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  • How Kanban Can Support Evolutionary Change

    Evolutionary change is about starting where you are and improving one small change at a time. You need a stressor, a reflection mechanism, and an act of leadership to provoke change and institutionalize it. Understanding empathy allows change agents to find out what resonates with someone and work around resistance.

  • Characteristics of Agile Leaders

    Agile leaders are passionate about agile practices. They look to instill trust in their people, create transparency and are open to constructive criticism so that great work can be achieved. They focus on the vision and customers. Understanding what agile means, they give autonomy to the people, support them, and encourage them to develop and grow through learning and experimentation.

  • Agile Approaches for Building in Quality

    Built-in quality is a core pillar in agile. However, if we want to build in quality at scale, we need to look at the whole development life cycle. Quality awareness needs to be increased at multiple layers of the organization; agile coaches can help by boosting quality thinking by embracing an agile way of working.

  • The Cloud Trust Paradox According to Google Cloud

    In a series of three technical articles, Google Cloud has recently discussed how to trust cloud providers, covering the concepts of customer trust, security key management and scenarios where keeping encryption keys off the cloud may be necessary.

  • Draft Published of the Code of Ethical Conduct for Agile Coaching

    The Agile Coaching Ethics Initiative has published a draft code of ethics that aims to raise the standards around agile coaching. It runs under the auspices of the Agile Alliance to independently represent the wider agile community.

  • Sandboxing and Other Measures to Harden iMessage on iOS and macOS

    After being hit by a 0-click exploit in iMessage last year, Apple has been hard at work to improve the security of its platform. One of the major changes in iOS 14 is BlastDoor, a tightly sandboxed service responsible for parsing all untrusted messages, along with randomization of the shared cache region containing system libraries, and exponential throttling to counter brute-force attacks.

  • Airbnb: Using Guardrails to Identify Changes with Negative Impact across Teams

    Airbnb rolled out an internal Experiment Guardrails system to identify potentially negative impacts of changes across different teams. Whenever a proposed change does not pass any of the guardrails, it is escalated for further analysis by affected teams and stakeholders, explains Airbnb data scientist Tatiana Xifara.

  • Meetings in a Time of Separation

    Having many people in virtual meetings can lead to people who only partly attend and become disengaged. We should question who should be attending the meeting and make information from the meeting available for those who decide not to attend to decrease meeting FOMO.

  • Maintaining Psychological Safety under Pressure

    When leaders are under pressure they can fall into dark side behaviours that can cause deep and lasting harm to organisation culture and psychological safety. Leaders need to be very conscious about deliberately managing their reactions and responses to pressure situations in order to avoid allowing what are often character strengths to be overused and potentially become toxic.

  • Becoming Personally Agile for Mental Health

    Feeling the need to be constantly producing high-quality deliverables with a high sense of perfection can lead to stress and can cause burnout. You have to first accept that you have a problem to find your way out of burnout. Applying agile on a personal level can help you to achieve high goals while reducing stress and lowering the chance of getting burnout.

  • Building an Intentional Organisation: a Holistic Approach

    Building an intentional organisation requires a mindset that considers all organisational building blocks holistically. Leadership is key; actions that managers take have organisational consequences which need to be aligned to design an organisation that can achieve its purpose.

  • Experiences from a Testing Tour of Pairing and Learning

    Being a solo tester on a team, Parveen Khan decided to do a testing tour where she paired remotely with testers and developers to explore topics. It became a testing journey of learning where she explored testing topics like performance testing, AI and ML, observability, and Sketchnoting. In doing these sessions she also experienced how pairing and sharing can help to develop oneself.

  • The Journey from Monolith to Microservices at GitHub: QCon Plus Q&A

    GitHub needed to fundamentally rethink how they did software development due to all of the different cultures, norms, and technology stacks that their teams brought to the table. They are migrating toward a microservices architecture that enables different teams and systems and technologies to work harmoniously together.

  • QCon Plus: Summary of the Remote Working Track

    The QCon Plus conference ran over three weeks in November, 2020. Travis McPeak hosted the Best Practices for Remote Work track, aimed at sharing the learnings from world class remote companies about how to leverage remote working for the benefit of employees, customers and the organisation as a whole.

  • Experiences from Testing Stochastic Data Science Models

    A data science model is a statistical black box; testing it requires an understanding of mathematical techniques like algorithms, randomness, and statistics. To validate data science models you can use thresholds to handle output variance.

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