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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.

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.

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.

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.

Continuous Delivery at Klaverblad Insurance

by Ben Linders on  Oct 07, 2016

Continuous delivery should be treated as an agile project as it is about automating your deployment. You have to speed up in small steps and gain trust by doing small deliveries and solve problems fast. The story about how Klaverblad insurance has implemented Agile, DevOps, continuous delivery, and microservices.

Don't Copy the Spotify Model

by Ben Linders on  Oct 06, 2016 6

The Spotify model can help you to understand how things are done at Spotify, but you shouldn’t copy it in your own organization. It changes all the time as people at Spotify learn and discover new things. There is no one way in which software is developed at Spotify.

Scaling Scrum to Build a New-Technology Printer

by Ben Linders on  Sep 22, 2016

When developing a high speed printer based on a new print technology things change often; you need an effective and flexible solution for managing a large project with many different disciplines. Océ Printing Systems decided to customize Scrum and scale it to enable collaboration and make progress transparent.

Rethink Leadership: Being Ordinary to Accomplish Extraordinary Results

by Ben Linders on  Sep 15, 2016 1

Ordinariness in leadership can help us to accomplish extraordinary results, argues agile/lean coach Katherine Kirk. Several more people have explored approaches that suggest to rethink leadership and go back to behaviour basics for leading people. Although these approaches are about small ordinary things, their effect may cause a revolution in the way organizations are being managed.

Agile in Dispersed or Distributed Teams

by Ben Linders on  Sep 07, 2016 1

Cross-cultural team building enables collaboration and teamwork in dispersed or distributed agile teams. You need to invest to get the best out of a dispersed team. An exploration about what is needed to make agile work with dispersed or distributed teams.

Overcoming Paradigms to Become Truly Agile

by Ben Linders on  Jul 07, 2016 1

Truly agile is what you are, and to become agile you need to overcome paradigms, argues Arie van Bennekum, co-author of the agile manifesto. It takes "being agile" and not "doing agile" to achieve success. Agile is an interaction concept based on the values and principles of the agile manifesto. Technology facilitates agile working, but tools don’t make you agile.

Vale Agile Collaborator and Leader Jean Tabaka

by Craig Smith on  Jun 10, 2016 1

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".

Q&A with John Willis on Burnout in the Software Industry

by Ben Linders on  Apr 14, 2016

InfoQ interviewed John Willis about what made him decide to talk about burnout, the possible effects of burnout for a person, how burnouts are impacting the software development industry, leading indicators of a potential burnout and how they can be used to prevent burnouts, and suggestions for dealing with mismatches between employees and organizations that can cause a burnout.

Growing Agility

by Ben Linders on  Apr 07, 2016

Andrea Tomasini will give a keynote talk titled "Stop Scaling, Start Growing an Agile Organization" at the Agile Eastern Europe 2016 Conference. InfoQ interviewed him about growing agility.

Contracting to Enable Agile Behaviour

by Ben Linders on  Mar 31, 2016

InfoQ interviewed Martin Kearns about how agile contracts differ from contracts for waterfall projects, how contracts can deal with scope changes, major disturbances or delays during development, how contracts can enable agile behaviour and help all those involved to work together based on an agile mindset, and the role that lawyers can have when organizations want to use contracts with agile.

Is it Difficult for an Introvert to be a Mob Programmer?

by Savita Pahuja on  Mar 27, 2016

This post covers the challenges of an introverted mob programmer and some possible solutions.

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