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Two identical airplanes performing a stunt in tandem 2 Ways to Standardize QA Practices

Testing can get complicated when each project is using a completely different toolset, language, and reporting status, with different measurements and formats. Testing is a reaction to context and what we encounter, so how we test cannot be standardized. What we can standardize is the stuff that surrounds the testing.

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Justin Rohrman
Yellow and gray rulers Rethinking Your Measurement and Metrics for Agile and DevOps

In their transition to agile and DevOps, many teams forget they also need to update their measurement and metrics plan. Some measurements and metrics from the traditional waterfall software development lifecycle may remain useful, but many may not provide value—and some may even adversely impact progress toward goals.

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Michael Sowers
People practicing in a dojo Agile Dojo: Speed Up Delivery Using Focus

An Agile Dojo is an immersive learning experience where teams bring their work into a collocated space and work together to complete a project, using “hyper-iterations” of two-day sprints, over six weeks. Even distributed teams are able to collaborate, focus, and deliver projects on time and within budget. Here's how.

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Christina Ambers
Scrum team having a productive retrospective Are Your Retrospectives Adding Value to Your Scrum Team?

Sprint retrospectives are often skipped, compressed, or organized in a way that doesn't provide good feedback. This is unfortunate, as a well-planned retrospective is a great way to improve how you work. Good retrospectives enable engagement and safety, distill and prioritize ideas, and create concrete action items.

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Steve Berczuk
Stacy Kirk DevOps Transformations for QA Teams: A Slack Takeover with Stacy Kirk

Thought leaders from the software community are taking over the TechWell Hub to answer questions and engage in conversations. QA architect an agile coach Stacy Kirk, founder of QualityWorks Consulting Group LLC and nodeqa.io, hosted this Slack takeover and discussed improving teams by implementing DevOps practices.

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Kelly McGee
Software team member going down a list of process steps Don’t Become a Slave to Process

More mature organizations are usually very process-disciplined, especially when teams are distributed. However, it’s dangerous to become overly reliant on process. People can become too complacent, accepting a process just to avoid having to make decisions. Here are some ways to keep your processes fresh and valuable.

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Richard Estra
Sign saying "Dead end" 4 DevOps Antipatterns to Avoid

While lots of organizations are making good progress with DevOps, there are others that have fallen prey to common DevOps antipatterns. Signs usually include a slowdown or stopping of progress toward a fully collaborative organization operating at a high velocity. Here are four DevOps antipatterns to watch out for.

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Jeffery Payne
Looking upward at trees in a forest Scrum Can Help You See the Forest and the Trees

In project management, it's easy to focus on details to the extent that you lose track of the larger goal. Scrum can help you identify flaws and gaps, and skipping or trivializing Scrum events will just hide the fact that there are things you need to improve. Finding problems is something to be celebrated, not hidden.

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Steve Berczuk