• Issue 73 - August 4, 2016

    Large Scale Gov. Programmes and Agile

    Applying Agile to large scale programs is challenging. When you add the redtape that involves government programmes, it become an entirely different challenge.  But what do we even mean when we say applying Agile to large scale government programmes? How can Agile help the way governments acquire software based soutions? Here’s a perspective.


    How BMW Developed DriveNow?

    DriveNow is a German car-sharing company, partially owned by BMW. They’ve built a carsharing service. How have they structured their teams? How does work flow into the teams? What tools do they use? What tools do they lack? How have they evolved their workflow over time? Have a look at this real life Agile journey.


    Sufficient Acceptance Criteria

    How detailed should the acceptance criteria be? There is no universal answer to how much detail should be included in  user story conditions of satisfaction. Teams that are just getting started with Agile and user stories won’t know exactly what is the appropriate level of detail. It should be sufficient. But what does it mean? Have a look.


    Amplifying Effect of Product Owners

    Product Owners give the product the attention and focus it deserves. How do Product Owners protect the teams from organisational friction? Here’s how effective Product Owners have an amplifying effect on the success of the product team.


    Characteristics of a Great Scrum Team

    Agile teams are self-organizing, cross-functional, and highly productive. They do the work: creating valuable releasable product increments. But what makes a very good Scrum Team? Here’s a perspective. (pdf)


    Do You Really Understand Technical Debt?

    Do you? In this video with Doc Norton and DZone’s John Esposito explains what technical debt really is and how you and your team should be thinking about it. (video)


    Modern Continuous Integration

    Good teams are impatient. They always want better. It is part of the enthusiasm that continuously pushes the modern delivery chain forward. How does a modern continuous integration setup look like? Here’s an example.