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The Scrum Guide: An Interview with Jeff Sutherland[interview]

In this interivew, Dr. Jeff Sutherland, one of the inventors of Scrum, talks about a new community website, He covers the backbone of the Scrum concept, how Scrum can increase productivity, how organizations fail to implement it properly, and how Scrum is like a martial art.

Josiah Renaudin's picture Josiah Renaudin
Helping Auditors Understand Agile: An Interview with Steve Nunziata[interview]

In this interview Steve Nunziata talks about strengthing the relationship between agile and auditors, shifts in mindset required to adapt agile, pros and cons of an agile perspective, his time in various roles of the agile process, and how his classic rock band incoporates agile practices.

Cameron Philipp-Edmonds's picture Cameron Philipp-Edmonds
The Danger of Testing "Only" Stories[magazine]

Finding defects late is a common issue when teams don't consider levels of precision or detail. You must take into account how stories and features fit into the system. In this FAQ column, Janet Gregory tells you how you should remember the big picture—even while testing the small stuff.

Janet Gregory's picture Janet Gregory
Mitigating Team Hazards without a Typical Scrum Product Owner[article]

A good product owner should be collaborative, responsible, authorized, committed, and knowledgeable. But what do you do if yours doesn’t exemplify these characteristics? This article aims to showcase mitigation plans that can be effective for overcoming Scrum violations due to the fact that you’re not working with a typical product owner.

Rajeev Gupta's picture Rajeev Gupta
Myth 34: You’re Empowered Because I Say You Are[article]

Do your managers truly own their decision making or are they only "empowered" to come to you for approval of every idea and dollar spent? If you don't trust your team leaders to make decisions, how can you expect stakeholders to? Setting boundaries and defining expectations are two ways to empower managers and encourage initiative, giving them the opportunity to gain your trust.

Johanna Rothman's picture Johanna Rothman
The Power of an Individual Tester: The Experience[presentation]

Like millions of other Americans, Ben Simo visited in search of health insurance and found a frustratingly buggy website that was failing to fulfill its purpose―to educate people on the new health insurance law and help them purchase health insurance. After failing to create...

Ben Simo, eBay Inc.
Softwarts: Security Testing for Muggles[presentation]

Security testing is often shrouded in jargon and mystique. Security conjurers perform arcane rites using supposed “black hat” techniques and would have us believe that we cannot do the same. The fact is that security testing “magic” is little more than specialized application of...

Paco Hope, Citigal
Quality Principles for Today's "Glueware"—Testing Web Services, Libraries, and Frameworks[presentation]

In the past, developers knew every line of code in their applications. They designed it, wrote it, tested it, and controlled it. Today’s applications are far different. Rather than written, they are often assembled―from program language libraries, third-party frameworks, encapsulated...

Julie Gardiner, Redmind
Performance Engineering in 2014: Level Up Your Skills[presentation]

Agile, continuous delivery, and DevOps have changed the way we develop, test, and deploy software. And as performance engineers and architects we need to level up our skills and change the way we do our day-to-day job. Join Andreas Grabner to walk through...

Andreas "Andi" Grabner, Dynatrace
Lightning Strikes the Keynotes[presentation]

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...

Lee Copeland, Software Quality Engineering
Leading a QA Organization in Today's World[presentation]

Leading a QA organization is not what it once was. Software and technology are exponentially more complex. The workforce is global. There are a variety of testing techniques and areas of focus. Tons of tools are available that help in a range of ways. Expectations of delivering quality...

Joe Byrne, Ellie Mae
Gamification in Assurance: The Future of QA and Testing Workspace[presentation]

Quality Assurance and Testing is an interesting and challenging profession. As custodians of the business, we are responsible for assuring both the business and the end customer experience. Even though some testing activities have become mundane and repetitive, testing...

Kannan Subramaniam, Comcast, and Prasad MK, TCS
Eliminate the Testing Swiss Cheese Syndrome[presentation]

Test plans and test coverage often resemble Swiss cheese—full of holes in high risk areas of code. And teams may be unaware because they lack sufficient visibility into what areas of...

Rich Newman, Coverity
Continuous Testing and New Tools for Automation[presentation]

Learn how you can create a full continuous integration solution entirely in the cloud using GitHub, Selenium, Sauce Labs, and Travis CI. Michael Redman will show you how to take...

Michael Redman, Sauce Labs
Continuous Testing: A Key Component of Continuous Delivery[presentation]

In a DevOps approach to software development, extending agile and lean practices across the delivery lifecycle is important to releasing software faster. Delivering software to market quickly is certainly important, but releasing software of low quality can hurt. Delivering higher quality...

Al Wagner, IBM


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