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Better Software magazine cover What’s in the Spring 2017 Issue of Better Software Magazine

This is the second issue of Better Software magazine for 2017, and it has the largest page count of the last few years. With close to one hundred thousand subscribers worldwide, Better Software is fulfilling a real need in the software development community. As always, this issue has some thought-provoking articles.

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Ken Whitaker
Learning An Agile Mindset: Learning Early, Not Failing Fast

Agile encourages teams to continuously improve through learning. One of the phrases associated with this process is "failing fast"—trying new things and taking lessons from mistakes as you go. But Johanna Rothman thinks "learning early" is a better phrase. That change in terminology can give you a happier mindset.

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Johanna Rothman
Problem and solution 3 Common Collaboration Problems for Teams Transitioning to Agile

A shift toward working in smaller teams on tighter releases forces organizations adopting agile to rethink what successful delivery looks like. It can be a big change for those used to silos. Here are three key symptoms of agile teams that don’t have close collaboration—and some solutions you can implement to fix them.

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Kevin Dunne
Exploratory testing 3 Reasons Exploratory Testing Is Great for Agile Teams

Specification-based testing is critical for determining whether a user story is “done done.” But that doesn’t ensure a positive user experience. Coherence, comprehension, and usability are beyond the scope of automated functional testing. Here are three reasons agile teams should embrace exploratory testing.

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Ingo Philipp
Specialist Finding a Home for Specialists on Cross-Functional Agile Teams

It may seem like the best team would be composed of all specialists, but due to their proficiency in only one area, they can actually hold up an agile workflow. You can keep specialists on your cross-functional teams; you just need to structure their work. Here are four options for making good use of a specialist.

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Steve Berczuk
Agile culture Creating Your Organization’s Agile Culture

Some organizations decide they can just “install” agile by simply telling the technical team members what to do. It never occurred to the managers that much of what makes agile successful is the organizational culture. It's important to recognize that agile is something you work toward—with the whole team.

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Johanna Rothman
figures standing around globe Why You Need to Unify Agile Methodologies among Teams

Agile software development is a complex initiative to undertake, especially when a dispersed team is involved. Organizations must establish a unified agile methodology to ensure that everyone is on the same page and understands what is expected of them in these efforts.

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Sanjay Zalavadia
man jumping over hole in bridge How Agile Bridges the Major Gaps between Development and Testing

Agile, by its very nature, is about collaboration. The developers work alongside the testers, the testers see eye-to-eye (at least in most cases) with the developers, and there’s just a more flexible nature to the team itself. It is meant to bridge the major gaps within teams.

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Josiah Renaudin