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  • Solutions for Testing Blockchain: Private Blockchains, Permutations, and Shifting Left

    Blockchain is an emerging software architecture that has the potential to be a big disruptor in the industry. With change however, comes the added risk of quality issues. As developers and test engineers, we need to be prepared for those changes to better adapt to the new technology and allow for the continued development of software and products through it, without compromising on quality.

  • The Game Master's Framework for Software Development

    The Game Master Framework for Software (GeMs) combines role-playing concepts with software development, effectively creating a framework to deliver software in complex and chaotic environments. GeMs allows you to use your skills from playing Warhammer, WoW, Dungeons, or dragons, and C’thulu, to create software. GeMs combes gaming tactics with software creation.

  • Sociotechnical Implications of Using Machines as Teammates

    AI has become more than just a tool; it is now meriting consideration as an additional teammate. While this increases a project’s efficiency and technical rigor, AI teammates bring a fresh set of challenges around social integration, team dynamics, trust, and control. This article provides an overview of sociotechnical frameworks and strategies to address concerns with using machines as teammates.

  • Plugin Framework for .NET

    In an interview with developer Mikael Koskinen, he tells us about his new Plugin Framework, why he created it, how to get the best from it and plans for the future.

  • Data-Driven Decision Making – Optimizing the Product Delivery Organization

    The Data-Driven Decision Making Series provides an overview of how the three main activities in the software delivery - Product Management, Development and Operations - can be supported by data-driven decision making. Applying Hypotheses, CD Indicators and SRE’s SLIs / SLOs enables a software delivery organization to optimize for effectiveness, efficiency and service reliability.

  • Q&A on the Book Surrounded by Idiots

    The book Surrounded by Idiots by Thomas Erikson provides a method for assessing behaviors of people we communicate with. This method can help to increase our understanding of how people communicate and to better communicate and collaborate with people. It will also give you a better self-awareness.

  • Liberating Structures - an Antidote to Zombie Scrum

    Although many organizations use Scrum, the majority struggle to grasp both the purpose of Scrum as well as its benefits. They do Zombie Scrum; it looks like Scrum from a distance, but you see that things are amiss when moving closer. This article describes what Zombie Scrum is about and gives you tangible examples of how to recognize, treat and prevent Zombie Scrum by using Liberating Structures.

  • Obscuring Complexity

    One of the most important things that software architects do is manage the complexity of their systems in order to mitigate release disruption while maintaining sufficient feature velocity. When we cannot reduce complexity, we try to hide or shift it. Software architects tend to manage that complexity with the time-honored strategies covered in this article.

  • Q&A on the Book The Age of Surge

    In the book The Age of Surge, Brad Murphy and Carol Mase explore a human-centered approach to scaling agility and transforming companies for digital. The book describes the Digital Wave Model which companies can use to disrupt organizational structures and business functions and re-create them to fit the digital landscape.

  • Q&A on the Book Executive’s Guide to Disciplined Agile

    The Executive’s Guide to Disciplined Agile explains how disciplined agile works at different levels in the organization. It provides a framework with principles and practices to help you to streamline information technology and business processes in a context-sensitive manner.

  • The Java Evolution of Eclipse Collections

    With each successive version of Java, frameworks must adapt and transform in order to stay current. This article aims to describe some of the new Java 8 features in Eclipse Collections, a high performance collections framework for Java, and looks ahead at some of the new things we’ve done to prepare for Java 9. This article will walk through these new features and changes.

  • Q&A on the Book SAFe Distilled

    The book SAFe Distilled breaks down the complexity of the framework into easily understood explanations and actionable guidance. It’s a resource for acquiring a deep understanding of the Scaled Agile Framework, and how to implement it successfully.