Quite often, IT managers see Scrum as the solution to increase the speed of software development. Indeed, you can speed up your software development processes dramatically by successfully using Scrum for organizing your engineering department. But, people often forget that they can only create value for their customers if they optimize the whole organization towards … Continue reading How Scrum Induced Sub-Optimization Kills Productivity (And How To Fix It With Kanban)
Scrum is a great framework for organizing projects. It defines exact roles and procedures to structure your work environment. You gain a lot of visibility and you empower your teams. All that is great. But in software development or operations it's not sufficient. You need an underlying set of values and practices which drive quality … Continue reading Scrum alone won’t cut it
A lot of people I meet are interested in agile software development. Either they've heard about it or they participate in projects which use Scrum, Kanban, or Extreme Programming. They wonder whether it makes sense to do pair programming, which Kanban tools to use, how to get started with test driven development or how to … Continue reading Scrum What? New Community Edited Q&A Site About Agile, Lean, Kanban and Scurm
You've heard a lot about test automation. But why is it so important? It's a lot of additional effort and adds lots of code which needs to be maintained later, right? DevOps Favors Continuous Releases One of the important parts of any DevOps process is the regular release of working software. In Scrum, iterations tend … Continue reading Why Automated Testing is a Must for DevOps
It's amazing to see again and again how teams complicate their lives without any necessity. They dream up features "urgently" required by their imaginary customers and then start a death march to launch them at an arbitrary, self-invented date. Why is it so hard to simplify things and get going? Let's have a look at … Continue reading Self-brewed complexity is evil – fight it!
This is a guest post by Robert Dempsey, CEO & Founder of Atlantic Dominion Solutions. He helps clients with agile training and builds products like scrum'd. I wish I had known about Kanban when I was a network administrator. It would have helped me immensely in terms of prioritization of work and making everything we … Continue reading Using Kanban For DevOps Projects
One finding from our survey was that a lot of you want to read more about agile basics. As most of you haven't followed Agile Web Operations since Day One, here's a list of the top three posts about agile and kanban: Agile Is About Feedback, Not About Fancy Practices Kanban vs. Iterative Development Kanban … Continue reading Agile Links From The Archives