敏捷嘉年华, 2013 Scrum Gathering in China (Scrum 中国聚会)

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I had the privilege of participating in this month’s China Scrum Gathering, called 敏捷嘉年华, which means Agile Carnival!  While this was designated a “regional” gathering, I saw at least 300 people at the Shanghai carnival.  The gathering also covered Beijing and Suzhou, and featured presenters from the US, Europe, China, and Japan.  Read more about who was there in English or 汉语普通话.  Session proceedings and video will be available soon. Interest in Agility has taken off since my first visit to Shanghai in 2009.  Chinese businesses are trying it for real now, supported by a growing community of local experts and enthusiasts. … LEARN MORE »

TeamForge: An Essential Cog Driving CloudForge

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Recently, we opened up our CloudForge platform to allow unlimited free TeamForge projects; previously only available to CloudForge Agile Enterprise subscribers. This alone represents a big leap forward in the functionality available within CloudForge: issue tracking, document storage, wiki, and discussion forums within a single platform integrated with subversion and Git. However, we also took this opportunity to make a few sizable changes in our implementation of TeamForge to better integrate TeamForge with CloudForge and improve your user experience. The first new feature that users will encounter is single sign-on (SSO) between CloudForge and TeamForge. Whereas CloudForge has been the administrative … LEARN MORE »

Forecasting in Agile

Agile Forecasting

This question came in and I was asked to see about answering it: We are struggling with how to forecast feature delivery to stakeholders / customers in Agile – esp for a client data migration project where we seem to keep finding bugs and exceptions. How is forecasting handled in Agile? I spend a lot time answering this question, primarily because our software ScrumWorks assists in doing this in a variety of ways, and it’s my job to sell ScrumWorks. The underlying concepts and methods are not software dependent however, just easier. So I am going to run through some … LEARN MORE »

New Agile Guru Q&A Sessions!

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Curious, anxious, or just plain frustrated with Agile? Be calm- our Agile Guru’s are here to help! In these complimentary 1-hour sessions, our Scrum trainers will cover the most daunting issues that Agile practitioners like yourself are experiencing, suggest solutions, provide best practices for adoption, and provide you with knowledge to accelerate your organization’s path to success. CollabNet’s Agile Gurus are some of the most versed Scrum trainers around and each trainer has an abundance of first-hand examples that they would love to share with their peers. Each trainer’s perspective can be used to apply to a variety of different situations, so … LEARN MORE »

BED Time Stories – Sharing Gerrit, Jenkins and Eclipse Knowledge

BED - Berlin Expert Days

We had a really great time on BED – Berlin Expert Days last Thursday and Friday. The conference was very well attended – we heard about 700 participants – and the talks gave invaluable insights into what’s hot in Java, DevOps, NoSQL and everything related to it. Among many other things we learnt how SoundCloud scales (technically as well as organizationally, Ruby has already crossed its peak as new stuff is written in Scala), why Adam Bien typically removes 60 percent of production code on his gigs and how ImmobilienScout24 managed to establish a DevOps culture by encouraging every single … LEARN MORE »

Application Life-Cycle Management Is Much More Than Just Writing Code

Application Lifecycle Management

Emerging IT applications are transforming the way business is done today. Application life-cycle Management (ALM) tools are the need of the hour. The integration of ALM is essential to remove major inefficiencies and bottlenecks in the software development process. If integrated properly, ALM can help an IT company develop best practice for virtually every major phase of the software application process, including: • Research • Requirements planning • Prototyping, engineering, and design • Cost and time to market (resource consumption, etc.) • Programming • Testing • Risk management • Issue and defect tracking • Metrics definition and measurement The use … LEARN MORE »

Getting Beyond Agile Best Practices

Agile Best Practices

As working adults, most of us have limited opportunity to assimilate new skills and information. This is especially true for information that presents a disruption to established patterns that ease our already taxing cognitive load. So, while misbegotten, the search for ‘best practices’ for agile development is understandably popular. With plenty to do, and precious little time, most prefer the elevator pitch, the executive brief, the Cliff’s Notes version. Seeking agile best practices is essentially asking for a pre-sort: “help me fit this into a frame I already have so I can use it immediately with a minimum of effort”. … LEARN MORE »

Agile India 2013 –Enterprise Agile Transformation Meets Agile Practices

Agile India 2013

Agile India 2013 took place on February 27 through March 2 in the IT hotspot of Bangalore, India. I attended both as a conference delegate and as a corporate sponsor, as CollabNet was one of the corporate sponsors of the event. There was a lot to like in this conference – it was well organized, there were great speakers, and I saw an engaged audience. The organizers split the conference into two sections – the first two days were focused on management aspects of Agile (“Management Agility”), and the second two days were focused on more technical aspects (“Technical Agility”). … LEARN MORE »

Software Development Trends and Tools in Asia

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Three key trends are having a profound impact on the global software development industry today- Agile software development, the emergence of DevOps, and Cloud-based development infrastructures. Legacy vendors have struggled to keep pace with these trends, giving rise to a new generation of paradigms and technologies. In the summer of 2012, CollabNet applied its strengths in open source, distributed development, social collaboration and hosted developer communities to address those drivers, resulting in a ground-breaking framework known as Enterprise Cloud Development. The results have been positive, as enterprises have been quick to accept the logic behind the framework, and the tools … LEARN MORE »

Transitioning to Agile in Government

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I’ve had a fascinating 5 years working in the Agile Business Line at Collabnet. When I started I worked in Technical Support, from there I moved into Technical Sales, and from there into Agile Training and Coaching with a twist. The twist is that nearly all of the work I do within the Agile industry is with people who are beyond that initial adoption stage. They typically understand what Agile really is and what the basics of practicing it are. This means that I have spent little time evangelizing Scrum and Agile to developers, and a lot of time working … LEARN MORE »

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