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Microphone on stage at a software conference 4 Takeaways from Agile + DevOps East 2018

With a week full of sessions, tutorials, training classes, and events, the Agile + DevOps East software conference had plenty of takeaways. Here are four highlights, including discussions about agile estimation, finding your ideal job, some challenges to advancing test automation, and leading self-organizing teams.

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Owen Gotimer
Hand holding a camera lens focusing on faraway mountains Agile and DevOps Bring the Focus Back on Quality

As companies move to agile and DevOps, silos are coming down and there is more interaction and collaboration among teams. Quality is also becoming everyone's responsibility for the entire software development lifecycle. Quality is more than just testing: Consider a quality value stream along the overall value chain.

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Michael Sowers
Person planning a project using an agile framework Frameworks Are an Agile Leader's Best Friend

With a framework in place, engineers can stop worrying about everything that framework does for them. Your team can focus on solving your business problems instead of building yet another solution to an old problem that's been solved before. Look around and identify the mistakes your team is making over and over.

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Josh Anderson
Hand holding a light bulb Rethink Your Strategy to Innovate Inexpensively

Many companies avoid genuine innovation for fear of making potentially complex changes without producing measurable results. But you can start small with internal changes that have limited scope and that deliver prompt solutions, so there's less upfront investment—and less risk. Here's how to innovate inexpensively.

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Giancarlo Di Vece
US Capitol building Implementing Continuous Delivery in the Federal Government

Federal agencies generally have more regulation, slower processes, and a command-and-control style of bureaucracy. How does it work when trying to foster agility and implement a continuous delivery model? Gene Gotimer relates his experiences and challenges with encouraging a culture change in federal government.

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Gene Gotimer
Cocoon and a butterfly 3 Steps to Transformational Leadership for Business Agility

Building your agile organization only starts with developing software in an agile way. The next step is transforming your business with a customer-focused embrace of agile across the entire enterprise. Managers who want a truly agile organization must lead with focus, steer from the edges, and change the system.

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Sanjiv Augustine
Pants that are too short due to growing too fast You Can’t Rush Agile Change

Too often, organizations try to rush agile change. It is usually because they want to see the business benefits of agile as quickly as possible. Unfortunately, change doesn’t work like that—you can’t rush it. In fact, trying to change too fast often results in no change at all. Here are some examples to avoid.

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Jeffery Payne
Person holding three small plants starting to sprout How Failed Agile Transformations Can Still Have Value

Not all agile transformations are successful in the same way; in fact, it’s possible to get tremendous value out of a failed attempt. A team that doesn't end up fully transitioning to an agile framework can still borrow some lessons from agile development methods to improve their processes.

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Arjay Hinek