Topic: agile

Agile Development Stories

The US Citizenship and Immigration Services, which is the Department of Homeland Security agency meant to oversee lawful immigration, is aiming to automate the integration and delivery of its software projects with a new, paperless immigration system that makes use of agile practices.

In our latest issue of Better Software magazine, the feature articles focus on software licensing and ways to improve your team’s approach to process improvement. Creating software for a wide range of platforms is difficult enough, but enforcing software licensing also can be challenging.

Your managers want you to estimate features or projects months or even years in advance. But the work changes—or the code changes, or the people on the project change. What you thought might be a reasonable estimate four weeks ago looks wacko when you revisit it in six months. What can you do?

Venkatesh Krishnamurthy looks at some key ways to measure the business value of your project's agile performance. With consideration to the Agile Manifesto, Krishnamurthy uncovers different approaches to getting the most out of your user stories and defining true value.

Johanna Rothman, technical editor of AgileConnection, highlights some of the content that's being published on the site, including articles about using certain agile practices on an otherwise traditional project, the challenges of distributed teams, and another myth for misguided managers.

What happens when the director of marketing becomes a product owner for some of her company's web properties? She gets a crash course on the real meaning of agile development and her role in it all—and a newfound respect for the people who work in software engineering every day.

Thirteen years after the creation of the Agile Manifesto, Joe Townsend discusses its role in today's world and delves into the merits of a possible rewrite by its original creators. Townsend also covers some viable alternatives and what other manifestos may appear in the wake of the Agile Manifesto.

In the latest issue of Better Software magazine, there are insightful articles covering a wide range of topics impacting the software delivery process. Feature articles explore the next wave of computing: mobile and wearable intelligent devices and the experiences and challenges they bring.

Many people on agile teams have at least one person who is not collocated. Those on collocated teams indicate that more of their projects are successful; those on far-located teams have the highest number of challenged projects. What can you do if you're part of a geographically distributed team?

Retrospectives are valuable but often neglected agile practices. Some teams struggle to take the time to hold them, and others don't know how. The book Getting Value out of Agile Retrospectives: A Toolbox of Retrospective Exercises can help you keep your retrospectives engaging and useful.