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  • The Tech Coach Strikes Back: The Value of Mentoring and Mob Programming

    Technical coaching is all about helping developers grow by finding ways to increase their technical excellence and to work with softer skills, like the ability to be able to communicate and listen to other developers, argued Tobias Modig at GrowIT 2018. The softer part is closely connected to traditional coaching, but it also comes with a tech twist.

  • Technical Excellence, Organisational Design for CD, and Container Security: Agile on the Beach 2017

    At the Agile on the Beach 2017 conference, run in Cornwall, UK, several hundred speakers and attendees gathered to discuss the latest developments within the field of agile and post-agile software development methodologies. Key takeaways from the second day included: cultivating technical excellence; organising for continuous delivery; and container security.

  • Using a Skill Matrix for Growth and Learning

    Skill matrixes support self organization in teams and help to create intrinsic motivation, where people want to learn new things. They can show how cross-functional teams really function and provide insight into bottlenecks found in teams.

  • Using Lego to Teach Technical Practices

    Explaining Craftsmanship techniques is hard, especially to Senior Management and Executives. Since understanding is usually key to a mindset shift and technical practices are the way to develop good quality software, it's very important to explain them. Mike Bowler facilitated a workshop on how to use Lego for technical practices during the 7th Agile Games Conference.

  • Agile Alliance Technical Conference Videos Available

    The first Agile Alliance Technical Conference was recently held. The conference had a strong focus on the strong technical skills needed to make agile software development effective and covered a wide range of technical topics. There were two keynote talks by Sandi Metz on the challenges to professionalism and Uncle Bob Martin on why it is so important. The conference videos are now available.

  • Why the Agile Alliance Technical Conference Matters

    The Agile Alliance is running a dedicated technical conference for the first time on April 7-9. The rationale behind running the event is at least partly because of the perception that the annual Agile 20XX conference doesn’t have enough emphasis on the technical aspects of software development. InfoQ spoke to a number of the conference speakers to understand why they feel it is important.

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