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Negative Positive[article]

Testers who point out project risks are often perceived as "negative" thinkers. Software test consultant Fiona Charles (an optimist by nature and a pessimist by trade) writes about how a culture of unthinking optimism pervades our organizations and our society, and describes some of its detrimental effects on software projects.

Fiona Charles's picture Fiona Charles
Empowering Self-Organization and Energizing Project Planning with the Commander's Intent[article]

Things change, and when they do, it's best to be ready to change with them. The best plans are doomed to fail if they aren't malleable. In this column, George Schlitz and Giora Morein take a look at the military concept of "Commander's Intent" and how it can apply to non-military project planning.

George Schlitz's picture George Schlitz Giora Morein
Mocks and Making Tests Easier to Read[article]

There has been a lot of recent discussion on Twitter about the use of mocking frameworks and writing readable tests. Here is a roundup of some of the recent blogs on the subject.

Making Tests More Readable

Daniel Wellman's picture Daniel Wellman
Navigating Conflict on Agile Teams: Why "Resolving" Conflict Won't Work[article]

Lyssa Adkins reveals a conflict model that helps you do just that, walking you through five levels of conflict from "Problem to Solve" to "World War," with each step finely tuned to view conflict in a deeply human and humane way.

Lyssa Adkins's picture Lyssa Adkins
2010 Trends in Project Management[article]

2010 brings with it multiple trends for project management. It is not surprising that many of these trends will help mature the world of project management as we know it today. Just as businesses must be flexible with market conditions, project management professionals and organizations must also adapt accordingly.

TechWell Contributor's picture TechWell Contributor
What HR Doesn't Know about Scrum[magazine]

Scrum's relentless "inspect-and-adapt" cycle leads to change beyond software development practices. Scrum teams have reported changes in the way they think about human resources management. This article outlines ways Scrum teams may want to modify HR's beliefs and practices.

Michael James's picture Michael James
Oh, When Will They Ever Learn?[magazine]

After reading the book The Day the Phones Stopped, which was published in 1991, Lee began wondering why the poor software quality and complaints about development and testing documented in this book are the same complaints we hear today.

Lee Copeland's picture Lee Copeland
Crowdsourced Software Testing[magazine]

In response to shrinking budgets and tight launch deadlines, crowdsourced software testing is a growing trend. Here are six ways an on-demand testing team can complement your in-house QA efforts.

Doron Reuveni's picture Doron Reuveni
Offer Appreciations[magazine]

We don't always appreciate the power of taking a moment to reflect on past performance. Find out how real change can happen when a team invests in time together.

Linda Rising's picture Linda Rising
Virtual Labs in the Cloud[magazine]

Learn how to overcome infrastructure management challenges using virtual lab automation, and discover which cloudprivate, public, or hybridbest meets your organization's needs.

Ravi Gururaj's picture Ravi Gururaj
Finding Nuggets in the IT Gold Mine[magazine]

Development teams often are unaware of the commercial impacts of the software improvements they deliver. Often, the prioritization of work is done based on technical, rather than commercial, considerations. Based on a real-world example, this story explores the commercial benefits enabled by delivering in short release cycles and prioritizing according to bottom-line benefits.

Clarke Ching's picture Clarke Ching
The Right Business Analysis Tool[magazine]

The continued rise of the business analysis profession has led to a surge in software tools specifically designed for the business analyst. Find out what types of tools are in the marketplace today and how to select the right business analysis software tool for your organization.

Matthew Leach's picture Matthew Leach
Swan Song[magazine]

Black Swans, in the book by Nassim Nicholas Taleb, are improbable and unexpected events with a severe impact. One of the most important goals of testing is to find problems in the product. What can testers do to help reduce the likelihood that we'll encounter a Black Swan?

Michael Bolton's picture Michael Bolton
Avoiding Pitfalls in Your Agile Transformation[article]

Being an Agile transformation coach since 2001 at IBM and other companies has taught me a lot about being agile; especially the art of change. Increasing a corporate agile community from 300 to over 3,400, teaching two day courses to over 1,050 people, and consulting with teams were not the only ways I discovered the essence of “being” agile. Leading and coding with my agile team was just as wonderfully painful and educational.


TechWell Contributor's picture TechWell Contributor
Determining How Agile You Are Comparatively[article]

A handful of years ago, some of my clients began to ask me, “How are we doing?” My replies were always something like, “You’re doing pretty well at pair programming, and I like how teams have shifted from writing requirements documents to talking about user stories. But teams really haven’t embraced the idea of automated testing yet, and that’s where we need to focus most.” But this wasn’t the type of answer they wanted; they wanted to know, “How are we doing compared to our competition?”


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