Topic: agile

Agile Development Stories

Shifting from being a tester in a traditional lifecycle model to in an agile methodology is not easy. There is a spectrum of differences, ranging from redefining the testing role and responsibilities completely to making only minor changes in context and accountability. Read on for some key changes.

The Agile Development/Better Software East Conference in November included sessions on implementing agile, leading projects and teams, and going mobile. Here, we detail presentations from Rob Myers, James Whittaker, and Jeff "Cheezy" Morgan about agile's origins and future, plus career superpowers.

As organizations adopt agile methodologies, one of the key challenges is reinventing traditional roles. The entire agile team is now accountable for quality—carrying the quality flag is not the sole responsibility of the tester. But we also want to ensure that we maintain tester role independence.

Planning is essential to agile, but for larger projects, it can become problematic. When you have multiple teams working on a project, the big room planning technique comes in handy. All planning takes place in a single, large room, so everybody can discuss their teams' needs and identify conflicts.

Jeff Morgan—better known by his nickname, “Cheezy”—gave his keynote “The Future of Agile: Dilution, Calcification, or Evolution?” at the Agile Development Conference & Better Software Conference East 2014. He talked about adaptation, why best practices aren't the best, and returning to agile roots.

Rob Myers, founder of Agile Institute, gave his keynote presentation “The Roots of Agility” at Agile Development Conference & Better Software Conference East 2014. He compares an agile team to a grove of aspen trees, all connected by the roots and working together as a single organism. Read on.

A kanban board seems like the perfect way to visualize your tasks and organize priorities. But what happens when the backlog starts to get overwhelming? How do you stop the kanban board from becoming a task board? And how do you account for all the little tasks that weasel their way in every day?

Agile adoption isn’t easy. It can often be a long, difficult, uphill climb. However, that climb can bring you to the top of your game and even give you a look down on the competition. But there is one barrier to successful agile adoption that often gets overlooked. Read on to find out what it is.

Schedules are tight, resources are scarce, customers are more demanding, the technology of today quickly becomes old news tomorrow, and competition is everywhere. We’re all doing much more with less. How do you improve yourself when under so much stress? This issue of Better Software has answers!

Agile has taken software and the tech industry by storm. But agile doesn't have to be a godsend for just those working in the tech industry or with various shades of software. Consider these four agile tenets as best practices for your business and personal life, too.