Some things in life, like death and taxes, are a given. Software development teams face their own givens: Project schedules will always change and certain teams will suffer because of these changes. If that's to be expected, then why haven't most managers done anything to save their teams from undue stress and abuse? In this week's column, Dion Johnson explains that we've got to take care of our teams, or else we'll never see the end of team abuse.
Data-driven test automation is considered to be one of the best automated test implementation or framework types due to its extensibility and relatively low maintenance requirements. But what exactly does data driven mean? Among the many different implementation strategies that result in a data driven script, can we identify one that is truly data driven?
This newsletter is one in a series of newsletters that will discuss the agile Scrum process and will end with variants of Scrum that can be used to aid in improving your software releases. It discusses best practices for the thirty day sprint.
In this bonus session from the Better Software Conference & EXPO, Lee Copeland speaks about the process of choosing session speakers for Software Quality Engineering conferences and offers some tips to help you down the path toward becoming a better speaker.
The economy, like the weather, is a complex system that cycles through good times and bad. Dark economic clouds are brewing on the horizon. Predictions of inflation, stagnant growth, crushing debt, tightening credit are in the forecast. Payson Hall tells us how to weather the storm.
Projects don't fit into the nice definitions found in project management books. Based on her many years of consulting with large and small software teams, Johanna Rothman coaches leaders to take a more pragmatic approach in this keynote presentation from the Better Software Conference & EXPO.
Agile approaches to software development promise many advantages: shorter schedules, more productive teams, products that better meet customer expectations, higher quality, and more. In this talk, Mike Cohn explains how agile teams achieve these goals by avoiding the seven deadly sins of project management. Covered will be sins such as gluttony, sloth, lust, opaqueness, and more.
Blue Diamond Delivery Model (BDDM) is an easier delivery-tracking model, which helps to track the delivery for every day and gives some valuable remarks over the certitude of the deliverables. The Diamond Model is fragmented into the number of workdays per month and the deliverables are eventually distributed across these workdays prior to the Project Plan. Everyday results should be tracked with respect to the time period by naming as Best Period, Grace Period, Warning Period & Failure Period and shade them as Blue, Green, Red and Black respectively (as per the delivery time). The Reasons behind the timely and untimely deliverables are noted and maintained in the history.
A variety of Agile software development methods and practices have now been around for a solid ten years and existed for at least another ten years prior. Configuration Management (CM) for Agile development has now been discussed since the turn of the century. So what are the core principles of CM and how can CM help Agile teams?
In this keynote presentation from the Better Software Conference & EXPO, Jean Tabaka proposes three pivotal practices that we must embrace to aggressively attack waste in software delivery—software-as-a-service, community, and fast-feature throughput.
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