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State of Testing Report

by Ben Linders on  Sep 18, 2014

The State of Testing 2013 report contains the results of a survey done by Joel Montvelisky from PractiTest together with Tea-Time with Testers. The survey, which has been filled in by people from testing and QA communities, provides insight in the adoption of test techniques and practices, test automation, and the challenges that testers are facing.

Details of NetBeans Day at JavaOne 2014

by Ben Evans on  Sep 18, 2014

Oracle have announced details for NetBeans Day 2014. Particular topics of interest include Maven, a new Education initiative and an appearance by James Gosling.

InfoQ User Survey 2014 - Participate and Get a Copy of the Results; Win a QCon Early Access Pass

by Nitin Bharti on  Sep 15, 2014

InfoQ would like to better understand your information needs: the type of content you find interesting, tools & methodologies you are using, and how you interact with the site. Please help us by taking our 2014 user survey - the survey is anonymous and your replies will be kept confidential. Participate to receive a copy of the results along with a chance to win a QCon video early access pass.

Microsoft is Adopting a More Agile Approach

by Savita Pahuja on  Sep 12, 2014

Satya Nadella, CEO at Microsoft Corporation, is preaching a more nimble approach of agile implementation to build software as part of the company’s transformation.

Building Agile Relationships with Customers and End-Users

by Ben Linders on  Sep 11, 2014

Teams can become so focused that they forget the world around them and risk losing contact with stakeholders. This makes it difficult for them to know what their customers need and how end users will use their products. At the ASAS2014 conference Daisy Rasing-de Joode will show how successful agile teams create synergy by being interdependent and highly collaborative with their environment.

ZeroTurnaround Discontinues LiveRebel, Market not Ready for Release Automation

by Carlos Sanchez on  Sep 09, 2014 3

ZeroTurnaround has announced the discontinuation of their application release automation product, LiveRebel, claiming that the release automation market is not big enough because it is not one of the top problems that teams face, and there is no clear picture of what release management should be.

Empirical Measurement of Cycle Time by Slicing Heuristic

by Savita Pahuja on  Sep 08, 2014 1

Agile teams which use noestimates, can use slicing heuristic to empirically measure cycle time to help them predict how much, can be done before doing the actual work.

Do We Need Prescriptive Agile Coaching?

by Ben Linders on  Sep 04, 2014

Agile coaches often use a “hands-off” descriptive approach when coaching teams. The question is if such a coaching approach is always the best solution when teams are adopting agile? Would there be situations where prescriptive “hands-on” coaching could be more effective? How could you do it?

9th Annual State of Agile Survey Now Open

by Craig Smith on  Sep 01, 2014

The 9th Annual State of Agile Survey is currently open for participants to share their adoption of Agile practices and processes for inclusion in the annual report.

Death by Planning in Agile Adoption

by Ben Linders on  Aug 28, 2014 1

Management can get the feeling of losing control when their enterprise adopts agile and starts deploying self-organizing teams. Procedures, review boards and consultation bodies can become superfluous when switching to an agile approach, but they may not realize that, says Marcel Heijmans. Trying to regain control with additional planning can make things worse, causing "death by planning".

An Update on Agile Coach Camps Internationally

by Shane Hastie on  Aug 25, 2014

Worldwide Agile Coach Camps continue to allow coaching practitioners to share knowledge and experience with a view to improving outcomes for agile teams across many countries and industries. This post lists upcoming Coach Camps, looks at how and why they work and discusses their impact with participants.

Managing Agile Teams with Project Managers

by Ben Linders on  Aug 21, 2014

Adopting agile in organizations usually impacts the role and activities of project managers. Scrum offers the possibility for project managers to become Scrum masters or product owners. Project managers can also adopt their way of working and the things they do to work together with Scrum masters and agile teams.

Looking Back at Agile 2014

by Shane Hastie on  Aug 18, 2014

Since the Agile 2014 conference ended on the 1st of August there have been a lot of posts examining the conference experience and suggesting ideas for future events.

Balancing Quality and Velocity in Agile

by Ben Linders on  Aug 14, 2014

Agile software development teams have to assure that the products that they develop have sufficient quality. Management often also expect that they increase their velocity to be able to deliver more functionality faster to their customer. Several authors explored the relationship between quality and velocity and suggested ways to improve both quality and velocity.

Enabling Agile Teams to Improve Software Quality

by Ben Linders on  Aug 07, 2014

Long working days, deadlines and team pressure can impact the quality of the software that agile teams deliver. What can we do to prevent that from happening and enable teams to improve the quality of their software? Some suggestions are to arrange for scope and deadline slack, adopt pull systems, and to make sure that people can slow down and get enough sleep.

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