January, 2020

How to hire smarter than the market: a toy model

Erik Bernhardsson

Let’s consider a toy model where you’re hiring for two things and that those are equally valuable. It’s not very important what those are, so let’s just call them “thing A” and “thing B” for now.

On Pair Programming

Martin Fowler

At ThoughtWorks, we regularly use Pair Programming. We find it's a rarely used practice, in part due to lack of knowledge in how to do it well and because its benefits are not immediately obvious.

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Can Kanban and Scrum work together?

Scrum.org

Students and clients ask us “Can Kanban and Scrum work together?” all the time. The answer is an emphatic, “Of course!” However, what do you mean by “Kanban”?

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How product quality is affected by the test automator role

Xebia

What is happening to product quality? Throughout my career as a quality engineer, I have developed a deep passion for quality. This passion goes way beyond the quality of software products.

Business Agile: A Roadmap for Transforming Your Management & Adapting to the VUCA Environment

Speaker: Peter Taylor, Speaker/Author, The Lazy Project Manager

Businesses everywhere are trying to “get business agile”—but it’s not easy to adapt to becoming this adaptive. How can conventional organizations succeed in this transformation? In this webinar, Peter Taylor will walk through the change process step by step, and look at a tried and tested transformation roadmap: benefits are outlined, solutions to common challenges offered, and tried and tested methods and tools provided. It will be a guide towards a decentralized and management style that offers more successful decision making through collaboration.

The Future of High Speed Transportation by Anita Sengupta

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A Brief History of Containers: From the 1970s to 2019

Aqua Security

When we first published this blog post in 2017, the technology landscape for containers was quite different than it is today. Over the past two years, we have seen significant changes take place that affected, and continue to affect how Containers are adopted.

How to manage a program in a product-mode organization

Martin Fowler

My colleagues often talk about the important advantages of organizing a software development organization using products rather than projects. While this is an effective organizational approach, it does have its downsides.

Improving Sprint Retrospective with Scrum Patterns

Scrum.org

When Scrum Teams discuss too many problems during the Retrospective they may lose focus. That results in shallow decisions that barely scratch the surface. Teams are disappointed and lose faith in the Sprint Retrospective. Let’s see how to improve the event with the Scrum Patterns.

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Increasing business value by embracing Domain-Driven Design

Xebia

By Paul de Raaij & Evelyn van Kelle Software development is at the core of most companies. We’re all digital enterprises that need to understand how technology is heavily influencing our core business and can make or break our competitive advantage. Making the right decisions when it comes to investing in technology has become a […]. The post Increasing business value by embracing Domain-Driven Design appeared first on Xebia Blog. Domain Driven Design socio-technical Socio-technical

BI Buyers Guide: Embedding Analytics in Your Software

The business intelligence market has exploded. And as the number of vendors grows, it gets harder to make sense of it all. Learn how to decide what features you need and get an evaluation framework for every technical and non-technical requirement you could imagine.

Using Game Thinking for Rapid Product Innovation – Amy Jo Kim

Agile Alliance

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DevOps Versus ITIL: How to Win the Battle Over Change Management

DevOps.com

Ever since DevOps came on the scene a decade ago, ITIL has been under siege.

Top 10 cities to hire developers

Hacker Earth Developers Blog

According to StackOverflow , the demand for software developers still outpaces the supply. Research reveals that in the US alone, tech talent shortage is predicted to cost the country USD 435.7 billion. .

Visual artifacts and defined roles in running a program

Martin Fowler

Luiza and James finish their article on running programs in product mode organizations by discussing two useful practices. Investing in visual artifacts to help convey information to those involved, and the necessity of having defined roles for managing the overall program.

2019 State of Engineering Performance Management Report

More than 100 software leaders were asked how they manage and measure engineering performance. How do the findings stack up to your own experience? The report includes the top engineering challenges and the most used performance metrics.

Product Owner – why your Scrum doesn’t work (1/3)

Scrum.org

Originally posted on www.debooij.training. Many teams and organizations struggle to get the most out of Scrum. In my previous post “Don’t blame “agile” for existing problems” I shared my analysis why agile or Scrum itself often gets the blame.

