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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
The Developer’s Guide to Test Automation[presentation]
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Your shrinking project deadlines are increasing the need for automated tests—but, simultaneously, reducing the time available for writing them. The system requirements are continually changing. The implementation is changing. You spend more and more time maintaining old tests, leaving less...

Dale Emery, DHE & George Dinwiddie, iDIA Computing, LLC
Measurement and Metrics for Test Managers[presentation]
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To be most effective, test managers must develop and use metrics to help direct the testing effort and make informed recommendations about the software’s release readiness and associated risks. Because one important testing activity is to “measure” the quality of the software...

Rick Craig, Software Quality Engineering
Acceptance Test-Driven Development: Mastering Agile Testing[presentation]
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On agile teams, testers can struggle to keep up with the pace of development if they continue employing a waterfall-based verification process—finding bugs after development. Nate Oster challenges you to question waterfall assumptions and replace this legacy verification testing with...

Nate Oster, CodeSquads LLC
ADC-BSC EAST 2013 Keynote: Connecting with Customers[presentation]
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Even today, to the detriment of agile success, most organizational cultures remain delivery date-driven—resulting in delivery teams that are not focused on creating value for the customer. So how can we redirect stakeholders, the business, and the project team to concentrate on delivering...

Pollyanna Pixton, Accelinnova
Getting Started with Agile: An Experiential Workshop[presentation]
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Agile is now mainstream, but many companies continue to struggle. When agile is adopted, common issues occur in every organization: getting people to try agile, selling agile to management, learning how to do efficient standup meetings, fitting planning into a short window, and...

Brian Button, Asynchrony
Configuration Management Best Practices[presentation]
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Robust configuration management (CM) practices are essential for creating continuous builds to support agile’s integration and testing demands, and for rapidly packaging, releasing, and deploying applications into production. Classic CM—identifying system components, controlling change...

Bob Aiello, CM Best Practices Consulting
Design for Testability: A Tutorial for Devs and Testers[presentation]
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Testability is the degree to which a system can be effectively and efficiently tested. This key software attribute indicates whether testing (and subsequent maintenance) will be easy and cheap—or difficult and expensive. In the worst case, a lack of testability means that some...

Peter Zimmerer, Siemens AG
What’s Your Leadership IQ?[presentation]
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Have you ever needed a way to measure your leadership IQ? Or been in a performance review where the majority of time was spent discussing your need to improve as a leader? If you have ever wondered what your core leadership competencies are and how to build on and improve them...

Jennifer Bonine, tap|QA Inc.

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