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STAREAST 2013 Keynote: Lightning Strikes the Keynotes [presentation]
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Lightning Talks are a popular part of the STAR conferences. Lightning Talks consists of a series of five-minute talks by different speakers within one presentation period and are an opportunity for speakers to deliver their single biggest bang-for-the-buck idea in a rapid-fire presentation.

Lee Copeland, Software Quality Engineering
STAREAST 2013: Finding the Real Value in Load Testing[presentation]
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Organizations spend countless hours in load testing exercises with the intent of finding and fixing system bottlenecks to improve overall performance.  But how much time is spent in the process of preparing and executing the test versus finding and fixing real issues.

Duane Dorch, Compuware
STAREAST 2013 Keynote: Testing in a Test-driven World [presentation]
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Agile software development has fundamentally changed the way software testing is performed. No longer is testing relegated to the end of the lifecycle where its budgets are cut and its conclusions ignored. Now we live in a world where testing drives development...

Jeff Payne, Coveros
Five Pains of a Test Manager and How to Overcome Them[presentation]
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Nowadays testing software and hardware is indispensable for companies. Companies often use software tools to support their QA activities. These tools should support test managers and not constrain them, allowing them to organize their work in the best way for their organization.

Regg Struyk, Polarion
STAREAST 2013 Keynote: Asking the Right Questions? What Journalism Can Teach Testers[presentation]
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As testing disciplines continues to evolve—and the demands on testers increase—we need to look for new paradigms to guide our work. Thomas McCoy believes the profession of journalism has much to offer in helping us ask the right kinds of questions, be heard, and deliver bad news effectively.

Thomas McCoy, Australian Department of Families
Improve Your Test Environments with Service Virtualization[magazine]

Want to save money and time, expand your testing environment’s capabilities, and still get high-quality releases? Service virtualization provides virtual replicas of physical environments and databases. Its earlier-lifecycle defect detection just might change your company’s reality.

Scott Aziz's picture Scott Aziz
What Position Do You Play in Software? What Position Do You Play?[article]

Micheleen Merritt explains that as an agile coach, you need to take into account all of the participants of a team, not just the developers. If you aren’t acknowledging the quality assurance analysts, business analysts, and product owners, you aren’t coaching the whole team.

Mickey Merritt's picture Mickey Merritt
Michael DePaoli The Science of Yielding Productivity: An Interview with Mike DePaoli[interview]

Mike DePaoli sits down with us to discuss how project leaders, not unlike farmers, benefit from turning to science to give themselves the best chances at a bountiful harvest. We discuss how agile's preference for holistic approaches provides an organic opportunity for success across the enterprise.

Noel Wurst's picture Noel Wurst
 A Team’s First Steps into Shared Ownership Snapshot: A Team’s First Steps into Shared Ownership[article]

Karen Favazza Spencer writes of the time her team members had to modernize and expand the capabilities of their legacy system. In this situation, Karen took on the role of ScrumMaster, implemented several helpful agile techniques, and empowered the team to share leadership of the project with management.

Pollyanna Pixton Culturally Sound Leadership: An Interview with Pollyanna Pixton[interview]
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Pollyanna Pixton shares why crafting a healthy and productive agile culture is so difficult, and how it relies heavily on the shoulders of team leaders. She stresses the importance of leaders not providing their teams with answers—but giving them the ownership to solve problems on their own.

Noel Wurst's picture Noel Wurst
How to Make Collocation Work for You How to Make Collocation Work for You[article]

Gil Zilberfeld recounts his experience with collocation during his time at Typemock, and explains how collocation can benefit your team. In modern agile discussions, we struggle with how to work with distributed teams around the globe. The truth is that it’s easy to break stuff just by moving part of the team to the next room.

Gil Zilberfeld's picture Gil Zilberfeld
Agile Palooza DC - Ian Culling - Version One internal development and practices[article]
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Agile Palooza DC - Ian Culling - Version One internal development and practices

Bob Payne's picture Bob Payne
ADP West 2010 - Payson Hall - Risk, Reward and Public Sector Contracts[article]
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ADP West 2010 - Payson Hall - Risk, Reward and Public Sector Contracts

Bob Payne's picture Bob Payne
ADPEast 2010: Michael Mah—Agile Teams by the Numbers—Software Metrics and the Big Giant Database[article]
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Bob speaks with Michael Mah about agile and metrics at the ADPEast 2010 conference.

Bob Payne's picture Bob Payne
 Geographically Distributed Agile Team Primary Getting the Most Out of Your Geographically Distributed Agile Team[article]

Shane Hastie and Johanna Rothman explain the challenges that come with distance, be it cultural, social, linguistic, temporal, or geographic. If you work to reinforce your collaboration habits every day, your geographically distributed agile team will thank you.

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