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  • Learnings from a Project That Went from Heaven to Hell

    Maja Selmer Megard, project leader and department manager at Kantega, shares her experience from a project that at first sight seemed to be a perfect fit in all regards, but ended up as the most exhausting, conflict-ridden project she has been in.

  • Cloudflare’s 27 Minutes Outage Explained

    Cloudflare recently suffered a partial outage, which lasted for 27 minutes. This outage caused 50% of traffic drop across the network.

  • Building a Banking Infrastructure with Microservices: QCon London Q&A

    In a few years, the number of microservices has grown from 100 to 1600 at Monzo, and it continues to grow. Microservices are split when responsibilities grow, or merged when services are tightly coupled. Engineers can generate, deploy, scale and monitor their own services using code generation.

  • Making Distributed Organizations More Effective

    An autonomous team model with teams organized around geographical or time-zone proximity can make a distributed organization more effective. With the Reverse Conway Maneuver you can deliberately add or remove bottlenecks to better support the designs you are trying to build.

  • Volkswagen’s Journey towards a Software-Driven Company

    Volkswagen is changing their working methods for software development, where they focus on regaining their own development skills and developing new products based on new technologies and methods. The technologies used are decided on by the teams independently.

  • How N26 Scales Technology through Hypergrowth

    As N26 grew fast, they had to scale their technology to keep up. This meant scaling not only their infrastructure, but also their teams; for instance, they had to decide how to distribute work over teams and what technology to use or not use. Folger Fonseca, software engineer and Tech Lead at N26, shared his experience from scaling technology at N26 at QCon London 2020.

  • Involving Engineers in Incident Management: QCon London Q&A

    Learning from past incidents can increase engineers' confidence in handling live incidents and convincing them to join the on-call team. Samuel Parkinson spoke about how we can benefit from past incidents and encourage engineers to get involved in incident management at Qcon London 2020.

  • Trust in High Performing Teams: QCon London Q&A

    High-performing teams flourish in a culture of trust and safety. It’s important that trust come both from within and outside of the team, in order to avoid isolating teams from their stakeholders. Stephen Janaway shared his experience with trust in high performing teams at Qcon London 2020.

  • Building a Generative Culture at Redgate: QCon London Q&A

    A generative culture has a clear sense of mission and there’s a high degree of cooperation and learning. In a generative culture, people have the time to learn and the space to bring in new ideas. Jeff Foster, head of product engineering at Redgate, will present how Redgate improved the way they build products by developing a generative culture at QCon London 2020.

  • Making Remote Mob Testing Work

    Remote mob testing can be done successfully, but requires suitable communication technology, a moderator who keeps everyone on board, and you need to frequently change the driver between local team members and remotes.

  • Experiences from Mob Programming at an Insurance Startup

    What do you do when two developers in your team mention that they have been stuck on a task for three days? At an insurance startup, the whole team decided to try-out mob programming. From the first day they started to mob, their knowledge of the codebase increased. Working together also helped them to get to know each other better and to be more efficient as a team.

  • Systemic Coaching as a Leadership Approach

    Leadership and culture drive every transformation. An organization will not accept structural or process changes without being open and ready for such changes, said Matthias Gebhardt at Agile Leadership Day 2019; the way to go with a transformation is to transform your leaders first.

  • From Waterfall to Agile at NAV Test Centre of Excellence

    Changing how we work from waterfall to agile is all about envisioning the goals, focusing on success factors and then surviving the transit, said Torstein Skarra at TestCon Europe 2019. The Norwegian Labour and Welfare Administration (NAV) has moved from project-based waterfall and six releases per year to agile cross-function autonomous teams with several releases per day, per team.

  • Digital Factory on a Global Scale: Scaled Agile and DevOps at UBS

    UBS is rolling out a scaled agile setup globally in Switzerland, India and the APAC region. Christian Bucholdt, head IT of digital factory management at UBS, spoke at Agile Leadership Day 2019 about their Digital Factory approach and how it will change the entire delivery organization.

  • How Team Feedback Can Drive OKRs

    Team feedback meetings can help teams to define their own goals. Such meetings increase focus and motivation within teams, and with proper transparency they enable alignment between the teams’ and organizational goals. In his talk at Agile Leadership Day 2019, Michael Sommerhalder presented how Digitec Galaxus combined quarterly team feedback meetings and team missions with OKRs.

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