Communities of practice bring together people who share areas of interest or concerns. They have specific applications in agile organisations: scaling agile development and allowing individuals to connect with others who share similar concerns. Communities of practice bring people together to regain the benefits of regular contact while keeping the value of multidisciplinary agile teams.
The Agile Consortium Belgium, Sirris and Agoria organized an event to share experiences with agile methodologies like Scrum, Kanban, visual management, XP, DSDM and Lean. An interview about the different agile methodologies that were covered, on using agile for innovation and how events where organizations share their experiences can help the industry to adopt agile practices.
Why do we promise more than we can deliver? Why do we say yes when we are already too busy? Chronic Overcommitment is a pervasive problem in the IT industry. In this article we take a look at the behaviors that drive over commitment and the dynamics at play in your organization the make it a difficult problem to solve. Finally, we offer some advice to those who suffer from this affliction.
InfoQ have talked to Dan North, Gojko Adzic, Elizabeth Keogh and Matt Wynne about Specification by Example, Executable Specifications and Feature Injection and how they relate to BDD. 1
Neal Gafter discusses the impact of Oracle's acquisition on Java, makes the case for adding segmented stacks and a meta-object protocol to Java, and compares Java and C#/.NET 7
Elisabeth Hendrickson talks about the inclusive and collaborative nature of the agile community and how it has changed the nature of work in organisations large and small. 1
AgileJapan held it's third incarnation this year in Tokyo. Linda Rising was the keynote speaker and her words of encouragement for Japan echoed those felt by the rest of the world. 1
Mike Beedle states that agile is in a state of contradiction, we need to focus on quality to prevent poor implementations tarnishing the reputation of good agile practices. 3
Angela Martin provides advice on practices which encourage team collaboration and cohesion, with some ideas on how to create truly cross functional collaborative teams. 2
Johanna Rothman discusses the way in which agile practices work together to improve project outcomes, how this is not restricted to software development and challenges teams to become truly agile.
Mike Cohn reflects on a decade of Agility and looks forward to the day when we no longer see being agile as something special, rather agile is just the way software development is done. 2
James Coplien looks at the Agile Manifesto as a checkpoint in the cycle of fashion and change, and a tool that became an instrument of broad mainstream acceptance of prevailing technical practices. 4