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Volkswagen Engineer Sentenced to 40 Months Prison

by Shane Hastie Follow 11 Followers on  Aug 28, 2017 3

An engineer who helped design the system which concealed high levels of pollutants from Volkswagen diesel engines has been sentenced to 40 months imprisonment and a $200,000 fine. This reopens the discussion about ethics and professionalism in software engineering.

Culture & Methods Follow 275 Followers

Testing Challenges and Essential Skills for Testers

by Ben Linders Follow 12 Followers on  Jan 26, 2017 1

Complex AI systems with non-deterministic outcomes pose challenges for testers and programmers. Such systems will increasingly become normal in high-impact, high-risk applications, argues Fiona Charles; testers should increase their capacity for thinking and learning and develop a number of personal strengths such as courage and good judgement.

Culture & Methods Follow 275 Followers

Agile Testers can be a Harlequin

by Ben Linders Follow 12 Followers on  Nov 30, 2015

Agile testers can signal and question the (testing) process. Marnix van den Ent gave a talk at the Agile Testing Days 2015 in which he explained how he views testers as a harlequin: "a servant to the team and its process, like the Italian Harlequin he is there to help to understand what is happening". An interview about developing an art of questioning, XP practices and retrospectives.

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State of Testing 2015 Report is Published

by Ben Linders Follow 12 Followers on  Jul 02, 2015 3

The state of testing 2015 report shares results from this year's testing survey that was organized by Joel Montvelisky from PractiTest and Lalit Bhamare from Tea-Time with Testers. It provides insights in the adoption of test techniques and practices, test automation, and the challenges that testers are facing. InfoQ did an interview with the organizers of the survey.

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The State of Testing in 2015

by Ben Linders Follow 12 Followers on  Jan 23, 2015

The state of testing survey 2015 aims to provide insight in the adoption of test techniques and practices, test automation, and the challenges that testers are facing. Ongoing developments have impact on testing, such as the Internet of Things (IoT) and the adoption of agile where developers and testers collaborate in teams and competencies become more important than roles and titles.

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Recruit to Catch the Good Ones

by Ben Linders Follow 12 Followers on  Nov 25, 2014

How can you recruit good people and help them becoming successful without challenging your established workforce too much? According to Ralph van Roosmalen and Daan van Osch finding the right people will be one of the biggest problems in IT. At the XP Days Benelux 2014 conference Ralph and Daan will give a presentation in which they share experiences from IT recruiting at RES Software.

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Effectiveness of Meetings in Development Process

by Savita Pahuja  Followers on  Oct 16, 2014

Software development initiatives include different types of meetings, spread across the whole development process. A post on the Mobile Orchard blog explains tips and tricks to check and improve the effectiveness of these meetings.

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The Importance of Discipline in Agile

by Ben Linders Follow 12 Followers on  Oct 16, 2014 6

Agile software development is sometimes perceived as an undisciplined way of working. There are organizations which use that perception as an excuse to not adopt agile. According to others agile is actually a more disciplined approach than waterfall for software development. Let’s explore how discipline plays a role in agile and why discipline is considered important for agile to be successful.

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How DevOps Complements Agile at Nokia Entertainment

by Ben Linders Follow 12 Followers on  Nov 15, 2013

Agile has the manifesto and principles, it focuses on people, clarity for the stakeholders, faster delivery, and happier customers, so why would you need DevOps? John Clapham from Nokia Entertainment in Bristol talked at the Agile Methods in the Finance Sector and Complex Environment conference about what DevOps is and what it has brought to their business.

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A Course Is Not Mandatory Anymore for the Professional Software Developer 1 Assessment

by Ben Linders Follow 12 Followers on  Oct 31, 2013

Scrum.org announced that it is no longer mandatory to do a Professional Software Developer 1 course to do the PSD 1 assessment and become certified.

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Changing the Culture for Agile

by Ben Linders Follow 12 Followers on  Dec 20, 2012

Organizations have a need for changing the culture when implementing agile. Different approaches exist to spread agile ideas and make changes happen.

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Individual Yield

by Christopher Goldsbury  Followers on  Dec 28, 2011

Tony Wong, a project management blackbelt, enumerates some practical points on individual procutivity. This article wonders how well these apply to software development and contrasts his list with that of other lists.

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Mitchell Harper: University Education of Software Engineers is a Waste of Time

by Michael Stal  Followers on  Nov 15, 2011 38

Mitch Harper, co-founder of BigCommerce.com, claimed in a recent issue of the Sydney Morning Herald that university education might be the wrong way to become a software engineer. According to Harper, a self-educated software engineer without an university degree: universities leave their students rather unprepared for the realities of being a software engineer.

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High-performance Teams – Avoiding Teamicide

by Shane Hastie Follow 11 Followers on  Jun 05, 2009 3

High-performance teams constitute a mere 2% of the workforce, but Agile processes appear to stimulate the formation of these types of teams. This article discusses Steve Denning's perspective on how such teams can be nurtured in the workplace; it also looks at a recent talk by Ominlab Media's Stefan Gillard on how to select and employ for the formation of high-performance teams.

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Presentation: The Ethics of Error Prevention

by David West Follow 0 Followers on  Mar 20, 2009 2

No one wants programming errors. We have many tools to detect and correct errors in code. We also have a number of techniques we can use to prevent the introduction of errors. In this presentation, Michael Feathers t looksat error prevention while posing a number of interesting questions.

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