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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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”.
The Agile Alliance is running a dedicated technical conference for the first time on April 7-9. The rationale behind running the event is at least partly because of the perception that the annual Agile 20XX conference doesn’t have enough emphasis on the technical aspects of software development. InfoQ spoke to a number of the conference speakers to understand why they feel it is important.
Naresh Jain, conference chair and founder of Confengine opened the second day of the Agile India conference with his talk titled the Dark Side of Collaboration. The premise of his talk is that in the rush to encourage collaborative workspaces and the hype about the benefits of collaborative work organisations have forgotten the importance of solitary thinking time for creativity and ideation.
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.
The Agile India 2016 conference was held in Bangalore last week. InfoQ attended 4 or the 5 conference days. The theme for the first day was Leadership with two keynote talks and 22 sessions over four tracks. This article is a summary of the keynotes and a few of the sessions.
Dan North talked about models and techniques for giving and receiving feedback and how to apply them effectively at the QCon London 2016 conference.
On 8th and 9th March, the jDays Conference was hosted in Gothenburg, Sweden, followed by an additional day of optional workshops. Currently in its third edition, jDays congregated forty speakers from several different countries, who covered a varied range of topics with a special emphasis in the Java language, methodologies and practices, and front-end technologies.
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.