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Detection Theory Applied to Finding and Fixing Defects[presentation]
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Detection theory says: When trying to detect a certain event, a person can correctly report that it happened, miss it, report a false alarm, or correctly report that nothing happened. Under conditions of uncertainty, the decision to report an event is strongly influenced by how likely it...

Ru Cindrea, Altom Consulting
Your Agile Prioritization Process Is Probably Wrong[presentation]
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Of course we know what customers want, right? Product owners have the roadmap. Sales teams know what sells. Support talks to customers every day. So if we really know what our customers want, why is 65 percent of all software functionality rarely or never used? Why aren’t our customers...

Tom Gimpel, SofterWare, Inc
Now That We're Agile, What's a Manager to Do?[presentation]
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We teach managers to foster agility by encouraging their teams to self-organize, stop assigning work, and telling them how to do it. Since the Product Owner defines the what and the team defines the how, what’s left for managers to do? Managers need to become servant leaders. It’s a key...

David Grabel, Grabel Consulting Services, LLC, and Shyam Kumar, UST-Global
Lean Entrepreneurship for Software Professionals[presentation]
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Software teams are faced with the prospect of building a product, only to have unexpected shifts in customer demand, changes in the competitive landscape, or swings in the economic climate undermine their plans and turn their product into expensive waste. What is an...

Thomas Vaniotis, Liquidnet
Advance ALM and DevOps Practices with Continuous Improvement[presentation]
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Do you want to improve your application lifecycle and incorporate DevOps practices quickly with limited resources? If so, you’re experiencing a common scenario – not enough budget and unrealistic time constraints. Your big multi-year application lifecycle management (ALM) project seems...

Jason St-Cyr, Nonlinear Digital
Thieves of Agile Adoption: Approaches to Avoid[presentation]
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Businesses are hit by thieves from all angles. Thieves often go unnoticed until something is missing. If you are adopting agile, you may have thieves stealing from your transformation right now. Every organization is different, but some thieves of agile adoption are well-known. Francie Van...

Francie Van Wirkus
Applying Lean Startup Principles to Agile Projects[presentation]
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Warning! You can still build the wrong product using agile. In Eric Ries’ book The Lean Startup, he poses the question: What if we found ourselves building something that nobody wanted? In that case, what would it matter if we did it on time and on budget? We often assume the Product Owner...

Michael Hall, Improving Enterprises
Requirements Are Simply Requirements—or Maybe Not[presentation]
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When talking about requirements, people use identical terms and think they have a common understanding. Yet, one says user stories are requirements; another claims user stories must be combined with requirements; and yet another has a different approach. These “experts” seem unaware of...

Robin Goldsmith, Go Pro Management, Inc.
Don't Bulldoze a Vibrant Ecosystem for Agile[presentation]
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Software processes are commonly portrayed using machine metaphors in which consistency is highly prized. Frequently, organizations set up Centers of Excellence in a well-intentioned effort to create enterprise consistency. Steve Adolph reminds us that, in reality, software development...

Steve Adolph, Blue Agility
Emerging Product Owner Patterns in Large Organizations[presentation]
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Many organizations are actively searching for the perfect product owner—a unicorn who knows all about the product, anticipates the market, innovates, and improves the product’s quality and architecture, all while making and meeting commitments to the organization. That's a difficult if not...

Timothy Wise, LeadingAgile
Exploratory Testing: Make It Part of Your Test Strategy[presentation]
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Developers often have the unfortunate distinction of not thoroughly testing their code. It’s not that developers do not understand how to test well; it’s just that often they have not had an opportunity to understand how the product works. Kevin Dunne maintains that implementing a...

Kevin Dunne, QA Symphony
Continuous Delivery in a Legacy Shop—One Step at a Time[presentation]
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Not every continuous delivery (CD) initiative starts with someone saying “Drop everything. We’re going to do DevOps.” Sometimes, you have to grow your process incrementally. And sometimes you don’t set out to grow at all—you are just fixing problems with your process, trying to make things...

Gene Gotimer, Coveros, Inc.
Things That Go Bump: Product Risk Assessment in Agile[presentation]
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“I have noticed that even people who claim everything is predetermined and that we can do nothing to change it, look before they cross the road” (Stephen Hawking). As agile teams, we know that we can’t know everything, so we shouldn’t waste time thinking about that which we don’t know and...

Annette Head, Principal Financial Group
Power Your Teams with Git[presentation]
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Github revolutionized the coding world with their “social coding” approach. In doing so, Git, the source code repository behind Github, vaulted to the forefront of our industry. If Git hasn’t made its way into your, or your team’s, tool belt, Josh Anderson explains why it should. Learn how...

Josh Anderson, Dude Solutions
Soft Skills You Need Are Not Always Taught in Class[presentation]
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For years in the software industry, the focus of discussion, programs, and expense has been on career skill development to enhance team performance. To support skill development, a variety of certifications and training opportunities have been created to increase technical knowledge...

Jon Hagar, Independent Consultant

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