When teams self-organize to deliver software and solve problems, they can be more robust, effective, and directed. But this begs the question: If agile teams self-organize, do they really need managers? Yes, they do. Managers help create conditions that help teams thrive. Read on to find out how.
Some people in the software world feel that agile focuses too much on problems of the past. These people have moved on to what's being called post-agile, which shakes up the process. Johanna Rothman, however, thinks they're getting ahead of themselves—first, we need to keep working to achieve agile.
Many of us spend more time (and money) beefing up our technical skills when we could use guidance on developing soft skills. The Winter 2015 issue of Better Software should have just what you need to overcome organizational roadblocks in your quest for agile nirvana. Read on to see what's in it.
Cultural differences, geographical location, socio-economic level, and native language have a significant impact on learning styles. Understanding your global team and their preferred learning styles can play a big role in success. Explore these four different styles to get the most from your team.
Shifting from being a tester in a traditional lifecycle model to in an agile methodology is not easy. There is a spectrum of differences, ranging from redefining the testing role and responsibilities completely to making only minor changes in context and accountability. Read on for some key changes.
The Agile Development/Better Software East Conference in November included sessions on implementing agile, leading projects and teams, and going mobile. Here, we detail presentations from Rob Myers, James Whittaker, and Jeff "Cheezy" Morgan about agile's origins and future, plus career superpowers.
As organizations adopt agile methodologies, one of the key challenges is reinventing traditional roles. The entire agile team is now accountable for quality—carrying the quality flag is not the sole responsibility of the tester. But we also want to ensure that we maintain tester role independence.
Planning is essential to agile, but for larger projects, it can become problematic. When you have multiple teams working on a project, the big room planning technique comes in handy. All planning takes place in a single, large room, so everybody can discuss their teams' needs and identify conflicts.
Jeff Morgan—better known by his nickname, “Cheezy”—gave his keynote “The Future of Agile: Dilution, Calcification, or Evolution?” at the Agile Development Conference & Better Software Conference East 2014. He talked about adaptation, why best practices aren't the best, and returning to agile roots.
Rob Myers, founder of Agile Institute, gave his keynote presentation “The Roots of Agility” at Agile Development Conference & Better Software Conference East 2014. He compares an agile team to a grove of aspen trees, all connected by the roots and working together as a single organism. Read on.