Agile software development has been around since the 1990s, but didn’t get the name until the famous meeting of 17 renowned software development thought leaders at Snowbird, Utah resulted in an Agile Manifesto.
The idea behind Agile software development is to reduce time to market by enabling faster iterations of smaller segments of software. Before Agile, organizations would take 12-18 months to write a monolithic application and struggle with ensuring changes weren’t breaking other parts of the application. By reducing the scope of a work project, errors could be caught earlier, before deployment, and remediated more quickly.
Prior to the manifesto being written, Dr. Jeff Sutherland and Ken Schwaber were working on Scrum, while Kent Beck was using Extreme Programming, which calls for pairs of developers to work together in pair programming. There also are other techniques for doing Agile development, such as “mob” programming and test-driven development.
The most challenging principle of Agile is “simplicity — the art of maximizing the amount of work not done.” Developers waste immense cycles trying to avoid software failure. Rather than defining “good enough” reliability and stopping there, teams go way beyond the point of diminishing returns, building what is jokingly referred to as “gold plated” … continue reading
Recently, Agile Consultant, Enterprise Agile Coach, and Transformation Lead, Jon Ward announced the new Agile framework for non-software teams: Agile Lineout. The framework functions as an alternative to Scrum and is designed for business teams managing transformations, marketing initiatives or corporate change, and mergers or acquisitions. While Agile Lineout is designed to operate for non-software … continue reading
Mozilla Common Voice announced a new, expanded data set that features 16 new languages including Basaa and Kazakh and 4,622 new hours of speech. In recent months, Mozilla has also announced three Common Voice fellows, a $3.4 million investment to fuel work in East Africa, and a partnership with NVIDIA. “By giving individuals the ability … continue reading
The digital services and consulting provider Infosys unveiled a new set of Enterprise Agile DevOps capabilities that will help businesses strengthen customer-centricity and innovation. Enterprises can transform the way they develop and deliver products and services by reimaging customer journeys. “Forward thinking firms are now evolving to a product centric operating model to ingrain customer … continue reading
Agile software development teams thrive on collaboration and dynamic interaction, but in 2020, the sudden shift to remote work created concern among software engineering leaders that development velocity would suffer. As many organizations look to transition to a hybrid remote work culture, development leaders are wondering if it will be possible for their teams to … continue reading
Software teams and organizations today are looking to scale faster than ever. The pressure to release features at an increasing rate, while keeping bugs to a minimum is only exacerbated by the growing size of dev teams needed to deliver said features. We add more and more devs to a team, but only get incremental … continue reading
It has been 20 years since the Manifesto for Agile Software Development was published, and even longer since the idea was first formed, and yet there still isn’t a clear understanding in the industry of what Agile really is. “Far too many teams that claim to be ‘Agile’ are not. I’ve had people — with … continue reading
Agile is hard. After over 20 years, organizations are still failing to realize the full benefits of Agile transformations at scale. They’ve seen the impact of Agile at the team level, being able to improve productivity, decrease risks and costs, and increase revenue, but they are failing to maximize those benefits across the enterprise. “As … continue reading
Tasktop announced its new Tasktop Viz VSM Portfolio Insights, which aims to bridge the IT-to-business gap for value stream management. The company also closed $100 million in new funding. According to the company, the VSM Portfolio Insights Dashboard rolls up metrics and analytics generated at the individual product value stream level to the executive plane. … continue reading
Organizations have learned the hard way that software development efforts don’t always reflect business priorities or result in the expected ROI. Agile, DevOps and CI/CD efforts have accelerated software delivery, but not necessarily the delivery of value. BizOps bridges the gap by providing visibility and insights across the entire value stream so companies can achieve … continue reading
Appito has announced it has acquired Agile portfolio and work management solution provider Targetprocess. The acquisition is expected to build upon Appito’s technology business management solutions and enable users to make smarter decisions about technology investments. “COVID-19 has forced every organization to be digital first – enterprises are moving from waterfall projects to product delivery … continue reading
Ionic has announced the beta release of Ionic Capacitor 3.0. The new version of the cross-platform runtime includes improvements to community involvement, adaptability, first-class APIs, and developer experience and productivity. Ionic also added the Proposals repo to make it easier to plug in ideas into a project by creating proposals as well as gauge interest … continue reading