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  • 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.

  • GitHub’s Journey from Monolith to Microservices

    This article explores GitHub's recent journey towards a microservices architecture. It takes a deeper look at GitHub’s historical and current state, goes over some internal and external factors, and discusses practical consideration points in how Github tackled their migration, including key concepts and best practices of implementing microservices architecture.

  • How to Bridge the Gap between Netops and Secops for Ultimate Network Management and Security

    Sometimes it can seem like a new IT management paradigm arrives every week. First, we had DevOps; then DevSecOps; now the most innovative organizations are talking about AIOps and even NetAIOps. Yet what is often forgotten about in this rush to name new ways of working is that many of them have been in place in the best-run teams for decades - a great example of this is NetOps and SecOps.

  • 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.

  • DEI Is Rooted in Justice: Stop Making it about Profit

    Diversity, equity, and inclusion practices exist for the betterment of every single person within a company from the ground floor to the glass ceilings. Don't build a case for diversity, equity, and inclusion. You are an establishment that depends on other humans to operate your business and bring success. Their sense of belonging, inclusion, and psychological safety is your direct responsibility.

  • 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.

  • Paving the Road to Production

    Coinbase has gotten much from its deploy pipelines. We deploy thousands of servers across hundreds of projects per day, to serve our millions of customers and their billions in assets. This article explores the journey Coinbase took to get where it is now, it describes their paved roads and how they've had to change over time in response to their company growing.

  • Building Stronger Human Teams by Managing the Inner Lizards

    Each of us has an inner lizard that frets constantly about our safety. People come with brains that are pre-configured to scan everything you say for threats to their safety. Learning to recognize when you're operating under reptilian influence is a great start. This article introduces some techniques to help you manage the lizard within you along with those around you.

  • Enhance Your Testing Strategy with Mind Map-Driven Testing

    Mind map-driven testing can enable testers to focus on test idea generation, it exposes you to your thinking and enables you to brainstorm and organize your ideas effectively. This article shares ideas and knowledge about mind maps and shows how they can be used as lean documents to plan, organize, record, present, and report on testing.

  • Inclusion Has to Be Continuous

    To create a truly diverse culture, we need to have inclusion throughout the whole lifecycle of an employee’s career journey. Leaders need to foster a psychologically safe inclusive environment to allow diversity and diversity of thought to exist. They need to grow people to move them out and continuously get new people in to shake things up, to maintain diversity and inclusion.

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