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Doctor holding prescription A Prescription for Your Team’s Agile Transition

When teams are transitioning to agile, making so many changes all at once can be hard. But just like with your health, in order to see progress, you have to commit, and when something starts working, you have to keep it up. Following this prescription should cure a team's agile ills and get its program on the road to recovery.

Allan Kelly's picture Allan Kelly
Team huddle Whole Agile Teams: Beyond Resource Efficiency

Which is better for your agile team: resource efficiency or flow efficiency? It may seem better to have everyone busy 100 percent of the time, but a little extra availability in everybody's schedule allows the team to able to respond to change. We need to get beyond “I do my job, you do yours” and instead focus on what the software needs to move forward.

Matthew Heusser's picture Matthew Heusser
Sign: Changes Strategies for Implementing Agile in Small Organizations

The experience of implementing agile in a company of thousands of employees differs widely from that of a company of hundreds. Although the risks can be greater, the rewards can be, too. If you work in a small company that is interested in transitioning to an agile workflow, consider these strategies for implementing agile in small organizations.

David Kirk's picture David Kirk David Thach
The Reason Scrum So Often Fails Agile Teams

The core of the Scrum framework for managing product development is the three key roles: ScrumMaster, product owner, and the development team. This triad is what makes Scrum so successful—when it works. However, it is the absence of these three roles that is the root cause of the majority of unsuccessful adoptions.

John Yorke's picture John Yorke

Better Software Magazine Articles

Road to success Use DevOps to Drive Your Agile ALM

Successful DevOps operations assume that your team has the ability to adjust with constant change. To succeed at continuous integration and deployment, a comprehensive agile plan is needed. Bob Aiello and Leslie Sachs identify four critical success factors that you should employ.

Bob Aiello's picture Bob Aiello Leslie Sachs
Balance and Flow Continuous Process Improvement Using Balance and Flow

Finding a balance between too much and too little process can be quite a challenge. Tom Wessel shows how to apply lean change management and kaizen principles to achieve continuous process  improvement. Also, Tom suggests the use of simple metrics to verify that improvements are actually taking place.

Thomas Wessel's picture Thomas Wessel
The Mindset of the Agile Developer The Mindset of the Agile Developer

Most software development teams these days adopt an agile approach to guide projects through their lifecycle. But, according to Gil Broza, embracing popular practices is not enough. To work effectively in an agile environment, developers must change their mindset.

Gil Broza's picture Gil Broza
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.

Matthew Heusser's picture Matthew Heusser

Interviews

Naga Jayadev Accelerate Testing and Development with Continuous Delivery: An Interview with Naga Jayadev
Video

In this interview, Naga Jayadev of CA Technologies digs into continuous delivery, continuous testing, DevOps, and virtualization. He explains what he does at CA Technologies, the trends when it comes to testing, and the value of velocity within your development lifecycle.

Jennifer Bonine's picture Jennifer Bonine
How to Use Your Data in an Agile Environment: An Interview with Larry Maccherone
Podcast

In this interview, Larry Maccherone, the director of analytics and research at AgileCraft, explains how you can better use data within your software team. He digs into metrics and measurements within an agile environment and how to determine what data is valuable.

Josiah Renaudin's picture Josiah Renaudin
Deliver Your Applications with Speed, Quality, and Scale: An Interview with Silvia Siqueira
Video

In this interview, HPE's Silvia Siqueira details how to better test your applications in the digital age. She explains how we accelerate applications to market without sacrificing quality, and tells why QA engineers and developers must embrace continuous quality by shifting left.

Jennifer Bonine's picture Jennifer Bonine
Test Automation Strategy Needs to Be Optimized: An Interview with Mary Thorn Your Test Automation Strategy Needs to Be Optimized: An Interview with Mary Thorn
Podcast

In this interview, Mary Thorn of Ipreo explains how to get the most out of your team's test automation strategy. She explains why you need to implement automation, the balance between manual and automated testing, and what to do when a team's automation completely lacks a strategy.

Josiah Renaudin's picture Josiah Renaudin

Conference Presentations

Quality-Driven Delivery in IT
Slideshow

Compromising on quality and customer experience is not an option for IT organizations anymore. To remain relevant, IT organizations and their software development arms must re-imagine how they operate, amplifying their focus on quality while accelerating time to market. Join Doug Sanders...

Douglas Sanders
Testers in Agile Teams—Isolation or Collaboration?
Slideshow

What exactly are testers doing as organizations evolve from waterfall lifecycles to iterative, incremental agile approaches? Agile transitions, rather than fostering collaboration, often lead to isolation, role confusion, and fear. Many testers are left out in the cold. Agile testers face...

Rob Sabourin
Performance Testing in Agile and DevOps Environments
Slideshow

As organizations embrace agile and DevOps delivery models, non-functional performance testing becomes a challenge. While functional validation continues to mature in Agile, many organizations are either struggling to integrate application performance into the delivery model or are...

Syed Hossain
When User Stories Are Not Enough
Slideshow

IT organizations adopting agile development often struggle when applying agile to anything other than small, mid-sized, or non-critical applications. Because IT organizations must deal with the myriad business rules, non-functional requirements, industry regulations, and associated audits...

Tony Higgins

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