The Agile community has lost a thought leader, influencer and friend, Jean Tabaka, who passed away earlier this week. She was best known through her work as an Agile Fellow at CA Technologies (formerly Rally Software) and author of the book "Collaboration Explained: Facilitation Skills for Software Product Leaders".
Atlassian’s new release of Portfolio for JIRA features real-time portfolio planning. Team work is automatically synchronized with the release plan by pulling team and project data from JIRA into the product portfolio plan.
Fastlane, Twitter’s solution to continuous integration and deployment for mobile apps, introduced Device Grid, a new feature aimed to make it possible to live preview changes directly from pull requests in GitHub. Additionally, Fastlane now supports two-factor authentication for iTunes Connect, and improved support for Android APK files.
Jenkins recently announced a partnership with Microsoft to run its project infrastructure on Azure. Moving to Azure will enable elastic workloads as well as additional resources for Jenkins services.
Llewellyn Falco gave a keynote on Mob Programming during the first Mob Programming Conference, called "Understanding the Science of Mobbing". He explored the differences between solo, pair and mob programming, why mobbing gives better outcomes: "It's not getting the most of the people but the best"
Five years in the making, Twitter has released the milestone version 1.0.0 of their Pants build tool, offering multi language support and improved scalability.
GitLab has recently introduced its integrated Docker container registry, which aims to integrate the use of Docker container images within GitLab's continuous integration tools, writes Mark Pundsack, head of product at GitLab.
Matthew (Ford) Kern and Miko have both recently written posts on the topic "Agile is Dead". Matthew relates it to the saturation of agile consulting and the speed of hype cycles. Miko links it to a need to go faster than the approaches embodied in the agile movement and replace agile with DevOps.
Round up of the talks at DevOps Days Kiel's second day.
Microsoft has decided to phase out project.json files over the next year or so, slowly returning to the standard .csproj style file.
Explaining Craftsmanship techniques is hard, especially to Senior Management and Executives. Since understanding is usually key to a mindset shift and technical practices are the way to develop good quality software, it's very important to explain them. Mike Bowler facilitated a workshop on how to use Lego for technical practices during the 7th Agile Games Conference.
Wrike, a work management and collaboration platform company,recently surveyed 800 marketers about their use of Agile and released the survey results.
The first Agile Alliance Technical Conference was recently held. The conference had a strong focus on the strong technical skills needed to make agile software development effective and covered a wide range of technical topics. There were two keynote talks by Sandi Metz on the challenges to professionalism and Uncle Bob Martin on why it is so important. The conference videos are now available.
Instagram's continuous deployment pipeline lets them push code faster to production, identify bad commits easily and always be release ready. Put together in an iterative manner over a period of time, the key principles behind it include a high quality test suite, quick identification of bad commits, visibility at each stage to improve buy-in from stakeholders and a working rollback plan.
Concourse, an open source CI pipeline tool that uses yaml files for configuring pipelines and configuration-free setup, has recently bumped its major release and is currently available in version 1.1.0. Major conceptual benefits of Concourse are explicit and first-class support of pipelines, running isolated builds in containers, avoidance of snowflake build servers and easy access to build logs.