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  • Value vs Time: an Agile Contract Model

    An agile contract model can help us to focus on the value delivered to the customer. It allows for rewarding teams and people, and can drive continuous improvement towards common goals. InfoQ interviewed Andrea Zomer, CEO at Zupit, about their experiences with an agile contract model.

  • How Stopping Estimations Helped a Team to Become More Predictable

    When making estimations using story points didn’t feel helpful, a team decided to experiment with #NoEstimates. Breaking down stories into smaller tasks gives them insight into their velocity and has made them more predictable. It also helps them to spend less time on process and have more time available for delivering value.

  • Experiences from Using a Disciplined Approach to Change

    When a company embraces the agile path, the first question is: “Where do I want to go?” and not “What is the right framework to do agile?” A disciplined approach to change can help you to choose from possible practices such as a “design pattern book” for agile transformation, and to identify when a practice is promising and when the current context is not the most favorable for it.

  • How to Build the Dark Star: a Serious Collaborative Game

    Games are learning experiences. They can help people to better understand soft skills and grow by providing space to safely experiment. InfoQ interviewed Corrado (Dex) De Sanctis about the benefits of playing games and his experience from playing the DSBuilders game.

  • Learnings from a Project That Went from Heaven to Hell

    Maja Selmer Megard, project leader and department manager at Kantega, shares her experience from a project that at first sight seemed to be a perfect fit in all regards, but ended up as the most exhausting, conflict-ridden project she has been in.

  • Predicting the Future with Forecasting and Agile Metrics

    Common estimation approaches often fail to give us the predictability we want. Forecasting provides a range of possible outcomes with the chance of outcomes becoming reality. It can answer questions like “When will it be done?” or “What can we deliver by xx?” with confidence.

  • How Agile Can Work Together with Deadlines

    Even with a hard deadline, you can still prioritise work in sprints, use daily stand ups to manage blockers, and run retrospectives to improve your ways of working. Stakeholder relationships are key when attempting to negotiate and soften arbitrary deadlines. Start conversations up front to set better expectations and ensure a smoother delivery, particularly when facing uncertainty.

  • Predicting Failing Tests with Machine Learning

    Machine learning can be used to predict how tests behave on changes in the code. These predictions reduce the feedback time to developers by providing information at check-in time. Marco Achtziger & Dr. Gregor Endler presented how they are using machine learning to learn from failures at OOP 2020.

  • Simulating Agile Strategies with the Lazy Stopping Model

    Simulation can be used to compare agile strategies and increase understanding of their strengths and weaknesses in different organisational and project contexts. The Lazy Stopping Model derived from the idea that we often fail to gather sufficient information to get an optimal result. Agile strategies can be simulated in the model as more or less effective defences against this “lazy stopping.”

  • 2020 State of Testing Survey: Call for Participation

    The 2020 State of Testing survey is now seeking participation, and aims to provide insights into how the testing profession develops and to recognize testing trends. Anyone completing the survey will receive a complimentary copy of the State of Testing 2020 report once it is published.

  • Microsoft Introduces Power Virtual Agents, a No-Code Solution to Building AI Bots

    In a recent blog post, Microsoft announced the general availability (GA) of Power Virtual Agents, a service designed to democratize building conversational chatbots using a no-code graphical user interface. The service is part of the Microsoft Power Platform, which includes Power Apps, Power BI and Power Automate and democratizes access to building artificial intelligence-powered bots.

  • How to Scale Pilots into a Global IT Organization

    Scaling pilots into a global IT organization is doable, and if done right, it really works and can help to transform entire companies, said Clemens Utschig. At DevOpsCon Munich 2019 he presented how they go from starting with an idea to scaling it up into the global organization.

  • How Statistical Forecasting Can Help You Trust Your Data and Drive Business Agility

    Statistical forecasting is a highly effective way to improve delivery predictions and avoid some traditional estimation problems. In a case study from AgileByExample 2018, by Piotr Leszczynski, he says it can also help you understand and trust your data more, and drive improvements in business agility.

  • Achieving Predictability in a Complex World

    Predictability is the precursor and enabler for other important things people are looking for, like doing things faster and cheaper, argued Jose Casal at Agile Portugal 2019. He presented how to achieve predictability in three steps: focus on work in progress, reduce time to get work done, and consider how to get more done.

  • Microsoft Releases PowerApps Portals Preview, a Low-Code Customer Portal Solution

    In a recent blog post, Microsoft announced PowerApps Portals in preview, a low-code solution for building responsive customer portals. PowerApps Portals is the successor of Dynamics 365 Portals, which generally required developers to use complex web templates. Using PowerApps Portals, people familiar with Microsoft PowerApps can transition those skills into building customer-facing portals.

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