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Agile or Not, You Need a Proper Customer and User Experience Process

In order to satisfy the people you hope will purchase or download your software, a proper customer and user experience process has to be built into the software development lifecycle. Whether you follow an agile, waterfall, or completely different methodology, this is a step that can’t be skipped.

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Josiah Renaudin
Why Agile Begs for Better Team Communication

How do you promote effective communication among a group of individuals, especially in agile? That’s the big question. In a world where some people might even have differing definitions of the actual word “communication,” it can seem impossible to get everyone on the same page.

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Josiah Renaudin
It's All About Prioritization

"No one is busy in this world. It is all about priorities." In almost everything we do, prioritization is the key to surviving in today’s fast-paced world. Prioritization is particularly relevant in the software industry right now because being agile is the latest mantra for success.

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Mukesh Sharma
The Importance of the Agile Mindset

Bringing in an agile coach to explain how everything is done and why certain people on your team need to do certain things is absolutely beneficial, but it’s that mindset of adaptation and learning that gives agile such a potent punch.

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Josiah Renaudin
Necessary Skill Sets for the Agile Test Team

In making the move to agile practices, testing teams are finding that a specific skill set—or more than one—is necessary in order to take advantage of the benefits of agile methodologies. Sanjay Zalavadia looks at the skill sets and information that teams need before an agile project can begin.

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Sanjay Zalavadia
When Is the Right Time to Transition to Agile?

There are numerous benefits that organizations may reap from an agile environment. The path to achieving these advantages will have some challenges, but there's nothing that can't be overcome with a little planning and answering the question: When is the right time to transition to agile?

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Sanjay Zalavadia
Feedback Challenges in Self-Organizing Teams

Self-organizing agile teams can present challenges when you want to give individual feedback. Everyone can see the results of what the team accomplished, but the contribution of each person is less apparent. Steve Berczuk has tips for managers and team members on noticing and getting noticed on agile teams.

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Steve Berczuk
Traveling Light: Pare Down Software to Move Faster

If you take time to examine every part of your development process, you'll probably be surprised at how many nonessential things go into your software. Kickoffs, estimations, insurance, workarounds, changes ... All these little extras add up to big things that slow you down. It's time to get lean again.

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Matthew Heusser