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An Experience Where Agile Approaches Helped

This article addresses a process where a team moved from a traditional waterfall model to using agile elements in order to deliver a product to a government agency. It talks about typical problems that come up in a transition to agile, complications from distributed teams, and the advantages and disadvantages of the process for government or nongovernment clients.

Yamini Munipalli's picture Yamini Munipalli
On Sumo, Architecture, and Enterprise Agile

In order to be successful in the ring, a sumo wrestler needs to maintain a heavy body weight and at the same time be in peak physical condition. Just as these Japanese athletes have to find the right balance through a well thought-out combination of diet and training regimen, software development organizations need a balanced approach to implementing application architecture on agile projects.

Bare Minimum Internationalization of Software

Internationalization isn’t only about dealing with other nationalities and languages. It’s about creating software for a multicultural world. Even if the software you’re testing won’t be translated entirely into another language, it still should meet some basic requirements for international visitors.

Rick Scott's picture Rick Scott
Test-Driven Design for the Project Manager

Many developers and testers are familiar with test-driven design (TDD), but how can managers use it to drive project implementation? In this article, John Goodpasture offers a guide to TDD design from the project manager’s perspective.

John C. Goodpasture's picture John C. Goodpasture

Better Software Magazine Articles

Wearable Computing Reaches New Heights

With mobile and small embedded devices extending the reach of modern computing, the predictions are that wearable computing is definitely the next biggest thing. If you want to know more about the wearable device  revolution, Mukesh presents facts that will convince you this is the next hottest trend.

Mukesh Sharma's picture Mukesh Sharma
Developing Custom Apps for the Cloud

With the cloud providing tremendous freedom like instant deployment of updates, you're definitely going to have to adjust how you develop and deploy apps. Pete and Matt have created a list of things you need to consider when developing apps for the cloud.

Attacking Quality Issues in Data Warehousing

To fully detect, isolate, and resolve quality issues in a traditional, large-scale data warehouse requires that several approaches be used together. Wayne identifies types of data quality issues and then  illustrates how to best attack and resolve those pesky issues.

Wayne Yaddow's picture Wayne Yaddow
We Value Your Feedback - Editor's Note

Better Software magazine editor Ken Whitaker introduces the May/June 2014 issue, highlighting the feature articles and detailing how readers can provide their feedback.

Ken Whitaker's picture Ken Whitaker

Interviews

How Configuration Management Is Changing: An Interview with Joe Townsend
Video

Joe Townsend has been working in the configuration management field for fifteen years and is a regular contributor to CMCrossroads. In this interview, Joe discusses how configuration management has changed over the years, the trouble with tools, and trends in IT.

Jonathan Vanian's picture Jonathan Vanian
For Maximum Awesome: An Interview with Joe Justice
Video

Joe Justice is a consultant at Scrum Inc. and inventor of the Extreme Manufacturing project management method. He also is the founder of Team WIKISPEED, an all-Scrum volunteer-based, "green” automotive prototyping company.

Cameron Philipp-Edmonds's picture Cameron Philipp-Edmonds
Worse Is Better Revisited: An Interview with Kevlin Henney

Kevlin Henney believes that it's time to revisit the thinking behind "Worse is Better," which he does in this interview with Noel Wurst. Kevlin explains that by getting past the catchiness of the phrase, and really digging deep into its real meaning, there's a real sense of agile underneath.

Noel Wurst's picture Noel Wurst
How to Hear Your Unhappy Code: An Interview with Cory Foy

Cory Foy uses more than a decade of experience with agile and lean development to help developers create cleaner code, and also be able to know—or "hear"—when their code is unhappy. In this interview, Cory shows why constantly learning and evolving your language skills is so important.

Noel Wurst's picture Noel Wurst

Conference Presentations

Making Testing at eBay More Realistic
Slideshow

Have you had customers report issues that cannot be reproduced in the test environment? Have you had defects leak into production because your test environment is not...

Kamini Dandapani, eBay, Inc.
Design Patterns Explained: From Analysis through Implementation
Slideshow

Ken Pugh takes you beyond thinking of design patterns as “solutions to a problem in a context.” Patterns are really about handling variations in your problem domain while keeping code from becoming complex and difficult to maintain as the system evolves. Ken begins by describing the...

Ken Pugh, Net Objectives
Avoiding Overdesign and Underdesign
Slideshow

The question of how much design to do up-front on a project is an engaging one.  Too much design often results in overkill, complexity, and wasted effort. Too little design results in insufficient system structures that require later rework, additional complexity, and wasted effort.

Ken Pugh, Net Objectives
Keynote: Know the Way, Show the Way, Go the Way: Scaling Agile Development
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Tired of the claims that Scrum, XP, and kanban don’t scale beyond a few teams? Overwhelmed by management’s resistance to the organizational changes needed to really follow agile principles? Concerned with the lack of proven practices required to scale agile methods to the next level?

Dean Leffingwell, Leffingwell LLC

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