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  • Easy Guide to Remote Pair Programming

    Remote pair programming can be an extremely powerful tool, it's a form of social programming. When pairing remote, you need a lot more setup and more tooling in place, so that the two team members can work together effectively. With remote pair programming quality communication is essential because we lack the physical presence that gives us so much non-verbal communication.

  • How to Spread Technical Practices Like TDD in an Organization

    One of the success factors for Agile and DevOps is developers changing the way they work and adopting practices like Test-Driven Development (TDD). It’s not something that just happens by itself, and many of the “usual” ways of introducing change fail for TDD. This article outlines some of the things that actually do work and explains “Samman,” which is a coaching method used with developers.

  • In the Search of Code Quality

    Software development process being a convoluted interplay of technical, business, sociological and psychological forces makes it very hard to understand. This leads to a multitude of myths and hypes. Recent scientific research challenges many commonly held beliefs and intuitions.

  • Q&A on the Book Leading Quality

    The book Leading Quality by Ronald Cummings-John and Owais Peer explores how to become a leader of quality, master strategic quality decisions, and lead engineering/QA teams to accelerate company growth. The book is intended for people who lead quality inside their companies, like C-suite executives.

  • Adopting Continuous Delivery at teamplay, Siemens Healthineers

    Continuous Delivery is about working in a way that keeps the system in a releasable state throughout its development. This article describes how a large software development organization at Siemens Healthineers started the transformation towards Continuous Delivery. It describes the strategy and tactics used to gradually and safely change the development process in a regulated medical domain.

  • Refactoring to a Deeper Model

    Paul Rayner uses a case study to demonstrate how refactoring your code can lead to a deeper understanding of your domain model. Through common code refactorings, combined with the implementation of patterns, the codebase became more cohesive and easier to reason about, reducing the time to perform some common tasks from weeks or months to just hours.

  • Coaching Technical Practices

    In the past 4-5 years I have been working as a software development coach, helping organizations around London improve their technical practices. I focus on XP practices, specifically TDD, Pair Programming, Refactoring and Simple Design. In this article I share my experiences organizing coaching sessions, including subject selection and sequencing, exercises for each subject and session formats.

  • Escaping Method Prison

    Methods are our best tool to get great software. But today they put us in method prisons with method wars, reliance on gurus and swings from method to method. How foolish is this? It needs to be stopped. The new Essence standard efficiently stops that path. And, teams get better methods, selected from a practice library and support in their daily work. Executives get forever learning org’s.

  • 2017 State of Testing Report

    The State of Testing 2017 report provides insights into the adoption of test techniques, practices, and test automation, and the challenges that testers are facing. This is fourth time that this survey has been done. InfoQ held an interview with the organizers of the State of Testing survey.

  • Technical Practices as a Hack on Consciousness: Why to Hack Yourself

    Software technical practices are usually adopted as a means of creating better products. These practices can create and maintain a healthy human system. Technical practices raise the consciousness of individuals and the team as a whole. Technical practices hack consciousness giving us a quick, deep chute into depths of connection that improve our selves, our products, and our world.

  • Pair Programming Is No Panacea

    Is pair programming all that it's cracked up to be? Contrary to popular belief, pairing can lead to a decrease in creativity, groupthink, inappropriate feedback, and can be demoralizing. Wes Higbee explores why it definitely shouldn't be mandated, and why you should consider other options where it could be beneficial.

  • Why Won’t They Pair?

    Pair programming is one of the core techniques of eXtreme Programming and has been shown to be effective for knowledge sharing as well as code quality, but it is a practice that is often not used, even in the most agile of organizations. Linda Cook explores why that is and provides some advice on how to encourage teams to try the practice.

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