How Agile practices improve software development efficiency: Julian Holmes
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Julian Holmes from AgileMentors is an IBM Champion deeply embedded into the Agile community. In this interview he describes how Agile practices are most effective when teams and individuals can work closely together, so this is a key focus for him. Julian encourages developers to be transparent in what they do so they can make sure they match the needs of the business and their users, limiting potential waste. The payback here is that developers have confidence that they are delivering the right thing.
Julian says the move towards DevOps, a major theme at Innovate, is all about bringing together the information and flow of knowledge from development through to release. Tools like Rational Team Concert give high visibility into what is going on at any point in time make sure there is constant incremental improvement to the solution being developed.
Agile is not just about small teams and the tools on the IBM Rational Jazz platform are well suited to allow you to scale by providing the ability to collaborate as the team grows (as often happens in the enterprise development space).
For those getting started in their career, Julian advises learning to work as part of a team. This helps you understand the true needs of the folks you serve.
On the subject of the Global Rational User Community, Julian describes how this community of 15,000 people help each other solve problems and understand how to get the most out of the Rational toolset.
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