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Failed system update Reducing the Risk of Failed System Updates[magazine]

As software applications become more powerful and complex, users are demanding seamless and automatic updates. There is nothing worse than a “bricked system” after a failed update. The selection of a reliable file system is a vital component of the software update process.

Thom Denholm's picture Thom Denholm
Medal indicating the top ten agileconnection articles of 2016 Top 10 AgileConnection Articles of 2016[article]

There is no question that agile has gone mainstream. If you aren't already using at least some agile methods, you soon will be. TechWell took a look at which topics the growing agile community cares most about and put together a list of the most popular AgileConnection stories and interviews of 2016. From failing Scrum teams and successful agile communication to facilitating feedback and simplifying user stories, we've curated the content you need to read as we head into a new year.

Heather Shanholtzer's picture Heather Shanholtzer
Thomas Stiehm Testing with a DevOps Approach: An Interview with Tom Stiehm[interview]
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In this interview, Tom Stiehm of Coveros explains how you can integrate test automation with DevOps to create a continuous testing environment. In this performance-driven environment, software development, testing, and operations must evolve to meet iteration and release delivery goals.

Jennifer Bonine's picture Jennifer Bonine
Tape measure Estimation: What It Takes to Deliver Consumable Value in Agile Projects[article]

Releasing in small batches is a good way to achieve quick feedback in your sprints, but these pieces don't have all the features users need. Providing consumable value is turning those small bites into a meal, and it’s worthwhile to estimate what it will take to deliver that—asking, “What consumable value do we expect to achieve, what duration and cost should we plan for, and how likely is it that the plan will succeed?”

Andy Berner's picture Andy Berner
Shankar Konda Shift Left but Get It First-Time Right: An Interview with Shankar Konda[interview]

In this interview, Shankar Konda from TCS discusses the long-term viability of the shift-left movement, how to achieve the best returns when abiding by shift-left principles, and how DevOps and continuous integration fit in to the shift-left world. 

Josiah Renaudin's picture Josiah Renaudin
Multitasking Agile Techniques for the Multitaskers in All of Us[article]

Multitasking can sabotage your productivity, but with all our different responsibilities, it's often a necessary evil. However, your work quality and quantity don’t have to suffer. These agile techniques can help you avoid interruptions, organize your to-do list, and regain focus after switching tasks.

Charles Cain's picture Charles Cain
Doctor holding prescription A Prescription for Your Team’s Agile Transition[article]

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
The Keys to a Successful Software Team: An Interview with Andy Kaufman[interview]
Podcast

In this interview, Andy Kaufman, the founder of the Institute for Leadership Excellence & Development, explains why team chemistry is often an afterthought, how enthusiasm can often trump skill, and how to deal with conflict.

Josiah Renaudin's picture Josiah Renaudin
Agile East Don't Ask "Can You Hear Me Now?" Start Listening Instead[presentation]
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Most of us believe we are good listeners. However, we often overestimate this skill and are hard-wired to short change it by making assumptions, providing answers, and jumping in when we think we know what people are trying to say. In doing so, we rob ourselves of the chance to encourage...

Judith Mills
Agile East Agile Metrics: Make Better Decisions with Data[presentation]
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Some consider measurement in agile development destructive—or at the very least useless. Larry Maccherone disagrees and offers insight into how you can use metrics in an agile environment to make life better. How do you know when you are ready to introduce metrics into the environment?

Larry Maccherone
Agile East Build Adaptable Teams: The Marine Corps Way[presentation]
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Shrinking budgets, increased workloads, and ever-changing demands challenge today’s product teams to adapt and learn to do more with less. Since its birth in 1775, the United States Marine Corps has faced similar trials. The key to the Corps’ survival—not unlike that of a product team—has...

Anne Steiner
Agile East Them’s the Rules: Using a Rules Engine to Wrangle Complexity[presentation]
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When dealing with complicated and ever-growing program conditions brought on by new business requirements, it's easy for what was once a small conditional block of code to grow to evaluating hundreds of unique conditions. Unfortunately, much like kudzu, that bad practice begins to creep...

Micah Breedlove
Agile East Make Your Continuous Deployment Pipeline as Fast as Possible[presentation]
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Continuous integration (CI) and continuous deployment (CD) have been key to increasing the pace at which development teams can deliver value to the business while keeping quality high. However, many teams are finding that their build pipelines are hard to manage, with builds taking so long...

Abraham Marin-Perez
Agile East Build Fail-Proof Tests in Any Browser with Selenium[presentation]
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What happens when you have thousands of tests that run beautifully in Chrome but many of them fail in Internet Explorer? Unfortunately, this scenario is all too common for testers and remains a major sore point for teams tasked with getting software to work in any browser. Kevin Berg...

Kevin Berg
Agile East The Business of Agile: Better, Faster, Cheaper[presentation]
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Ryan Ripley relates that during his last agile transformation project, a key stakeholder asked, “Why are we adopting agile?” Ryan talked about increasing quality, delivering software sooner, and fostering a more collaborative relationship with business partners. After a few moments...

Ryan Ripley

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