasailam Thiagarajan opened the Agile Games 2016 conference with a keynote talk titled Faster, Cheaper, Better:Designing Agile Training That Delivers Results. He explained that learning requires both content and activities which together create engagement and learning that sticks. He discussed how to design more effective training classes.

Helping Great Teams Form Using the Core Protocols

by Stéphane Wojewoda on  Apr 24, 2016

The Core Protocols are a set of ideas identified by Jim and Michelle McCarthy. Richard Kasperowski will open the second day of the Agile Games Conference with an explanation of how to use these protocols to help a team transform to greatness. He spoke to InfoQ about how this happens and how they relate to other team formation models.

Q&A with John Willis on Burnout in the Software Industry

by Ben Linders on  Apr 14, 2016

InfoQ interviewed John Willis about what made him decide to talk about burnout, the possible effects of burnout for a person, how burnouts are impacting the software development industry, leading indicators of a potential burnout and how they can be used to prevent burnouts, and suggestions for dealing with mismatches between employees and organizations that can cause a burnout.

Seven Sins of Scrum and other Agile Antipatterns

by Shane Hastie on  Mar 27, 2016

Sean Dunn and Chris Edwards from IHS in Canada presented a talk (written by Todd Little) at the 2016 Agile India conference in Bangalore titled “7 Sins of Scrum and other Agile Antipatterns” They presented a variety of common ways that Agile practices are implemented badly in organisations with the symptoms that result from these “antipatterns”.

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