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Shifting Left with Feature Flags and Bug Bounty Programs

LaunchDarkly

In this blog post, we’re going to cover a method to reduce your risk exposure by leveraging feature flags and your existing bug bounty program. Our goal is to catch and patch more bugs before attackers have a chance to find them. * * *. The internet has become a very hostile place.

The Golden Age of Agile Coaching – Shane Hastie

Agile Alliance

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Three Ways You Can Embrace Curiosity to Climb the Career Ladder

DevOps.com

As the product manager of a high-growth startup, my role has evolved quickly over the past four years.

More Effective Agile Leadership

Speaker: Steve McConnell, CEO, Construx Software

In this talk, Steve McConnell, CEO of Construx Software, distills hundreds of companies’-worth of real-world experience into the proven Agile leadership practices that work best. Steve will seamlessly thread together traditional approaches, early Agile approaches, modern Agile approaches, and the principles and context that underlie them all—creating an invaluable resource for Agile leaders, their teams, and their organizations.

How to Improve Your Nonprofit's Digital Content in 2020

TechSoup

Think about how the world online encounters your nonprofit. Do you have a website? Does your website have a blog? Are you active on social media? Do you make videos? Do you fundraise online? Your digital presence is defined by factors like these.

Managing dependencies and communication strategy for programs

Martin Fowler

Luiza and James add two more practices to their helpful list for managing programs in product-mode organizations. This installment looks at developing a communication strategy and managing dependencies and risks. more…. skip-home-page

Minimal measures for minimal stability in a complex environment

Scrum.org

Scrum, in its more general definition, is a simple framework to help us address complex challenges.

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Software Developers Need Soft Skills Too – and Meetups Are Here to Help

UruIT

Why software developers should get involved in communities like meetups in order to enhance their soft skills. Being part of a software company these days shouldn’t be seen as just a job. It’s rather an experience that adds value to what we do as professionals and to who we are as people.

The Essential Guide to Building Analytic Applications

Embedding dashboards, reports, and analytics in an existing application presents some unique opportunities—and poses unique challenges—to software teams. Download this eBook to hear 16 product experts share insights on business intelligence, UI/UX, security, and everything that goes into building a successful application with analytics at its core.

Scaling Enterprise Agility amidst Cross Border Merger – Rocky Woestenborghs

Agile Alliance

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The Battle for End-to-End DevOps Champion Is On

DevOps.com

This past week’s CollabNet/Xebia Labs merger brings another challenger to the “end-to-end” DevOps market. There is a huge prize waiting for the winner. But which of the challengers has the right stuff to win this battle?

What Cities Can Teach Us About Technology Design

Dell EMC

When it comes to design, inspiration can be found in the most unlikely places. Take designing complex IT systems. You can learn a lot about how to make your company’s technology work by examining city street plans. Don’t believe me? Let’s take a look.

Two practices for managing a program in product-mode orgs

Martin Fowler

Luiza and James move on to talking about what they've learned to help programs work. The first two are to invest time at beginning of the program and deliberately choose an appropriate leadership style. more…. skip-home-page

Architect Your Organization for Effectiveness, Productivity, and Joy

Speaker: Ron Lichty, Consultant: Interim VP Engineering, Ron Lichty Consulting, Inc.

As a senior software leader, you likely spend more time working on the architecture of your systems than the architecture of your organization. Yet, structuring our teams and organizations is a critical factor for success. In fact, the impact of software architecture parallels the impact of organizational structure. We are excited to welcome Ron Lichty, co-author of a seminal book on managing software teams and a well-known speaker, he’ll speak to organizing for effectiveness, productivity and joy.

20 Sprint Planning Anti-Patterns

Scrum.org

Sprint Planning is a core event, defining how your customers’ lives will improve with the next Product Increment. Learn more on how to improve its effectiveness by avoiding 20 common Sprint Planning anti-patterns. Diagram source: Scrum.org. Do you want to get this article in your inbox?

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4 Words to Help You Build a Powerful Team

Let's Grow Leaders

One question leads to a powerful team “David, I just don’t have time. There’s so much to do that some days I just want to give up!” Lynn was a midlevel manager in a mid-sized healthcare company. She’d sought out coaching because […].

Accelerate Improvements through Retrospectives – Mia Horrigan

Agile Alliance

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