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The Organization Must Change Before Going Agile: An Interview with John Holmes and David Nielson[interview]
Podcast

In this interview John Holmes and David Nielson talk about their upcoming presentation, what it takes for your organization to really go agile (and to stick with it), the role of technology in organizational changes, and the importance of marrying your agile and Scrum with change management.

Need to Learn More about the Work You’re Doing? Spike It![article]

How do you estimate work you've never done before? One proven method is to spike it: Timebox a little work, do some research—just enough to know how long it will take to finish the rest of the work—and then you can estimate the rest of the work. You don’t waste time, you can explore different avenues of how best to complete the task, and your team learns together.

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Management Myth 29: I Can Concentrate on the Run[article]

Busy managers get used to making decisions on the fly. But, some decisions require more thought and consideration than others. Johanna offers some tips for knowing when you need to slow down, take a seat, and give a problem your undivided attention.

Johanna Rothman's picture Johanna Rothman
We Value Your Feedback - Editor's Note[magazine]

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

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Avoiding the Prioritization Trap[magazine]

With incoming priorities being requested by just about everybody, how in the world can you and your team prioritize? Brandon shows you some innovative techniques that you can use to turn chaos into order.  One surprising approach is simply handling priorities on a first-in, first-out basis.

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The Impact of Cognitive Biases on Test and Project Teams[presentation]
Slideshow

Teams are a fundamental part of the way we all work. Understanding the ins and outs of team decision making makes us better employees, better co-workers, and even better people. As...

Thomas Cagley, The David Consulting Group
DevOps: Where in the World Is Test?[presentation]
Slideshow

As the world of software development changes, software testing organizations are challenged to be more innovative to match the speed at which software releases are being deployed. The...

Erik Stensland, Pearson Learning Technology
Exposing Test Management Myths[presentation]
Slideshow

We’ve all heard test management myths such as: “Utilize everyone, all the time”, “Don’t let people come to you without solutions to problems,” “Training time is useless,” and my...

Johanna Rothman, Rothman Consulting Group, Inc.
Video: The Art of Testing Transformation: Blending Technology with Cutting-Edge Processes[presentation]
Video

Technologies, testing processes, and the role of the tester have evolved significantly over the past several years. As testing professionals, it is critical that we evaluate and evolve...

Jennifer Bonine, tap|QA, Inc.
Succeeding as an Ethnic or Minority Tester[presentation]
Slideshow

No one wishes to see himself as different or treat other people differently because of his uniqueness. Unfortunately, we are frequently judged and our skills presumed based on our...

Yousef Harfi, Medavie Blue Cross
Video: Principles Before Practices: Transform Your Testing by Understanding Key Concepts[presentation]
Video

It’s one thing to be exposed to new techniques from conferences and training courses, but it’s quite another thing to apply them in real life. A major reason is that people tend to...

Randy Rice, Rice Consulting Services, Inc.
Using the Cloud to Load Test and Monitor Your Applications[presentation]
Slideshow

Load testing is often one of the most difficult testing efforts to set-up—in both time for the deployment and cost for the additional hardware needed. Using cloud-based software, you...

Charles Sterling, Microsoft
Extreme Automation: Software Quality for the Next Generation Enterprise[presentation]
Slideshow

Software runs the business. The modern testing organization aspires to be a change agent and an inspiration for quality throughout the entire lifecycle. To be a change agent, the...

Theresa Lanowitz, voke, inc.
The Golden Rules for Managing Large Testing Initiatives[presentation]
Slideshow

Large technology transformations and undertakings are challenging because they cut across multiple systems and domains of technology and solutions. They involve multiple organizations...

Krishna Murthy, Tata Consultancy Services
Ambiguity Reviews: Building Quality Requirements[presentation]
Slideshow

Are you frustrated by the false expectation that we can test quality into a product? By the time an application is delivered to testing, our ability to introduce quality principles is...

Susan Schanta, Cognizant Technology Solutions

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