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Never Send a Human to Do a Machine's Job: An Interview with Steve Povilaitis[interview]

In this interview, Steve Povilaitis of LeadingAgile talks about some best practices surrounding continuous delivery, how the movie The Matrix sparked the idea behind his upcoming presentation, and why famous boxer Mike Tyson can be considered a follower of the agile mindset.

Cameron Philipp-Edmonds's picture Cameron Philipp-Edmonds
The Curious Case of Waterfall Sprints[magazine]

It isn't unusual for a project team to believe that adopting a mix of waterfall and Scrum can deliver the best of both worlds. According to Steve, nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, Steve retraces a real project that quickly disintegrated into an absolute disaster.

Steven Zachary's picture Steven Zachary
Why Communication Is Key to the Agile Process[article]

We should all be much more active about improving our communication skills to be better at our jobs, but also (and more importantly) to make the most of the people around us. Whether you’re giving or receiving information verbally or through writing, no matter what your job is, communication is key.

Emma Armstrong's picture Emma Armstrong
Management Myth 33: We Need a Quick Fix or a Silver Bullet[article]

A new approach to projects or a new tool is not a quick fix or a silver bullet. Too often, you have ingrained, systemic problems that require a cultural change. That doesn’t mean a new approach or a new tool won’t help. It can. But you also need to adjust the environment that caused the problems in the first place.

Johanna Rothman's picture Johanna Rothman
Aligning Teams, Architecture, and Governance: An Interview with Dennis Stevens[interview]
Podcast

In this interview, Dennis Stevens of LeadingAgile talks about his upcoming presentation on the value of aligning teams, architecture, and governance, along with common pitfalls organizations face when it comes to syncing up their teams.

Cameron Philipp-Edmonds's picture Cameron Philipp-Edmonds
The Future of Agile: Dilution, Calcification, or Evolution: An Interview with Jeff Morgan[interview]
Podcast

In this interview, LeanDog cofounder Jeff Morgan talks about both the current state of agile and how we can shape its future. He digs into the different ways that people are watering it down, as well as the possibility for some other methodology to break out in the near future.

Josiah Renaudin's picture Josiah Renaudin
A Radical View of Software Licensing and Piracy[magazine]

Software vendors are making extraordinary efforts to protect the installation and use of apps, but have they gone too far? Preventing software piracy can have an adverse effect on genuine users. Software licensing  technology, according to Steve, needs to strike the best balance of protecting the asset while trusting the customer.

Steven Cholerton's picture Steven Cholerton
A Different Approach to the Agile Product Backlog[article]

When one organization first shifted to agile, the team had trouble with maintaining the product backlog. No one could agree on priorities for items, they didn't know which item should be groomed next, and the backlog wasn't transparent to everyone. This team found a better method that works for them.

Jennifer Carder's picture Jennifer Carder
Mobile App UX and Usability: An Interview with Philip Lew[interview]
Podcast

In this interview, Philip Lew, the CEO of XBOSoft, talks about his upcoming presentation, how user experience relates to mobile, the connection usability shares with UX, and how your company can take an important first step towards improving your mobile user experience.

Cameron Philipp-Edmonds's picture Cameron Philipp-Edmonds
A Discussion on DevOps and Assurance: An Interview with Prasad Mk[interview]

Prasad Mk of TCS talks about the driving factors that have impelled companies to implement agile and DevOps. He also delves into some quality assurance best practices, the future of assurance landscape, and effective methods to stay at the forefront of an ever-evolving digital world.

Cameron Philipp-Edmonds's picture Cameron Philipp-Edmonds
Chasing Mavericks: Using Rolling Wave Planning to Transform Agile Teams[magazine]

By using an approach similar to that used by surfers to catch waves, you can effectively help your team transition to agility. Scott presents a four-stage process that alternates training with coaching and doing with learning.

Scott Frost's picture Scott Frost
How Women Can Help Build Better Agile Teams[article]

The IT industry is dominated by men. But you shouldn't hire more women just to lessen the gender gap. The ultimate goal is better teams, and it just so happens that hiring more women tends to help build better teams anyway. Companies should reexamine what traits they value in job candidates.

Pawel Brodzinski's picture Pawel Brodzinski
Take a Test Drive: Acceptance Test-Driven Development: An Interview with Jared Richardson[interview]
Podcast

In this interview, principal consultant and Agile Artisans founder, Jared Richardson, explains how misunderstanding requirements can cause major issues within an organization. He covers why team members need to communicate, how big projects are often mishandled, and the value of agile.

Josiah Renaudin's picture Josiah Renaudin
Why If I Could Do Only One Thing, It Would Be Retrospectives[article]

Introducing a full agile framework can be daunting and cumbersome. Instead, try beginning with the method's core focus: continuous improvement. Retrospectives are the starting point of your agile journey and can help you solve the most immediate problems in your process, leading you down the road of process improvement.

Sune Lomholt's picture Sune Lomholt
The Importance of Grooming the Backlog: An Interview with Andy Berner[interview]
Video

In this interview, Andy Berner of QSM talks about his upcoming presentation, the importance of keeping a well-groomed backlog, the pitfalls of the impossible zone, and why it's vital that you and your team keep your tools serving you and not the other way around. 

Cameron Philipp-Edmonds's picture Cameron Philipp-Edmonds

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