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Football plays Your Strategic Planning Should Be Agile, Too[article]

What has agile taught us about trying to plan everything up front? It usually doesn’t work. So why does your company still use a yearly strategic planning approach that takes six months to develop and requires significant time and effort to pivot to new opportunities and challenges? We need to rethink strategic planning to incorporate design thinking, collaboration, and agility.

Phil Gadzinski's picture Phil Gadzinski
Requirements model Requirements Mapping Using Business Function Test Suites[article]

On this team, testers were overcommitted, avoidable defects were surfacing, and documentation was hard to find. Worse, trust and morale were low. Upgrading tools was out of the question, so the testers decided to take matters into their own hands and create incremental change themselves. Here's how a team added a new type of traceability to its requirement test case world.

Balazs Schaffhauser's picture Balazs Schaffhauser
Changeable code The Value of Test-Driven Development when Writing Changeable Code[article]

Writing changeable code makes it easier and more cost-effective to add features to existing software. Writing changeable code doesn’t take longer, but it does require paying attention to certain things when building a system. It's important to have a good suite of unit tests that support refactoring code when needed, and test-driven development helps you create independently testable code.

David Bernstein's picture David Bernstein
Sunil Sehgal Deciding if You’re Technically Ready for DevOps: An Interview with Sunil Sehgal[interview]
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In this interview, Sunil Sehgal, the managing partner of TechArcis Solutions, defines DevOps and whether or not your team has the technical savvy to properly adopt its practices. He explains what DevOps means for developers and testers and details what DevTestOps truly is—and why it's essential.

Jennifer Bonine's picture Jennifer Bonine
Agile estimation points 5 Overlooked Opportunities in Agile Estimation[article]

Agile story estimation gives the team insight into the level of effort for each work item, allows the team to assess each requirement’s relative priority, and lets the team refine and clarify story items. But there are even more benefits that can be gained from the estimation process. Try to take advantage of these five opportunities for growth when your team is estimating stories.

Ajeet Singh's picture Ajeet Singh
Image of lock over code DevSecOps: Incorporate Security into DevOps to Reduce Software Risk[article]

DevSecOps is a growing movement to incorporate security into DevOps practices in order to ensure flaws and weaknesses are exposed early on through monitoring, assessment, and analysis, so remediation can be implemented far earlier than traditional efforts. By failing fast with security testing, organizations reduce risk of a security incident and decrease the cost of rework.

Alan Crouch's picture Alan Crouch
Open agile workspace The Ideal Workspace for an Agile Team[article]

If your agile team is all wearing noise-canceling headphones and stepping outside for conference calls, you have a problem. An agile workspace doesn't only mean putting everyone in the same room. The layout, configuration, and seating must be conducive to sustainable teamwork. Here are some tips about what an agile workspace is—and isn't.

Joel Bancroft-Connors's picture Joel Bancroft-Connors
Technical writing Fitting Technical Writing into Agile Development[article]

As teams strive to move to a mature agile process, technical writers must adapt as effectively as the development personnel. This new agile process demands that knowledge dealing with software or product releases is only sparingly documented up front, making the technical writer's job of gathering information much more dependent on talking with people over reading requirements.

Robert Spielman's picture Robert Spielman
Martin Chikilian Why It’s Critical to Invest in DevOps Right Now: An Interview with Toptal’s Martin Chikilian[interview]

In this interview, Martin Chikilian, lead director of engineering at Toptal, digs into current DevOps trends and whether DevOps is just a fad. Martin explains why the gig economy is so big for DevOps, why there are so many unfilled positions, and what continuous concepts mean for software.

Josiah Renaudin's picture Josiah Renaudin
Pencil to paper Document Why as Well as What: Finding the Purpose of Your Software[article]

Code can express what we want to accomplish, but it’s a little more difficult to express why we’re doing something in the first place. The people who maintain code are often not those who originally wrote it, so documenting why helps set a context and gives clues as to what the author was thinking when they came up with a particular design, making developers' jobs easier.

David Bernstein's picture David Bernstein
Release management Why DevOps Still Needs Release Management[article]

Release management is still critical in a DevOps environment. You likely will just have to change your current process. You will no longer need to track implementation or back-out plans as part of change orders; you just need to be able to track the application, its components, and its promotion schedule. The key to maintaining these change orders is automation.

Adam Auerbach's picture Adam Auerbach
How Agile Has Shrunk Documentation How Agile Has Shrunk Documentation[magazine]

Agile teams enjoy focusing their time on product features while keeping documentation to a minimum. But every team needs to consider what documentation is really needed. How much is enough?

Sandeep Maher's picture Sandeep Maher
Icon of agile process Using Sprints for Agile Coaching[article]

Discussing the work to be done as a group, building in short iterations, getting feedback, and looking for ways to improve are not just practices for development teams—it is an effective way to achieve any goal. Here, Ben Kopel details his experience of working with other agile coaches in a sprint to hire a new ScrumMaster.

Ben Kopel's picture Ben Kopel
BSE Testing Cultural Intelligence: A Key Skill for Success[presentation]
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Diversity is becoming the norm in everyday life. However, introducing global delivery models without a proper understanding of intercultural differences can lead to difficulty, frustration, and reduced productivity. Priyanka Sharma and Thena Barry say that in our diverse world, we need...

Priyanka Sharma and Thena Berry
BSE Development Intelligent Software Development, Courtesy of Intelligent Software[presentation]
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The machine learning age is well underway. Today’s software can see novel patterns that humans are unable to see and improve task performance based on experience. Learning algorithms are widely used for varied purposes, including loan approval, intrusion detection, fraud prevention, risk...

Stephen Frein

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