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Better Software Conference West 2015: Making Numbers Count: Metrics That Matter[presentation]

As testers and test managers, we are frequently asked to report to stakeholders on the progress and results of our testing. Questions like How is testing going? may seem simple enough, but the answer is ultimately based on our ability to extract useful metrics from our work and present...

Mike Trites, PQA Testing
Better Software Conference West 2015: Lean Software Development Is for Everyone[presentation]
Slideshow

Lean software engineering emphasizes continuous delivery of high quality applications. Ken Pugh explains the principles and practices that form the basis of lean software development―concentrating on developing a continuous flow by eliminating delays and loopbacks; delivering quickly by...

Ken Pugh, Net Objectives
How Agile Can We Go? Lessons Learned Moving from Waterfall[presentation]
Slideshow

How agile are you? Once you jump off the waterfall and drink from the agile pool, there will probably be varying opinions as to the state of the organization’s agility. Some will be concerned that they are not agile enough; others will think they are agile while still adhering to old...

Max McGregor, Venafi
Building on Existing Infrastructure for Mobile Applications[presentation]
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In 2013 Farm Credit Services of America (FCSAmerica) wanted to enter the mobile application arena so their customers could manage their FCSAmerica lending accounts. Anthony Carlson explains that in the previous thirteen years, FCSAmerica had built an SOA infrastructure for internal...

Anthony Carlson, Farm Credit Services of America
Teaching Pointy-Haired Bosses to be Agile Enablers[presentation]
Slideshow

Ryan Ripley says that Scrum failures can often be traced back to management not understanding their role in an agile world. What gets managed during an agile project? How is success measured? Will I keep my job in the transition? Managers have all these questions and more during an agile...

Ryan Ripley, AgileAnswerMan.com
Incorporating User Experience into Early Agile Cycles[magazine]

Chris Nodder explores the emerging need to focus on a software app’s user experience. It doesn’t have to cost a fortune to perform some basic user experience analysis as long as it is done early and tested throughout a  project’s lifecycle.

Chris Nodder's picture Chris Nodder
How Do You Recruit Team Members with Agile Mindsets?[article]

The traditional ways of finding employees are changing. If you want to get a role that will make you happy to contribute to the team, you need to rethink the way you apply for roles. If you are the resource manager, change how you recruit. This article focuses on the qualities you should be exemplifying or looking for if you want to form a team with an agile mindset.

Leanne Howard's picture Leanne Howard
User Story Points versus Man-Hours: Estimating Effort Better[article]

Effort estimation is a major challenge for all the stakeholders of a project. Most people generally underestimate situations that may block progress and consider only the best-case scenario for a project. Your choice of estimation method may not be helping, though. Which would be better for your team: estimating by man-hours or by user story points?

Nitish Tiwari's picture Nitish Tiwari
STAREAST 2015 Interview with Mike Sowers on the Future of Testing [interview]
Video

In this STAREAST interview, Mike Sowers discusses the future of testing. He touches on how DevOps, agile, continuous integration, and continuous testing have changed the field.

Jennifer Bonine's picture Jennifer Bonine
Why DevOps Changes Everything: An Interview with Jeff Payne[interview]
Podcast

In this interview, Coveros CEO and founder Jeff Payne explains why DevOps is changing everything. He talks about how DevOps has to be incorporated as a complete culture change, as well as the differences between good and bad DevOps implementation. 

Josiah Renaudin's picture Josiah Renaudin
Turn Up Your Agile Noise[article]

Usually noise has a negative connotation, but in this sense, noise means something that increases the team progress (i.e., velocity) and output (i.e., quality). Chaos is the negative side of noise and decreases velocity. Teams should know the importance of agile noise and handle the chaos in a right way at the time of transformation. Let’s explore agile noise and its benefits.

Trinadh Bonam's picture Trinadh Bonam
What Are the Key Components of an Effective Test Strategy?[magazine]

In this FAQ column, Lee Copeland defines a test strategy as a high-level plan to achieve specific test objectives and outlines the components an effective strategy should address.

Lee Copeland's picture Lee Copeland
Why Adopting Agile Won’t Magically Reduce Your IT Budget[article]

Of course, all companies would like to reduce their budgets. But cutting back in the IT department can have unintended consequences. This article looks at two of the more well-adopted cost-cutting approaches, the software factory and distributed teams, and goes into how they can help and hurt your company.

Mario Lucero's picture Mario Lucero
Hire the Right Developer[magazine]

Wondering why—with all the jobs you've applied for—you aren't getting noticed? Take it from Xojo CEO Geoff Perlman; it isn't just your programming or testing skills that will land you a job. Far from it. Geoff knows from experience that hiring the right individual is a careful blend of skill, fit, and passion.

Geoff Perlman's picture Geoff Perlman
Make Your Retrospectives Engaging Again[article]

After performing so many meetings at the ends of your sprints, agile retrospectives can become monotonous and boring—and that’s when they become ineffective. This article looks at the reasons this happens and provides some ideas for making those retrospective meetings more lively and effective—and therefore more useful.

Ledalla Madhavi's picture Ledalla Madhavi

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