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  • Highlights from JAFAC 2019 Day 2: Leadership, Cultural Readiness, Self Care and Growth Mindset

    Continuing the coverage of JAFAC 2019 (Just Another F&#k!ng Agile Conference), the conference brings different voices to the fore and highlighting ways that agile ideas are being applied in a wide variety of contexts. Important themes that emerged on day two included cultural readiness for change, the importance of self care, and the need for a growth mindset at all levels of an organisation.

  • Eric Evans Wants to Improve the Language of DDD

    Eric Evans wants architects to actively engage in improving the language used when modeling and designing complex systems. Some of the fundamental terms used in DDD, such as Bounded Contexts, are often misunderstood. Evans wants to see an active community try to address these concerns, with the goal that DDD "should be a real, living body of thought."

  • 14th State of Agile Report Open

    The 14th State of Agile survey is now open and software professionals are invited to take the survey.

  • Why Self-Organisation is Intuitive, Yet Challenging to Adopt

    Self-organisation can be challenging; you need to understand what's required to achieve, and success needs to be visible, said Mirco Hering, managing director at Accenture. He suggested to create boundaries in which to self-organise and enrich the team’s context, showing how well they are doing.

  • DOES London: Team Topologies and Cognitive Load

    At the DevOps Enterprise Summit in London this year, authors of the soon-to-be-published 'Team Topologies', a book that aims to offer a practical, adaptive model for organisational design, Matthew Skelton and Manuel Pais, took to the stage to share their thoughts with the audience.

  • Autonomy and Accountability: Randy Shoup’s Advice for Moving Fast at Scale

    Randy Shoup, VP of engineering at WeWork, presented "Moving Fast at Scale" at CraftCon 2019, and discussed how he has organized teams for speed at scale without sacrificing innovation, business value, quality or team autonomy.

  • 13th State of Agile Report Released

    On 7 May, 2019, CollabNet VersionOne released the 13th State of Agile report. Highlights of this year’s report include the level of agile adoption, which has reached 97% of organisations saying that they practice agile development methods. Proficiency in the agile practices is still low, with only 17% of organisations claiming a high level of proficiency with the practices.

  • Experimenting with #NoProductOwner at F-Secure

    Maaret Pyhäjärvi experimented with no product owner and reported the benefits on team performance. The team developed a cross-team ownership that increased their ability to solve problems, they improved the flow of value, delivered solutions faster, and drove innovation as they anticipated features that were not expected by the business. they introduced data driven feedback mechanism.

  • Tuckman Was Wrong! Doc Norton on Reteaming Models

    At Agile India 2019, Doc Norton shared why the Tuckman team formation model doesn’t work and described new reteaming models that are more applicable to current agile teams. Norton shared reteaming models that foster organizational innovation and learning and identified 4 criteria leading to better teams’ performance: autonomy, connection, excellence and diversity.

  • Web-Based Monte Carlo Simulation for Agile Estimation

    A web-based tool for calculating project estimates using a Monte Carlo simulation was recently made publicly available. It was created in the hopes that agile teams will use it to facilitate conversations between scrum masters and product managers, focusing on realistic outcomes and not overly optimistic projections.

  • Lean and Agile Transformation at Banco BPI

    After adopting Scrum, Banco BPI came to lean in an iterative way, by doing things that made sense to them in their context. Their goal is to bring parties closer together to optimise the whole system and avoid micro-optimisations. Your own context and needs must guide you, don't wait to have the perfect answer, but iterate relentlessly and take small steps is what they learned.

  • Think of Software as a Force for Good, Using Teal and Agile

    A teal organisation set its horizon by defining its higher purpose and describing why it exists. Individuals join the company because of the value it creates for the world, and work freely towards a specific purpose. A teal and agile company has a culture of complete openness, transparency and mutual trust; everyone should feel safe and encouraged to share ideas, and make mistakes, without fear.

  • Managing in Organisations without Managers: Self-Management in Action

    At the Agile People conference, Doug Kirpatrick gave a keynote talk and a deep dive workshop about what it takes to adopt Self-Management in an organization. Self-Management is the organizational philosophy represented by individuals freely and autonomously performing the traditional functions of management without mechanistic hierarchy or arbitrary, unilateral command authority over others.

  • Keeping Distributed Teams in Sync

    The biggest challenge of distributed teams is communication, which is essential for establishing ground rules on collaboration. Shifting working hours to accommodate each other and team liaisons help to communicate and synchronize work. Teams based on trust, respect, and openness will encourage themselves to help people throughout the organization and foster a culture that keeps teams in sync.

  • Fin Goulding Injects Agility into the Management of Everything

    Fin Goulding, international CIO at Aviva, recently spoke at the DevOps Enterprise Summit London about using flow principles to advance agile capabilities throughout an organisation. InfoQ asked Goulding to expand on some of the points that he made during his talk.

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