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Agile 2016: Persona Based Teams - The Ultimate Focus

by Angela Wick on  Aug 23, 2016

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.

Survey on the Need for an Agile Manifesto 2.0

by Ben Linders on  Aug 23, 2016 2

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.

New GitLab Issue Board Aims to Improve Issue Management

by Sergio De Simone on  Aug 22, 2016

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.

Solving Fat JAR Woes at HubSpot

by Matt Raible on  Aug 22, 2016 6

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.

Agile 2016 Keynote: Modern Agile

by Craig Smith on  Aug 21, 2016 1

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.

Agile 2016: Agile Program Management: Measurements to See Value and Delivery

by Angela Wick on  Aug 19, 2016

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.

Certified Agile Leadership Program Announced

by Ben Linders on  Aug 18, 2016

The Certified Agile Leadership program aims to increase the effectiveness of leaders by providing a learning framework for developing agile leadership competencies. An interview with Pete Behrens about the importance of leadership, changing how leaders lead and the leadership culture, leadership for self-organizing teams, and what organizations can do to develop agile leadership competencies.

Agile 2016: Steve Denning on Agile within Large Organizations and Leadership in Agile

by Angela Wick on  Aug 15, 2016

At the recent Agile 2016 Conference, leadership expert and author Steve Denning presented a fishbowl-style session focused on the topics of Agile within Large Organizations and Leadership in Agile. He covered three broad topics: Engagement of Leaders - Agile Mindset Shift in Management, Agile Adoption Challenges and Agile in the Global Economy

Scaling Teams to Grow Effective Organizations

by Ben Linders on  Aug 11, 2016

When organizations are growing fast it can be a challenge to keep them sane and to achieve what you actually want to achieve by hiring more people: getting more done. Alexander Grosse talked about how you scale teams to build an effective organization at Spark the Change London 2016. He explored the five domains of scaling teams: Hiring, People Management, Organization, Culture, and Communication.

Agile 2016: Communicating and Collaborating - How Distributed Teams Can Thrive

by Angela Wick on  Aug 08, 2016

David Horowitz and Mark Kilby presented at the Agile 2016 conference on how distributed teams can thrive. The premise of their talk was that distributed teams need to be connected, and that while face-to-face is important for collaboration, it isn’t as important as connectedness.

Agile 2016: Industry Analyst Panel

by Shane Hastie on  Aug 05, 2016

The Agile 2016 conference annual Industry Panel Discussion session examined Agile Trends and Future Directions. The panel discussed the implications of artificial intelligence and machine learning on the software industry, safety and ethics in AI systems, whether the Agile Manifesto should be updated, and the impact of tools on agile adoptions.

Diversity Takes Centre Stage on First Day of the SpringOne Platform Conference

by Charles Humble on  Aug 04, 2016

During the opening keynote at Pivotol’s SpringOne Platform Conference in Las Vegas this week, Senior Director of Technology Cornelia Davis spoke about diversity.

Agile 2016: The Executives Step-By-Step Guide to Leading Large-Scale Agile Transformation

by Angela Wick on  Aug 03, 2016 2

During his presentation at the Agile 2016 conference, Mike Cottmeyer focused on leading large-scale agile transformations. He specifically discussed how to talk to executives about this transformation and ensure that the transformation is measured and set up in the mindset in which executives will respond.

Agile2016 Opening Keynote: Managing for Happiness

by Shane Hastie on  Jul 31, 2016 2

Jurgen Appelo gave the opening keynote talk at the Agile 2016 conference in Atlanta, GA, USA last week. His talk was titled Managing for Happiness and is a synopsis of his latest book, of the same title.

Continuous Updating Tool VersionEye Now Open Source

by Grischa Ekart on  Jul 28, 2016

VersionEye open-sourced its eponymous continuous integration tool that helps with updated project dependencies. Coined "continuous updating", the tool provides update notifications, licence checking and security vulnerabilities information for many software libraries. By open-sourcing the software, VersionEye founder Robert Reiz intends to increase trust and transparency of the code base.

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