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Navigating Conflict[magazine]

On good agile teams, conflict is frequent and viewed as normal. On great agile teams, conflict is constant and welcome as a catapult to high performance. What can we do to help teams chart their course through conflict so that it turns into a constructive force for greatness?

Lyssa Adkins's picture Lyssa Adkins
Understanding Software Performance Testing Part 1[magazine]

Most people don't fully understand the complexities and scope of a software performance test. Too often performance testing is assessed in the same manner as functional testing and, as a result, fails miserably. In this four-part series we will examine what it takes to properly plan, analyze, design, and implement a basic performance test. This is not a discussion of advanced performance techniques or analytical methods; these are the basic problems that must be addressed in software performance testing.

Dale Perry's picture Dale Perry
Tips and Advice - Time Boxes[article]
Podcast

This podcast features another great Agile Toolkit discussion had by Bob and George as the two delve into the importance of time boxing when dealing with an agile development project. We invite you to join them learn more about this concept.

Bob Payne's picture Bob Payne
Deep Agile Conference 2009 - Nancy Van Schooenderwoert, James Grenning[article]
Podcast

Bob interviews Nancy Van Schooenderwoert and James Grenning about Deep Agile Conference 2009.

Bob Payne's picture Bob Payne
Are You a Good Listener?[article]

Some people freely admit that they're not good listeners. But many who claim to be good listeners aren't. That's because they fall short in a critical aspect of listening. In this week's column, Naomi Karten offers ideas and examples that will help you be-and be perceived as-a good listener.

Naomi Karten's picture Naomi Karten
Tips and Advice - Self Organizing Teams[article]

Bob interviews George Dinwiddie about self-organizing teams.

Bob Payne's picture Bob Payne
the process of producing music Coaching and Producing[article]

David Hussman applies lessons he learned as a music producer to his current position as an agile coach. An excerpt of this article was originally published in the March 2009 issue of the Iterations eNewsletter.

David Hussman's picture David Hussman
What Software Developers Can Learn from Their Cafeteria[article]

Did you know that Starbucks sells a cup size called "short"? It's a small cup that is less expensive than the other cup sizes. They never mention it on their menu; you have to know it exists before you can order one. Why? By having a smaller, cheaper option, they give their budget-conscious customers an opportunity to pay for coffee rather than go without. This kind of thinking has important repercussions to software developers.

Clarke Ching's picture Clarke Ching
White Paper: Graphical UI Testing Checklist[article]

A GUI as we now know is a computer-interface that uses images, typed text, and icons on the screen that replace many of the functions of the keyboard. This paper explains different validations need to be used while testing GUI.

Atul Waghmare's picture Atul Waghmare
Refactoring Doesn’t Mean Rewrite[article]

Peter Schuh writes that it is not a good thing that the use of the term refactoring has grown so common, which makes him cringe every time he hears a business person say the word. Refactoring is meant to be one skill of many that is second-nature to a journeyman programmer.

Peter Schuh
Enterprise Agile: Yes, Your Whole Company Can Adopt Agile[article]

About 12 months ago, our company started an initiative to adopt agile practices across our entire organization—not only our software development organization, but our business organization. For years we had experienced outstanding results by utilizing Scrum for our clients' application development projects. Team productivity improved, executive visibility strengthened, and overall quality increased. Our goal was to capture similar results for our business. Find out how we're doing!

Melissa Meeker
The Future of Agile[article]

Software development is currently being "driven". This article finds existing X-Driven Development approaches wanting because they focus on too narrow an aspect of development and, primarily, because they are grounded in the wrong philosophy of what exactly software development "is". An alternative—theorY Driven-Development - YDD—addressing the "essential difficulty" of development is proposed. How YDD represents an evolutionary step for Agile is argued.

TechWell Contributor's picture TechWell Contributor
The Three Pillars of Executive Support for Agile Adoption[article]

As an executive sponsoring the adoption of agile methods, you've already spent dollars for training and coaching. You've talked to the management team and the rest of the organization about the need and rationale for using agile development methods.

But your job isn't over.

Communication and budgetary support are necessary, but not sufficient for your organization to realize the benefits of agile methods.

If you want the transition to succeed you must provide on-going support. The good news is, that doesn't mean you must keep handing over money. The bad news is that what's required of you is much harder than writing a check.

TechWell Contributor's picture TechWell Contributor
Adopting Agile: Hidden Benefits[article]

When XDx's Software Group adopted an agile approach to application development, we achieved the fastest development time on any software project in the company's history. While we expected to shorten development time and reduce costs, we discovered that agile provides several hidden benefits. Beyond its value as a software development methodology, our agile platform is a tool that enables and improves communication with our users which has been a key success factor, because user groups have a hard time thinking in the software development terms imposed by the traditional waterfall method of upfront specification. This improved communication has helped everyone to let go of complete up-front specifications and trust the agile process.

TechWell Contributor's picture TechWell Contributor
Quality Management in the World of Scrum and Agile IT System Development[article]

Russell Pannone was asked, "Does quality assurance have a place in agile software development?" His knee-jerk answer was yes, but what form and function quality management takes depends on many factors.

TechWell Contributor's picture TechWell Contributor

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