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The Amazing Benefits of Integrated ALM Tools[magazine]

For years, developers have struggled with using individual lifecycle manage- ment tools, but no longer! Joe Farah walks you through a history and benefits of an integration of ALM tools that every team should seriously consider.

Joe Farah's picture Joe Farah
Autumn Leaves[magazine]

A farewell letter from Better Software magazine editor Joey McAllister.

Joey McAllister's picture Joey McAllister
FAQ: How Can I Be a Better Product Owner?[magazine]

In this installment of FAQ, SQE Trainer Arlen Bankston answers one of the questions students ask him most often.

Arlen Bankston's picture Arlen Bankston
Software Requirements and Social Media - An Interview with Stefano Rizzo[interview]
Podcast

Stefano Rizzo introduces the idea of using social media to encourage customers to get involved in the requirements gathering process. Learn how by introducing something that your customers are already contributing towards, you can capture the mood behind their true wants and needs.

Noel Wurst's picture Noel Wurst
So You Want to Become a Developer? An Interview with Iris Classon[interview]
Video

Iris Classon explains her decision to become a software programmer and shares the amazing amount she was able to learn in a very short period of time. Learn how agility played an invaluable role in the process and how you, too, can achieve software success.

Noel Wurst's picture Noel Wurst
How Impact Mapping Gives You Multiple Options to Pursue[article]

In this article, Lisa Crispin explains how impact mapping allows your team to generate multiple options to pursue. Be creative with your solution experiments. You won’t solve all your problems or achieve all your goals quickly, but small wins and steady progress mean you’ll enjoy the journey of continually improving how you work.

Lisa Crispin's picture Lisa Crispin
How to Hear Your Unhappy Code: An Interview with Cory Foy[interview]

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
The Agile Retrospective Wiki: An Interview with Rob Bowley[interview]
Video

The Agile Retrospective Resource Wiki provides an opportunity for agile practitioners to collaborate, share information, and gain new ideas about how to continuously improve not just the benefits from retrospectives, but also the processes behind the practice.

Noel Wurst's picture Noel Wurst
An Agile Approach to Thinking Up Front about Requirements[article]

Thinking about interacting with the customer at the start of the project? Who would argue against that? Well, it depends on what you call it. It also depends on whether you then do it without the benefit of the rest of the project team. Here, Ulrika Park helps us see what an agile approach to thinking about the requirements might look like.

Ulrika Park's picture Ulrika Park
Why Dialogue Sheet Retrospectives Are Important[article]

We all know we need to do retrospectives. And sometimes, it feels as if we go through the motions. Maybe with dialogue sheet retrospectives, we don’t have to. Here, Allan Kelly shares his perspective on dialogue sheet retrospectives.

Allan Kelly's picture Allan Kelly
What Are Your Metrics Trying to Tell You?[article]

Joanne Perold writes that you cannot just look at the numbers; the context behind the data is often far more valuable. Metrics can tell a compelling story or provide meaningful information to anyone who wants to pay attention, but when the focus is only on the number, it can be a disaster.

Joanne Perold's picture Joanne Perold
Continuous Performance Improvement: An Interview with Marisa Müller[interview]

In this interview, Marisa Müller offers advice for anyone looking to boost performance improvement at either the personal or team level. Learn how to stay motivated on the never-ending quest of continuous improvement.

Noel Wurst's picture Noel Wurst
Fix Your Agile Project by Taking a Systems View[article]

Kathy Iberle writes that when working on a project, you should take a systems view, which allows you to see the whole development system at once. When you put on your “systems view” glasses, you’ll see that you need to deal with the whole system, not just a single team’s part of it.

Kathy Iberle's picture Kathy Iberle
What Decorating Cakes Can Teach Us about Iterations[article]

Kent McDonald shares with us a story about decorating cakes and how that relates to doing agile the right way. To be truly effective, teams need to focus more on the need to reflect and adapt, and then figure out the best way to do that in their environment without worrying about whether they are doing it exactly right.

Kent McDonald's picture Kent McDonald
Keep Agile Testing Agile: An Interview with Aaron Barrett[interview]

In this interview, Aaron Barrett gives advice that any QA team working with agile testing can utilize. Aaron covers everything from the importance of finding the definition of done to keeping collaboration from getting combative.

Noel Wurst's picture Noel Wurst

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