At the sixth ‘Agile on the Beach’ conference, held in Cornwall, UK, several leading practitioners of agile software delivery presented the state-of-the-art and emerging trends within this domain. Key takeaways included the value of the scientific method to drive change; the use of Continuous Delivery (CD) for improving safety and speed; and the power of cognitive bias during the user testing.
Increased throughput, reduced code complexity, less production incidents, shorter deployment cycles and higher happiness in teams; these are some of the benefits that the agile transformation at Barclays has delivered. Within the first year of the transformation, which is based on Disciplined Agile, more than 800 teams adopted agile making this one of the largest agile implementations.
Box has open-sourced their continuous localization platform, Mojito. The product consists of a CLI that collects and integrates strings for translation and a web app that provides an interface for translators to keep track of their work.
Cross-cultural team building enables collaboration and teamwork in dispersed or distributed agile teams. You need to invest to get the best out of a dispersed team. An exploration about what is needed to make agile work with dispersed or distributed teams.
Data science is about the data that you need; deciding which data to collect, create, or keep is fundamental argues Lukas Vermeer, an experienced Data Science professional and Product Owner for Experimentation at Booking.com. True innovation starts with asking big questions, then it becomes apparent which data is needed to find the answers you seek.
Continuous deployment results in a higher sense of responsibility and better quality of deployments, argues Paul de Raaij, technical pathfinder at Coolblue. Coding standards prevent your code base from becoming a mess, automated inspections are great for tedious and boring checks, and manual checks are great for checking if the logic or use of code actually makes sense.
Tom Clark, head of common platform at ITV, talked at the past DevOps Enterprise Summit 2016 in London on how their cloud platform has served as a medium for spreading DevOps practices and way of working across the entire organization, as well as how to grow a team of "smart and kind" engineers around it. In this Q&A Clark talks about ITV's DevOps journey, challenges faced and the road ahead.
The 11th annual state of agile survey is open through October 7, 2016. The survey explores the worldwide adoption of agile.
Good engineering practices are the tools that help agile teams to deliver shippable products. Although many engineering practices have proved to be effective, they are not as widely used as they should be. Agile anti-patterns like the software testing ice-cream cone, accumulating technical debt and functional silos prevent teams from delivering a potentially releasable product.
At the Agile 2016 conference Andy Hircock, Mike Lowery, and Rob Vandenburg, discussed how they transitioned to persona-based teams, instead of feature or component based, and how they used this to help teams keep focused on their customers despite significant growth.
The survey on Agile Manifesto 2.0 investigates whether the Manifesto for Agile Software Development is still relevant and effective in today's environment. Kamlesh Ravlani, an Agile / Lean Coach and Scrum Trainer, created this survey to gain insight into the need for change in the Agile Manifesto. The survey is open to anyone who has experience with and an opinion about the Agile Manifesto.
GitLab has announced a new integrated tool, GitLab Issue Board, aimed to improve issue prioritization, release planning, and communication by allowing developer teams to visualize and organize issues through a flexible multi-column board.
Spring Boot 1.4 and Dropwizard 1.0 were both released at the end of July, using fat JARs. As adoption of such frameworks and microservices increases, fat JARs are becoming a more common deployment mechanism. Earlier HubSpot cited issues where Fat JARs deployments experienced problems with the maven-shade-plugin, and efficiency problems when packaging 100,000 tiny files as a JAR.
At the recent Agile 2016 conference in Atlanta, Joshua Kerievsky, CEO of Industrial Logic and author of "Refactoring to Patterns" gave a thought-provoking keynote around the idea of Modern Agile.
Johanna Rothman gave a talk at Agile 2016 about measurements for agile program management. She explored the challenges around selecting what to measure, how traditional measurements don't provide the right information to make decisions from and provided examples of measurements that can be useful.