Top 10 Agile & DevOps Blog Posts of 2015

thumbnailTime flies when you’re having fun, right? We rushed through 2015 and we saw some excellent posts. Together with our bloggers our goal is to create free insightful and actionable content to help you with your agile and DevOps journeys.

To help us get started with a great 2016, we thought it could be helpful to share 10 of the most popular blog posts for inspiration:

1. Three Leadership Musts for DevOps 
To enable success, there are three “musts” that leadership should have when launching a DevOps movement. These “musts” are based on the premise that DevOps requires disruptive leadership.

2. 10 Benefits of Agile You Definitely Don’t Want to Miss Out On
Are you sure you’re receiving the most benefits of agile possible? Read this article to learn what nearly 4,000 of your agile peers said were the benefits of agile that their organizations are receiving.

3. ScrumMaster: Servant Leader or Secretary?
In Certified ScrumMaster (CSM) courses, many Scrum myths are busted. One such myth is that the ScrumMaster is somehow an administrative assistant to a development team, to a product owner or to an organization.

4. Top 10 Tips for Measuring Agile Success
Choosing the right agile metric to measure agile success is really simple, right? I wish that were the case, but in reality choosing the correct agile metric can be a little tricky.

5. What Kind of Agile Are You?
As many as 94% of organizations are practicing some form of agile according to 9th annual State of Agile survey™, yet I have first-hand experience seeing countless organizations that aren’t doing agile right, aren’t getting the maximum benefits and are just taking a superficial approach. So how can you tell if your organization is doing agile right?

6. Measuring What Counts: Introducing the Better, Faster, Cheaper, Happier Measurement Framework
The single biggest problem we see is organizations not understanding why they are changing the way they work – they don’t visualize the goal, set any targets, measure the improvements, nor demonstrate the benefits generated. In this article we will look at one way to establish a measurement dashboard to support your agile transformation.

7. The 7 Best DevOps Books
With the relative newness of DevOps, there are not yet a ton of DevOps books. That’s why we’ve assembled a list of the 7 best DevOps books based on four criteria: the number of ratings from Amazon, the average Amazon rating, number of ratings from GoodReads and the average GoodReads rating. Both Amazon and GoodReads use a scale of 1 to 5 stars with 5 stars being the best.

8. Why Agile Won’t Make You More Productive
According to the 9th annual State of Agile™ survey, more organizations are adopting agile in order to improve productivity. This made me wonder why there is a perception that if companies transition to agile, teams will be more productive. I could see where delivering working software frequently and at a sustainable pace speaks to teams being more productive in agile.

9. How the Words You Use Affect Your Team
Words have a huge impact on team members affecting their work and ultimately your project, yet we often don’t put much thought into the words we use every day. Check out some of the positive and negative connotations of traditional and agile project management words.

10. 7 Tips We Learned About SAFe from Dean Leffingwell
Here are seven tips I learned from the recent AgileLIVE Webinar on “Scaling Agile Faster, Easier, Smarter with SAFe and VersionOne.” In addition, there were more questions than we had time to answer during the live event. I’ve attached the Q&A here.

What were some of your most memorable agile and DevOps blog posts of 2015?

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