Design & Code

Conference Presentations

User Stories: From Fuzzy to Razor Sharp

User stories are the basis for products built using agile development. User stories are relatively short, comprised of enough information to start the development process, and designed to initiate further conversation about details. Short doesn’t necessarily mean useful. Ambiguous stories...

Phil Ricci, Agile-Now
Tips and Tricks for Building Secure Mobile Apps

Mobile application development is now a mission-critical component of many IT organizations. Due to the security threats associated with mobile devices, it is critical that mobile applications are built—from the ground up—to be secure. However, many application developers and testers do...

Jeffery Payne, Coveros, Inc.
Enough about Process, Let’s Use Patterns

When new developers and testers join the company, we want them to learn the “way we do software here.” So we give them the “stone tablets”―the volumes of process documentation― to study. However, the problem is that the details in this documentation are primarily for beginners and don’t...

Paul E. McMahon, PEM Systems
Integrate V&V within Scrum: How Does That Work?

Scrum is an iterative, incremental framework for delivering business value. It is not a Verification and Validation (V&V) approach. So how do we merge Scrum and V&V when a product must be subjected to formal V&V activities? How do we plan V&V work, incorporating it into a...

Kathryn Aragon, Sandia National Laboratories and Julie Bouchard, Sandia National Laboratories
Lean Software Development Is for Everyone

Lean software engineering emphasizes continuous delivery of high quality applications. Ken Pugh explains the principles and practices that form the basis of lean software development―concentrating on developing a continuous flow by eliminating delays and loopbacks; delivering quickly by...

Ken Pugh, Net Objectives
Making Numbers Count: Metrics That Matter

As testers and test managers, we are frequently asked to report to stakeholders on the progress and results of our testing. Questions like How is testing going? may seem simple enough, but the answer is ultimately based on our ability to extract useful metrics from our work and present...

Mike Trites, PQA Testing
Comcast XFINITY Home: An Agile Case Study

Today's mobile application development is a complex endeavor made more difficult by teams often working at cross purposes. Separation of roles and responsibilities leads to intricate technological and personnel dependencies that makes projects challenging. Mark Hashimoto shares personal...

Mark Hashimoto, Comcast
Business Analysis: From Interviews through Implementation

The keys to delivering better software lie in understanding what customers want―even when they are unable to articulate what they want―and being able to create a system that will improve the end users’ work. This is why your starting point should be understanding the differing, and...

Barry Harvey, Florida Virtual Campus
SAFe Integration Patterns: Scaling with Continuous Collaboration

“Going agile” at a fifty-person startup is easy; at a 5,000 person ISV it’s impressive; and in a Fortune 500 company it’s often a nightmare. At large scale, the sheer number of legacy systems, stakeholder specific tools, and governance processes can turn even a simple agile deployment...

Jeff Downs, Tasktop Technologies
Requirements and Acceptance Tests: Yes, They Go Together

The practice of software development requires a clear understanding of business needs. Misunderstanding requirements causes waste, slipped schedules, and mistrust. Developers implement their perceived interpretation of requirements; testers test against their perceptions. Disagreement can...

Ken Pugh, Net Objectives


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