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Alignment vs Autonomy and The Purpose Alignment Model By Chris Lukassen When scaling agile / Scrum, we invariable run into the alignment vs autonomy problem. In short: you cannot have autonomous self directing teams if they have no clue in what direction they should go, or even shorter: Alignment breeds autonomy. But how do we create alignment? and what tools can we use to quickly evaluate if what we want to do is part of the mission or better left out? Niel Nickolaisen created the Purpose Alignment model and I use it with innovation labs in large enterprises to decide what should be part of our innovation and what should be left to others. Why So if you struggle with aligning your development approaches with the market strategy on how their product is going to be successful in the marketplace, grab a whiteboard. To be successful, a product must do solves a particu... (more)

Agile Methodologies | @DevOpsSummit #DevOps #BigData #Microservices

How to Improve Productivity with Agile Methodologies (CIO.com Article Recap) Many in the industry are searching for new ways to increase productivity and efficiency with Agile approaches to software development. That's the theme of a new article on CIO.com by Bruce Harpham, who details the many benefits of Agile methodologies in software development and examines key considerations for implementing the practice. Our very own Scott Rose spoke with Bruce on the topic and discussed the ways organizations can employ Agile practices among a global team, where face-to-face is not feasibl... (more)

Survey: More Companies See Agile as a Valid Business Solution | @DevOpsSummit #Agile #DevOps

More Companies See Agile as a Valid Business Solution - State of Scrum Report Released Scrum Alliance has announced the release of its 2015 State of Scrum Report. Almost 5,000 individuals and companies worldwide participated in this year's survey.  Most organizations in the market today are still leading and managing under an Industrial Age model.  Not only is the speed of change growing exponentially, Agile and Scrum frameworks are showing companies how to draw on the full talents and capabilities of those doing the work in order to continue innovating for success. "Survey fin... (more)

Rally Software Offers Advanced Scrum Courses With Scrum Co-Founder Jeff Sutherland

BOULDER, Colo., March 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Rally Software Development Corp., the leading on-demand provider of Agile software life cycle management solutions, today announced it will offer courses on Advanced Scrum techniques taught by its world-renowned ScrumMaster trainers and Scrum co-founder Jeff Sutherland. The new courses continue the advancement of Rally's services for helping software-driven organizations formalize, manage and scale Agile development practices. Delivered by world-renowned Certified ScrumMaster trainers Hubert Smits, Jean Tabaka and Agile expert Jeff Suther... (more)

Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 Team Foundation Server

With the release of Visual Studio 2005 in November Microsoft Visual Studio entered the enterprise development tools space with a coherent set of products targeted at the distinct roles in the software development lifecycle. On March 17 2006, Microsoft released Team Foundation Server, which finally enables users of the various editions of Visual Studio 2005 to achieve the Team System. Visual Studio 2005 Team System enables the primary stakeholders in a software development project, the architects, developers, testers, and project managers, to collaborate through a common environm... (more)

Interview: Timothy Ferriss, Bestselling Author of The 4-Hour Workweek

Scott Hanselman: Hi, this is Scott Hanselman and this is another episode of Hanselminutes. I'm down here in Sebastopol, California at Foo Camp and I've been lucky enough to sit down with Tim Ferriss, the New York best-selling author of The 4-Hour Workweek. That's four, the number four, not 40, not 14, four-hour workweek. How's it going, Tim? Timothy Ferriss: It's going great. SH: I want to understand how you're able to synthesize what is a 40- or 60- or 80-hour workweek to those four or few hours that really are the most value-added. Are you just outsourcing everything that's ted... (more)