News About Agile, Scrum, SAFe & Governance

Agile, Scrum, and SAFe news are collected here. The stories making news from Agilists all over the world. We give you a headline with a link to the article and a sample so you can decide if you want to read all of it on the writers’s site. All the highlights of this news are curated in one place so you can make the most of your time.News About Agile, Scrum and SAFe are all here. Most of these were covered on the podcast, but there is more information included here.

Barclays Banks on Agile and DevOps to Tackle Competitive Threats in Fintech

Banking giant Barclays has opened up about the challenges and successes it’s had during its 18-month push to adopt agile working practices in all areas of its business. Speaking at the Enterprise DevOps Summit in London, Jonathan Smart, head of development services at Barclays, said agile processes and thinking are being incorporated in all areas of its business – not just IT.

“We are not doing agile for agile’s sake. We are pursuing a strategy for the whole business to exhibit agility. When I say the whole business, I mean HR, auditing, security, compliance, the investment bank, the retail bank – everything,” he said.

During the first 16 months of embarking on the initiative, the amount of “strategic spend” going into agile practices and processes has risen from 4% to more than 50%, and the company now has over 800 teams involved.

Incorporating Security Best Practices into Agile Teams

Every day, it seems like we read another headline about a large data breach affecting major organizations and the many people they serve. As a result of these breaches, websites such as provide searchable information on many of the Internet’s largest breaches. When a big data breach happens, organizations suffer great losses, both financially and in reputation.

Current state—the security sandwich 

In spite of the known risks of security breaches, the current standard for security across our industry is suboptimal, in particular during the process of upgrading or delivering a new technology feature. Teams often do a lot of planning and analysis before development and after a feature is delivered. In some cases, penetration testers check for vulnerabilities during the process; however, it is less common for security processes to be in place throughout the actual development process.
How to Pick the Right Agile Tool

According to a recent survey, the percentage of companies embracing the Agile movement have surpassed those using waterfall and the percentage continues to increase. The popularity of Agile has spawned a plethora of Agile project management tools designed to manage and direct the performance of Agile teams. With so many offerings to choose from, the issue is not whether there’s a tool that can enhance your organizational performance, but how to select the right tool for your needs?

Should You Choose Agile or Waterfall?

Depending on your software development needs, complexity of the project and the team size as well as client involvement, you can choose the agile software development methodology. It is important to make the methodology choice right at the start for smooth streamlining of the processes and completion of the project on time.

Keep Austin Agile

On May 26, 2016, Agile Austin hosted the 4th Keep Austin Agile conference. This one day event offered various tracks for education and networking in a relaxed environment in the newly opened JW Marriott in downtown Austin.

See here for copies of the presentations from the sessions, videos of the sessions in room 5 (coming soon) and podcasts on the conference.

We’re already getting started on Keep Austin Agile 2017. To subscribe to email updates, please enter your email address to the right. For those interested in sponsoring, please email For those interested in helping out, we’ll be sending out invitations to the Agile Austin mailing list.

Benefits of Using Agile Software Development

From Forbes Technology comes a story about the benefits of using Agile Software Development, with the title, Benefits of Using Agile Software Development. Among the benefits the authors cite are fast feedback, the ability to change quickly, identify problems early, and allows both programmers and customers the chance to see the benefits of their labor sooner than not.

Hacking Marketing

In another article from Forbes contributing writer Patrick Spencer reviews a book and interviews the writer. The book is called “Hacking Marketing” and was written by Scott Brinker. Brinkers’ book focuses on agile marketing as a management methodology. The idea centers on one- to-four-week sprints, in which a small cross-functional team works on tasks aligned to a larger marketing effort or theme. At the end of each sprint, the teams have the opportunity to review, analyze and iteratively move to the next set of prioritized work in the next sprint. The advantage to this methodology is that marketing can better adapt to the (increasingly fast-moving) market.

How To Make The Most of DevOPs?

How can CIOs make the most of DevOps? The writer of this article from ZD Net has several ideas. 1. Measure success, 2) find the right business case, 3) recognize that finding good people is always challenging, 3) think outside the box, 4) get a champion at the executive level, and more. Devops is very trendy in the Agile world now, it focuses on cooperation and collaboration between software developers and other more operationally-focused IT professionals. It is closely related to the iterative and efficient techniques used in agile and lean methodologies. This is a pretty good article.

The Agile Workplace from Assure Software

Assure Software has a blog entry on the Agile workplace with what amounts to some very clever ways to manage information workers. Of course Ryn has talked about the need to manage knowledge workers differently than laborers. To stay relevant today, companies need to live up to the true meaning of “agility” and center on learning, responsiveness, and resilience.

When Will The Product Be Done?

