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  • Internal Tech Conferences - How and Why

    by on  Oct 10, 2016

    Software engineering today is every bit as much about the people as it is about technology - empowered teams don’t appear overnight. We need to oil the wheels of collaboration so they roll smoothly. Here, Matthew Skelton and Victoria Morgan-Smith discuss how to use internal conferences to boost your organisation’s social capital, the currency by which relationships flourish and businesses thrive.

  • Proper Usage of Metrics with Flow Debt as an Example

    by on  Oct 06, 2016 3

    Flow Debt is a leading indicator that provides a view of what is happening inside a delivery system; an important metric for improving software development. This article provides an example how a metric like Flow Debt can be used improperly, i.e. out of their domain, or properly, i.e. context aware usage of Flow Debt with an IT operations team.

  • When Feature Flags Go Wrong

    by on  Sep 30, 2016 1

    Feature flags can superpower development, allowing faster features. But they can also be the worst kind of technical debt if misused or mismanaged. This article walks us through some horror stories of feature flags gone bad, and lessons learned.

Standardizing Requirements Descriptions on Scrum Projects for Better Development and Testing Quality

Posted by on  Sep 24, 2016

Standardizing requirements descriptions on Scrum projects benefit development and testing quality by enablling full coverage, minimizing errors, and facilitating scheduling and requirements changes.

Agile in the UK Government - An Insider Reveals All

Posted by on  Sep 19, 2016

Nick Tune explores what the Government Digital Service (GDS) has achieved in the UK in becoming a world-leading digital-by-default government and shares what isn’t working so well in government IT. 4

The Top 5 Problems with Distributed Teams and How to Solve Them

Posted by on  Sep 17, 2016

In this article, Hugo Messer, a seasoned distributed agile practitioner, shares the top 5 challenges distributed teams face. Based on 10 years experience, he shares practical solutions. 3

Communities of Practice: The Missing Piece of Your Agile Organisation

Posted by on  Sep 14, 2016

Communities of practice have specific applications in agile organisations: scaling agile development and allowing individuals to connect with others who share similar concerns.

Q&A and Book Review on Liftoff, Second Edition

Posted by on  Sep 10, 2016

The book Liftoff, Second Edition provides practices and insights for chartering teams by understanding needs, building trust, and defining how to interact in the team and align with the organization.

Introduction to SQL Server Containers

Posted by on  Sep 08, 2016

Containers are just around the corner for the Windows community, and this article takes a closer look at using SQL Server containers.

Adaptable or Predictable? Strive for Both – Be Predictably Adaptable!

Posted by on  Sep 06, 2016

Our efforts to improve software development face the question what to focus on. We can’t be predictable if we are not adaptable. What we really need is to be predictably adaptable.

Agile 2016: Interview with ICAgile on Certification, Growth and Expert Tracks

Posted by on  Sep 04, 2016

At the recent Agile 2016 conference, ICAgile announced a number of milestones – more Certified Experts qualified, some additional certification pathways, and substantive growth across the board. 1

Continuous Delivery Coding Patterns: Latent-to-Live Code & Forward Compatible Interim Versions

Posted by on  Sep 02, 2016

Learn two novel practices for continuous delivery to increase speed and reliability of software development and reduce risks: Latent-to-live code pattern and Forward compatible interim versions.

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