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Mocks and Making Tests Easier to Read[article]

There has been a lot of recent discussion on Twitter about the use of mocking frameworks and writing readable tests. Here is a roundup of some of the recent blogs on the subject.

Making Tests More Readable

Daniel Wellman's picture Daniel Wellman
What HR Doesn't Know about Scrum[magazine]

Scrum's relentless "inspect-and-adapt" cycle leads to change beyond software development practices. Scrum teams have reported changes in the way they think about human resources management. This article outlines ways Scrum teams may want to modify HR's beliefs and practices.

Michael James's picture Michael James
Oh, When Will They Ever Learn?[magazine]

After reading the book The Day the Phones Stopped, which was published in 1991, Lee began wondering why the poor software quality and complaints about development and testing documented in this book are the same complaints we hear today.

Lee Copeland's picture Lee Copeland
Crowdsourced Software Testing[magazine]

In response to shrinking budgets and tight launch deadlines, crowdsourced software testing is a growing trend. Here are six ways an on-demand testing team can complement your in-house QA efforts.
 

Doron Reuveni's picture Doron Reuveni
Offer Appreciations[magazine]

We don't always appreciate the power of taking a moment to reflect on past performance. Find out how real change can happen when a team invests in time together.

Linda Rising's picture Linda Rising
Virtual Labs in the Cloud[magazine]

Learn how to overcome infrastructure management challenges using virtual lab automation, and discover which cloudprivate, public, or hybridbest meets your organization's needs.

Ravi Gururaj's picture Ravi Gururaj
Finding Nuggets in the IT Gold Mine[magazine]

Development teams often are unaware of the commercial impacts of the software improvements they deliver. Often, the prioritization of work is done based on technical, rather than commercial, considerations. Based on a real-world example, this story explores the commercial benefits enabled by delivering in short release cycles and prioritizing according to bottom-line benefits.

Clarke Ching's picture Clarke Ching
The Right Business Analysis Tool[magazine]

The continued rise of the business analysis profession has led to a surge in software tools specifically designed for the business analyst. Find out what types of tools are in the marketplace today and how to select the right business analysis software tool for your organization.

Matthew Leach's picture Matthew Leach
Swan Song: How Testers Can Find Improbable and Unexpected Errors[magazine]

Black Swans, in the book by Nassim Nicholas Taleb, are improbable and unexpected events with a severe impact. One of the most important goals of testing is to find problems in the product. What can testers do to help reduce the likelihood that we'll encounter a Black Swan?

Michael Bolton's picture Michael Bolton
Embracing Kanban: An Experience Report[presentation]

Early in 2004, Chris Shinkle's company began adopting agile practices. Unfortunately, agile did not have the desired cultural impact within their organization-and the adoption floundered.

Chris Shinkle, SEP INC
Agile Architecture: Patterns and Technology[presentation]

Despite our wishing it were so, software architecture is not static throughout a project, especially within an agile development environment.

Kirk Knoernschild, Burton Group
Critical Incidents While Testing in Scrum[presentation]

Scrum frameworks deliver working code in time-boxed sprints. Many communities find Scrum to be a wonderful balance between discipline and agility because it tames turbulence and focuses teams.

Robert Sabourin, Amibug.com
Iteration Management: Unclogging Your Development Process[presentation]

Within the agile development lifecycle, the role of "iteration manager" is crucial for maintaining the rhythm and flow of the project.

Tiffany Lentz, ThoughtWorks
Agile Development Practices 2009: The Agile PMP: Teaching an Old Dog New Tricks[presentation]

Agile methods emphasize trust, empowerment, and collaboration-moving us away from command and control project management to harness the passion, creativity, and enthusiasm of the team.

Michael Cottmeyer, VersionOne, Inc.
Kanban: A True Integration of Lean and Agile[presentation]

If XP and Scrum are the first generation of agile methods, Kanban software development is the next generation. Kanban integrates lean and agile principles to create better software faster and at less cost.

Alan Shalloway, Net Objectives

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