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Scrum or Kanban—Which Is Better?[magazine]

In this FAQ column, Arlen Bankston defines the roles of Scrum and kanban and describes how the two agile methodologies can be complementary, each ideal for different situations, or blended to achieve the desired outcome.

Arlen Bankston's picture Arlen Bankston
'Tis the Season for Annual Planning: How to Have a Jollier Experience This Year[article]

One of the primary goals of annual planning is to translate aspirational strategic plans into realistic execution plans. Sadly, rather than delivering plans we can all feel good about and believe in, too often it leaves us depressed about the work ahead of us. This article shares five practical principles to remove the emotions associated with annual planning.

Catherine Connor's picture Catherine Connor
Testing in the Agile Age: An Interview with Alon Girmonsky[interview]
Podcast

In this interview, BlazeMeter founder and CEO, Alon Girmonsky, digs into why modern businesses must adopt agile methodologies. He talks about the advantages agile has over waterfall as well as how shorter iteration windows within the testing process affect manual hand-offs.

Josiah Renaudin's picture Josiah Renaudin
Agile Transition and Managing the Testing Process: An Interview with Samir Shah[interview]
Podcast

In this interview, Zephyr founder and CEO, Samir Shah, discusses how to make the agile transition as either a big or small company. He also digs into the changing nature of test management, as well as the times when you really need to automate your testing. 

Josiah Renaudin's picture Josiah Renaudin
Are You Done or Done-Done?[magazine]

Probably one of the most frustrating roles a manager has to master is how to know the true status of work being performed. To a developer, completing 80 percent of the work may be good enough, but is it  even close to being really done? Masha Nehme shows techniques you can use to verify task completion.

Masha Nehme's picture Masha Nehme
Five Common Pitfalls When Organizations Neglect Agile Values[article]

As agile development has erupted over the software landscape, its core philosophy often has been neglected as organizations hurry to implement cherry-picked practices in the name of pragmatism. By avoiding these five common pitfalls, companies can better realize the true benefits of agile: high productivity, great software quality, and happy customers.

Victor Szalvay's picture Victor Szalvay
Management Myth 35: Friendly Competition Is Constructive[article]

Competition between teams does not improve performance. In fact, the added stress may shift team members' focus from creating a quality product to self-preservation due to fear of failure. Johanna suggests managers emphasize collaboration between teams over competition.

Johanna Rothman's picture Johanna Rothman
The Agile Mindset and Agile Trends for 2015: An Interview with Jeff Nielsen[interview]
Video

In this interview, Jeff Nielsen, SVP of engineering at 3Pillar Global, covers the importance of an agile mindset and why it's the ideal mentality for taking enterprises to the next level. Jeff also looks to next year, giving insight into trends we can expect for the agile community in 2015.

Cameron Philipp-Edmonds's picture Cameron Philipp-Edmonds
A Tale of Two Doctors and the Value Stream[magazine]

Johanna Rothman compares the experience a patient has with doctors to software development. Producing value implies that the customer believes the software you create provides an important benefit by taking into  consideration the way a user works along with an exceptional user experience.

Johanna Rothman's picture Johanna Rothman
The Five Levels of Agile Planning[article]

Contrary to popular belief, agile projects require as much planning as any other project type. It is the timing of this planning and how we attempt to minimize wasted effort that is different from other approaches. This article attempts to explain the different levels of agile planning and how we utilize them in an ongoing project.

Paul Ellarby's picture Paul Ellarby
The Great Agile and Waterfall Debate: An Interview with Calvin Baldwin[interview]
Podcast

In this interview, e-commerce expert Calvin Baldwin tackles the fundamental differences between the agile and waterfall methodologies, why agile is not a software panacea, and whether waterfall will ever see a resurgence or if a new method will evolve to dominate software management.

Cameron Philipp-Edmonds's picture Cameron Philipp-Edmonds
Overcoming Challenges That Impact Product Delivery[magazine]

Eric Winquist has considerable experience not only leading his company but also consulting with development teams. His advice to “link people to the work” is one of many golden nuggets of information that will help your team deliver projects on time.

Eric Winquist's picture Eric Winquist
Team Assembly and Its Impact on Value and Innovation[article]

Simply putting a handful of developers together and calling it a “team” doesn’t cut it. There’s a better, more analytical approach to team assembly that results in more cohesive teams, faster ramp-up times to peak velocity, and improved innovation, business outcomes, and value.

Michael Rosenbaum's picture Michael Rosenbaum
How to Design a Test Strategy[magazine]

Speaking from his experience with test-centered design projects, Jon Hagar explores some testing pitfalls that could have been avoided if the right test strategy had been chosen. You won't find a better, easier-to-understand explanation of a practical test strategy.

Jon Hagar's picture Jon Hagar
Project Management in Cloud Development[magazine]

Cloud-based software development definitely changes how project managers need to approach their projects and lead their teams. Cloud development is not the same as traditional software product  development and requires a unique mix of traditional project management and agility. Project managers considering working on cloud-based projects need to read what Sridhar Kethandapatti has to say.

Sridhar Kethandapatti's picture Sridhar Kethandapatti

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