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Is Your Workplace Ready for DevOps?

The success of agile has now paved the way for the current wave of DevOps rippling through organizations. And like agile before it, DevOps is being met with resistance, some loud and some quiet. In an article for AgileConnection, Matt Hilbert discusses the cultural changes that are necessary for DevOps to be implemented successfully in the organization. Identify Your Culture Type Hilbert draws from culture research published in an unlikely place, a journal for health …

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Why Converting Test Teams to Automation Is a Challenge

Can all testers transition to become automation engineers? Maybe, but will you actually see it happen in your organization? Test automation consultant Paul Merrill would bet against it. In an article at TechBeacon, he explains the nature of the challenge and what you may have to do if you really want to go fully automated with testing. Automation Can’t Be Automated As Merrill explains it, Google and the like only use software development engineers in …

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Five Trademarks of an Agile Organization

The paradigm has shifted in business. The new normal consists of a quickly evolving environment, regular introduction of disruptive technology, accelerating digitization and democratization of information, and increased competition for skilled workers. In the face of such factors, a report at McKinsey identifies the five trademarks of agile organizations that thrive in the new paradigm: “North Star” embodied across the organization A network of empowered teams Rapid decision and learning cycles A dynamic people model …

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4 Signs Your DevOps Initiative Is Off the Rails

The danger of a DevOps pilot team is that, if it does not properly transfer its knowledge to cross-functional teams, it can become a new organizational silo of its own. That defeats the purpose of DevOps, but it happens. In an article for AgileConnection, Jeffery Payne discusses four signs that DevOps may not be working as it should be in your business: Focusing solely on speed Forgetting to onboard teams Focusing on tooling instead of …

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Writing Changeable Code in Test-Driven Development

Studies have shown that making changes to software is expensive, no matter how small the changes. The reason is typically that the underlying code was not written to be changeable without breaking other systems. In an article for AgileConnection, David Bernstein insists that changeable code does not take longer to write than static code. But it does require that you think with a different perspective. Change Your Mind Bernstein says this about the mindset to …

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What Agile Can and Cannot Do

Consistently, one of the greatest challenges of agile transformation is simply understanding what it is. Agile cannot do everything, but it can do quite a lot. The lines of division are unclear to outsiders looking in, or to those new to the methodology. In an article for Scrum Alliance, Pratik Kothari gets specific about what agile can and cannot do. The Division In scheduling, agile enables better feature development prioritization in projects, and when paired …

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Recognizing the Five Symptoms of a Poor Backlog

Is your backlog a beautiful thing to behold, or does it have a face only a mother could love? Well, if you get used to ugly and disorganized, you may not be able to tell the difference anymore. So in an article for Scrum Alliance, Pratik Kothari shares five symptoms of a poor backlog incited by a struggling product owner: Poor planning Not enough detail More than 20 percent churn in objectives Features dissatisfying the …

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5 Overlooked Opportunities in Agile Estimation

Opportunity surrounds us all the time, but if we are blind to it, then it makes no difference. Are you missing opportunities during agile estimation? In an article for Scrum Alliance, Ajeet Singh describes five such opportunities: Opportunity to learn from others Opportunity to identify alternatives Opportunity to validate the story Opportunity to improve teammates’ estimating ability Opportunity to reinforce scrum values Optimistic Estimation Opportunity to learn from others occurs when individuals are allowed to …

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The Importance of the Sprint Goal for the Success of Scrum

A sprint comprises backlog items. For many, those backlog items are enough information for teams to get down to work. But in an article for Scrum Alliance, Deepak Agnihotri insists that backlog items alone are not enough to accomplish the best work. For teams to deliver the best results, they must also be abiding by a designated sprint goal. Always Have a Goal A sprint goal provides the overall answer of why the given backlog …

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Don’t Forget to Document the Why of Your Software!

Virtually anyone who has ever inherited software code from someone else has run into a weird section of code and thought, “What the **** is this?!” And it takes far too long to get an answer to that exasperated question, because documentation is missing or was written with inadequate context. So in an article for AgileConnection, David Bernstein discusses the importance of including both a what and a why in software documentation. Why Has This …

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