Articles

telescope Agile Trends to Watch in 2018

With 2018 well underway, it seems like a good time to look ahead and think about what we hope to accomplish this year. Find out which agile trends these software experts are most looking forward to in the coming months.

Heather Shanholtzer
Checkers game Teach DevOps Software Development with a Game

The core idea of DevOps is the various roles working together to create a stable software system. People can hear that, or read about it, or even observe it, but often, the best way for a team new to DevOps to understand it is to just do it. When you're starting out, that can lead to failures on a real system, so a simulation is a good idea. Try playing a game to introduce your team to DevOps.

Matthew Heusser
Naming convention for build Convention over Configuration: Replace Scripting with New Build Names

Bernie Zelitch writes that his company’s build system scales well because early on, they scrutinized their build naming convention, saw its implications to the build ecosystem, and made radical changes. Their new naming convention takes some getting used to, but once it was fully adopted, it improved economy, flexibility, and functionality.

Bernie Zelitch
Containers: DevOps Beware the Hype around DevOps Technology

The rise of containers and microservices is creating widespread excitement in the DevOps world. But those alluring “simple, lightweight” tools don’t always scale so well. Delivering a business service comes with intrinsic complexity that doesn’t simply evaporate if only you use the right tools. Read on to learn why you should be wary of all the hype.

Andrew Phillips

Better Software Magazine Articles

Scaling Agile Thinking through Empowered Teams Scaling Agile Thinking through Empowered Teams

Just because a software team adopts agility doesn’t mean they’ll see results. Being flexible has its benefits, but ensuring that the team is given total responsibility to make decisions may be more important.

Bob Costello

Interviews

Neal Ford Evolve Your Software Architecture for Agile and DevOps: An Interview with Neal Ford
Podcast

In this interview, Neal Ford, a director and software architect at ThoughtWorks, explains why software architecture has traditionally been so difficult to change later on in the process and how you can adapt your modern architecture to be much more evolvable.

Josiah Renaudin
Scaling DevOps Scaling DevOps in the Enterprise: An Interview with Anders Wallgren
Podcast

In this interview, Anders Wallgren, the CTO of Electric Cloud, explains how to help DevOps travel from small, individual teams to the entire organization. He covers the benefits, risks, and best paths to success if you want to make your company faster and more effective.

Josiah Renaudin
Joe Townsend Choose Your Tools Wisely: An Interview with Joe Townsend

We recently spoke with Joe Townsend, a software configuration manager with more than twelve years' experience in the field, about which CM tools work best for him—and which ones don't. Joe discusses the need for scalability and honest integration when selecting the right tools for any project.

Noel Wurst
Disciplined Agile Delivery: An Interview with Scott Ambler

Scott Ambler is chief methodologist for IT with IBM Rational. Heather Shanholtzer recently had the opportunity to talk to Scott about scaling agile for enterprise organizations, how agile affects leadership and requirements on large teams, and his Disciplined Agile Delivery framework.

Heather Shanholtzer

Conference Presentations

BSE Testing Scale: The Most Hyped Term in Agile Development Today
Slideshow

Scrum is everywhere. More than 90 percent of agile teams use it. But for many organizations wanting to scale agile, one team using Scrum is not enough. Dave West says the Nexus Framework, created by Ken Schwaber, the co-creator of Scrum, provides an exoskeleton for Scrum. Nexus allows...

Dave West
SAFe Integration Patterns: Scaling with Continuous Collaboration
Slideshow

“Going agile” at a fifty-person startup is easy; at a 5,000 person ISV it’s impressive; and in a Fortune 500 company it’s often a nightmare. At large scale, the sheer number of legacy systems, stakeholder specific tools, and governance processes can turn even a simple agile deployment...

Jeff Downs, Tasktop Technologies
The Agile PMO: Right Work, Right Time, Right People

One of the core functions of a PMO is to help an organization standardize efficient processes to select and execute strategic projects. Unfortunately, many PMOs are finding themselves struggling to justify their own existence. In a recent survey, more than half of the respondents reported...

Heather Fleming, Gilt Groupe, and Justin Riservato, Gilt Groupe
A Holistic View of Complex Systems and Organizational Change
Slideshow

One of the most misunderstood concepts in the agile community, complexity is often used to explain why we can’t predict anything or why there are no rules we can follow. Ironically, it is exactly this attitude that allows complexity to work against us. Al Shalloway discusses the true...

Al Shalloway, Net Objectives

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