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Test Data Management: A Healthcare Industry Case Study
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As IT systems increase in both scale and complexity, delivering quality applications becomes more challenging. In addition to creating and executing test scenarios, testers need to create and maintain the test data that enables test execution. Test data management (TDM) creates and...

Jatinder Singh, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, and Shaheer Mohammed, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care
Getting the Most Value from Feedback Systems: Daily, Every Sprint, and Every Release
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Agile methods are empirical. You must inspect and adapt to make agile work. This requires using effective feedback systems which are vital to your success. Agile teams often suffer from agile feedback systems that are dysfunctional—non-existent, delayed, or no learning from feedback.

Satish Thatte, VersionOne
Rejuvenate Your Scrum Implementation: From Good to Great
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After implementing Scrum, some organizations slowly stray away from the basics that made their implementation successful. They loosen up Scrum practices, lose sight of core roles and responsibilities, and succumb to their muscle memory of how things were done before. Teams have little...

Denise Dantzler, Werner Enterprises
Your Agile Prioritization Process Is Probably Wrong
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Of course we know what customers want, right? Product owners have the roadmap. Sales teams know what sells. Support talks to customers every day. So if we really know what our customers want, why is 65 percent of all software functionality rarely or never used? Why aren’t our customers...

Tom Gimpel, SofterWare, Inc
Now That We're Agile, What's a Manager to Do?
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We teach managers to foster agility by encouraging their teams to self-organize, stop assigning work, and telling them how to do it. Since the Product Owner defines the what and the team defines the how, what’s left for managers to do? Managers need to become servant leaders. It’s a key...

David Grabel, Grabel Consulting Services, LLC, and Shyam Kumar, UST-Global
Thieves of Agile Adoption: Approaches to Avoid
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Businesses are hit by thieves from all angles. Thieves often go unnoticed until something is missing. If you are adopting agile, you may have thieves stealing from your transformation right now. Every organization is different, but some thieves of agile adoption are well-known. Francie Van...

Francie Van Wirkus
Applying Lean Startup Principles to Agile Projects
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Warning! You can still build the wrong product using agile. In Eric Ries’ book The Lean Startup, he poses the question: What if we found ourselves building something that nobody wanted? In that case, what would it matter if we did it on time and on budget? We often assume the Product Owner...

Michael Hall, Improving Enterprises
Bringing Continuous Delivery to Dell.com: A Retrospective
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Multibillion dollar sales portal Dell.com has more than 1,000 developers working in tandem to contribute content and code. This presents unique strategic challenges when it comes to selecting, planning, and deploying DevOps tools. James Watt presents a retrospective on transitioning one of...

James Watt, Dell, Inc.
Don't Bulldoze a Vibrant Ecosystem for Agile
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Software processes are commonly portrayed using machine metaphors in which consistency is highly prized. Frequently, organizations set up Centers of Excellence in a well-intentioned effort to create enterprise consistency. Steve Adolph reminds us that, in reality, software development...

Steve Adolph, Blue Agility
Emerging Product Owner Patterns in Large Organizations
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Many organizations are actively searching for the perfect product owner—a unicorn who knows all about the product, anticipates the market, innovates, and improves the product’s quality and architecture, all while making and meeting commitments to the organization. That's a difficult if not...

Timothy Wise, LeadingAgile

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