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Applying Sociocracy 3.0 Patterns for Implementing Agile Practices

by Ben Linders on  Jan 05, 2017

Sociocracy 3.0 is an open framework which supports collaboration in agile organizations and helps them to continuously improve products and services. The framework provides patterns for activities like coordinating work, effective meetings, governance, and building organizations.

Survey Finds IT Still Not Aligned with Customer and Business Needs

by Shane Hastie on  Jan 04, 2017 4

The results of a survey, run by Tasktop using the Forrester Modern Application Assessment Tool, indicate that, despite the ongoing adoption of agile, lean, DevOps and other "modern" approaches, there is still a large gap between IT development priorities and the needs of customers and business people in many organisations.

When Strategy Stops Being Slow

by Rui Miguel Ferreira on  Jan 02, 2017

More and more we see the words Agile and Strategy mentioned in the same phrase or title. Tim Leberecht, author of the book “The Business Romantic: Give Everything, Quantify Nothing, and Create Something Greater Than Yourself”, wrote an article for the Harvard Business Review on how to make your strategy more agile and why decision making doesn’t have to be a slow process.

Experimenting with Peer Feedback in Tech Teams

by Ben Linders on  Dec 29, 2016

Feedback can be used to build trust in teams and help individuals improve their skills and grow in their craft. Emily Page and Doug Talbot shared their experiences from experimenting with peer feedback at Ocado Technology at Spark the Change London 2016. An interview with Emily Page, Organizational Catalyst at Ocado Technology.

GitLab 8.15 Introduces Auto Deploy and Web Terminal

by Sergio De Simone on  Dec 27, 2016

The latest GitLab version, 8.15, provides new CD/CI features aimed to automate deployments on a variety of platforms and to make it easier to reach your staging or production deployments through a command line interface.

Managing in the Networked Society

by Ben Linders on  Dec 22, 2016

More and more now value is created through connected organizations and individuals using seamless collaboration across boundaries. At the same time however, many companies are still influenced by management practices invented in 19th century. A paradigm shift is needed to successfully manage in the networked society.

What José Mourinho Can Teach Us about Team Building

by Rui Miguel Ferreira on  Dec 21, 2016

Alan O’Callaghan gave a presentation at the Scrum Gathering Portugal 2016 on what José Mourinho can teach us about team building. Starting with the similarities between Football and Scrum, the talk addresses the less understood characteristic that affects Scrum’s effectiveness, that is, according to the speaker, the building of self-organising teams.

Using a Skill Matrix for Growth and Learning

by Ben Linders on  Dec 15, 2016

Skill matrixes support self organization in teams and help to create intrinsic motivation, where people want to learn new things. They can show how cross-functional teams really function and provide insight into bottlenecks found in teams.

CA Technologies CEO Says "Built To Change is the New Paradigm"

by Shane Hastie on  Dec 08, 2016

CA Technologies CEO Mike Gregoire opened the recent CA World conference predicting that successful companies of the future will be “Built To Change” by putting software at the center of everything they do, and that they need to be "built to change" from the ground up with software as the primary enabler of competitive advantage. He gave examples of the impact of this disruption.

QConSF - Creating Awesome Teams

by Susan McIntosh on  Dec 07, 2016

Alexandre Freire’s QConSF session focused on Modern Agile’s framework and suggested ways to implement them within an organization. He emphasized that the underlying culture must support these practices, or the practices will be forced and not lead to creating awesome teams.

AWS re:Invent Recap

by Richard Seroter on  Dec 04, 2016

At their annual re:Invent conference in Las Vegas, AWS unleashed a flurry of announcements about upcoming cloud services. Amazon outlined over two dozen new capabilities coming to the public cloud, including directly querying data in S3 object storage, building code as part of deployment pipelines, provisioning cheap virtual private servers, and moving data in bulk, ETL-style.

Technologies for the Future of Software Engineering

by Ben Linders on  Dec 01, 2016 2

The Cloud, infrastructure as code, federated architectures with APIs, and anti-fragile systems: these are technologies for developing software systems that are rapidly coming into focus, claimed Mary Poppendieck. Systems are moving towards the cloud, and APIs are replacing central shared databases and enable the internet of things. We need to develop anti-fragile systems which embrace failure.

Stretching Agile in Offshore Development

by Ben Linders on  Nov 24, 2016 3

To remain agile while offshoring software development, you have to invest time to make agile practices work under conditions where they are not supposed to work. Giving up is often not an option; you need to stretch agile practices by going back to the principles and collaboratively find ways to scale them and make them work effectively in a distributed environment.

QConSF: The Art (and Science) of Compelling People

by Susan McIntosh on  Nov 22, 2016

Ronit Avni’s QConSF session provided information on how to ensure that your verbal message (your speech) does not get lost among other messages sent by visual or other vocal distractions.

ThoughtWorks Recognized as Most Women-Friendly Tech Company

by Shane Hastie on  Nov 21, 2016

At the recent Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing, ThoughtWorks was recognised as being the top company for Women in Technology. InfoQ spoke to Rebecca Parsons, CTO, about the company's culture and the award.

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