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Hans Buwalda Do We Still Need Testers? An Interview with Hans Buwalda[interview]
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In this interview, Hans Buwalda, the CTO at LogiGear, talks about whether you need developers in test, pure testers, or domain experts, based on what you are testing. He also talks about where you should spend your time and how many tests should be at what levels.

Jennifer Bonine
Dawn Haynes The Value of Attending a Live Virtual Conference: An Interview with Dawn Haynes[interview]
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In this interview, Dawn Haynes, CEO, testing coach, and consultant for PerfTestPlus, discusses the value of attending the live virtual conferences. She also talks about her upcoming book with the topic yoga for testers, about how you can apply yoga poses to your testing practices.

Jennifer Bonine
Adam Auerbach Performance Testing and Value Stream Analysis: An Interview with Adam Auerbach[interview]
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In this interview, Adam Auerbach, vice president and cohead of the Dev TestSecOps Practice at EPAM Systems, discusses the book The Kitty Hawk Venture, his experiences at STARWEST, and the topics of performance testing, and value stream analysis.

Jennifer Bonine
Arrows scaling upward 7 Key Factors for Scaling Agile in Large Organizations[article]

Agile adoption has grown from a small number of agile teams within an organization to many agile teams, larger teams, and entire organizations themselves, bringing a new set of challenges and complexities. Regardless of the framework, some important factors play a major role in making large-scale agile adoption successful. Here are seven aspects you should consider when scaling agile across an organization.

Pooja Wandile
Michael Bolton When Testers Are Asked to Sign Off on a Product: An Interview with Michael Bolton[interview]
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In this interview, Michael Bolton, principal at DevelopSense, discusses the absurdity of project managers requiring testers to sign off on a product. Testers cannot assure the quality of the product, so Bolton makes suggestions for how to handle this request.

Jennifer Bonine
Mining a Data Lake to Improve Analysis of Your Test Automation Data: An Interview with Greg Paskal[interview]
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In this interview, Greg Paskal, a technology innovator in quality assurance, discusses a new open source tool from Elastic Stack that creates a “data lake” that can be mined to analyze the data coming from test automation on a more effective level than pass/fail. 

Jennifer Bonine
Woman holding trophy with "2018" Top 10 AgileConnection Articles of 2018[article]

Agile isn't something you can adopt through tooling; you have to adhere to the agile principles every step of the way. The top articles from 2018 show that people were looking to improve and refine their agile practices, with popular topics including how to enhance your daily standups, retrospectives, and planning. Check out this roundup for ways to enhance your agile operations.

Beth Romanik
Testing feedback loop 5 Key Factors to Achieve Agile Testing in DevOps[article]

Part of the path to DevOps requires adoption of agile methodologies. What does it mean for testing when you switch from the traditional waterfall model, with a few long release cycles per year, to the agile model, with changes occurring every two weeks? Here are five key factors to achieve the agile software testing necessary in DevOps.

Denise Rigoni
Person crossing a natural rock bridge above the sea Agile Estimates versus #NoEstimates: Bridging the Gap[article]

Agile teams can easily get puzzled by the heated debate happening between advocates for estimation and those in the #NoEstimates camp. However, by comparing how they solve these problems, we can identify many common practices between the two groups and see they are not truly at odds—they actually complement each other. Let's bridge the gap.

Andre Rubin
Laptop with code on the screen Agile Development: Focusing on the Health of Your Code[article]

In Scrum, the product owner and the ScrumMaster are supposed to drive sustainable development. But there's a third force missing from the formula: the health of the code itself. We often forget that our code is also a member of our team, and we have to be concerned about its health and well-being as much as any other team member. That means using practices to develop good code from the beginning.

David Bernstein
Branching example Picking the Right Branch-Merge Strategy[article]

A good branch-merge strategy facilitates processes among multiple developers and is the basis for any well-functioning DevOps pipeline that uses continuous integration. Let’s explore branching strategies, merging strategies, and how you can put them together in a way that’s right for your team in order to bring quality features to production faster.

Alan Crouch
Product owner standing in front of a wall of sticky notes 3 Elusive Qualities of a Great Product Owner[article]

When it comes to guiding the development of a product and ensuring you’re building what the user actually needs, a product owner is the most important hire for the team. There’s just one problem: A good product owner can be really hard to find. The characteristics that make a good product owner are elusive, but here are three qualities you should prioritize in your search.

John Yorke
Scrum team participating in a daily standup meeting 5 Ways ScrumMasters Can Enhance Daily Standups[article]

Daily standup meetings can turn into a perfunctory chore, with everyone simply going through the motions. It’s the ScrumMaster’s job to make sure that doesn’t happen and the meetings remain useful for everyone. With these five ideas, the ScrumMaster can actively help daily scrums be effective and encourage communication, transparency, and efficient delivery of value.

Ajeet Singh
Person solving a Rubik's cube Eliminate Fake Certainty and Solve the Real Problem[article]

Too often, customers have a “fake certainty” about the problems they want to solve. They might not have defined the real problem, but they have frequently defined the solution anyway. The risk is that we might build the wrong thing. When the product owner works with the customers to define the problem, then works with the team to define the solution, everyone can win.

Johanna Rothman John Le Drew
Testing team standing around a computer and smiling 3 Methods for Better Communication and More Effective Testing[article]

Successful delivery of software requires the entire team, so it’s imperative that everyone choose their words carefully so they convey what they really mean, are sensitive to others’ feelings, and consider all aspects of a problem. Here are three questions to remember when communicating about your software testing projects to ensure you’re considering the power of words.

Ajay Balamurugadas

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