Conference Presentations

How Agile Can We Go? Lessons Learned Moving from Waterfall

How agile are you? Once you jump off the waterfall and drink from the agile pool, there will probably be varying opinions as to the state of the organization’s agility. Some will be concerned that they are not agile enough; others will think they are agile while still adhering to old...

Max McGregor, Venafi
The Tester Role in the Agile Release Train

In a classical agile team, testers and developers work together on feature teams to produce functioning software in each sprint. As enterprises scale up their agile adoption, the agile feature teams must work in concert with many other teams, such as component teams and system teams. They...

Malcolm Isaacs, HP
Innovation for Existing Software Product: An R&D Approach

In the world of software, innovating an existing product often makes the difference between continued success and rapid irrelevance and failure. Although innovation can come from many different sources, it can be difficult to develop breakthrough innovations while simultaneously...

Aaron Barrett, Infusionsoft
Tips and Tricks for Building Secure Mobile Apps

Mobile application development is now a mission-critical component of many IT organizations. Due to the security threats associated with mobile devices, it is critical that mobile applications are built—from the ground up—to be secure. However, many application developers and testers do...

Jeffery Payne, Coveros, Inc.
Integrate V&V within Scrum: How Does That Work?

Scrum is an iterative, incremental framework for delivering business value. It is not a Verification and Validation (V&V) approach. So how do we merge Scrum and V&V when a product must be subjected to formal V&V activities? How do we plan V&V work, incorporating it into a...

Kathryn Aragon, Sandia National Laboratories and Julie Bouchard, Sandia National Laboratories
Emergent Design: History, Concepts, and Principles [Agile Dev, Better Software & DevOps Conference West 2015]

Software design is about change. A good design facilitates adding features—and adding new developers to the team. Yet any change to the code impacts design and can damage existing functionality. Without design idioms and practices, the code can degrade into a maintenance nightmare...

Rob Myers, Agile Institute
Lean Software Development Is for Everyone

Lean software engineering emphasizes continuous delivery of high quality applications. Ken Pugh explains the principles and practices that form the basis of lean software development―concentrating on developing a continuous flow by eliminating delays and loopbacks; delivering quickly by...

Ken Pugh, Net Objectives
Business Analysis: From Interviews through Implementation

The keys to delivering better software lie in understanding what customers want―even when they are unable to articulate what they want―and being able to create a system that will improve the end users’ work. This is why your starting point should be understanding the differing, and...

Barry Harvey, Florida Virtual Campus
Making Numbers Count: Metrics That Matter

As testers and test managers, we are frequently asked to report to stakeholders on the progress and results of our testing. Questions like How is testing going? may seem simple enough, but the answer is ultimately based on our ability to extract useful metrics from our work and present...

Mike Trites, PQA Testing
Comcast XFINITY Home: An Agile Case Study

Today's mobile application development is a complex endeavor made more difficult by teams often working at cross purposes. Separation of roles and responsibilities leads to intricate technological and personnel dependencies that makes projects challenging. Mark Hashimoto shares personal...

Mark Hashimoto, Comcast


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