The 2017 Agile Showcase

The notion of Agile software development has been around for more than a decade. The goals, of course, are to have developers work more efficiently, shorten time-to-market of business deliverables, and respond to defects, market conditions or add new features more quickly. This is well understood. What is less well understood is how organizations should … continue reading

Agile can’t succeed as an island

More development teams have adopted agile and lean ways of working to deliver better quality products faster. Despite their efforts, they’re still missing deadlines and churning out buggy software. Most of these teams are expected to solve business problems, but their work doesn’t align with business objectives. In fact, there’s a huge disconnect between development … continue reading

Improv brings improvements to agile team standup meetings

Companies today are expanding their collaboration efforts beyond workplace chat groups and creating software delivery teams through activities like pair programming, or group hackathons. One longtime software engineer and scrum master thinks that companies can go a step further — creating collaborative groups through improv. Wayde Stallmann, who currently works as an agile coach for … continue reading

Organizations put the Scrum back into DevOps

Scrum.org and the DevOps Institute are teaming up on ScrumOps, a new approach to software delivery. ScrumOps is designed to transform IT organizations into the next-generation, agile era of working by bringing Scrum and DevOps together. According to the organizations, while some believe DevOps and Scrum don’t work well together, ScrumOps can be applied to … continue reading

Spreading Scrum through the enterprise

Scrum may seem like it was built for the software development world, but its benefits go way beyond developers. Businesses are starting to realize that if they want to keep up with the pace of innovation, they need to change the way they work outside of development. And that involves Scrum. “Companies can no longer … continue reading

Tuleap 9 allows software teams to adapt to their own agile-workspace needs

Tuleap, a Libre and open-source platform for software development and agile management, wants to help agile teams build on engineering practices like code reviews, Continuous Integration and regular release delivery. Its latest release of Tuleap 9 introduces several new features so everyone, not just the developers, can create software together as a team. Some of … continue reading

Agile 2016: VersionOne’s Summer 2016 release, Scrum.org’s PSM assessment, Tempo Timesheets and more

The Agile 2016 conference kicked off in Atlanta this week with about 2,500 attendees coming to learn about agile and find out if they are doing it right. “It is very clear to me that this ‘agile thing’ is alive and well in Atlanta,” said Phil Brock, managing director of the Agile Alliance. (Related: Agile … continue reading

SD Times Blog: Agile 2016: Scrum is not done yet, and neither are you

Scrum has been around for the past 21 years, with Scrum.org fueling and supporting the methodology since 2009. According to the organization, today about 90% of teams use Scrum, and more than 1 million people have taken the Scrum.org assessments. But with the recent innovations and ever-changing trends in the software development space, is there … continue reading

SD Times Blog: Five resolutions for managers

While I don’t like to call myself a manager, I have spent a great deal of time managing people over the years. This has almost always been in a non-profit capacity, though it’s not always simply been about managing volunteers. Whilst working at a computer recycling center, we hired ex-cons and ex-meth addicts, typically with … continue reading

You manage your financial debt—What about your tech debt?

Technical debt is real, and teams need a strategy to manage it. Just about every software project accrues tech debt over time. Tech debt manifests itself during development and in production. Ignore it or don’t service it at your peril. Before continuing, let’s look at a simple definition of tech debt. The one I like … continue reading

Don’t do agile, be agile

Go agile, or die. It sounds overdramatic, and it is a bit of an exaggeration, but it is the reality for a majority of businesses in the software development industry. “Eventually, the companies that take the agile approach win in the competitive race, and that means they are the most successful companies,” said Baruch Sadogursky, … continue reading

How the new Scrum Alliance CEO wants to transform the world of work

The Scrum Alliance is changing gears with its newly announced CEO, Manuel Gonzalez. This marks the first time the alliance has appointed a CEO. “Scrum Alliance’s Board of Directors had many discussions about the search for a CEO and the skills we felt a good candidate would need to fill the role,” said Harvey Wheaton, … continue reading

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