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Building the Roadmap for Portfolio for Jira

by Ben Linders Follow 29 Followers on  Sep 05, 2018

When your product backlog is a prioritized list of problems instead of a list of features, it becomes easier to respond to change; you don’t have to commit early to delivering features and can use new technology when it becomes available. Visualizing your roadmap and regularly taking in new information and using it to reassess your roadmap helps to keep you agile.

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The Customer is Not Always Right and Neither Are You

by Angela Wick Follow 4 Followers on  Sep 04, 2018

At the recent Agile 2018 conference, Natalie Warnert gave a talk titled "The Customer is Not Always Right, and Neither Are You!” in which she gave the audience thought-provoking concepts on how to make sure we are building the right thing. She presented three traps that teams fall into - incorrect customer, premature solution and drowning in data, and provided advice on how to avoid them.

DevOps Follow 1058 Followers

Focusing on Business Outcomes at Barclays: Overcoming the "Urgency Paradox"

by Manuel Pais Follow 9 Followers on  Jul 26, 2018

Jonathan Smart, head of working ways, and Morag McCall, PMO at Barclays, spoke last month at the DevOps Enterprise Summit in London about re-thinking the entire flow of work, from initial idea triage until releasing to production. This means introducing agility into how the application and services portfolio is managed, as well as changing the role of the PMO and finance departments.

Architecture & Design Follow 2649 Followers

BDD Tool Cucumber is 10 Years Old: Q&A with its Founder Aslak Hellesøy

by Jan Stenberg Follow 39 Followers on  Apr 30, 2018 2

Cucumber was created as a way to overcome ambiguous requirements and misunderstandings, but if you think Cucumber is a testing tool you are wrong, Aslak Hellesøy, who created Cucumber in 2008, stated a few years ago. In an interview with InfoQ he described his experiences using Behaviour-Driven Development (BDD) and Cucumber, and what he thinks about the future for a tool that’s now 10 years old.

Culture & Methods Follow 888 Followers

12th State of Agile Report Published

by Ben Linders Follow 29 Followers on  Apr 19, 2018

The 2018 State of Agile Report has been published by CollabNet VersionOne. Some of the conclusions from the report are that the need for customer and user satisfaction is increasing, more and more organizations are scaling agile, distributed teams are becoming the norm in agile software development, and many organization have started or plan to start a DevOps initiative in the next 12 months.

Culture & Methods Follow 888 Followers

Agile Transformation at KPN iTV

by Ben Linders Follow 29 Followers on  Feb 22, 2018

The management team became a leadership team that created a working environment for the squads where they facilitate instead of direct, autonomous squads were co-created using self-selection, and work is not organized in projects anymore but brought to stable autonomous teams: these are some of the major changes done in the agile transformation at KPN iTV.

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Agile and the Use of Paradoxes

by Ben Linders Follow 29 Followers on  Feb 08, 2018

Paradoxes support agile transformations; they make you stop, think, and discuss by using a shared language. They also help to show empathy and provide a way forward. VIVAT, a Dutch insurance company, uses paradoxes in training and everyday work to drive their agile transformation.

Culture & Methods Follow 888 Followers

Should Teams Decouple Cadences?

by Ben Linders Follow 29 Followers on  Dec 18, 2017

Recently a Twitter discussion took place about allowing teams to have multiple cadences, for instance by using a different rhythm for planning the work and for learning and improving. Decoupling cadences gives teams room to explore and learn what works best for them; it can lead to more adaptability and autonomy and better outcomes.

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Agile at LEGO

by Ben Linders Follow 29 Followers on  Sep 28, 2017

Agile has been part of LEGO for more than a decade, but it is still spreading seeds and finding applications in business areas outside digital and IT. Some of LEGO's core values are play and learning which resonate very well with the agile principle of iterations, experimentation, and retrospectives.

Development Follow 786 Followers

ThoughtWorks Sold to Private Equity Firm Apax Partners

by Craig Smith Follow 6 Followers on  Aug 31, 2017 1

Global software development and digital transformation company ThoughtWorks is to be acquired by London-based private equity firm Apax Partners. The terms of the deal were not disclosed and it is expected to close in Q4 2017.

Culture & Methods Follow 888 Followers

Perfect Software, Measuring Continuous Delivery, and Exploring the Future: Agile on the Beach 2017

by Daniel Bryant Follow 827 Followers on  Aug 23, 2017

At Agile on the Beach 2017, the key takeaways from the final afternoon of the conference included: delivery teams can add value more rapidly by embracing lean, iterative and continuous deployment methodologies; and although highly beneficial, implementing continuous delivery is hard due to the need for principles to be applied in your context.

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The Importance of Learning, Psychological Safety, and Continuous Delivery: Agile on the Beach 2017

by Daniel Bryant Follow 827 Followers on  Jul 19, 2017

At the Agile on the Beach 2017 conference, run in Cornwall, UK, several hundred speakers and attendees gathered to discuss the latest developments within the field of agile and post-agile software development methodologies.

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State of Scrum 2017 Edition Published by Scrum Alliance

by Ben Linders Follow 29 Followers on  Jul 06, 2017

Scrum is increasingly used outside of IT or software development, where many organizations adopt mix-and-matched approaches to agile, and the ScrumMaster role is evolving into more of a shared role where fewer ScrumMasters focus on a single initiative; these are some of the findings from the 2017 State of Scrum report which has been published by the Scrum Alliance.

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Evan Leybourn of IBM on the Theory of Agile Constraints

by Shane Hastie Follow 31 Followers , Hugo Messer Follow 1 Followers on  Jun 25, 2017

Evan Leybourn is talking at the upcoming Agile Indonesia conference. He spoke to InfoQ about his Theory of Agile Constraints, defining value in an initiative, agile budgeting and #NoProjects.

DevOps Follow 1058 Followers

Calculating the Operations Cost of Software You Haven't Developed: Q&A with John Davis from easyJet

by Daniel Bryant Follow 827 Followers on  May 26, 2017 1

At the DevOps Enterprise Summit, John Davis, lead architect at EasyJet, will present “Calculating the Operations Cost of Software You Haven't Developed”. InfoQ sat down with Davis to discuss how traditional organisations can migrate to a more collaborative “DevOps”-enabled approach for implementing IT projects, and how project management and costing will change.

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