A Creativity (R)Evolution

Published August 18th, 2014 Under Agile | Leave a Comment

We are incessantly, almost compulsively drawn to gatherings of intelligent, creative people. While we are looking to learn ways to change our professional and personal lives for the better with Agile approaches, on a deeper level, we’re compelled because we crave profound change and the inspiration to instigate a revolution. Read more

Discussion on Technical Debt

Published July 28th, 2014 Under Agile | Comments Off

At the SATURN 2014 conference, Jeromy Carrière of Google, Philippe Kruchten of the University of British Columbia, Robert L. Nord of the Carnegie Mellon Software Engineering Institute, Michael Keeling of IBM and Rebecca Wirfs-Brock discuss about technical debt. The discussion is moderated by George Fairbanks of Google. Read more

Does Agile Empower the Knowledge Worker?

Published July 21st, 2014 Under Agile | Comments Off

In the information technology industry, decisions impacting the design, construction and implementation of projects were solely the realm of architects and project managers. These decisions would be made and locked down at the outset of the project and tasked to subsequent business analysts, developers and quality assurance personnel to define, construct and test, respectively. Read more

Making Sense of Complexity

Published July 15th, 2014 Under Agile | Comments Off

A recent Gartner report identified the importance of the Cynefin framework for IT departments as a sense-making methodology, suggesting a significant market share by 2016. Cynefin is emerging as one of the main approaches to understanding complexity within the Agile community and provides a means to integrate, and understand the proper boundary conditions between methods and tools. Read more

Performance Testing in Agile Contexts

Published June 30th, 2014 Under Software Testing | Comments Off

Performance Testing has long been conducted as a single experiment against a fully complete and assembled system. Architecture, software, hardware, networks, data states, and workload models are all combined to try and create the most “accurate” simulation possible to produce test results predictive of production experience. Read more

The Chaos of Leadership or the Leadership of Chaos

Published June 23rd, 2014 Under Project Management | Comments Off

Our world suffers from terminal normality. Our world also suffers from too much false expertise, wrong answers, manipulative influence, and bad advice. In this chaos we are taught to make our way to be a success! Read more

The Art of Learning and Mentoring

Published June 12th, 2014 Under Agile | Comments Off

Similarly to design patterns, present pedagogical patterns solutions to recurring problems in a given context. The wider context for the pedagogical patterns is teaching and learning, especially of technical subjects. Read more

Martin Fowler and Neil Ford Explain Agile

Published June 5th, 2014 Under Agile | Comments Off

Martin Fowler, co-author of the Agile Manifesto, and Neal Ford tackle the following question: Why does Agile software development work so well? They provide advice and stress the importance of communication, feedback as a crucial part of software development, the importance of boosting the creativity of developers, and how introspection is essential to continually improving the project. Read more

Adopting Extreme Programming

Published June 2nd, 2014 Under Agile | Comments Off

This video is a presentation about the adoption of Extreme Programming (XP). It presents Extreme Programming and Agile. Technical best practices like Test-Driven Development (TDD) and continuous integration are also discussed. Read more

Management Innovation

Published May 26th, 2014 Under Agile | Comments Off

There have been numerous writings about agile tools and methodologies, but very little mentioned about the critical leadership aspects behind continuous agile product delivery. In this talk, we will connect leadership characteristics to drivers that enable organizational capabilities that have resulted in 8x improvement in productivity along with 3x improvement in quality. Read more

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