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What Rugby Can Teach You about Trust in Agile Teams[article]

Unconditional support, trust, respect, generosity, and courage are the behavioral values required for agile—and also for rugby. On the surface, the software development methodology and the rough team sport may seem to have little in common. But Luis Novella writes that rugby can actually teach you a lot about agile.

Luis Novella's picture Luis Novella
Assessing the Business Value of Agile User Stories[article]

Allan Kelly says that ideally, companies should put a dollar amount on each planned business decision. But pinning down financial value can be hard, and besides, there are many other factors to consider, such as sustainability and customer service. He looks at various ways to assess the business value of user stories.

Allan Kelly's picture Allan Kelly
From Waterfall to Agile: A ScrumMaster’s View[presentation]
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In less than one year, a leading software company's product team transitioned from a twenty-five year history of waterfall development to using agile methodologies. They had produced software the old-fashioned way—sequentially, firmly entrenched in the process and procedure of pure...

Andrew Montcrieff, Veritas
Product Backlog Refinement: Grooming Your User Stories[presentation]
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The Scrum Guide describes Product Backlog Refinement as “the act of adding detail, estimates, and order to items in the Product Backlog.” New and even experienced agile teams often underestimate the importance of well-groomed stories and find the process of reviewing numerous stories...

Becky Moshenek, ANCILE Solutions
Agile and DevOps Transformations in Large Organizations[presentation]
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Many large scale organizations experience significant challenges as they pursue agile and DevOps transformations. They embark on adopting agile practices yet fail to reap the benefits of continuous release and delivery. Siraj Berhan explores common challenges—people, processes, technology....

Siraj Berhan, Royal Bank of Canada
Fostering Long-Term Test Automation Success[presentation]
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In today’s environment of plummeting software delivery cycle times, test automation becomes a more critical and strategic necessity. How can we possibly keep up with software delivery’s explosive pace while retaining satisfactory test coverage, keeping the reins on costs, and reducing...

Carl Nagle, SAS Institute, Inc.
Large-Scale Agile Test Automation Strategies in Practice[presentation]
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After providing an introduction to several key agile testing concepts—including the Automation Triangle and the Test Automation Quadrants—Geoff Meyer discusses approaches to effectively deliver automated testing. Geoff shares practical insights and demonstrates how they were employed...

Geoff Meyer, Dell, Inc.
Test Data Management: A Healthcare Industry Case Study[presentation]
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As IT systems increase in both scale and complexity, delivering quality applications becomes more challenging. In addition to creating and executing test scenarios, testers need to create and maintain the test data that enables test execution. Test data management (TDM) creates and...

Jatinder Singh, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, and Shaheer Mohammed, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care
Well Begun Is Half Done: Creating Dynamic and Living Team Charters[presentation]
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Aristotle once stated, “Well begun is half done.” However, many agile initiatives suffer from a feeble launch. So how can we increase the likelihood of success for a team or organization? By developing a sound team charter. Beginning with the end in mind, we use retrospective techniques to...

Linda Cook, Project Cooks, LLC, and Chris Espy, SolutionsIQ
Passion: What Software Teams and Executives Can Learn from Eco-Pirates[presentation]
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On the Animal Planet TV series Whale Wars, a fleet of boats off the coast of Japan ambush migrating dolphins at sea and drive them into a cove, where they’re captured for the theme park industry or killed for food. Their story is featured in the Oscar-winning documentary, The Cove. Having...

Michael Mah, QSM Associates, Inc.
Improvisation for Agile Skill Development[presentation]
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In today's economy, the Creative Economy, businesses face a disrupted, highly competitive and constantly changing landscape. To thrive in the Creative Economy team members, managers and executives will need to become and remain Agile. Improvisational Theater provides us with a proven model...

Robie Wood, ImprovAgility, and Jody Wood, ImprovAgility
Continuous Integration Is for Everyone—Especially DevOps[presentation]
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Continuous delivery and deployment are taking center stage in the DevOps conversations. Neither continuous delivery nor deployment are easy to jump into, and both make a lot of assumptions about the applications being released. Continuous integration (CI), however, is for everyone who...

Chris Riley, Sauce Labs
Our Journey to Agile in the Microsoft Developer Division[presentation]
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This is the story about the Microsoft Developer Division and their two-year journey to agile—from shipping every three years to shipping every three weeks. In the old days, long stabilization phases were part of its DNA. Managers were rewarded for micromanagement. Commitments were made...

Gregg Boer, Microsoft
The Show Must Go On: Leadership Lessons from the Theater[presentation]
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When creating a play or movie, what are the first three rules of directing? Casting, casting, and casting. How does Saturday Night Live produce sketch after sketch of comedy? By iterating. John Krewson finds that the principles of leadership and management in the worlds of theatre, TV, and...

John Krewson, MasterCard Worldwide
Going Agile? Three Conversations to Have Before You Start[presentation]
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All too often, companies adopt a mission to “go agile” before truly understanding what that entails. Business managers are quick to jump on the agile bandwagon, believing that going agile will magically make projects happen faster. Teams are getting certified in Scrum believing it is the...

Heather Fleming, Gilt, and Justin Riservato, Gilt

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