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Eye on the Prize: Best Practices for Aligning Agile Efforts with Business Goals[article]

A phrase heard often in Agile discussions is "Let the product lead." Applied correctly, these four words powerfully focus an Agile team's energy directly on work that provides the highest business value. Deep focus on technology decisions breaks the line-of-sight with business goals, creates opportunities for over-engineering, and requires complex tracing activities, which ultimately slow the process.

Guy Beaver's picture Guy Beaver
RailsEdge 2007 - Bruce William - His talks and the Ruby/Rails Community[article]

Bruce Williams talks about the RailsEdge, Rails Plugins, and UI Frameworks, as well as the tools that are available to Ruby and Rails developers and how these combined with attitude within the community may have created the sweet spot that Rails now occupies.

Bob Payne's picture Bob Payne
Global Agile Development: How Investing in the Right Team Impacts Long-Term Rewards[article]

Many software development organizations are electing to implement Agile development methodologies in order to take advantage of the cost, quality, and time-to-market benefits commonly achieved with this approach. At the same time, these organizations are moving software development offshore to take advantage of greater scalability and quot;round the clockquot; development cycles. However, in combining these two efforts, the highly collaborative nature of Agile is tested as teams are faced with cultural challenges and necessary work habit shifts. If you are considering implementing a Global Agile approach to software development, then it is imperative to focus on an often underappreciated aspect of this initiative: building the right team. This is the most critical step in delivering the benefits of Global Agile development.

TechWell Contributor's picture TechWell Contributor
Making the Case[article]

As a test manager, you constantly are looking at what you need in order to carry out the mission of your group. You know that you need several resources to do your job, but when you go to your manager looking for resources, her eye goes immediately to the bottom line. When it appears as if there's no way to make your boss comply with your requests, Esther Derby has a tactic that will help you make your boss see things your way.

Esther Derby's picture Esther Derby
Do You Work in IT?[magazine]

A self-professed latecomer to IT, Danny Faught has a new appreciation for the challenges faced when developing products for an internal customer rather than products for sale.

Danny R. Faught's picture Danny R. Faught
Reap the Rewards of Recognition[magazine]

Everyone likes to feel as if her hard work and good deeds have been appreciated. In this installment of Management Chronicles we discover how the words "thank you" can become a powerful management tool.

Naomi Karten's picture Naomi Karten
The Whorfian Hypothesis[magazine]

Benjamin Whorf hypothesized that the language we speak constrains the thoughts we can have. Learn how a well-developed organizational vocabulary can help increase the quality of your products.

Lee Copeland's picture Lee Copeland
Jack Be Agile, Jack Be Lean[magazine]

Lean software development and agile software development are two approaches for creating new software. But how much do you really know about them? Do they compete or complement each other? Discover how agile and lean processes can work together for sustainable product development.

Alan Shalloway's picture Alan Shalloway
To Track or Not to Track[magazine]

What's your take on the defect-tracking debate? Are defect logs helpful repositories of knowledge or cumbersome, inefficient inventories? Lisa Crispin took to the trenches to find out how different industry workers view defect-tracking systems. Find out what they had to say.

Lisa Crispin's picture Lisa Crispin
Hurry Up & Wait[magazine]

There are no industry standards for Web response times. How long a user is willing to wait for a Web page to load depends on any number of variables and conditions. Find out how to determine and quantify performance criteria and use those criteria to create happy customers.

Scott Barber's picture Scott Barber
Building the Test Management Office[presentation]

It's the life challenge of a test manager-leading testing while keeping the work under control. If it's not poor code, it's configuration glitches. If it's not

Geoff Horne, iSQA
Test Estimation: A Pain or ... Painless?[presentation]

Agile methodologies may be coming soon to a project near you.

Lloyd Roden, Grove Consultants
Positioning Your Test Automation Team as a Product Group[presentation]

Test automation teams are often founded with high expectations from senior management-the proverbial "silver bullet" remedy for a growing testing backlog, perceived schedule problems, or low quality applications.

Steve Splaine, Nielsen Media Research
The Risks of Risk-Based Testing[presentation]

Risk-based testing has become an important part of the tester’s strategy in balancing the scope of testing against the time available.

Randy Rice, Rice Consulting Services Inc
Failure Patterns: A Powerful Tool to Optimize Your Testing[presentation]

As professionals, we have always known that exhaustive testing is rarely feasible or affordable. Thus, we must find more efficient and effective approaches to testing.

Les Hatton, University of Kingston


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