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Listen to What You're Saying!: An Interview with Steven "Doc" List[interview]

Steven "Doc" List and Noel Wurst sit down for what starts as a standard interview about communication skills but quickly evolves into a fascinating conversation that reveals a lot about what we're saying—and what we should be saying. You may be surprised at just how much you have to learn.

Noel Wurst's picture Noel Wurst
Be Truly Nimble Instead of Just Following Agile by the Book[article]

People often ask, “Can we apply agile to fields outside of software?” In this article from Marco Peredo-Saavedra, you can read how a construction project applied agile to its work with Marco as the product owner/customer. Take inspiration, and read his lessons. Then, go apply them!

Marco Peredo-Saavedra's picture Marco Peredo-Saavedra
As You Wish[magazine]

A letter from the Better Software magazine editor.

Joey McAllister's picture Joey McAllister
How to Build a Successful Team: Analysis, Motivation, and Beyond[magazine]

It takes more than just gathering a bunch of skilled testers in a room together to make a great test team. Learn how to analyze individual tester types, motivate your team, and achieve success.

Lloyd Roden's picture Lloyd Roden
FAQ: Will a Tester Certification Help Me Get a Better Job?[magazine]

In this installment of FAQ, SQE Trainer Claire Lohr answers one of the questions students ask her most often.

Claire Lohr's picture Claire Lohr
Can Anyone be a Tester?[magazine]

Testers can come from all walks of life, but can anyone be a tester? It’s time for testers to clean up the craft and regain their respect.

Julie Hurst's picture Julie Hurst
Building a Backlog for Legacy System Changes[article]

Kent McDonald writes that teams often assume that they cannot split their changes into small stories because the resulting stories would not provide value. What they fail to realize is that they can split these bigger changes into smaller changes and gain value by showing their stakeholders, getting feedback, and incorporating that feedback in their continued development.

Kent McDonald's picture Kent McDonald
Not Just a Number: The Real Value of Metrics[magazine]

Metrics can be enormously helpful, but only if they’re used correctly. Abuse them, and they will drive dysfunction. Study the stories behind the data to find the real value.

Joanne Perold's picture Joanne Perold
Things Change (and So Should Processes)[magazine]

Much like the VCRs of yesteryear, our software development processes are not going to last forever. They’ll fall out of favor, while new and stronger concepts replace them. Jonathan Kohl writes about coping with process evolution in the quest to improve software.

Jonathan Kohl's picture Jonathan Kohl
Keynote: Lean Software Delivery: Synchronizing Cadence with Context[presentation]

Daily, we are told that adopting agile, PaaS, DevOps, crowdsourced testing, or any of the myriad of current buzzwords will help us deliver better software faster. However, for the majority of software development organizations, naïve agile transformations that don’t look beyond the needs...

Mik Kersten, Tasktop
Behavior-Driven Design in Practice[presentation]
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One of software development’s  greatest challenges is combining business needs with technical abilities to build products that customers want. Many development methodologies attempt to achieve this, but Nir Szilagyi and Janarthanan Eindhal think that few connect the dots as well as...

Nir Szilagyi, eBay, Inc. & Janarthanan Eindhal, eBay, Inc.
Requirements Engineering: A Practicum[presentation]
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Identifying, documenting, and communicating software requirements are key to all successful IT projects. Common problems in requirements engineering are “How do we discover the real requirements?”, “How do we  document requirements?”, and “How do user stories fit into requirements?”

Erik van Veenendaal, Improve Quality Services BV
Software Security Goes Mobile[presentation]
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Erik Costlow says that, as more and more business is transacted on mobile platforms, securing the applications and data that run on them is a business imperative. Developers and their managers are asked to make key decisions regarding data caching, authorized permissions, authentication...

Erik Costlow, HP Enterprise Security
Solving Real Problems through Collaborative Innovation Games®[presentation]
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Are you having trouble getting people in your organization to agree on a path forward? Is collaboration sometimes more like a contest to see who can yell the loudest? Is it difficult to get customers to give you the information you need to create a product charter or unambiguous requirements?

Bob Hartman, Agile For All
The Five Facets of an Agile Organization[presentation]
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Is agile—or lean, kanban, lean startup, etc.—starting to follow the path of other management buzzwords in your organization? Is it losing steam, now resembling only a minor change from the old ways? Have you compromised to "make agile work in our organization?” 

George Schlitz, BigVisible Solutions

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