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Understanding Whole Team Testing[magazine]

Whole team testing makes product quality everyone's business. It can also make people uncomfortable. Matt explains how this new way to approach project quality helps with leading retrospectives, conducting defect analysis, and mitigating project risks.

Matt heusserm's picture Matt heusserm
Test Managers Survival Guide to Going Agile[article]

Joel Bancroft-Conners presents a survival guide for testers going to agile. Joel explains what happened when he had to make the switch from waterfall to agile. Welcome to the world of being an agile manager, in which your team is a top performer, doing more in the same amount of time as before.

Joel Bancroft-Connors's picture Joel Bancroft-Connors
How Pervasive Leadership Can Help You Manage Successful Projects[article]

Jean Richardson shares a story about how the idea of pervasive leadership can help you manage a successful project. In order to practice pervasive leadership, one must change one's mental model of "I" and "thou," act locally and think holistically, and enact empathetic stewardship.

Jean Richardson's picture Jean Richardson
Telling Testing Stories and Navigating an Agile Testing Transition: An Interview with Bob Galen[interview]
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Bob Galen is an agile methodologist, practitioner, and coach. Bob Galen helps guide companies in their adoption of Scrum and other agile methodologies and practices. He is a certified Scrum coach, certified Scrum product owner, and an active member of the Agile and Scrum Alliances.

Cameron Philipp-Edmonds's picture Cameron Philipp-Edmonds
Management Myth 26: It’s Fine to Micromanage[article]

Johanna Rothman explains the challenges and pitfalls of micromanagement. Sometimes, managers micromanage when they need information. In that case, it’s easier to create an information radiator rather than have the manager come running to you every thirty minutes.

Johanna Rothman's picture Johanna Rothman
Feeling Lost in the Woods? Mind Maps Can Help[magazine]

Claire takes us on a nontraditional journey where designing and implementing testing approaches can be rapidly organized into a hierarchy of connected elements. Mind maps, used primarily for visual and conceptual thinking, may be just the answer for quality assurance professionals.

Claire Moss's picture Claire Moss
Designing Scenarios for Agile Stories[article]

The needs to improve the time to market of a quality product and adapt to a changing business environment are driving organizations to adopt agile practices in order to be competitive in the marketplace. However, a project team is bound to face difficulties if it is not trained on the fundamentals of agile. Read on to learn how to design scenarios for agile stories using a structured framework.

Sharath Bhat's picture Sharath Bhat
Reverse Mentoring: Should Younger Workers Be Mentoring Your Executives?[magazine]

What happens when younger knowledge workers, the millennials, bring a new perspective to an organization? Reverse mentoring can dramatically improve employee retention, team collaboration, and the adoption of newer technology.

Lew Sauder's picture Lew Sauder
Learn to Empathize When Dealing with Conflict: An Interview with Tricia Broderick[interview]

Tricia Broderick is an agile learning facilitator at Santeon Group and has more than six years of experience focusing on agile principles. In this interview, Tricia talks about conflict resolution, the importance of empathy, and the misalignment between one's perceptions and intentions.

Jonathan Vanian's picture Jonathan Vanian
A New Year, A New Focus[magazine]

In this issue's Editor's Note, Ken Whitaker kicks off the new year with a push to raise awareness of better software and how you can read Better Software anywhere on your mobile device.

Ken Whitaker's picture Ken Whitaker
Building a Solid Scrum Foundation Requires Clear Roles[magazine]

Without clearly defined roles and responsibilities, actions taken by key project stakeholders may result in project misfires. Kyle shows what you should do to avoid the situation when roles are misunderstood, overlapped, or completely missing.

Kyle  Roozen 's picture Kyle Roozen
How to Prepare for Sprints and Other Agile Techniques: An Interview with André Dhondt[interview]

André Dhondt is an agile coach for Rally Software and has more than a decade's worth of experience working with teams and organizations. In this interview, André discusses how to be prepared for sprints, the idea of speed grooming, and how agile has impacted the role of the tester.

Jonathan Vanian's picture Jonathan Vanian
Streamlining Build Processes and Configuration Management for Truly Agile Organizations[article]

Technology-driven companies, regardless of size and scale, are facing the increasing need to ship better code faster while meeting business requirements. This requires collaboration and interaction among the traditional information technology infrastructure library (ITIL), information technology service management (ITSM), and development teams for a truly agile organization to emerge.

Rohit Mukherjee's picture Rohit Mukherjee
Have You Used Word’s "Smell-Check" Features? [article]

Terry Wiegmann writes about how Microsoft Word's features, like its spelling and grammar checkers, can help one identify agile smells—those signs that something might be wrong. While we may want to minimize documentation and the use of Word, we can mentally use some of Word’s features to sniff out some whiffs of smells.

Terry Wiegmann's picture Terry Wiegmann
On Enterprise-Level Agile and Software Development: An Interview with Dr. Charles Suscheck[interview]
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Dr. Charles Suscheck is a nationally recognized agile leader who specializes in agile software development adoption at the enterprise level. In this interview, Charles discusses enterprise-level agile and Scrum, convincing management to take to agile, and what the new year will bring us.

Jonathan Vanian's picture Jonathan Vanian

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