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Internationalization Best Practices for Agile Teams[article]

Marcia Rose Sweezey and Stefan Visuri explain two best practices that are defined for agile teams in their organization. Read on to discover how externalizing strings and conducting pseudo-language testing during each iteration and sprint will give you the most payback for the least investment.

Marcia Sweezey's picture Marcia Sweezey Stefan Visuri
Why You Need to Do More Than Just Test Requirements: An Interview with Jon Hagar[interview]
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Jon Hagar is a systems software engineer with over thirty years of experience. In this interview, Hagar discusses how reviews impact mobile app development and testing, security issues in the mobile and embedded world, and why you need to do more than just test the requirements.

Jonathan Vanian's picture Jonathan Vanian
The Bugs That Deceived Me[article]

Every time we look at the data, we perform an analysis that helps us make decisions—hopefully the right ones. In this article, Gil Zilberfeld describes a few traps where bug data misled him to make bad decisions. These traps are in the data itself, not the tools, and can lead us in the wrong direction.

Gil Zilberfeld's picture Gil Zilberfeld
2013: A Year of Software Development and Testing in Quotes [article]

In this roundup of noteworthy quotes from industry experts interviewed in 2013, read about what constitutes effective agile methods, the year in testing techniques, and why you shouldn't put too much trust in the latest and greatest tools.

Jonathan Vanian's picture Jonathan Vanian
Pivoting Organizations to Agile Testing: An Interview with Howard Deiner[interview]
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In this interview, independent software consultant Howard Deiner explains how agile testing is different from traditional testing, how to get an organization to try new things, and how the Apollo space program utilized agile techniques.

Jonathan Vanian's picture Jonathan Vanian
Tales from the Trenches: Conquering the Challenges of Transforming to Agile[article]

There is a lot of hard work and recalibration needed to adopt an agile approach. Just as one does not simply walk into Mordor, you also cannot simply decide to be agile. In this article, Alison Jacques describes her IT department’s experience transforming to agile and shares some of the lessons learned and tools she’s adopted to ensure continued success.

Alison Jacques's picture Alison Jacques
Ways to Implement Agile without Breaking the Bank [article]

James Sullivan explains popular agile frameworks and outlines their costs and benefits. If you're worried that you are at a place where you cannot make the sort of investments that these agile frameworks require, James is here to discuss foundational agile practices that can provide you key benefits without the costs associated with these kinds of agile brands.

James Sullivan's picture James Sullivan
ScrumMaster: A Role or a Title?[article]

The ScrumMaster is the most controversial position in agile. Is a ScrumMaster a natural leader within the team or is the role a profession in itself? Here, Mariya Breyter takes a look at what a ScrumMaster actually does and writes that it is a state of mind based on a strong commitment to agile values and a dedication to the team and its success.

Mariya Breyter's picture Mariya Breyter
How Positive Psychology Can Help Your Organization[article]

Positive psychology is providing a new focus on effective ways to ensure that teams exhibit the right behaviors in a group or organizational setting. Closely related to many agile and lean concepts, these emerging practices are helping teams to improve communication, collaborate, and emerge as highly effective groups. Leslie Sachs explains what positive psychology is all about and how to start using these practices in your organization.

Leslie  Sachs's picture Leslie Sachs
Don’t Be Fooled Into Thinking Agile Means No Documentation[article]

This is a common misconception of those inexperienced with agile, who choose this methodology on the basis of thinking that their project can be delivered more quickly and easily by avoiding documentation. But agile is not an excuse for skipping documentation. While some information will always need to be captured in written words, there are techniques that can be used to reduce documentation but will still give the customers what they want.

Leanne Howard's picture Leanne Howard
ADC-BSC EAST 2013 Keynote: Worse Is Better—For Better or for Worse[presentation]
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More than two decades ago, Richard P. Gabriel proposed the idea that “Worse Is Better” to explain why some things that are designed to be pure and perfect are eclipsed by solutions that are compromised and imperfect. This is not simply an observation that things should be better but are...

Kevlin Henney, Independent Consultant
Twelve Risks to Enterprise Software Projects—And What to Do about Them[presentation]
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Every large software project is unique—each with its own complex array of challenges. When projects get into trouble, however, they often exhibit similar patterns, and succumb to risks that could have been anticipated and prevented—or detected sooner and managed better. 

Payson Hall, Catalysis Group, 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 IT Services BV
Understanding and Managing Change[presentation]
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Has this happened to you? You try to implement a change in your organization and it fails. And, to make matters worse, you can't figure out why. It may be that your great idea didn't mesh well with your organization’s culture or a host of other reasons. Jennifer Bonine shares a toolkit to...

Jennifer Bonine, tap|QA, Inc.
The Role of the Agile Business Analyst[presentation]
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The business analyst (BA) role seems conspicuously absent from most agile methods. Does agile make the BA role obsolete? Certainly not! But how does a BA exploit the short cycle times and collaborative nature of agile methods? Drawing from the principles of lean product development flow...

Steve Adolph, WSA Consulting

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