At the recent Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing, ThoughtWorks was recognised as being the top company for Women in Technology. InfoQ spoke to Rebecca Parsons, CTO, about the company's culture and the award.
We have to break the cycle of hiring ourselves over and over again to achieve higher levels of diversity in the software industry, argues Birgitta Böckeler. According to her, things are slowly changing; organizations increasingly focus on diversity and inclusion. There are a lot of people out there who could be great and very happy to become a software developer, but they never even discover it.
Michael Lopp gave the second keynote at QCon San Francisco; titled "The Second Act" he explored what cultural changes are necessary when growing an organisation from building one product to building a business that builds products.
Esther Derby identifies six rules to use when change needs to happen, so that the people involved are honored, and the complexity of the change is acknowledged. Creating an environment based on empathy, knowledge of the past, and a willingness to experiment, makes change less stressful.
Once a startup becomes successful it needs to scale its teams and technology to grow. Scaling has to be done in way that the startup remains effective, and thus capable of quickly delivering products to satisfy the needs of the fast growing user base. Some of the challenges faced are hiring people and onboarding them, along with technology decisions that allow you to grow and get the right people.
Lack of autonomy at work is directly related to reduced levels of motivation and engagement, and increased levels of stress and poor health. What can leaders do to improve the sense of autonomy in individuals, thereby increasing levels of motivation and job satisfaction?
Jason Goth, Micah Blalock, and Patricia Anderson of Credera explained at SpringOne how they used Conway's law to tailor a client's technical architecture and processes to reverse falling productivity and accelerate the production of high-quality code.
If you want continuous improvement you can start with retrospectives, but you must go far beyond that with change management, culture change, and innovation. The most important thing in order to make change happen in organizations is creating new habits and changing your culture.
Moving towards microservices means moving towards distributed systems where you have to deal with latency, authorization and authentication, and messages that do not arrive, argues Sander Hoogendoorn. With microservices you can break down large systems into smaller components to regain control over the architecture.
Cross-cultural team building enables collaboration and teamwork in dispersed or distributed agile teams. You need to invest to get the best out of a dispersed team. An exploration about what is needed to make agile work with dispersed or distributed teams.
Tom Clark, head of common platform at ITV, talked at the past DevOps Enterprise Summit 2016 in London on how their cloud platform has served as a medium for spreading DevOps practices and way of working across the entire organization, as well as how to grow a team of "smart and kind" engineers around it. In this Q&A Clark talks about ITV's DevOps journey, challenges faced and the road ahead.
The 11th annual state of agile survey is open through October 7, 2016. The survey explores the worldwide adoption of agile.
The UK's Revenue and Customs agency applied DevOps and Continuous Delivery principles to move from a bureaucratic culture to frequent delivery of digital tax services, learning and adapting from incremental successes and the occasional failures. InfoQ reached out to Lyndsay Prewer to dig deeper into how this journey started, where the agency is at today, and what the main challenges have been.
The Certified Agile Leadership program aims to increase the effectiveness of leaders by providing a learning framework for developing agile leadership competencies. An interview with Pete Behrens about the importance of leadership, changing how leaders lead and the leadership culture, leadership for self-organizing teams, and what organizations can do to develop agile leadership competencies.
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.