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Playing Games to Improve Software[magazine]

You may not have heard about gamification, but instructional designers are now using game principles to help with retention of learned material in many forms of training. Ross Smith and Rajini Padmanaban believe that developers' UX and app design can benefit from gamification.

Ross Smith's picture Ross Smith Rajini Padmanaban
improv stage What Improv Can Teach You about Agile Success[article]

In both improv and agile, there is a tight-knit community where everyone can explore possibilities and feel free to innovate. Without that community, there can be no trust or collaboration. Travis Klinker tells you how success in both improv and agile means exemplifying transparency, adaptability, and unity.

Travis Klinker's picture Travis Klinker
How to Assess and Improve DevOps[magazine]

DevOps can take substantial effort to successfully implement, according to Bob Aiello and Leslie Sachs. By understanding existing development and deployment practices, you'll be able to properly assess the best steps to transition to an outstanding DevOps environment.

Bob Aiello's picture Bob Aiello Leslie Sachs
money and a clock The Effect of Time on Value in Your Agile Projects[article]

Using effort estimates as the only criteria for deciding whether work is undertaken could be leaving money on the table. Considering value—in particular, the effect of time on value, as in whether there is a cost of delay—makes for more intelligent conversations and better decisions.

Allan Kelly's picture Allan Kelly
People Should Think and Machines Should Test[magazine]

Testers often develop programmatic tests that mimic manual test conditions. Harry Robinson and Doug Szabo use real programming examples to show how the computer can provide better test coverage than the test author conceived.

Harry Robinson's picture Harry Robinson Doug Szabo
lifecycle circle Using Agile Application Lifecycle Management to Streamline Status Accounting[article]

Status accounting is following the evolution of a configuration item through its lifecycle. Using application lifecycle management along with agile helps prevent mistakes, but lets you have the minimum amount of red tape; the team achieves an acceptable velocity without being unduly burdened with too much process.

Bob Aiello's picture Bob Aiello
user story card Simplify Your User Stories: Make Them Independent[article]

Writing independent user stories seems simple, but it is actually difficult to do well. There are often parts of some stories that are dependent on other stories' functionalities, so it's not easy to keep them separated. Kris Hatcher relates how his team wrote and scored stories to keep them independent but still meeting acceptance criteria.

Kris Hatcher's picture Kris Hatcher
Moving Teams Toward Automation: Perils, Pitfalls, and Promise[magazine]

There is no magic bullet to create an effective test automation environment. But, Steve Gibson believes that creating a test automation vision, adopting metrics and delivering value throughout a project  lifecycle puts an organization on the right path.

Steve Gibson's picture Steve Gibson
capitol building Implementing Agile Approaches in the Public Sector[article]

In the public sector, a change in standard processes and procedures requires significant effort and, often, approval from external vendors and elected officials as well as internal stakeholders. To get buy-in to become agile, you have to utilize all Scrum tools at your disposal to show the value of the proposed agile process.

Khurram Shahzad's picture Khurram Shahzad
Improve Agile Quality—Three Pillars at a Time[magazine]

A key component to being agile is the adoption of testing from the very inception of the project. According to Bob Galen, to achieve a high degree of quality assurance, there needs to be a careful balance among development and test automation, software testing, and cross-functional team practices.

Bob Galen's picture Bob Galen
team holding hands Understanding Culture and Agile Application Lifecycle Management[article]

While the technical complexity of real-world ALM may be substantial, sometimes the people issues present even more complex challenges. Being able to understand the personalities and work culture of the folks doing the work can help you implement ALM in a comprehensive and effective way.

Leslie  Sachs's picture Leslie Sachs
shark Estimating Business Value in the Shark Tank[article]

You can use analytical methods to assign business value to a user story, of course, but another way is simple estimation. Allan Kelly describes an estimation exercise that combines the Scrum tool of planning poker with a TV show format to add some fun. You end up with enlightening conversation and revealed requirements.

Allan Kelly's picture Allan Kelly
gap between two teams Business and Development: Working Together to Build Better Products[article]

Business stakeholders and DevOps teams both have to take an active approach to app development, but neither faction should have to change practices and processes in order to get their needs across. Investing the time to establish communication between these teams will drive delivery of the applications customers demand.

Renato Quedas's picture Renato Quedas
Seven Guidelines for a Great Web API[magazine]

Web APIs have opened up a brave new world for app collaboration. James Higginbotham presents a series of guidelines that every programmer should consider in the design and implementation of a great API developer experience.

James Higginbotham's picture James Higginbotham
people with conversation bubbles Strategies for Encouraging and Facilitating Team Feedback Sessions[article]

We know the importance of quick feedback cycles in our builds so we can fail fast and get reactions from the end-user. But sometimes agile teams forget the importance of gathering responses from other team members. This article details several methods for eliciting feedback, as well as how to pick what's right for your team.

Kiera Radman's picture Kiera Radman Jeff Wagner

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