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Management Myth #1: The Myth of 100% Utilization[article]

Too many managers believe in the myth of 100% utilization—the belief that every single technical person must be fully utilized every single minute of every single day. The problem with this myth is that there is no time for innovation, no time for serendipitous thinking, no time for exploration, and it often leads to a less successful organization.

Johanna Rothman's picture Johanna Rothman
Empowering Agile Teams[article]

Teams, when truly empowered, will always make better decisions than any one individual. Where can you empower teams as you adopt agile?

Jean Tabaka's picture Jean Tabaka
Taking DevOps Mainstream[article]

In this article, Shawn Edmondson describes how the rise of DevOps can be measured right alongside the rise of cloud in its level of mainstream acceptance. Learn how DevOps takes a common sense approach to development while using agile methodologies and automation at the same time.

Shawn Edmondson's picture Shawn Edmondson
Agile Leadership for Mid-Managers[article]

Len Whitmore explores how the growth of agile changes the roles, responsibilities, and titles of mid-managers more so than any other management group, because agile practices require more leadership and less of what is considered traditional management techniques.

Len  Whitmore's picture Len Whitmore
Project Portfolio Management: An Interview with Johanna Rothman[interview]

Johanna Rothman is a management consultant, regular StickyMinds.com columnist, and AgileConnection’s technical editor. Johanna talks about the year in software, the rise of project portfolio management, and whether we will continue to see organizations adopt agile in the new year.

Jonathan Vanian's picture Jonathan Vanian
Seven Ways to Make Testing Irrelevant on Your Team[magazine]

Testers and developers can be friends. In fact, on teams working at a breakneck pace to deliver software, they must be friendly enough to rely on each other. However, there are a few sure-fire ways to ruin that relationship before it begins—and potentially make testing both irrelevant and unwelcome. Marlena Compton lists seven such ways here, along with suggestions for avoiding disaster.

Marlena Compton's picture Marlena Compton
Software for Good: The Maker Movement[magazine]

Communities are sprouting up all over the world to provide an outlet for those who want to create new things and hack existing ones. In this article, Jonathan Speicher writes about one such group, HackPittsburgh, some of the projects he’s worked on, and the value the maker movement brings to those who work in the software industry.

Jon Speicher's picture Jon Speicher
man with cloudy glasses The Zero-Defect Vision: Error-proofing Your Way to Quality[article]

Bob Schatz helps you develop strategies to eliminate errors and prevent defects in your product or service.

Bob Schatz's picture Bob Schatz
Goodhart’s Law[magazine]

Charles Goodhart stated: "Any observed statistical regularity will tend to collapse once pressure is placed upon it for control purposes." In other words, "When a measure becomes a target, it ceases to be a good measure."

Lee Copeland's picture Lee Copeland
Learning For Agile Testers, Part 2[magazine]

In part one of our Learning for Agile Testers series, we addressed general "thinking" skills that go beyond technical competence and how learning these enhances the value you contribute. In part two, we discuss some specific technical skills that benefit testers and how to acquire them.

Lisa Crispin's picture Lisa Crispin Janet Gregory
Alternative JVM Languages For Java Projects[magazine]

Java Virtual Machine has become a successful platform for applications written in many languages, not just Java. Alternatives like JRuby, Scala, Clojure, and Groovy can be more concise and offer new ways to approach problems.

Daniel Wellman's picture Daniel Wellman
Software Project Managers: Know Your Business Case[magazine]

Many professionals in the software industry chose to pursue software to avoid business schools and MBAs. In this article, Payson explains that some of that "Business BS" can be useful both tactically and strategically to software project managers.

Payson Hall's picture Payson Hall
What If Quality Shouldn’t Be Job One?[magazine]

We live in a consumer-oriented society, where we are taught to expect that everything that we buy or create must be the best. Clearly, quality is considered to be a top-selling feature in many of the products that we buy. But what if it shouldn’t be?

Howard Smallowitz's picture Howard Smallowitz George Stark
Configuration Management and DevOps with Jez Humble and Bob Aiello[article]

In this excerpt from an interview recorded at this year's Better Software and Agile Development Practices East conferences, authors Bob Aiello and Jez Humble discuss the challenges and the rewards of instituting configuration management and DevOps practices.

Bob Aiello's picture Bob Aiello
adzic cover Specification by Example: Collaborating on a Scope without High-Level Control[article]

Understanding what the business users are trying to achieve can significantly help you focus the project on things that really matter. In this excerpt from Gojko Adzic's book Specification by Example, the author offers some tips for effectively collaborating on the project scope when you don’t have high-level control of the project.

Gojko Adzic's picture Gojko Adzic

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