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Help Me Hire Your Students! Why Companies Need Universities to Teach Agile Development
By Sondra Ashmore
Jul 14, 2014
Sondra Ashmore, co-author with Kristin Runyan of Introduction to Agile Methods, discusses how she came to discover the need for a university course curriculum on Agile software development. As Agile becomes more widely adopted in business, new employees will be expected to know Agile basics. Educational institutions have to start training those future hires in the Agile skills they'll need in the work force after graduation.
Creating an Agile Culture through Trust and Ownership: An Interview with Pollyanna Pixton and Niel Nickolaisen
By Phil Windley, Niel Nickolaisen, Pollyanna Pixton
Apr 10, 2014
Phil Windley talks to Pollyanna Pixton and Niel Nickolaisen about their book, The Agile Culture: Leading through Trust and Ownership, why command and control management doesn't work with software teams, and why really trusting your team can make all the difference in your products, your work environment, and employee quality, satisfaction, and retention.
Unleashing Talent in an Agile Culture: Leading through Trust and Ownership
By Pollyanna Pixton, Paul Gibson, Niel Nickolaisen
Feb 28, 2014
No one person can know everything and needs to rely on the talents of others to be successful in a role, on a project, or in the marketplace. With the increasing pace of change, trusting each other—and unleashing talent—is critical.
Four Tips for Integrating Quality Assurance with Scrum
By Tommy Norman
Feb 17, 2014
These four tips for integrating Quality Assurance practices into your Scrum process will support the underlying Agile value. Principles from the Agile Manifesto are applied in ways that affect your approach to software quality. You will learn how to address impediments to adopting those principles and why the approach of testing software as you go, not waiting until the very end of your Sprints, not only builds in better quality but promotes a deeper understanding of the entire application for the entire Scrum Team. Discover the common obstacles involved with Agile adoptions, and learn to apply temporary fixes in your Quality Assurance processes along the way, as long as your team learns from each experience and continually improves.
Preface to The Agile Culture: Leading through Trust and Ownership
By Pollyanna Pixton, Paul Gibson, Niel Nickolaisen
Feb 5, 2014
The authors of The Agile Culture: Leading through Trust and Ownership introduce their book and explain how their set of proven tools can help organizational members at any level create a culture that embraces and fosters Agile methodologies and delivers products customers love.
Agile Software Development in the Large: Questions for Jutta Eckstein
By InformIT Editorial Team, Jutta Eckstein
Feb 3, 2014
InformIT interviews Jutta Eckstein, author of Agile Software Development in the Large: Diving Into the Deep, about the challenges large teams face with regard to agile processes and the most exciting developments in agile.
Agile Breakthrough Techniques to Keep You from "Waterfalling Backward": Whole Teams
By Leslie Ekas, Scott Will
Nov 15, 2013
This chapter describes why whole teams experience better communication, productivity, and collective knowledge sharing than traditional silo’d teams. It makes a case for keeping teams intact as well as protecting them from interruption during a product release.
How “Go To” People Help Make Agile Software Development Work (and How You Can Become One)
By Leslie Ekas
Nov 12, 2013
Leslie Ekas explains who "go to" people are (you know them already—the ones you contact first to find out what's going on) and why they are particularly beneficial for teams who plan on adopting agile.
Introduction to The Lean Mindset: Ask the Right Questions
By Mary Poppendieck, Tom Poppendieck
Oct 16, 2013
Mary Poppendieck and Tom Poppendieck, authors of The Lean Mindset, show how lean companies really work and how a lean mindset is the key to creating stunning products and delivering amazing services.
Tuning Agile to Your Business Objectives
By Gary Gruver, Pat Fulghum, Mike Young
Dec 5, 2012
To successfully create the significant breakthroughs in your development effectiveness that are possible with agile, it has to be aligned with why you want to do it in the first place and what you need to achieve from it. The authors of A Practical Approach to Large-Scale Agile Development explain how to tune agile to your business objectives.
The Essence of Scrum: An Interview with Kenny Rubin
By Kenneth S. Rubin, Matthew Heusser
Oct 4, 2012
Matt Heusser talks with Kenny Rubin about his new book, Essential Scrum: A Practical Guide to the Most Popular Agile Process. Learn why Kenny thinks his book can help organizations to apply and sustain the Scrum process.
ATDD as a Third-Level XP Practice
By Markus Gärtner
Aug 21, 2012
Markus Gärtner, author of ATDD by Example: A Practical Guide to Acceptance Test-Driven Development, tears apart different levels of working with acceptance tests. He takes a closer look at the technical origins of Agile software development in the practices of extreme programming, and outlines a gradual line of improvement for teams working with ATDD.
ATDD by Example: Wish and Collaborate
By Markus Gärtner
Jul 26, 2012
Specification workshops, wishful thinking, and collaboration add so much to your overall testing concert. Markus Gärtner discusses these concepts in this chapter.
The Importance of the Product Backlog on a Scrum Development Project
By Kenneth S. Rubin
Jul 25, 2012
Kenneth S. Rubin discusses the crucial role of the product backlog in achieving fast, flexible value-delivery flow in the presence of uncertainty.
Why Specification Workshops Work
By Markus Gärtner
Jul 11, 2012
Development teams have used specifications documents for years and produced many successful programs. Why change a system that works? Markus Gärtner, author of ATDD by Example: A Practical Guide to Acceptance Test-Driven Development, explains why specification workshops produce better results. Gathering the right people and asking the right questions can help you to develop the right product.
Disciplined Agile Delivery in a Nutshell
By Scott W. Ambler, Mark Lines
Jul 9, 2012
Scott Ambler and Mark Lines explain that mainstream agile methods—including Scrum, Extreme Programming (XP), and Agile Modeling (AM)—each provide only a part of the overall picture for IT solution delivery. Disciplined Agile Delivery (DAD) is a hybrid process framework that pulls together common practices and strategies from these methods and supplements these with others, such as Agile Data and Kanban, to address the full delivery lifecycle.
The Myth of No Documentation in Scrum Projects
By Mitch Lacey
Mar 22, 2012
Being agile does not equate to no documentation; it means doing timely, accurate, responsible documentation, as Mitch Lacey explains in this chapter from his book.
Want to Prove Agile Works? Practice Continuous Delivery!
By Aaron Erickson
Oct 31, 2011
Aaron Erickson, author of The Nomadic Developer, explains why Agile development teams must deliver and keep delivering on a regular schedule. The surest proof of your team's practicing Agile methodology correctly is that you continue delivering working product.
Scrum, Agile Practices, and Visual Studio
By Sam Guckenheimer, Neno Loje
Oct 5, 2011
This chapter covers the characteristics of software engineering and management practices, the "situationally specific" contexts to consider, and the examples that you can apply in Visual Studio (VS). In this chapter, you learn about the mechanisms that VS (primarily Team Foundation Server [TFS]) provides to support the team enacting the process.
'But I Don't Want the Minimum!' Understanding the Concept of the Minimum Viable Product (MVP)
By Aaron Erickson
Sep 22, 2011
Does the word 'minimum' immediately raise your hackles? Aaron Erickson, author of The Nomadic Developer, emphasizes that learning to prioritize, getting to production early, and subsequently delivering in small increments are key disciplines in the practices of Agile and continuous delivery.

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