The version 4.5 of the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) has been released. The Framework is now known as SAFe for Lean Enterprises. The release 4.5 of SAFe should delivers advancements in configurability, implementation guidance, and enhanced capabilities for improving the user experience and accelerating time-to-market.
If some consider Scrum as an Agile project management framework, many people consider that is is more a product management approach. Anyway, Scrum is about understanding the need of the customers to deliver value. In this context, the concept of “personas” can be used to support user-centered design throughout a product development cycle by focusing on the characteristics of key user segments.
Some software development teams are orders of magnitude more effective than others, turning around business solutions in days or even hours. Their secret is a combination of smart technology choices, great development habits and a powerful team dynamic. This talk describes a number of patterns of behavior that have been identified working with some great teams, beyond the basics of colocation, stand-ups and pair rotation. You’ll gain a new appreciation for old techniques like code reviews, and even working in silos won’t seem so bad!
Even if the Scrum framework is simple and easy to describe, there are still many cases were organizations fail in adopting Scrum. One of the main reasons is that many companies see the transformation towards Agile as a simple change in the process and not the adoption of new values. In this article, Zuzi Šochová explains that you cannot just do Scrum, you have to be Scrum.
Accenture has acquired SolutionsIQ, a leading provider of Agile transformation services for business and technology, to fuel its world-class capabilities that help organizations drive change, improve customer experience and create greater business value through Agile methods. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.
CA Technologies has announced new capabilities across its Agile Management portfolio for a clear and connected view of work in progress and available resources to align and execute on strategy.
Retrospectives are an important tool for Agile software development teams to support continuous improvement. One of the challenge is to maintain their efficiency when this activity is repeated again and again. To achieve better results, Scrum Masters will diversify the type of formats, but this might not solve the issue. In this article, Colleen Johnson proposes an approach that focuses instead on the type of data collected to improve the outcome of your retrospectives.