Agile Testers can be a Harlequin

by Ben Linders on  Nov 30, 2015

Agile testers can signal and question the (testing) process. Marnix van den Ent gave a talk at the Agile Testing Days 2015 in which he explained how he views testers as a harlequin: "a servant to the team and its process, like the Italian Harlequin he is there to help to understand what is happening". An interview about developing an art of questioning, XP practices and retrospectives.

Defining and Managing Requirements with Interactive Prototypes

by Ben Linders on  Sep 16, 2015

An interview about recent developments in requirement definition and management, how agile teams handle requirements and which problems they face in their daily work, using interactive diagrams and prototypes for conveying requirements, how interactive prototyping can be used with a lean startup approach, and what the future will bring us in requirements definition and management.

Innovation at AXA's Digital Agency

by Ben Linders on  Sep 05, 2015

The AXA Digital Agency deploys the Lean Startup approach, using design thinking, minimum viable product development and growth hacking, to innovate and support the digital transformation at AXA. An interview with Yves Caseau about the importance of innovation, adopting a lean startup approach, learnings from minimum viable products and growth hacking and advice for starting an innovation journey.

Implementing a Peer-to-Peer Bonus System

by Savita Pahuja on  Aug 03, 2015

This post talks about peer-to-peer bonus system. Thoughts are shared by Jurgen Appelo, Google and Zappos.

Why Scrum is Not Enough

by Ben Linders on  Jun 22, 2015

When developing large complex systems and dealing with legacy code, organizations need to have systems in place to support integration and delivery. Modularization can help when agile is scaled with multiple teams that are working in parallel. It's not the framework or method that will do the job, but how your people will make it work to solve your problems says Hans Dekkers.

Improving Quality and Delivery Speed with DevOps Teams

by Ben Linders on  Mar 31, 2015 2

You can increase the quality of products by constantly increasing the level of automation of the delivery process and working with DevOps teams who constantly deliver small features to get quick customer feedback. A case story from ING Lease explaining the problems they had, experiences from the first steps of their agile and DevOps journey and exploring what they want to achieve in the future.

Using Pairing for Experimenting in Presentations

by Ben Linders on  Mar 28, 2015

In the closing keynote of the Agile Eastern Europe 2015 conference Yves Hanoulle did an experiment together with his son Joppe in pair presenting. InfoQ interviewed Joppe and Yves Hanoulle about doing experiments, checking the safety of the environment and ways to make it safer, learning from failure, and presenting in pairs at conferences.

How To Build Trust When Working With Remote Teams

by Ben Linders on  Mar 13, 2015

Lisette Sutherland has been doing interviews with people that are working in or managing remote teams. She talked about building trust on remote teams at the No Pants Festival 2015.

How to Use Metrics to Influence an Agile Environment

by Rui Miguel Ferreira on  Mar 08, 2015

Larry Maccherone, a Data Scientist at Tasktop Technologies, gave a talk at QCon London 2015 regarding the importance of metrics usage and how they should influence important decisions in the organizations.

Artistic Parallels Between Making Music and Agile Testing

by Ben Linders on  Feb 21, 2015

Music can be used as a metaphor to illustrate learnings from agile and testing. Alexandra Schladebeck and Huib Schoots will do a live performance in their keynote “where words fail, music speaks” at the Agile Testing Day Netherlands 2015. An interview about artistic parallels between music and agile testing, what agile teams can learn from musicians, and feedback in agile software development.

Exercises for Leading Creative Collaboration

by Ben Linders on  Jan 29, 2015

Jens Hoffmann facilitated a workshop on leading creative collaboration to make ideas and people grow at the OOP 2015 conference. In his workshop he explored how we can lead ourselves and others. He did exercises with the attendants where they practiced collaboration, listening and using powerful questions.

Feedback Cycles in Scrum

by Ben Linders on  Jan 26, 2015

In agile software development feedback plays an important role. Many are aware how feedback supports dealing with changing requirements and adjusting the way of working in teams with retrospectives. But there is more that feedback can do in agile. “An effective feedback cycle in Scrum is more than having sprints and doing retrospectives” says Kris Philippaerts.

Q&A with Andreas Schliep on ScALeD – Scaled Agile and Lean Development

by Ben Linders on  Jan 02, 2015 3

The introduction and integration of agile approaches to an organization should be regarded and treated as an agile project itself says Andreas Schliep. An interview with Andreas about pitfalls when trying to scale agile, on ScALeD and how it compares to Agility Path, LeSS, SAFe and DaD, and on continuous improvement and scaling retrospectives.

Understanding People to Improve Collaboration in Teams

by Ben Linders on  Dec 17, 2014

Teams consist of individuals working together. Individuals have their own specific beliefs and perceptions. If you know where a person’s perceptions are coming from, you can better understand why they see things different than you do and behave in a certain way. Being able to understand people helps to find better ways to collaborate and communicate in teams.

Examples of Applying Metrics in Kanban

by Ben Linders on  Nov 12, 2014

Metrics are engrained in kanban. They play a role in several kanban practices like visualizing and managing flow, and support the agenda’s for sustainability, service orientation and survivability. At the Lean Kanban Central Europe 2014 Conference Wolfgang Wiedenroth talked about the power of metrics. In his presentation he provided may examples of using metrics with kanban.