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Changing the Image of Software Developers to Achieve Higher Diversity

by Ben Linders on  Nov 15, 2016

We have to break the cycle of hiring ourselves over and over again to achieve higher levels of diversity in the software industry, argues Birgitta Böckeler. According to her, things are slowly changing; organizations increasingly focus on diversity and inclusion. There are a lot of people out there who could be great and very happy to become a software developer, but they never even discover it.

New and Interesting Changes on ThoughtWorks Radar

by Abel Avram on  Nov 12, 2016

As usual, the ThoughtWorks Technology Radar covers four areas - Language & Frameworks, Platforms, Techniques, Tools – each item having one of four recommendations – Adopt, Trial, Assess, Hold. This article lists only what is new and noteworthy in the respective areas.

Dealing with the Impostor Syndrome

by Ben Linders on  Nov 10, 2016

The impostor syndrome refers to people who fear being exposed as a "fraud". They think that they do not belong where they are, don't deserve the success they have achieved, and are not as smart as other people think. According to Agile Coach Gitte Klitgaard, many high-achieving people suffer from the impostor syndrome. It hinders people in their work and stops them from following their dreams.

The Future of QA at Atlassian

by Rui Miguel Ferreira on  Nov 06, 2016

Mark Hrynczak, Cloud QA Manager for Atlassian, gave a talk on this year’s company summit in which he shared his vision of how a high valuable QA team should perform. High value for a QA team is defined as being, in the first place, totally aligned with the company strategic goals ,thus contributing to solve the most important problems that an organization might face at a specific moment.

Kyle McMeekin on Real World Testing Challenges

by Shane Hastie on  Nov 04, 2016

At the recent Agile 2016 conference, InfoQ spoke to Kyle McMeekin about the real world challenges around software testing in agile development, the push to have more test automation and how exploratory testing is different from and more effective than scripted manual testing.

GitLab Survey Highlights Some Trends among Developers

by Sergio De Simone on  Nov 04, 2016

GitLab has released the outcomes of a survey they conducted among software professionals from 362 startups from July 6 through July 27. Main highlights are developers' preference for using latest tools and more collaboration; security is high-priority, but 81 percent admitted to releasing software before it’s ready.

Microsoft Teams Can Be Extended via Tabs, Bots and Connectors

by Abel Avram on  Nov 03, 2016

Microsoft has announced Teams, a group collaboration workspace based on chats and integrated with Office 365. Developers have the opportunity to extend Teams with Tabs, Bots and Connectors.

Esther Derby's Six Rules for Change

by Susan McIntosh on  Nov 03, 2016

Esther Derby identifies six rules to use when change needs to happen, so that the people involved are honored, and the complexity of the change is acknowledged. Creating an environment based on empathy, knowledge of the past, and a willingness to experiment, makes change less stressful.

How to Deal with Cognitive Biases That Hinder Collaboration

by Ben Linders on  Nov 03, 2016

People are hardwired to instantly decide who we trust, but also to work collaboratively in small groups. Cognitive biases can get in the way of collaboration, but when you understand how these biases work and what agile practices can do to help, you are more likely to build better interpersonal relationships and create successful products.

Johanna Rothman – Scaling Agile Projects to Programs

by Susan McIntosh on  Oct 27, 2016 2

In a presentation for OnAgile 2016, Johanna Rothman states that thinking small, and building upon the informal communication networks already at play in an organization, can help scale practices to manage large programs. Rothman provides advice on planning, architectural design, and measuring progress.

Scaling Teams to Grow Your Startup

by Ben Linders on  Oct 27, 2016

Once a startup becomes successful it needs to scale its teams and technology to grow. Scaling has to be done in way that the startup remains effective, and thus capable of quickly delivering products to satisfy the needs of the fast growing user base. Some of the challenges faced are hiring people and onboarding them, along with technology decisions that allow you to grow and get the right people.

Increase Learning with 10% Autonomy Time

by Ben Linders on  Oct 20, 2016

Giving teams autonomy to spend 10% of their time for learning reduces delivery time, increases quality, and increases motivation. The 10% rule gives teams full autonomy to work on things they consider important. It results in freeing up people's creativity and letting teams grow their potential.

Autonomy and Job Satisfaction

by Susan McIntosh on  Oct 20, 2016 1

Lack of autonomy at work is directly related to reduced levels of motivation and engagement, and increased levels of stress and poor health. What can leaders do to improve the sense of autonomy in individuals, thereby increasing levels of motivation and job satisfaction?

Achieving Cloud-Native Operability

by Ben Linders on  Oct 13, 2016

To drive operational maturity you need a microservices architecture, continuous delivery process, DevOps culture and platform automation. Together these four help you to transform your whole organization for achieving cloud-native operability to continuously deliver additional value to your customers.

Google and the Perfect Team

by Susan McIntosh on  Oct 11, 2016 2

Google researchers studied teams and what traits help with their efficiency. Named Project Aristotle, the study provides insight into what helps teams succeed, such as psychological safety, structure, and a sense of purpose.

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