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Improving Collaboration of Testers and Developers in Agile Teams

by Ben Linders Follow 20 Followers on  May 23, 2013

Collaboration between agile team members, like developers and testers, helps to make teams successful. What can scrum masters do to help testers and developers to work together in agile teams, and improve collaboration?

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Improve DevOps Cultures with Information Consolidation

by Aslan Brooke Follow 0 Followers on  Apr 04, 2013 2

The Appsecute platform aims to improve collaboration and increase productivity through consolidating information associated to an applications lifecycle. The software as a service platform accepts messages directly from people and from integrated technology platforms, then it aggregates those events online for viewing by everyone within an organization.

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Are your Software Development Projects using Agile?

by Ben Linders Follow 20 Followers on  Dec 27, 2012

A Gartner research report from December 2009 predicted that by 2012 “agile development methods will be utilized in 80% of all software development projects”. Let's check if the prediction from Gartner has come true?

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Scrumodoro: Methods For Personal Effectiveness Within Scrum

by Christopher Goldsbury Follow 0 Followers on  Jun 04, 2012 10

Scrum and Pomodoro are blended by Mangus Nord to maximize both team and individual productivity.

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Improving Productivity and Efficiency for Fully Distributed Teams

by Marta Jasinska Follow 0 Followers on  May 31, 2012 2

Andrew Montalenti on his blog pixelmoneky.org talks about viability of fully distributed teams now and in the future.

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Design Thinking and Culture of Collaboration

by Srini Penchikala Follow 33 Followers on  May 16, 2012 2

Design thinking is about creating vision of the future, not just managing the present. Bill Burnett from Stanford University recently spoke about design thinking and what questions we need to ask to shift from design to design thinking.

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The Daily Standup/Scrum is not for the Scrum Master

by Anand Vishwanath Follow 0 Followers on  Apr 18, 2012 6

Mike Cohn recently suggested that the Daily Standup (or Scrum) is not a status meeting for the Scrum Master, but a forum where team members are synchronising their work. Techniques such as breaking eye contact are helpful for Scrum Masters to fix this anti pattern in their teams.

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Is Agile Stifling Introverts?

by Todd Charron Follow 0 Followers on  Mar 31, 2012 11

For years Agile has been encouraging teams to work together collaboratively in open spaces and encouraging developers to pair program, but lately these types of practices have been coming under fire.

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IRQA - A Requirements Definition and Management Solution for Systems Engineering Projects

by Michael Stal Follow 0 Followers on  Jan 27, 2012 5

Visure Solutions recently announced the availability of IRQA which denotes a solution for requirements definition and management (RDM). A sound process using professional tools is important for ensuring the quality of product and solution development with respect to the requirements specification.

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Preview of Visual Studio 11: Agile Support, Group Collaboration, and Clone Detection

by Jeff Martin Follow 12 Followers on  Jan 25, 2012

VS11 will provide new tools that expedite unit testing, refactoring, and easier communication across the entire development team. These new components are intended to benefit everyone from developers, and testers to those deploying and maintaining the resulting application.

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Tasktop Sync 2.0 Supports ALM Repository Introspection and REST Based Artifact Management

by Srini Penchikala Follow 33 Followers on  Dec 25, 2011

The latest version of Application Lifecycle Unification tool Tasktop Sync supports repository introspection and REST based application lifecycle artifact management. Tasktop team released last month version 2.0 of the tool. InfoQ spoke with Mik Kersten, CEO of Tasktop, about the new features in the latest release.

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Enabling and Sustaining High Performing Teams

by Shane Hastie Follow 18 Followers on  Nov 06, 2011

Agile practices should foster high-performance self-organizing teams. It is important that high-performance equals value delivery, to ensure that the team solves the right problem. It is also important to create an environment where high-performance can flourish which requires thinking and action at a management level. We examine three commentators perspectives on enabling high performance.

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How Applied Psychology can help Software Engineers

by Michael Stal Follow 0 Followers on  Nov 02, 2011 1

On the 1st November software engineer and author John R. Fox has published his book “Digital Work in an Analog World”. According to its subtitle “Improving Software Engineering by Applied Psychology”, the book does not consider software engineering in practice. Rather, it is focusing on the psychological aspects relevant and practices relevant for engineers.

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Individuals and Interactions are Important, but so are Processes and Tools

by Craig Smith Follow 4 Followers on  Oct 07, 2011 3

There has been a lot of discussion recently about the tension inherent in the Agile Manifesto value "individuals and interactions over processes and tools". This item examines some of the points that have been made.

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Is it Time to Stop Estimating User Stories?

by Todd Charron Follow 0 Followers on  Oct 01, 2011 12

Most new Agile teams transition from hours based estimates to relative estimation using story points, but do we even need estimates at all?

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