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Drawing Motivation for Software Development Teams from Unlikely Places

What do football or a submarine command have to do with agile success? At first, you might say, "Nothing." But football coaches, submarine captains, and their teams all have to establish a clear vision, analyze and prepare, and manage risks and adapt. Metaphors from other fields can motivate agile teams.

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Steve Berczuk
Use Process Improvement Methods to Elevate Your Test/QA Workflow

Quality assurance testers may feel overwhelmed by all they have to do and the short time they have to do it. Implementing proven process improvement techniques can help streamline or replace existing models, making testers’ workloads manageable and letting them accomplish more—without sacrificing quality.

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Claire Lohr
How to Deal with an Underperforming Employee (without Making It Awkward)

Sometimes, an employee's ability just falls short of what your team needs. Talking to an employee about his performance can be uncomfortable, but it doesn't need to be. You need to make sure they know what’s expected of them, what kind of improvements you’re seeking, and how you’ll gauge their improvements.

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Naomi Karten
Who’s Responsible for What? Use a RACI Matrix to Keep It Straight

As projects get larger and more complex, roles and responsibilities can become confusing. To clarify, teams can create a RACI matrix: a chart that shows who is Responsible, Accountable, Consulted, and Informed for any work product. Each role has a different level of authority, so everyone knows their duty.

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Payson Hall
Why Your Test Efforts Should Tackle Data First

Automation projects often start by tackling the technical issues, but Linda Hayes says a specific data environment should be established first. If you can’t control, define, and predict your data, you won’t have the repeatability that makes test automation practical—but it makes sense for manual testing, too.

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Linda Hayes
Agile outside Software: How All Teams Can Benefit

Better collaboration, adaptive planning, early delivery, and constant improvement—do any of these agile pillars sound like something a non-software team would want to avoid? Agile has its place in different companies and teams across a multitude of industries.

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Josiah Renaudin
The Internet of Things Moves Software Testing into the Physical World

The explosion of the Internet of Things means the physical world of things we use and the logical world of software testing are blending. Software testers need to become familiar with hardware, and manufacturing companies have to consider software, maybe for the first time. Everyone has new skills to learn.

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Jon Hagar
Creating a Test Strategy and Design for Testing Data

These days, data comes from multiple sources, is transformed in many different ways, and is consumed by hundreds of other systems, so we must validate more data, more quickly. Mike Sowers shares his work in progress checklist for things to consider when developing a test strategy and design approach for data.

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Michael Sowers