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Agile team contributing in a brainwriting session Brainstorming 2.0: Generate Better Ideas with Brainwriting

For decades brainstorming has been our go-to method for ideation, yet it holds back our success when the environment doesn't encourage everyone to contribute. Instead, try brainwriting—writing ideas on paper and letting teammates iterate on them. It improves not only the quantity of ideas you get, but also the quality.

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Chris Murman
Team talking about test estimates on sticky notes Test Estimation in the Age of Agile and DevOps

Estimating testing in the contemporary world of agile and DevOps demands some new rules. Gone are the days of using project planning software and work breakdown structures to define and estimate each category of work and the associated tasks. Here are some modern rules, prerequisites, and advice for test estimation.

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Michael Sowers
Egg timer Signs Your Organization Isn't Ready for DevOps

Organizations struggling to see tangible benefits after adopting DevOps practices often have only slapped together a few tools instead of making the required changes. Many aren’t really embracing DevOps at all. Here are three signs to help you determine if your organization isn’t quite ready yet to practice DevOps.

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Alan Crouch
Asphalt with painted arrows pointing in three directions The Good, the Practical, and the Expedient

When a process isn't working, you'll have to make a choice that will help move things along. However, some choices are less about inspecting and adapting than about getting things done quickly, and that incurs risk. To manage this risk you need to be aware of the differences between "practical" and "expedient."

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Steve Berczuk
Hand holding miniature white alarm clock An Agile Approach to Deciding When to Decide

Considering when to make certain decisions is just as important as how. “Inspect and adapt” is a valuable approach in agile, not only for product and process, but also for figuring out when to implement choices about your projects. Evaluating the reversibility, migration, and sustainability of decisions can help.

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Steve Berczuk
Agile team in a huddle with their coach Making Agile Coaching Successful for Your Organization

Successful agile coaching requires a combination of experience, knowledge, and soft skills to help organizations build competence, sustainability, and performance in their agile practices. But it's not all up to the coach. There are a few things you can do to ensure your coaching engagement is set up for success.

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Alan Crouch
Test plan written out Rebuilding Your Test Strategy

If testing is taking awhile and a lot of bugs are getting into production, it's a good idea to review your entire test strategy. Spend some time understanding the current process and what testing is happening through the dev process—not what is outlined in a process wiki, but the work that actually happens.

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Justin Rohrman
Sand falling through an hourglass Does Your Boss Waste Your Time?

It's good to eliminate any time-wasting practices, but that can be tricky when they come from your boss. Manager-imposed time wasters include micromanaging, holding unneeded meetings, requiring unnecessary status reports, and issuing ambiguous instructions. Here's how to broach the subject and get some time back.

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Naomi Karten