agile transition

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Agile Strategies for Traditional Software Development Teams
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Many development and test teams are still working on more traditional software projects that release every few months or longer, rather than daily or weekly. Benefits of adopting continuous development strategies into a standard software cycle include immediate feedback on code changes...

Melanie Drake
Can one person have the role of both product owner and scrum master and perform each role effectively?

I'm currently in a situation where my organization wants to transition to using Scrum for software development and enhancements but we don't have a clear idea as to who will assume which role.   Any feedback is appreciated.  Thanks!

Matthew May's picture Matthew May
Getting Test to the Strategy Table

When the big decisions are made to fund and scope the project, are testers in the room? Matt Heusser presents compelling reasons for including QA as a key contributor during strategic planning, along with advice on how to get there.

Matt Heusser's picture Matt Heusser
Swiss army knife Want True Agility? Foster General Skills over Specialization

Many organizations enforce systems that stifle flexibility by promoting specialization. But encouraging learning new skills and expanding outside core responsibilities promotes flow over resource efficiency, helps cover gaps in time of crisis, and lets you build a team that can deliver continually at a sustainable pace. It's the age of the generalist.

Phil Gadzinski's picture Phil Gadzinski
Failure Next Exit sign How to Guarantee Failure in Your Agile DevOps Transformation

Many organizations make the same agile and DevOps scaling mistakes year after year, then attempt to rectify them by putting together a great new strategy—only to miss the reasons causing the failure. If you want to refuse to evolve and, as a result, cause your organization’s agile and DevOps transformation efforts to deliver zero business value, be sure to follow these seven antipatterns.

Mik Kersten's picture Mik Kersten
circle of continuous arrows Learn Agile Techniques to Become a More Valuable Tester

Agile is still on the rise, with many organizations that have been successful at the team level looking to scale their adoption. Consequently, it's important for testers to have practical application of agile techniques. You should know how to create tests to optimize maximum test coverage, have interpersonal skills, and successfully build relationships within the team.

Leanne Howard's picture Leanne Howard
Collocated West Logo Implementing Agile in an FDA Regulated Environment
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Developing medical devices that are subject to FDA approval has traditionally followed the waterfall methodology, largely due to the structure of the regulations that govern development practices. But we know from myriad case studies in different industries that agile methodologies are far...

Neal Herman
Collocated West Logo Architecture vs. Design in Agile: What’s the Right Answer?
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Is architecture the same as preliminary design in agile? It shouldn't be. Do we create architecture up front, then do iterative development after the architecture is done? That is edging back toward waterfall. Can you explain the purpose of the architecture in just two or three statements?

Anthony Crain
Collocated West Logo White Box Testing: It’s Not Just for Developers Any More
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Software development has improved dramatically over the past several years due in part to techniques, approaches, and development environments that take advantage of the power of modern computing machines. Software testing techniques have, by comparison, lagged. As projects and teams...

Robert Vanderwall
Collocated West Logo Agile Hacks: Creative Solutions for Common Agile Issues
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Whether you are just starting agile or have already made the transition to using agile in your organization, you may face the issues that Susan McNamara describes. Is your team not firing on all cylinders? Do people feel stuck or bored? Is your team having trouble getting to Done at the...

Susan McNamara

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