• Ways to Make Code Reviews More Effective

    by Trisha Gee on  Oct 01, 2016 1

    Performing Code Reviews helps to increase code quality, share knowledge and responsibility, and build better software and a better team. However, the big question remains – what is it we should be looking for? There are a lot of different things to consider. This article will list a wide range of items to check, and drill a little deeper into two specific areas: performance and security.

  • When Feature Flags Go Wrong

    by Edith Harbaugh 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

    by Elena Belkovskaya on  Sep 24, 2016

    Standardizing requirements descriptions on Scrum projects benefit development and testing quality. Without standardizing, the project may suffer. Standardizing requirements descriptions provides a minimum of eight benefits from requirements descriptions unification, which in turn positively affects testing and makes management of ongoing changes in requirements easier with the help of tools.

Agile in the UK Government - An Insider Reveals All

Posted by Nick Tune 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. 2

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

Posted by Hugo Messer 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. 2

Communities of Practice: The Missing Piece of Your Agile Organisation

Posted by Emily Webber 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 Ben Linders 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 Paul Stanton 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 Dimitar Bakardzhiev 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 Shane Hastie 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 Luca Minudel 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.

Technical Practices as a Hack on Consciousness: Why to Hack Yourself

Posted by Jean Richardson & Matthew Plavcan on  Sep 01, 2016

Software developers can raise their consciousness through the use of disciplined technical practices. A knowledgeable developer can influence an ever-increasing portion of the world.

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