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  • Adding Security to Testing to Enable Continuous Security Testing

    Teams can be trained by security experts to become able to identify areas to add security testing in the test process and add security checks as part of functional test automation. This can lead to continuous security testing where security defects can be spotted at an early stage with higher security testing coverage in every release.

  • Variations on New Normal for Workplaces

    Over the last year office work has shifted to almost completely remote, and as vaccination programs roll out around the world it is shifting again. There is a lot of speculation around what the new normal will look like. Employee well-being, flexibility in working arrangements, availability creep, virtual and augmented reality are all factors impacting what work could look like going forward.

  • How GitHub Leverages Feature Flags to Ship Quickly and Safely

    In a recent blog post, Alberto Gimeno, GitHub actions engineer, shared how GitHub makes use of feature flags to enable frequent, safe deployments. GitHub leverages feature flags for all potentially risky changes, allowing them to quickly disable the change if needed.

  • Atlassian Open DevOps Integrates Jira with Tools Like GitHub and Datadog

    Atlassian has released Open DevOps, their new platform offering integrating Atlassian products and partner offerings. Open DevOps integrates Jira Software, Confluence, Bitbucket, and Opsgenie into a single project. It is possible to integrate with other tools, such as GitHub and Datadog, with minimal integration.

  • Shifting Quality Left with the Test Pyramid

    Shifting quality left means building in quality much earlier in the software development cycle, rather than testing for quality after completion of development. Using the test pyramid model, a project was able to move testing towards earlier stages, thereby finding defects that caused integration issues earlier in development.

  • Dos and Don’ts of Pair Programming - Study Suggests Togetherness and Expediency for Good Sessions

    A recent study by researchers from the Institute of Computer Science of the Free University of Berlin analyzed pair programming (PP) sessions from 13 companies. The study concluded that togetherness and expediency associate with good pair programming sessions.

  • GitHub Reacts to Growing Cryptocurrency Mining Attacks Using GitHub Actions

    In response to the recent surge in cryptocurrency mining attacks, GitHub has changed how pull requests from public forks are handled in GitHub Actions to prevent abuse.

  • The Importance of Psychological Safety for Agile Transformations in Africa

    The absence of psychological safety in the world of work limits the agile transformation journeys of organisations in Africa. Psychological safety is an enabler, not an act of weakness. Organisations that do not understand or foster it might find it difficult to survive in these VUCA times.

  • Advice on Overcoming Zoom Fatigue

    Recent studies by Stanford and Microsoft point to the reality of “Zoom Fatigue” - the physiological and psychological tiredness caused by back to back virtual meetings. Both studies explore reasons for the tiredness and present advice on reducing the impact.

  • CNCF Promotes GitOps Tool Flux to Incubated Status

    The CNCF has promoted the Flux project from the sandbox level to incubated level. This is not only proof of widespread use of Flux, but also of its joining the GitOps family of projects and bringing a unified toolkit approach to continuous delivery.

  • Fostering Cross-Cultural Collaboration

    Building intercultural relationships are so important to success in the workplace and world today, yet many people are hesitant or unsure of how to build relationships with those who are different from themselves. The first step is to reflect on yourself and notice where and how you spend your time and resources.

  • JetBrains Releases IntelliJ IDEA 2021.1

    JetBrains has released IntelliJ IDEA 2021.1 featuring support for Java 16, a new preview feature that instantly renders HTML changes, and support for WSL 2. is supported and it’s possible to run applications on Docker, WSL 2, or via SSH. Various other improvements include support for Docker, Kubernetes, Kotlin, Git and others.

  • Gradle 7.0 Released with Support for JDK 16

    Gradle, the customizable open source build automation tool, has released version 7 with support for JDK 16, faster incremental builds, improved build reliability, and native support for new Macs with Apple Silicon processors. Preview features like dependency verification and support for Java Module System, introduced in previous releases, have been promoted as stable features.

  • Virtualizing Design Sprint and UX Workshops

    Design sprint and UX workshops can be done virtually using a combination of remote whiteboards and communication platforms. It brings advantages like being able to invite international experts, having remote participants attend, less travelling, smaller carbon footprint, and lower costs.

  • The Post COVID Normal Will Be Hybrid Work Environments

    The Microsoft Work Trend Report points to flexible, hybrid work being the new normal, leaders being out of touch with their employees, an exhausted workforce, innovation at risk, shrinking networks, the need for authenticity to spur productivity and well-being & a huge negative impact on GenZ. The report provides concrete advice for charting the way forward to overcome these and other challenges.

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