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  • Value Stream Mapping and Value Stream Management: How They Can Work for You

    Value stream mapping is a largely qualitative tool that creates visibility into the waste in a system while also creating alignment around ways to improve. Value stream management codifies the system, allowing for continual monitoring and management.

  • Signs You’re in a Death Spiral (and How to Turn It around before It’s Too Late)

    Don’t let feature work blind you. Enterprises are ramping up their software delivery to compete in the digital-first world. But more features and faster time-to-market can lead your business into a death spiral if you neglect technical debt and risk work. Learn how to use value stream metrics to identify whether your business is in danger and how to reverse the trajectory before it’s too late.

  • Applying Stoicism in Testing

    Agility stands for being aware of your environment. There is a specific set of values for a tester that you should stick to; they set limits to what you can deliver as a tester, and within those limits, you can keep your agility. But your values can cause a “collision” with agile people around you, because they don’t have to be perfectly in line with how people apply the agile principles.

  • Q&A on the Book Team Topologies

    The book Team Topologies by Matthew Skelton and Manuel Pais shows how to arrange teams within an organization to enable effective software delivery. It describes four fundamental team types and three team interaction patterns, and dives into the responsibility boundaries of teams and how teams can communicate or interact with other teams.

  • Q&A on the Book Managing Technical Debt

    The book Managing Technical Debt by Philippe Kruchten, Robert Nord, and Ipek Ozkaya provides principles and practices that help you gain control of technical debt throughout the software development process and life of the software product.

  • Q&A on The Manager‘s Path with Camille Fournier

    In the book The Manager’s Path, Camille Fournier explores managing engineers and what it takes to be a technical manager. She describes the different roles which form the path from mentors and tech leads to senior engineering management, discusses the challenges of technical leadership and provides advice on how to deal with them.

  • Predictable Agile Delivery: The Executive Challenge

    As agile grows-out of its years of self-obsession and teenage petulance into a post-agile state, ‘Predictable Agile Delivery’ feels like a realistic goal that advantages both the business sponsor and their development stakeholders. This article shares some ‘good, bad and ugly’ examples of practices that often work and some that always fail at improving large organizations.

  • Q&A on the Scrum Field Guide - 2nd Edition

    The Scrum Field Guide - 2nd Edition by Mitch Lacey 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. An interview about the essentials of Scrum, sprint length, full time Scrum masters, making time available for solving defects, preventing bad hires, and increasing benefits from Scrum.

  • Q&A on The Agile Mind-Set

    Gil Broza explores agile values, beliefs and principles, and explains how they can be used to drive agile adoption in his book The Agile Mind-set. The book provides ideas, examples, and anecdotes that organizations can use to make a shift to agile.

  • Q&A on Kanban Change Leadership

    In the book Kanban Change Leadership Klaus Leopold and Sigi Kaltenecker explore how Kanban can be deployed to get change done in organizations and to build a culture of continuous improvement. An interview on doing change in small steps, solving problems, using WIP limits, priorities and classes of service in Kanban, using the Theory of Constraints with Kanban, and getting results with Kanban.

  • Author Q&A on Agile Value Delivery - Beyond the Numbers

    Larry Cooper and Jen Stone have written a book which provides advice and techniques for blending agile practices with portfolio, program and project management, taking a value focused approach to managing the outcomes of initiatives rather than focusing on the activities and practices which are the center of many methodologies. They spoke to InfoQ about the book and the ideas behind it.

  • Probabilistic Project Planning Using Little’s Law

    When working on projects, it is most of the time necessary to forecast the project delivery time up front. Little’s Law can help any team that uses user stories for planning and tracking project execution no matter what development process it uses. We use a project buffer to manage the inherent uncertainty associated with planning and executing a fixed-bid project and protect its delivery date.

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