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Collocated West Logo Team Leadership Is Like Big Band Drumming[presentation]
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Sometimes we get a little stuck. It does happen. Work is at the same place, with the same people, and the same problems. The fresh perspective we seek is overcome by everyday demands and eludes us once again. John Ryskowski says that one path to a fresh perspective is to experience...

John Ryskowski
Collocated West Logo Agile Hacks: Creative Solutions for Common Agile Issues[presentation]
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Whether you are just starting agile or have already made the transition to using agile in your organization, you may face the issues that Susan McNamara describes. Is your team not firing on all cylinders? Do people feel stuck or bored? Is your team having trouble getting to Done at the...

Susan McNamara
Collocated West Logo How to Do Kick-Ass Software Development[presentation]
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Software development is hard― keeping developers, testers, designers, product managers and other stakeholders in sync and working on the right things at the right time. Building the systems that customers care about and delivering high-quality code fast are challenges every development...

Sven Peters
Collocated West Logo A Case Study in Metrics-Driven DevOps[presentation]
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It seems impossible for a DevOps team to even attempt planning its work. The team deals with customers’ never-ending requests and constantly-changing priorities. And don’t forget those unfriendly infrastructure errors that always seem to show up at the worst possible time. Best to live...

Ben Vining
Collocated West Logo Leading with Purpose[presentation]
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Today, knowledge workers are seeking to find meaning in their lives and purpose in their work. With this new generation of employees who are as interested in purpose as in profit, it is imperative that we revisit management schemes—top-down work assignment, the annual review, strict...

Sanjiv Augustine
man speaking into megaphone Speak Up: The Key to Agile Success[article]

You can learn all the theoretical agile principles and best practices, but you still may not be agile. To be truly agile, you must also communicate and collaborate with your team—and this means speaking up. Even if you're not a natural extrovert, there are plenty of ways you can contribute during planning, sprints, and retrospectives to make your product and process better.

Brian Everett's picture Brian Everett
start, continue, and stop doing signs When Postmortems Meet Retrospectives: Improving Your Agile Process[article]

If you want secure, reliable systems, you need all stakeholders actively communicating. This means involving both IT operations and developers in discussions after deployments, to ascertain if anything went wrong and can be avoided, and what went well or could be refined. Integrating your postmortems and retrospectives facilitates collaboration and improves processes.

Bob Aiello's picture Bob Aiello
person taking a piece of pie Transitioning to Enterprise Agility—and Bringing Outsourced Delivery Partners Along[article]

When companies adopt agile internally, they often forget to extend the concepts and values to their partners. You have to look at your outsourced delivery components as part of the process that needs to be included as an extended team. Collaboration, reflection, and improvement is at the heart of agile, and it should look that way from the perspective of all elements in the delivery chain.

Phil Gadzinski's picture Phil Gadzinski
Continuous Deployment Environment Building a Continuous Deployment Environment: An Interview with Jared Richardson[interview]
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In this interview, process coach Jared Richardson defines continuous integration and testing, explains how they lead to a continuous deployment environment, and covers why Jenkins has become such a popular and standardized open source continuous integration tool.

Josiah Renaudin's picture Josiah Renaudin
organizational structure Code Factories: Making Agile Work in Large Organizational Teams[article]

Making the transition to agile can be difficult for teams that are used to working in large groups and reporting to a single manager. Kris Hatcher suggests a new way to work: in smaller teams called code factories, which are created to stick with a specific product throughout its lifetime.

Kris Hatcher's picture Kris Hatcher
Better Test Automation Better Test Automation, Metrics, and Measurement: An Interview with Mike Sowers[interview]
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In this interview, TechWell CIO and consultant Mike Sowers details key metrics that test managers employ to determine software quality, how to know a piece of software's readiness, and guidelines for developing a successful test measurement program.

Josiah Renaudin's picture Josiah Renaudin
two arrows merging 5 Steps to Successful Process Management in Mergers and Acquisitions[article]

When going through a merger or acquisition, capturing the critical processes of both parties is a key to success. Including everyone in the planning helps ease the impacts of change and develop ideas for the future. Here are five steps to assist with process management and create a new organization that is greater than the sum of its parts.

Ivan Seselj's picture Ivan Seselj
Embracing the Top Trends in Software Testing[magazine]

As user needs change for software apps expanding into IoT, mobile, and the cloud, testing approaches need to change. Shyam Ramanathan discusses eleven of the most important testing trends you should incorporate.

Shyam Ramanathan's picture Shyam Ramanathan
STAREast Logo The Selenium Grid: Run Multiple Automated Tests in Parallel[presentation]
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The Selenium Grid unleashes the full power of Selenium to run multiple automated tests in parallel across multiple platforms. Brian Long demonstrates the use of an open-source framework developed at Virginia Tech to get up and running with a Selenium Grid in about an hour. He begins by...

Brian Long
STAREast Logo Budgeting, Estimation, Planning, and #NoEstimates: They All Make Sense for Agile Testing[presentation]
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Many levels of estimation are practiced in agile, including budgeting, high-level estimation, and task planning (detailed estimation). That might seem like an anathema to agile, but it is not. Mike Harris shares a case study that provides an approach that “checks the box” for standard...

Michael Harris

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