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As You Wish[magazine]

A letter from the Better Software magazine editor.

Joey McAllister's picture Joey McAllister
How to Build a Successful Team: Analysis, Motivation, and Beyond[magazine]

It takes more than just gathering a bunch of skilled testers in a room together to make a great test team. Learn how to analyze individual tester types, motivate your team, and achieve success.

Lloyd Roden
FAQ: Will a Tester Certification Help Me Get a Better Job?[magazine]

In this installment of FAQ, SQE Trainer Claire Lohr answers one of the questions students ask her most often.

Claire Lohr's picture Claire Lohr
Can Anyone be a Tester?[magazine]

Testers can come from all walks of life, but can anyone be a tester? It’s time for testers to clean up the craft and regain their respect.

Julie Hurst-Fule's picture Julie Hurst-Fule
Building a Backlog for Legacy System Changes[article]

Kent McDonald writes that teams often assume that they cannot split their changes into small stories because the resulting stories would not provide value. What they fail to realize is that they can split these bigger changes into smaller changes and gain value by showing their stakeholders, getting feedback, and incorporating that feedback in their continued development.

Kent J. McDonald's picture Kent J. McDonald
Not Just a Number: The Real Value of Metrics[magazine]

Metrics can be enormously helpful, but only if they’re used correctly. Abuse them, and they will drive dysfunction. Study the stories behind the data to find the real value.

Joanne Perold's picture Joanne Perold
Mob Programming: A Whole Team Approach[presentation]
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Teamwork is an important component of agile software development. We all agree that teamwork must be nurtured and grown in our organizations. But what does it mean to work as a team in the world of software development? How can we encourage our “teams” to truly work “as a team?” 

Woody Zuill, Hunter Industries
Building a Team Backlog: The Power of Retrospectives[presentation]
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“Inspect and adapt” is one of the basic tenets of continuous improvement, and agility in general. Holding retrospectives is one of the core processes that allows teams to look back and reflect on their progress. However, over time, teams may focus only on the product work and lose interest...

Kanchan Khera, McKinsey & Company & Bhuwan Lodha, McKinsey & Company
An Interview with Steven "Doc" List: ADC-BSW 2013 Interview Series[presentation]
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Committed to covering the latest tools, trends, and issues regarding software development approaches, plan-driven development methods, and process improvement programs, Agile Development & Better Software Conference West offers their 2013 interview series. 

Steven “Doc” List, Santeon Group
Behavior-Driven Design in Practice[presentation]
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One of software development’s  greatest challenges is combining business needs with technical abilities to build products that customers want. Many development methodologies attempt to achieve this, but Nir Szilagyi and Janarthanan Eindhal think that few connect the dots as well as...

Nir Szilagyi, eBay, Inc. & Janarthanan Eindhal, eBay, Inc.
Keynote: Lean Software Delivery: Synchronizing Cadence with Context[presentation]
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Daily, we are told that adopting agile, PaaS, DevOps, crowdsourced testing, or any of the myriad of current buzzwords will help us deliver better software faster.

Mik Kersten, Tasktop
Software Security Goes Mobile[presentation]
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Erik Costlow says that, as more and more business is transacted on mobile platforms, securing the applications and data that run on them is a business imperative. Developers and their managers are asked to make key decisions regarding data caching, authorized permissions, authentication...

Erik Costlow, HP Enterprise Security
The Five Facets of an Agile Organization[presentation]
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Is agile—or lean, kanban, lean startup, etc.—starting to follow the path of other management buzzwords in your organization? Is it losing steam, now resembling only a minor change from the old ways? Have you compromised to "make agile work in our organization?” 

George Schlitz, BigVisible Solutions
Unlocking Innovation in Your Organization[presentation]
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According to a recent study, more than 60 percent of CEOs cite the need to discover innovative ways of managing their organization’s structure, finances, people, and strategies as their top priority. In order to compete in the 21st century, organizations must rethink how they function...

Derek Neighbors, Integrum Technologies
Governing Agile Teams: Disciplined Strategies to Increase Agile Effectiveness[presentation]
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Many organizations have successfully adopted agile on a subset of their projects, while, at the same time, struggled to do so across entire departments. A common challenge is the need to overhaul the IT governance strategy so that it will work with agile teams. This is a serious issue for...

Scott Ambler, Scott W. Ambler + Associates

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