5 Ways Testers Can Mitigate Practical Risks in an Agile Team

Testers who analyze quality in every aspect of the team’s deliverables also have a responsibility to mitigate risks and practical issues that are bound to come up, and help the team succeed in their product as well as at being agile. Here are five such issues that testers can help the team alleviate or avoid.

Nishi Grover's picture Nishi Grover
Revitalize Your Retrospectives with Gamification

Agile and DevOps teams, which emphasize continuous improvement, can benefit greatly from effective retrospectives. However, retrospectives can get monotonous, and that’s when they become ineffective. Using gamification in your retrospectives brings a completely different dimension of thinking—and even makes the process fun.

Ledalla Madhavi's picture Ledalla Madhavi
Welcome to Agile: A Developer’s Experience

In this article, a developer shares his personal experience with the transition from a waterfall environment to an agile one. He compares what it was like for him coding, learning, and communicating using each methodology, and he shares what it was like making the change to agile—and why he's never looking back.

Kris Hatcher's picture Kris Hatcher
The Art of Maximizing Work Not Done

One of the twelve principles behind the Agile Manifesto is “Simplicity—the art of maximizing the amount of work not done—is essential.” Why is this principle called an art, while the others aren’t? And why should we maximize the amount of work "not" done? This article analyzes the importance of simplicity in agile projects.

Ledalla Madhavi's picture Ledalla Madhavi

Better Software Magazine Articles

Moving Beyond DevOps Hype

DevOps can be characterized as the assembly line of building, testing, deploying, and updating enterprise applications. Many software development organizations may claim a comprehensive DevOps strategy, but Chris Riley believes that the only way to be successful is to use a DevOps framework.

Chris Riley's picture Chris Riley
Overcoming Challenges That Impact Product Delivery

Eric Winquist has considerable experience not only leading his company but also consulting with development teams. His advice to “link people to the work” is one of many golden nuggets of information that will help your team deliver projects on time.

Eric Winquist's picture Eric Winquist
Project Management in Cloud Development

Cloud-based software development definitely changes how project managers need to approach their projects and lead their teams. Cloud development is not the same as traditional software product  development and requires a unique mix of traditional project management and agility. Project managers considering working on cloud-based projects need to read what Sridhar Kethandapatti has to say.

Sridhar Kethandapatti's picture Sridhar Kethandapatti
Bringing Quality into DevOps

DevOps is represented by a set of principles and practices that help improve communication and collaboration between development and operations. Bob Aiello and Leslie Sachs have put together a great introduction showing how quality assurance needs to commence at the very start of a DevOps project.

Bob Aiello's picture Bob Aiello Leslie Sachs


DevOps: Find Solutions, Not More Defects: STARWEST 2015 Interview with Andreas Grabner

In this interview, TechWell speaks with Andreas Grabner, a performance engineer who has been working in this field for the past fifteen years. At STARWEST 2015, he presented DevOps: Find Solutions, Not More Defects.

Josiah Renaudin's picture Josiah Renaudin
STAREAST 2015 Interview with Matt Heusser on Lean Software Testing

In this interview, Matt Heusser covers how most organizations test now, presents ways you can improve your company's approach to lean, and demonstrates lean tools that can help you understand software development and test flow in a different way.

Josiah Renaudin's picture Josiah Renaudin
STAREAST 2015 Interview with Rob Sabourin on Exploring Usability Testing for Mobile and Web Technologies

In this interview, Rob Sabourin talks about his STAREAST presentations. These cover how to elicit effective usability requirements with storyboarding and task analysis, and how to blend the requirements, design, and test cycles into a tight feedback loop.

Josiah Renaudin's picture Josiah Renaudin
STAREAST 2015 Interview with Richard Hundhausen on Real-World Software Testing

In this interview, Richard Hundhausen talks about real-world software testing, his experience at STAR, the benefits of Scrum and agile, and how we can end the developer/tester dichotomy by bringing these two teams together.

Josiah Renaudin's picture Josiah Renaudin

Conference Presentations

STARCANADA 2015: Lightning Strikes the Keynotes

Throughout the years, Lightning Talks have been a popular part of the STAR conferences. If you’re not familiar with the concept, Lightning Talks consists of a series of five-minute talks by different speakers within one presentation period. Lightning Talks are the opportunity for speakers...

Lee Copeland, Software Quality Engineering
The Next Decade of Agile Software Development and Test

After almost fifteen years of history with agile practices, J.B. Rainsberger sees some alarming trends in our attitudes, practices, and even what we teach about agile. At the same time, he sees some progress in approaches and technologies—e.g., behavior-driven development, naked...

J.B. Rainsberger, JBRAINS.CA
Requirements Are Simply Requirements—or Maybe Not

People talk about requirements, use identical terms, and think they have a common understanding. Yet, one says user stories are requirements; another claims user stories must be combined with requirements; and another has a still different approach. These “experts” seem unaware of the...

Robin Goldsmith, Go Pro Management, Inc.
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

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