Road Mapping Your Way to Agile Fluency

by Ben Linders on  Feb 09, 2016

Kelsey van Haaster will give a talk at 1st Conference about how to develop a road map to agile fluency for teams and organisations. InfoQ interviewed her about the possible ways to do an agile fluency assessment, example of findings and improvement opportunities that came out of the assessments and things that she learned, and advice for readers who want to use the agile fluency model.

CoachRetreats: A Way to Practice Coaching Skills

by Ben Linders on  Jan 23, 2016 1

A coachRetreat is a "safe to fail" learning platform where participants can try different approaches to coaching. In a coachRetreat participants explore the way that people interact in a given situation and can learn to view a situation from different perspectives to improve their coaching skills. An interview with Oana Juncu, Elad Sofer and Yves Hanoulle.

Leadership Fit for the 21st Century: Challenges in an Agile Environment

by Ben Linders on  Jan 21, 2016

This first post in the series on leadership fit for the 21st century covers the talk given by Hendrik Pothof from ING and Michael Bres from Axis into Management about leadership challenges in an agile environment.

Storytelling for Agile

by Ben Linders on  Jan 14, 2016

InfoQ interviewed Oana Juncu about what storytelling is and how it works, the value that stories can bring, examples of narrative techniques that can be used in storytelling, and her experiences with using storytelling in agile transformation.

Don't Optimize Team-level Performance

by Ben Linders on  Dec 24, 2015

Klaus Leopold gave a talk at the GOTO Berlin 2015 conference in which he elaborated why focusing on team-level performance often leads to local suboptimalization and doesn't increase agility across the team. InfoQ interviewed him about why installing agile frameworks does not help to increase agility, how kanban can be used to increase collaboration, and benefits that teams can get from kanban.

Developing and Testing Microservices

by Ben Linders on  Dec 14, 2015

At the Agile Testing Days 2015 Jose Lima from Redgate software shared his experiences with microservices. InfoQ interviewed him about advantages and disadvantages of developing products with microservices, how applying microservices has improved the quality of products, testing microservices and the skills that testers need, and his learnings from developing and testing microservices.

Scaling Without Blueprints and the Agile Scaling Cycle

by Ben Linders on  Dec 10, 2015

InfoQ interviewed Stefan Roock about adding XP practices to Scrum, why using an agile framework as a blueprint for designing the organization is a premature optimization and why culture and principles are more important than practices. Roock also explains the agile scaling cycle with examples of how it can be used, and talks about the benefits and pitfalls of this approach for agile scaling.

Prototyping Mental Models with Lego Serious Play for Agile

by Ben Linders on  Dec 08, 2015

People can tell stories and express themselves when trying to solve complex problems using Lego. Jens Hoffmann facilitated the session "Prototyping an Agile Culture with LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY®" at the GOTO Berlin 2015 conference.

Moving Fast at Scale

by Ben Linders on  Dec 08, 2015

Jez Humble talked about organizational obstacles to moving fast at scale and how to address them at the GOTO Berlin 2015 conference. InfoQ interviewed him about how we can focus on value, why having a shared understanding of an artifact can be very valuable, removing waste and discovering the needs of customers quickly with low costs, and how to use the concept of improvement kata.

Having the Right Mix of IT, Culture and Practice for DevOps

by Ben Linders on  Dec 03, 2015 1

An interview with Nicole Forsgren about why organizations are starting to embrace DevOps methods, how being able to deploy fast can also increase IT stability, what to focus upon when changing the organizational culture to improve performance, how lean management can help to increase the performance, and asked her for advice when organizations want to apply DevOps to increase their performance.

Leadership Principles for Agile Organizations

by Ben Linders on  Dec 02, 2015

Selena Delesie gave a keynote at the Agile Testing Days 2015 about leadership principles that she sees in successful agile companies. InfoQ interviewed her about how leadership principles from Sir Richard Branson are related to the foundations of agile and asked her which principles are giving companies a competitive edge and how companies can deploy agile to become more competitive.

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.

A Tour of Agile Scaling Approaches

by Shane Hastie on  Nov 26, 2015 2

At the Agile Tour Bangkok G John Okoro gave a tour of the various approaches to scaling agile that are in the marketplace today. He examined SAFe, LeSS & LeSS Huge, Scrum, the Spotify "model", Nexus and Scrum of Scrums, identifying the context they are designed for and some pros and cons of each approach.

Q&A with David Marquet on Applying Intent-based Leadership in Agile

by Ben Linders on  Nov 26, 2015

Software engineers can really do a tremendous service to themselves, their co-workers, and the world by stepping up and being a leader from the position they are in. Agile is essentially building a leader-leader model in software organizations says David Marquet. An interview about having leadership at all levels in the organization and applying the leader-leader model in agile.

Real-life Agile Scaling - Henrik Kniberg's Opening Keynote at Agile Tour Bangkok

by Shane Hastie on  Nov 21, 2015

Henrik Kniberg, author of the InfoQ Minibook “Scrum and XP from the Trenches”, gave the opening keynote at the Agile Tour Bangkok conference on Saturday 21 November in Thailand. His talk was titled “Real-life Agile Scaling”, in which he addressed the key challenges to scaling agile beyond a few teams. He asked why organisations want to scale, and presented some ideas on how to do so.

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