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Agile Lifecycles for Geographically Distributed Teams: Using a Project Manager with Kanban, Silo'd Teams[article]

This is a product development organization with developers in Italy, testers in India, more developers in New York, product owners and project managers in California.

This organization first tried iterations, but the team could never get to done. The problem was that the stories were too large. Normally I suggest smaller iterations, but one of the developers suggested they move to kanban.

Johanna Rothman's picture Johanna Rothman
Development of test automation framework during the first iteration, focusing on manual testing Test Automation in an Agile Environment[article]

Many of us keep asking: If the benefits of automated testing are so vast, why does test automation fail so often? Artem Nahornyy addresses this common dilemma.

Artem  Nahornyy's picture Artem Nahornyy
From One Expert to Another: Dawn and Shannon Code[interview]

Did you know that former Dawn Cannan, lover of all things testing, and her husband legally changed their names to Dawn Test Code and Shannon Null Code? In this interview, they discuss the reason for their name changes and what it means to have and show enthusiasm for what is important to you.

Joey McAllister's picture Joey McAllister
Defining Requirement Types: Traditional vs. Use Cases vs. User Stories[article]

If you have recently transitioned to an agile team, you may have questions about the differences between user stories and use cases, especially how they differ from tradition requirements writing. In this article, Charles Suscheck defines each of these requirements types and uses a running example to illustrate how they differ in a real-world setting.

Charles Suscheck's picture Charles Suscheck
Agile ALM for Delivering Customer Value: Back-end Disciplines[article]

In this second part of a two-part series, Mario Moreira explores the back-end disciplines of a lifecycle that establishes an ALM framework centering on customer value. If your organization has adopted agile and you are looking at building your ALM framework, consider an infrastructure and tooling that will help you establish and build customer value throughout the lifecycle.

Mario  Moreira's picture Mario Moreira
man in workshop An Agile Software Shop: Spreading Agile Across Departments[article]

In a medium to large software shop, where several groups are involved in the development of a product, implementing an agile methodology may be a challenge.

Rafael  Alvarez's picture Rafael Alvarez
Once Upon A Retrospective[magazine]

Children can teach us some extremely profound things--often when we least expect it. Jennitta Andrea shares sage advice about project retrospectives that she learned while perusing the well-known children's stories on her daughter's bookshelf. These insights will help improve the way you plan, facilitate, and participate in project retrospectives.

Jennitta Andrea's picture Jennitta Andrea
man with cloudy glasses The Zero-Defect Vision: Common Sources of Errors in Development[article]

Examine the common sources of errors in product development activities. By being aware of the things we can change in our environments, we can reach our goal of preventing errors. Then, a number of techniques can be employed in order to help teams work towards a zero-defect goal.

Bob Schatz's picture Bob Schatz
My Life as a Virtual Team Member: An Interview with Nanda Lankalapalli[interview]

Inspired by the Better Software magazine article, "Make Your Tele-team Work," I spoke in more detail with Nanda Lankalapalli about what it's like to be a virtual team member and what it took to create a "Virtual Nanda."

Heather Shanholtzer's picture Heather Shanholtzer
Content (and Creativity) Is King in 2012[magazine]

A letter from the Better Software magazine editor.

Heather Shanholtzer's picture Heather Shanholtzer
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

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