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Twelve Heuristics for Solving Tough Problems—Faster and Better[presentation]
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As infants, we begin our lives as problem solving machines, learning to navigate a strange and complex world in which others communicate in ways we don’t understand. Initially, we hone our problem solving talents; then many of us find our explorations thwarted and eventually stop using...

Payson Hall, Catalysis Group Inc.
Six Free Ideas to Improve Agile Success[presentation]
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Free? Is anything free these days? Based on her experience working with organizational leaders and her research into what drives organizational performance, Pollyanna Pixton shares six ideas—and the keys to their effective implementation—to help assure the success of your agile teams. 

Pollyanna Pixton, Accelinnova
Essential Test-Driven Development[presentation]
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Test-driven development (TDD) is a powerful technique for combining software design, unit testing, and coding in a continuous process to increase reliability and produce better code design. Using the TDD approach, developers write programs in very short development cycles: first the...

Rob Myers, Agile Institute
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.
ADC-BSC EAST 2013 Keynote: Reading the Tea Leaves: Predicting a Project’s Future[presentation]
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Is a project’s fate preordained? Does a project’s past suggest its likely future? Can anything be done to influence that future when the current signs aren’t promising? Payson Hall has participated in and reviewed many projects during his thirty-year career in software development.

Payson Hall, Catalysis Group Inc.
Security Testing for Test Professionals[presentation]
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Your organization is doing well with functional, usability, and performance testing. However, you know that software security is a key part of software assurance and compliance strategy for protecting applications and critical data. Left undiscovered, security-related defects can wreak...

Jeff Payne, Coveros, Inc.
The Leadership Tutorial: Improving Your Ability to Stand and Deliver[presentation]
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How do you compare the productivity and quality you achieve with agile practices with that of traditional waterfall projects? Join Michael Mah to learn about both agile and waterfall metrics and how these metrics behave in real projects. Learn how to use your own data to move from sketches...

Michael Mah, QSM Associates Inc.
An Introduction to SAFe: The Scaled Agile Framework[presentation]
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Many organizations have achieved agility at the team level only to be unable to achieve it across teams. The Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) provides both a vision and method for how to achieve this. SAFe is the first documented framework that can be used to scale agile throughout...

Ken Pugh, Net Objectives

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