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Make the Cloud Less Cloudy: A Perspective for Software Development Teams[presentation]
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With so many technologies branded as “cloud” products, it can be difficult to distinguish good technology from good marketing. The resulting confusion complicates the work of software development teams who are trying not only to architect software effectively but also trying to accelerate...

Bill Wilder, Development Partners Software Corporation
Implementing DevOps and Making It Stick[presentation]
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If you’ve ever been involved in promoting cultural change within an organization, you may have experienced something even more disheartening than flat-out rejection—a full rollback of hard-won cultural change followed by a decade-long resentment of anyone remotely associated with the...

Alex Papadimoulis , Inedo
Agile Success with Scrum: It’s All about the People[presentation]
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Is it possible to be doing everything Scrum says to do and still fail horribly? Unfortunately, the answer is yes—and teams do it every day. To many, Scrum means concentrating on the meetings and artifacts, and making sure the roles all do their jobs. Bob Hartman and Michael Vizdos explore...

Bob Hartman, Agile For All
When Code Cries: Listening to Code[presentation]
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What is the best way to learn a new programming language or improve coding skills with the language you already use? Cory Foy has developed a new method for learning—and teaching—new programming languages and improving programmer expertise on their current languages. 

Cory Foy, Cory Foy, LLC
Lessons from Busting Organizational Silos[presentation]
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We’ve all heard of the evils that can result from organizational silos—bottlenecks, inefficiencies, and the “us vs. them” mentality. Perhaps you’ve been a victim. As Tricia Broderick repeatedly experienced value from busting individual project team silos, she naturally wanted to expand her...

Tricia Broderick, Santeon Group
Power and Empowerment: Understanding the Principles[presentation]
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Managers want teams to be empowered but often don’t want to give up their decision-making authority. Teams want to be empowered but may not know how to act on the power they already have. Executives want to drive engagement and action but see only half-hearted compliance. 

Esther Derby, Esther Derby Associates Inc.
Test (and More) Patterns for Continuous Software Delivery[presentation]
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Top web companies employ continuous delivery of software to build and deploy systems faster and gain a marked competitive advantage. You can do it, too! Andy Singleton shares the patterns for testing in real time that result in more frequent and more reliable releases. He explains why...

Andy Singleton, Assembla
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
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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