“Why is it so hard to estimate Agile solutions” written by Michael Dougherty in CIO magazine. But what the article is really about is product delivery. And like anywhere else frankly what Mr. Dougherty says about predicting delivery is pretty much the same as it is in non-Agile places. The difference he cites is something called ‘story pointing’ which is a method to help the Product/Business Owner identify which of the top priority stories in the MVP will fit into the next iteration based upon the team’s performance or “velocity” in past iterations.

The Elite 100 Celebrating The People Who Make It Happen

From Information Week comes the Elite 100 who are the individuals behind the technology who are the true change agents. I did not see my name on the list, but recommend it to you anyway. They also list 10 chief information officers who they deem worth following on twitter.


Apropos of this week’s (5/3/2016) topic is an article from a place called Square 2 Marketing, that calls for both Agile Marketing and Agile Inbound Marketing and why both are needed. The writer states that “once we started applying Agile marketing to our already solid inbound marketing methodology, we saw a dramatic increase in the business results for our clients.” The article was written by Mike Leiberman, chief inbound scientist at Square 2.

Agile Bear Eludes Law Enforcement ; SmartBear Software Introduces QA Complete

In what was described by the Washington Post as an “agile” bear, the four legged bear was able to climb a fence escape and evade capture by California police. After a chase through several yards and neighborhoods he was sedated and returned to the wild.

On a completely unrelated note, a company called Smartbear Software added a new Agile test management practice to its latest release called QAComplete. Just because the Google News does not differentiate between Agile Bears and software written by a company called Smart Bear, and the overall juxtaposition of how those showed up on the wire, there has to be a joke in there somewhere.

“3 misconceptions CIOs have about agile”

Written by Sharon Florentine. Ms. Florentine writes that “by now, CIOs should be aware of the benefits of the agile methodology. But a few persistent misconceptions get in the way of even greater outcomes. Isn’t that always the way with misconceptions? She asked experts to name the most common misconception around agile – and to tell us what CIOs just don’t “get” about the framework.

Eleven ways to get more out of Agile Analytics

In Information Week, Lisa Morgan lists eleven ways to get more out of Agile analytics. Because according to her: the accelerating pace of global business means that enterprises need more agile data-related systems and practices. Becoming more agile — and succeeding at it — isn’t always easy given existing technology investments, constant technological evolution, and lingering cultural obstacles. No matter how agile your company is or isn’t now, consider these 11 important points. Among the points she lists are manage change, lead by example and keep things simple.


This post is the first of a series on writing Agile User Stories and Requirements. This post explains the very basics of what a User Story is. In forthcoming posts, we will explore concepts such as the INVEST mnemonic and Given/When/Then Acceptance Criteria.

The Softer Side of Agile: It’s Not Just Coding


Our Agile Architect, for whom Spock was his primary emotional role model, brings in a ringer to talk about the soft skills required to be successful in the agile world.

Contracting for agile

After last month’s blog post on continuous delivery in agile contracting, Dan Chenok, head of the IBM Center for the Business of Government (and a former student of mine at the Kennedy School from what may now seem to both of us as ages ago), contacted me to talk about some of his thoughts on other interesting developments in the agile world.

What Does It Mean To Scale Agile?

The hot topic in Agile software development now is scaling. How do we make the whole organization Agile? Informal surveys done by Scrum Alliance show that most Agile teams report tension between the way the teams operate and the way the rest of the organization is run. Teams and their supervisors are frustrated and want to know: is it possible to make the whole organization Agile? Can we find a way to remove this tension? Can Agile scale?

What is agile marketing and should you be sprinting to it?

Agile marketing, an adaptation of the agile software development methodology, is a real thing. If you have any doubt, check out what your competition is doing.

Agile marketing is hot. At the March 2016 MarTech conference in San Francisco, attendees buzzed about whether their marketing organization was “agile” or if it was still following the “waterfall’”process.

In short, agile marketing is now officially a thing. The benefits of achieving an agile marketing organization can be enormous — but the challenges in getting there can be equally big.

Agile Alliance Announces AGILE2016 Program

PORTLAND, Ore.April 18, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Today Agile Alliance is pleased to announce the program for AGILE2016, the largest international gathering of Agilists. The conference is widely considered the premier global event for the advancement of Agile software development.  DC20276LOGO

Agile Network Announced Its Certification of their Cloud-Based, Multi-Carrier Parcel Shipping Software, Agile Network TME, with Oracle® Transportation Management (OTM) for the Cloud

CHESTERFIELD, Mo.April 18, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — With more than 10 years operating as an Oracle® Gold Partner of the Oracle® PartnerNetwork (OPN), Agile Network is a leading multi-carrier, parcel shipping software provider and has deployed hundreds of shipping solutions to Oracle users. Now in the Cloud, the Agile Network TME solution is an Oracle Transportation Management (OTM) Certified integration that enables companies to optimize their omni-channel fulfillment operations and service levels, minimize cost, and create flexible business process automation.