Is there an approach that can make Agile adoption successful at a systemic level, and not remain just an engineering practice? Organization Development (OD) is an interdisciplinary field of research, theory and practices. It has the right methods for organizations to become organic entities, to implement learning systems, empower teams to become self-organized and reduce resistance to change.
Is pair programming all that it's cracked up to be? Contrary to popular belief, pairing can lead to a decrease in creativity, groupthink, inappropriate feedback, and can be demoralizing. Wes Higbee explores why it definitely shouldn't be mandated, and why you should consider other options where it could be beneficial.
Fujitsu UK is using a large number of processes and methods which have developed over the period of many years. Looking for a way of combining agile and traditional methods, they became aware of SEMAT and the Essence Kernel. This article explores how they applied SEMAT and Essence to systems engineering, and used it to look at the whole programme of work across all disciplines.
Today we'll get tactical, and talk about how the delivery team can acquire all the skills it needs to deliver software when the number of testers are low and specialization is a reality.
Agile Marketing, as a concept, has been talked about quite a lot in the recent past and it is much more than just a hot new buzzword. The author explains how effective is it and why we need it.
There are dozens of Agile methods nowadays and more and more often we hear about Hybrid Agile, but what does that mean? The author presents some thoughts on what Hybrid Agile actually means. 2
Ahmad Fahmy provides an authentic retrospective of a large scale agile transformation at a large bank, looking at what worked, what didn't and lessons which can be applied at other organizations. 6
InfoQ interviewed Suzanne and James Robertson on the "Requirements: The Masterclass LiveLessons - Traditional, Agile, Outsourcing" to get further insights into some of the topics addressed.
This article provides 10 ways to successfully fail your agility. By replacing these practices with ones that do the opposite, you will increase agility and improve the odds of being successful.
The Scrum Field Guide - 2nd Edition is a "what to expect" book for organizations transitioning to agile, which aims to help teams to deal with issues that occur and fine-tune their own implementation. 1
Agile, with cross functional teams, has sounded the death knell for many test managers. While test management is largely irrelevant in agile, there is still a desperate need for test leadership.
When scaling agile principles through rituals it's important to constantly evaluate and evolve those rituals. This article provides examples of experiments that focus on developing team behaviors.