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Shifting Left: The Evolution of Test Automation[presentation]

As the software development lifecycle shifts toward agile and lean methodologies, quality in every build becomes critical. Continuous integration allows development teams to receive immediate feedback on their code, creating more efficiency and higher quality...

Jennifer Bonine, tap|QA, Inc., and Michael Faulise, tap | QA
Seven Key Metrics to Improve Agile Performance[presentation]

It’s been said: If you can’t measure it, you can’t improve it. For most agile teams burndown charts and some type of velocity measurement are all they are doing. However, with just a few more metrics, you can gain substantial insight into how teams are performing and identify improvement...

Andrew Graves, InterContinental Hotels Group
Making Agile Work—with Eleven Product Owners[presentation]

Small companies that have been highly successful delivering software often struggle as they grow larger and their software needs to grow with them. They must learn to manage multiple technology platforms and multiple releases while dealing with the associated roadmaps and...

Neal Huffman, Apex Capital Corp.
The Magic of Assumptions[presentation]

There are no “facts” about the future. Everything we think we know about tomorrow is based on what we think we know about the world today and our assumptions of where that will likely lead. Through a process of trial and error successful project managers, software developers, testers, and...

Payson Hall, Catalysis Group, Inc.
Product Management: Optimizing the What to Develop[presentation]

Most organizations struggle with the processes that define what software they should develop, when to do it, and how it will evolve over time—all parts of the product management role and activities. Because repeatable processes have not been established and organizations cope with...

Ernani Ferrari, Mondo Strategies
How Agile and Project Management Can Coexist[presentation]

Through the years—until agile software development took hold, that is—project management provided visibility to stakeholders and helped guide product development. However, as agile has risen to prominence with its de-emphasis on formal project planning, there are gaps that many...

James Hannon, The Bentley Group International
You Said What? Becoming Aware of the Things We Say[presentation]

Most of us take language for granted. We use words without thinking about how they may affect others and then are surprised at the reaction we get. Learn the importance of language in building and maintaining high performing agile teams. Become more aware of the words you choose and the...

Doc List, Doc List Enterprises
A Holistic View of Complex Systems and Organizational Change[presentation]

One of the most misunderstood concepts in the agile community, complexity is often used to explain why we can’t predict anything or why there are no rules we can follow. Ironically, it is exactly this attitude that allows complexity to work against us. Al Shalloway discusses the true...

Al Shalloway, Net Objectives
Emergent Design: History, Concepts, and Principles [Agile Development Conference & Better Software Conference East 2014][presentation]

Software design is about change. A good design facilitates adding features—and adding new developers to the team. Yet any change to the code impacts design and could damage existing functionality. Without design idioms and practices, the code can degrade into a "big ball of spaghetti”...

Rob Myers, Agile Institute
Simplify Project and Portfolio Planning with “Real Options”[presentation]

Do you work in an organization that spends too much time budgeting, road mapping, and planning their project roadmap or portfolio? Do you ever feel like all this effort is pointless and wasteful? Do you think perhaps there might be a simpler, more pragmatic way? If so, this session is for...

Matt Barcomb, DevJam, and David Hussman, DevJam
Automating End-to-End Business Scenario Testing[presentation]

Allstate Insurance had a problem. While thoroughly testing each of their more than thirty business systems, they were still failing to provide good service to their clients, agents, and internal customers. The reason was simple. Implementing end-to-end business processes requires more than...

Sandra Alequin, Allstate Insurance and Monika Mehrotra, Infosys, Ltd.
Assessing Agile Engineering Practices[presentation]

Organizations are often reluctant to adopt the more challenging agile engineering practices—first seen together in Extreme Programming and later adopted by the Scrum Alliance as the Scrum Developer Practices. These practices are difficult to implement and sustain, and the benefits are...

Rob Myers, Agile Institute
Privacy and Data Security: Minimizing Reputational and Legal Risks[presentation]

Privacy and data security are hot topics among US state and federal regulators as well as plaintiffs’ lawyers. Companies experiencing data breaches have been fined millions of dollars, paid out millions in settlements, and spent just as much on breach remediation efforts. In the past...

Tatiana Melnik, Melnik Legal, PLCC
Service Virtualization: Speed Up Delivery and Improve Quality[presentation]

“We could not test this because…” Every technology professional has experienced issues during system testing when unit testing was overlooked or cut short. Every project team has hit roadblocks during system testing when dependent systems or complicated data have been unavailable...

Anne Hungate, DIRECTV, and Robb Kelman, DIRECTV
Grooming the Backlog: Plan the Work, Work the Plan[presentation]

Stories in the backlog must be ready to go in time to begin each sprint—priorities are set, stories are at the Goldilocks level of granularity (not too big, and not too small), and stakeholders are prepared to discuss the details. Getting the backlog ready and grooming it take serious...

Andy Berner, QSM, Inc.


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