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  • 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.

  • Establishing Change Agents within Organisations Using Shu-Ha-Ri

    Shu-Ha-Ri provides us with a learning path toward being agile by mastering the basics and understanding the fundamentals to gain incremental success. By having their own change agents, organisations can adapt quickly to changing market needs and get a competitive edge.

  • Volkswagen’s Journey towards a Software-Driven Company

    Volkswagen is changing their working methods for software development, where they focus on regaining their own development skills and developing new products based on new technologies and methods. The technologies used are decided on by the teams independently.

  • 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.

  • How Engagement Models Support Agile Adoption: Q&A with Karl Scotland

    Engagement models are approaches to transformation which actively include people in the assessment of the current situation and the exploration of new ideas. By using an engagement model, people can participate in deciding and defining what the agile transformation will look like.

  • From Waterfall to Agile at NAV Test Centre of Excellence

    Changing how we work from waterfall to agile is all about envisioning the goals, focusing on success factors and then surviving the transit, said Torstein Skarra at TestCon Europe 2019. The Norwegian Labour and Welfare Administration (NAV) has moved from project-based waterfall and six releases per year to agile cross-function autonomous teams with several releases per day, per team.

  • Leadership in an Agile Environment

    We would like agile leaders to stop being in the fire fighting mode. They should be there to help and empower, instead of taking over, argued Leonoor Koomen at Experience Agile 2019. She suggested replacing traffic light reporting with Obeya and showed leaders how they can focus on the deltas instead of covering and wanting to know everything.

  • Highlights from JAFAC 2019 - Day 1: Leadership, Disruption, Ethics, and Social Good

    JAFAC (Just Another F&#k!ng Agile Conference) 2019 was held in Wellington, New Zealand on 5 and 6 September, 2019. The conference brings different voices to the fore, avoiding the usual suspects, and also highlighting ways that agile ideas are being applied in a wide variety of contexts. Important themes that emerged were leadership, disruption, ethics and the application of tech for social good

  • Effectiveness or Efficiency: Agile Shouldn't Feel Like a Fight

    Have you ever felt like the “agile” you’re advocating for is completely different from the “agile” your organisation or managers wants? If so, you need to stop and reassess, argued Tony O'Halloran in his talk at Agile Business Day 2019. Having a mismatch in these fundamental goals causes stress and anxiety in change agents and can put you in an isolating and lonely place professionally.

  • 14th State of Agile Report Open

    The 14th State of Agile survey is now open and software professionals are invited to take the survey.

  • DOES London: Mark Schwartz on War & Peace & IT

    Mark Schwartz, former CIO and self-described iconoclast, spoke recently at DevOps Enterprise Summit London. Schwartz is the author of three books published by IT Revolution: ‘The Art of Business’, ‘A Seat at the Table’ and ‘War & Peace & IT,’ and is currently an enterprise strategist at Amazon Web Services. 

  • DevOps Needs Continuous Improvement to Succeed

    Continuous improvement is not a new thing and is often misunderstood. To be successful, we can take guidance from agile principles and apply them to the DevOps world, argued Mirco Hering, managing director at Accenture. At Agile Portugal 2019 he spoke about DevOps leadership in the age of agile.

  • 13th State of Agile Report Released

    On 7 May, 2019, CollabNet VersionOne released the 13th State of Agile report. Highlights of this year’s report include the level of agile adoption, which has reached 97% of organisations saying that they practice agile development methods. Proficiency in the agile practices is still low, with only 17% of organisations claiming a high level of proficiency with the practices.

  • Samsung's Agile & Lean UX Journey

    Samsung has applied a team-led agile transformation followed by a culture-led agile transformation, to focus teams on real users and valuable products. Teams create and use personas which they use to do team-driven user research throughout product development, said Jaesung Jo, senior UX designer at Samsung SDS, in his talk at the Lean and Agile ME Summit 2019.

  • Mashreq Bank’s Lean Agile Journey

    After having seen and evidenced the tangible benefit of lean at Mashreq Bank, agile was seen as a natural progression, an evolutionary step. Agile and lean are well-linked; you still need to identify waste, and remove non-value add activities so you can spend more time doing what the customer needs, argued Steve Snowdon. Together with Ed Capaldi he spoke about Mashreq Bank’s Lean Agile Journey.

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