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  • Gamification: A Strategy for Enterprises to Enable Digital Product Practices

    To embrace the changing needs of consumers, organizations are exploring new ways to ideate, collaborate and create products, some of them being embracing co-creation models, investment in long-term value and fostering collective wisdom through gamification. This article shows how gamification helps to create perspective around product practices and bring us closer to next-generation products.

  • Resetting a Struggling Scrum Team Using Sprint 0

    Sprint 0 can be a great mechanism in Agile transformations to reset existing teams which are not delivering value, exhibiting a lack of accountability, or struggling with direct collaboration with customers. This article shares the experiences from doing a Sprint 0 with an existing team which was struggling to deliver, helping them to align to a new product vision and become a stronger team.

  • Leveraging Diversity to Enhance Cybersecurity

    How can we ensure there is a diverse mindset applied to cybersecurity? By including non-technical people, those from non-traditional backgrounds, and being intentional about avoiding herd mentality. If we as an industry proclaim security as a best practice, we must equally ensure diversity to ensure we have most effectively mitigated the risks that abound.

  • Applying Genetic Engineering to Your Organization Culture

    Common barriers to transformation value remain people, mindset, and organizational culture; they are so significant that they can halt any transformation from achieving meaningful delivery capabilities. Behavioral mechanisms can work as a sophisticated DNA blueprint that directs actions. This article explores mechanisms for DNA manipulation to apply the concepts in the organizational environment.

  • Leveraging the Agile Manifesto for More Sustainability

    This article explores what sustainability means exactly, the current status of sustainability of the major agile organizations (Agile Alliance and Scrum Alliance), and the impact of software development on sustainability. The main focal point of this article is using the principles of the Agile Manifesto to guide actions that contribute to more sustainability.

  • Improving Testability: Removing Anti-Patterns through Joint Conversations

    Code is always testable, but the cost may be high, and the effort exhausting. We can change code to be highly testable by identifying anti-patterns and fixing them. And developers can make the code fit the test requirements, by having discussions with the testers who actually test it.

  • Thoughtfully Training SRE Apprentices: Establishing Padawan and Jedi Matches

    This article shares how Padawans and Jedis can inspire and teach us how to help people of a wide variety of backgrounds, ages, and experience levels to observe and understand failures in production. It covers practical lessons learned and shares how you can create and rollout a program for SRE Apprentices within your organization. It also shares feedback from the SRE Apprentices themselves.

  • A Journey in Test Engineering Leadership: Applying Session-Based Test Management

    This article shows how modifying Session-based Test Management to our context helped us gain more visibility into our testing. Having a structured yet flexible approach to test management allowed us to make better, more timely decisions about the testing, and gave us more opportunities to influence quality decisions earlier in the process.

  • How to Work Better Together: Building DEI Awareness in Tech

    We have a diversity problem in technology. Many of our visions and standards of success are centered around one group of people, even though there are many groups contributing to global advancement and growth. The main reason for this is legacy, similar to legacy code. We can overcome this inherited debt by educating ourselves and planning time to do work to rebuild and replace our “legacy code”.

  • Moving into "Modern Test Leadership"

    Test management is dead; it just really needs to evolve. Test Leadership means focusing more on raising the awareness of testing across an organisation, and coaching/mentoring your team to be passionate advocates for quality. As a test leader, you need to learn to adapt to remain relevant, take time to self-reflect on what is important to you, and build personal leadership values.

  • Facilitating Feedback That's Psychologically Safe

    This article focuses on feedback with regards to a plan or proposal - ways to make it easier to give and receive feedback, so the psychological safety of the team can increase. The aim is to give you insights, models, structures and practical things to try, in order to facilitate feedback that boosts psychological safety in your team(s).

  • Applying Lean Tools and Techniques to Scrum

    This article focuses on some of the challenges that Scrum is facing and how Lean can be a complementary approach. Lean is often misunderstood as a heavyweight process when in fact it is a philosophy, one that is grounded in continuous improvement. The topic of waste, a central theme that Lean helps focus on, shows us that Scrum can be improved upon.