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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
STARCANADA 2019 Conscious Curiosity: The Key To Innovation[presentation]
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Jessie Shternshus shares her innate and learned curiosity, and how it fueled her exploration of the subject. She walks you through how she has learned to ask more inquisitive questions, looks for new and different ways to connect people, and connects the dots between ideas.

Jessie Shternshus
STARCANADA 2019 The Lazy Student’s Guide to Test Automation[presentation]
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Do you loathe regression? Do you tire of the repetitive tasks that are part of your product's lifecycle? If you do, then you might be lazy like Chris Loder. Since his Grade 4 teacher wrote “Chris is lazy” on his report card, it has become his way of life.

Chris Loder
STARCANADA 2019 A Framework for the Whole Team to Own Quality[presentation]
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In this practical and inspiring talk, Jess Ingrassellino will share how she developed collaborative test charters when she started working as the first exploratory tester at Salesforce.org.

Dr. Jess Ingrassellino
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
A variety of tools on a workbench For Distributed Agile Teams, It’s Not All about the Tools[article]

Many managers and distributed team members think that if they just had the right tools, they could make some agile approach work. Maybe, but tools only enhance the work of a collaborative agile team. Before you select tools, make sure you have people who can work together and have enough skills and capabilities for your distributed team. Tools do not make the team; they support the team.

Peter Varhol and Gerie Owens What Testers Can Learn from Airline Safety Improvements: An Interview with Peter Varhol and Gerie Owens[interview]
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Technologist and evangelist Peter Varhol and Gerie Owens, a test architect and certified ScrumMaster, discuss their STARWEST presentation, “What Aircrews Can Teach Testers about Testing.” They talk about how testers can apply airline safety practices to their teams’ delivery of high-quality applications through complementary expertise, collaboration, and decision-making. They also explain how blind deference to authority and automation can be detrimental to a testing team, and how to use everyone’s skills to achieve success.

Jennifer Bonine's picture Jennifer Bonine
Gold-plated leaves Build Just Enough of a Feature with ATDD[article]

Developers have a tendency to overbuild their code. This is frequently due to not knowing exactly when they're done and not knowing how robust a feature needs to be. Acceptance test-driven development (ATDD) is a great way to avoid this practice because when the acceptance test passes, the developer knows they're done building that particular feature.

David Bernstein's picture David Bernstein
Dona Sarkar The Glamour Is Back in Testing: An Interview with Dona Sarkar[interview]
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In this interview, Dona Sarkar, head of the Windows Insider Program at Microsoft, speaks about how the initiative allows them to get user feedback before final release. She highlights the importance of getting out in the field to understand your users’ experiences and the difficulties they encounter. Dona also discusses the evolution of the testing role, saying she anticipates that in the near future, testers will have their moment.

Jennifer Bonine's picture Jennifer Bonine
Storytelling in the Age of AI[presentation]
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People are actively engaging in civic tech, social robots are tweeting, and veteran storytellers are capturing stories in new ways using virtual and augmented reality. This explosion of tools, sources, voices, and data is indicative of a new, more collaborative era for storytelling.

Davar Ardalan
Fun as a Productivity Tool[presentation]
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We should all just be professionals and do our jobs, right? There's no need for fun at work as long as everyone comes in and does their hours, right? As long as we have our processes to cover the work needed, we're good, right? Wrong!

Kristoffer Nordström
Making the Career Transition from Software Testing to Data Science[presentation]
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A decade ago Microsoft had over twelve thousand full-time testers, and when you added up all the contract and outsourced testers too, there were more software test engineers than developers.

Ken Johnston

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