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The Top Testing Challenges - or Opportunities - We Face Today[presentation]

Some people thrive on challenges, while others struggle with how to deal with them. Handled well, challenges can make us stronger in our passion, drive, and determination.

Lloyd Roden, Grove Consultants
Moving to an Agile Testing Environment: What Went Right, What Went Wrong[presentation]

About a year ago, Ray Arell called his software staff together and declared, "Hey! We are going agile!" Ray read an agile project management book on a long flight to India, and, like all good reactionary development managers, he was sold!

Ray Arell, Intel Corporation
The Marine Corps Principles of Leadership[presentation]

Even with the best tools and processes in the world, if your staff is not focused and productive, your testing efforts will be weak and ineffective and your finished product will reflect this.

Rick Craig, Software Quality Engineering
Large-scale Exploratory Testing at Microsoft: Let's Take a Tour[presentation]

Manual testing is the best way to find the bugs most likely to bite users badly after a product ships. However, manual testing remains a very ad hoc, aimless process.

James Whittaker, Google
The Decline and Fall of Agile SCM—and the Rise of Lean SCM[article]

There are definite signs of Agile methods (with a capital A) may be losing mind share or, at the very least, suffering from a certain amount of perhaps over-hype or over familiarity. Or maybe it is just the rise in cases of AFS (Agile Fatigue Syndrome). For some, agile is giving away to the rise of lean software development. Where will it end?

Agile and Lean: Recognizing the Synergy[article]

Bob Aiello explains the process to reaching agile comes from more than simply declaring yourself as such. The road to agile is a journal, and one that requires hard work. But once you get there, the benefits can be immense. Making sure everyone on board is dedicated to the cause to reach the goal.

Bob  Aiello's picture Bob Aiello
Agile, Lean, or Something in Between[article]

Agile, and more recently lean, have dramatically shaped the landscape of software development practices. The reason is simple, they both promise to deliver higher quality products to the market faster. In this artilce, we examine some of these agile and lean promises separately and explore when one set may be a better fit over the other or how they may be combined.

Michael  McCullough's picture Michael McCullough
Play Ball! – The New and Improved Agile Software Development Methodology[article]

We all know that terms such as “iteration”, “project manager”, and “daily stand-up meetings” are extremely difficult for software development professionals to comprehend. To simplify things, we have created a better methodology fashioned after a metaphor of the sport of Baseball.

This article explains the fundamental principles of this revolutionary approach, the best methodology ever created because it’s brand-spanking new, named “Play Ball!”.

 

Mark Lines's picture Mark Lines
Distributed Agile: An Interview with Vishwanath Nagara[article]

In this interview with Vishwanath Nagaraj, originally published in the Sticky ToolLook eNewsletter, he discusses the concept of distributed agile and some of the tools that help make the idea a reality.

Joey McAllister's picture Joey McAllister
Managing Your Analysis Debt[magazine]

What is your project's analysis debt load? What's the difference between good and bad analysis debt? What are causes and remedies for such debt? Mary Gorman and Ellen Gottesdiener explore the concept of analysis debt and consider strategies for prudent investing.

Ellen Gottesdiener's picture Ellen Gottesdiener Mary Gorman
Par for the Course[magazine]

What can happen over a game of golf? You learn what you don't know, you learn more about what you do know, and you learn to listen to what others know. See how two managers and a caddy team up for some valuable lessons about staying out of the rough.

Patrick Bailey's picture Patrick Bailey
Constructing the Quality Story[magazine]

Knowledge doesn't just exist; we build it. Sometimes we disagree on what we've got, and sometimes we disagree on how to get it. Hard as it may be to imagine, the experimental approach itself was once controversial. What can we learn from the disputes of the past? How do we manage skepticism and trust and tell the testing story?

Michael Bolton's picture Michael Bolton
Agile Fun and Games[article]

I have to admit that when I first started hearing about Extreme Programming and Agile methodologies, I was pretty skeptical. Another software fad that will come and go, I thought. What first started to open up my mind was a conversation that I had with a young developer a number of years ago. I was interviewing him for a position and he was talking about Extreme Programming and I was thinking “Yeah. OK.” Then he said that without Extreme Programming he didn’t think he would still want to be doing development because Extreme Programming had made software development fun again. And that’s when I stopped and thought to myself, “Well, yeah, you know – it should be fun. It’s supposed to be fun.”

 

Nanette Brown's picture Nanette Brown
Value of Configuration Management by Agile Professionals[article]

Mario Moreira surveyed recently surveyed agile professionals to find out just how valuable CM processes and tools are to them. While there was a noticeable difference in opinion between different responder age groups, the overall response was overwhelmingly positive in CM's favor.

Mario  Moreira's picture Mario Moreira
Fun Driven Development - Building Momentum for Agile Through Games[article]

Games, like the ones described on TastyCupcakes.org, provide the opportunity for agile teams to quickly build on a shared experience, realize better ways of working and most importantly, to have fun!

Michael  McCullough's picture Michael McCullough

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