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Two agile team members standing beside a large globe Distributed Agile Approaches Optimize for the Team over Individuals[article]

Consider how your team currently organizes: for resource efficiency, optimizing for the individual; or for flow efficiency, optimizing for the team? Successful agile teams—distributed or not—should collaborate to optimize the flow of work through the team. This approach lets you understand your capacity, learn together, and deliver more effectively.

8 Ways to Ruin Your One-on-Ones: An Interview with Jason Wick[interview]
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In this interview, Jason Wick, senior manager at MakeMusic, discusses his STAREAST presentation about eight ways you could be making your one-on-one meetings completely useless. He discusses in depth what he feels is the number one way to ruin these meetings: holding back on feedback. He also offers advice on how you can educate your team leader to avoid the pitfalls that lead to ineffective one-on-ones.

Jennifer Bonine's picture Jennifer Bonine
Melissa Tondi Embracing Tools and Technology in QA: An Interview with Melissa Tondi[interview]
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In this interview, Melissa Tondi, senior QA strategist at Rainforest, discusses the foundation you need in order to have a positive introduction for new tools and technologies. She explains why the team leader has to understand what motivates each individual and how to get them excited about their job. Melissa says team members also have to realize that if they are in any way involved in testing software, they are a technologist, so they have to embrace the tools and technology that will continuously improve and streamline repetitive tasks.

Jennifer Bonine's picture Jennifer Bonine
Adam Satterfield The Who, What, Where, When, and How of Test Strategies: An Interview with Adam Satterfield[interview]
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In this interview, Adam Satterfield, director of testing and quality at Anthem, discusses the core components that testers need to understand in order to create a test strategy in an agile environment. He also talks about the need to build better communication skills through active listening. And Adam offers advice on sharing the things you have learned through blogging, writing for sites like the TechWell community sites, or becoming a presenter at a conference, as well as the benefits you can gain from that.

Jennifer Bonine's picture Jennifer Bonine
String lights shining on a story book Business Storytelling in an Agile Context[article]

Storytelling in business is about sharing the context—explaining different aspects of the same information through different perspectives, such as the customer’s wishes or various internal department needs. The more each person shares their point of view, the more the knowledge deepens, which provides a solid story in a business context. Here's how storytelling can help your agile team.

Karen N. Johnson's picture Karen N. Johnson
Agile Transformation 101: A Conversation with Adam Auerbach[interview]
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Adam Auerbach, VP of Quality Engineering at EPAM Systems, chats with TechWell Community Manager Owen Gotimer about how an inexperienced team can start its agile transformation, the value of stand-ups and retrospectives, and how to make remote teams feel more connected.

Owen Gotimer's picture Owen Gotimer
Bob Galen Strategic Leadership in Agile: An Interview with Bob Galen[interview]
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In this interview, Bob Galen, principal agile coach at Vaco Agile, talks about the importance of getting rid of silos by breaking down the barriers of “them and us” and becoming “we.” He also discusses the need for agile managers to steer away from a tactical management view toward a more strategic leadership view. That means leading their teams by setting expectations and guidelines and being available to help if needed, but ultimately just trusting their teams to get the job done.

Owen Gotimer's picture Owen Gotimer
Person using a screen reader Fitting Accessibility Testing into Agile Development[article]

The concept of accessibility has been around for more than twenty years, yet it’s only recently that more companies have started including it in their development efforts. Developers and testers are recognizing the advantages of incorporating accessibility techniques into their processes. Here are some of these methods specific to agile software development, including a handy checklist.

Albert Gareev's picture Albert Gareev
Playing cards Virtual Agile Games to Strengthen Distributed Teams[article]

While many games and related materials have been created for collocated team-building activities, there is a need for more of these artifacts in virtual form to support distributed teams. These three authors developed a set of virtual agile games that can be downloaded and played remotely, for team-building with newly created teams or as a fun activity with established teams.

Metal gears 6 Steps for Succeeding with Test Automation in Agile[article]

Lots of test automation efforts in agile software development fail, or at least do not maximize their potential. This article looks at two main reasons test automation may not live up to the expectations that testers and other stakeholders in the agile development process have, then outlines six steps to avoid falling into these traps. Here's how to succeed with test automation in an agile environment.

Bas Dijkstra's picture Bas Dijkstra
Man holding a lit light bulb How to Get Value from Measuring Agile Team Health Metrics[article]

One common metric in agile measures team health or team happiness, but creating a way to measure this that is valued by the team is not an easy task. It’s having clarity on the reason you’re measuring these metrics and who benefits from it that gives you real value. Here are some ways you can measure this elusive quality, as well as how to make sure you're gaining useful information.

Vic Bartash's picture Vic Bartash
Person holding a smartphone 5 Ways to Tackle Mobile Development Problems Early with Scrum[article]

Using Scrum for mobile application development can be difficult due to various challenges inherent to building mobile applications. Environmental dependencies, platform limitations, service outages, ownership and access issues, and short sprints can all derail your agile development. Here are some tips for overcoming these five common mobile application development issues early by using Scrum.

Ajeet Singh's picture Ajeet Singh
Ship's helm The Agile Advantage for Last-Minute Changes[article]

Companies using heavyweight development processes manage change by limiting or locking down scope, but this has negative consequences for our products and our customers. Agile takes a different approach by recognizing the value of last-minute changes and making it inexpensive and straightforward to make changes to software, even late in the development cycle, using continuous integration.

David Bernstein's picture David Bernstein
An orange with a blue painted outside Redefining the Project Manager Role in Scrum[article]

Scrum teams are meant to become self-sustaining, so it’s natural for project managers to wonder how they will fit into this new environment. But they still have important skills. Their new role may—and probably will—look different from the traditional project manager role they’ve been used to, but there are still plenty of opportunities to provide real value to their new Scrum team.

Pratik Kothari's picture Pratik Kothari
Wendy Siew Wen Chin and Heng Kar Lau Marrying AI with Software Testing: An Interview with Wendy Siew Wen Chin and Heng Kar Lau[interview]
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In this interview, Wendy Siew Wen Chin and Heng Kar Lau, from Intel, discuss their STARWEST presentation, “Marrying Artificial Intelligence with Software Testing: Challenges and Opportunities.” They discuss their experiences with AI, their first STARWEST conference, and some of the differences they have observed between testing practices in Malaysia, their home country, and the United States.

Jennifer Bonine's picture Jennifer Bonine

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