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Collocated West Logo The Issues Agile Exposes and What To Do about Them[presentation]
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Before the short iterations in agile, projects were segmented into large blocks of work taking many weeks or months. If problems emerged, it was relatively easy to hide them. Now, with agile, many of these problems and issues can’t be hidden for long. Lee Copeland exposes these issues...

Lee Copeland
Collocated West Logo The Tester's Role in Agile Planning[presentation]
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If testers sit passively through agile planning, important testing activities will be glossed over or missed altogether. Testing late in the sprint becomes a bottleneck, quickly diminishing the advantages of agile development. However, testers can actively advocate for customers’ concerns...

Rob Sabourin
Collocated West Logo Blending Product Discovery and Product Delivery[presentation]
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More and more organizations are realizing that while they are getting more done, they are not necessarily getting more value. More code does not mean more product and more product does not mean more market share. According to David Hussman, we need to shift our focus toward a...

David Hussman
Collocated West Logo Your User Stories Are Too Big: Yes, They Are![presentation]
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When a user story is too big, it is harder to understand, estimate, and implement successfully. Some teams break the “business story” into “technical stories” but this generally doesn’t help because most or all of the technical stories need to be completed before there is anything...

Chris Sims
Collocated West Logo Testing in a Super-Agile Software Development Environment[presentation]
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Channel 4 broadcasting company in Finland provides live streams of sporting events on the Internet (Ruutu.fi). The software development is done by agile principles but even more straightforward and quicker than normal agile projects. Tomi Kaleva says they have changed the entire...

Tomi Kaleva
Collocated West Logo DevOps and the Culture of High-Performing Software Organizations[presentation]
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The DevOps movement emphasizes the importance of culture in creating high-performing teams. However, often perceived to be subjective and intractable, culture is often neglected in favor of more concrete drivers such as tools and processes. And this is a major failure mode in organizations...

Jez Humble
Collocated West Logo Zorro Circles: Retrospectives for Excellence[presentation]
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Have you wondered how to progressively harness your agile team’s energy, focus on important goals, and improve outcomes? Woody Zuill said, “If you could adopt only one agile practice, then let it be retrospectives. Everything else will follow.” Retrospectives help individuals and teams...

Aakash Srinivasan and Vivek Angiras
Collocated West Logo The Soft Skills of Great Software Developers[presentation]
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Are you creating clean, high performing code? Are you following the right development practices, but still don’t feel you are getting the recognition or success you deserve? The truth is that working harder and improving your programming skills are not enough. Great developers must...

Raul Suarez
Collocated West Logo From Unclear and Unrealistic Requirements to Achievable User Stories[presentation]
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"What do you want the system to do?" can be a loaded question for agile teams. Ideally, the product owner gives you a product backlog with fully groomed user stories prioritized by business value, ready for team discussion and estimation. Instead, you may have the “big picture” product...

Jamie Lynn Cooke
Collocated West Logo A Simple Tool for Speaking Honestly and Constructively[presentation]
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Are you on a team where people avoid conflict or shy away from saying anything that might sound critical? Reluctance to speak up can block important challenges from being identified, and deny your team and organization the opportunity to learn and improve. According to Lorraine Aguilar...

Lorraine Aguilar
Collocated West Logo Command Query Responsibility Segregation at Enterprise Scale[presentation]
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As organizations grow, they find themselves looking for opportunities to enhance the rate at which features can be delivered while minimizing negative business impact. Carlyle Davis believes that we are responsible for creating an system environment that provides simplicity and resiliency...

Carlyle Davis
Collocated West Logo Docker Containers in the Enterprise DevOps Journey[presentation]
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As technology moves from being a cost-center to a revenue generator in nearly every business, technologists are expected to deliver more with fewer resources. DevOps enables this efficiency through improved collaboration between product management, development, release management, quality...

Aater Suleman
Collocated West Logo Slay the Dragons of Agile Measurement[presentation]
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Some consider measurement in agile development destructive—or at the very least useless. Larry Maccherone disagrees and offers eight tools to slay the dragons of agile measurement. The #1 Dragon slayer—Use measurement for feedback rather than as a lever. What's the difference? Feedback is...

Larry Maccherone
Collocated West Logo Improvisation for Agile Skill Development[presentation]
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In today's economy, the Creative Economy, businesses face a disrupted, highly competitive, and constantly changing landscape. Robie and Jody Wood say that to thrive in the Creative Economy, team members, managers, and executives need to become and remain agile. Improvisational theater...

Robie Wood
Collocated West Logo Great Business Analysts “Think Like a Freak”[presentation]
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In today's competitive market, employers increasingly depend on business analysts to act as change agents. This puts BAs in the powerful position of influencers—providing the analysis and evidence needed to support an organization’s strategic direction and decision-making. In their book...

Faye Thompson

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