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A Mind-Blowing Exploration on How to Make Better Decisions[presentation]
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Have you ever watched a medical drama with scenes featuring doctors making split second, life-or-death decisions? As software professional, there may be less at stake when it comes to your decisions, yet you often need to act under time pressure, limited information, and conditions of...

Iain McCowatt, Barclays
Six Impossible Things before Breakfast[presentation]
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Recently we’ve been seeing a lot of things that just don’t happen in real life. A managing director at Bank of America abandons decades of organizational “best practices” and recreates his organization by letting people organize their own teams. And, if that weren’t unusual enough, the...

Dan North, Dan North & Associates, Ltd. & Kyle Thomson, Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Measure Customer and Business Feedback to Drive Improvement[presentation]
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Companies often go to great lengths to collect metrics. However, even the most rigorously collected data tends to be ignored, despite the findings and potential for improving practices. Today, one metric that cannot be ignored is customer satisfaction. Customers are more than willing to...

Paul Fratellone, uTest
Demystifying the Role of Product Owner[presentation]
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Have you ever wondered what makes a good Product Owner? It’s a broad and deep role that is often filled with a hodgepodge of differently skilled individuals. Many organizations struggle to understand its importance as they scale their agile transformations. What about exceptional...

Bob Galen, Velocity Partners
How to Manage Team Conflict in Your Organization: An Interview with Pat Arcady[interview]

Pat Arcady is an agile and executive coach with FreeStanding Agility. In this interview, Pat discusses ways conflict manifests itself in an organization, the importance of nonviolent communication, and a useful four-step protocol for achieving positive outcomes for all parties.

Jonathan Vanian's picture Jonathan Vanian
How Using Agile Can Help with Risk Management[article]

Agile methods are one way to use iterations and frequent feedback to manage risk. Getting feedback early so that you can make corrections or change expectations isn’t a new idea, but implementing a process that can give you both this feedback and the tools you need to make corrections is difficult for a number of reasons.

Steve Berczuk's picture Steve Berczuk
On Agile Methods and the Rise of Lean Startup: An Interview with Arlen Bankston[interview]

Arlen Bankston is a lean six sigma master black belt and certified ScrumMaster trainer. In the following interview with StickyMinds editor Jonathan Vanian, Arlen discusses the rise of the Lean Startup movement, tools to capture customer feedback, and what constitutes good metrics.

Jonathan Vanian's picture Jonathan Vanian
Agile 101: A Short Introduction to Agile Development Principles and Practices[article]

Johanna Rothman gives the rundown on what exactly is agile. Remember, agile is not just an approach. It is a system and a cultural change to your organization. Agile creates high visibility and transparency in the projects, which permeates the entire organization.

Johanna Rothman's picture Johanna Rothman
Making Testers Miserable: An Interview with Andrew Wulf[interview]

Andrew Wulf runs TheCodist blog, is the lead iOS programmer for Travelocity, owners Idle Diversions—an iOS game company. In this interview with Noel Wurst, Wulf discusses his role as a coder to "make testers miserable," the need for clean code, and practicing agile before it was a term.

Noel Wurst's picture Noel Wurst
Eat Your Veggies: Using Agile Methods to Focus on Healthy Habits[article]

Claire Moss shares with us a personal story on how using agile methods helped her family with managing meals and groceries. By using techniques like a Big Visible board, dinnertime for Moss’s family became less of a chore. Remember, nothing ever goes according to plan, but that's true for any healthy team.

Claire Moss's picture Claire Moss
Using DevOps to Develop Reliable Software[magazine]

How do we build more reliable, complex systems in a way that is both pragmatic and economically feasible? Many of the DevOps practices provide the key to building better software that can be maintained, upgraded, and supported from its first installation to its eventual retirement when the system is no longer required.

Bob  Aiello's picture Bob Aiello Leslie Sachs
PMO 2.0: Rebooting the IT Project Management Office[magazine]

More companies are adopting project management offices, and with that additional oversight and structure, their impact can often miss the mark. Tony explains that a "kick in the pants" might be necessary for a PMO to get staff buy-in that delivers successful project results.

Tony McClain's picture Tony McClain
How Can I Develop the Ability to Collaborate?[magazine]

In this installment of FAQ, SQE Trainer Bob Payne and consultant Ryan Olivett answer one of the questions students ask them most often.

Bob Payne's picture Bob Payne Ryan Olivett
Achieving a Project's Benefits and Goals: How Change Management Can Help[magazine]

Studies have shown that leading organizations frequently have less than successful results when incorporating significant changes. Kris presents useful advice dealing with staff, communication, and what to do for the long term after the change takes place.

Kris Irwin's picture Kris Irwin
Usability Testing with "CAN I USE THIS?"[magazine]

David introduces a unique approach for application usability testing. Each letter of the memorable "CAN I USE THIS"? will assist with test idea generation.

David Greenlees's picture David Greenlees

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