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.
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.
The Agile Alliance hosted a one-day Executive Forum in San Jose, CA on September 19. The event attracted participants from around the world and a range of senior speakers from large organisations, and focused on how adopting agile development impacts companies and what executives need to do to help ensure successful cultural transformation, which is what agile adoption at scale is about.
Alistair Cockburn recently posted his viewpoint on the history of the Agile Manifesto, from the perspective of one of the original authors and signatories. He encourages readers to understand the perspective taken at the time by the authors, and also to explore the ongoing work of many of the original signatories. The original authors explicitly refuted the idea of rewriting the manifesto.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Agile Alliance is running a dedicated technical conference for the first time on April 7-9. The rationale behind running the event is at least partly because of the perception that the annual Agile 20XX conference doesn’t have enough emphasis on the technical aspects of software development. InfoQ spoke to a number of the conference speakers to understand why they feel it is important.
The Agile Alliance board met in Costa Rica last week, and they hosted an event for the local Agile community, with speakers from the Board and the community on topics ranging from applying the agile mindset to business challenges to evolutionary architecture, the need for clarity in all aspects of communication, creating a collaborative community and building a "bossless" company
At the combined Agile Alliance and Agile Open Northwest Open Space event in Portland Declan Whelan and Diana Larsen led two sessions in which they explored the application of the Agile Fluency model for understanding and addressing technical debt and showed a game based on the model which teams can use to help them identify practices and principles they want to adopt based on their fluency goals