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A Tester’s Guide to Dealing with Scrummerfall

If you’ve been a tester on an agile team, you’ve probably experienced “Scrummerfall” behavior—a cross between Scrum and waterfall. There isn’t really any collaboration, and there's too much work in progress during each sprint. Bob Galen tells you how planning can help you avoid it.

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Bob Galen
What's in the Fall 2015 Issue of Better Software Magazine?

For the first time, the cover of Better Software magazine showcases two articles. The dual features are about the new ISO 29119 software quality standard—one pro, one con. Reading both points of view will make you think about what your organization is doing to adopt quality standards.

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Ken Whitaker
Important Questions to Ask Yourself before Committing to Agile

A head full of indecision is a common occurrence as you inch closer and closer toward a transition to the agile methodology, so in order to lessen this fear and push forward with a clearer mind, you need to ask yourself a few important questions.

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Josiah Renaudin
Building an Effective Lean Testing Strategy

Lean testing strategies can help QA teams effectively mitigate wasted resources and ensure that they are giving each project the attention it deserves. Sanjay Zalavadia details some strategies QA teams should implement in order to create an effective lean testing practice for their operations.

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Sanjay Zalavadia
What Are You Measuring?

Many teams do single-point measurements in their projects. But that doesn't give you a good long-term picture. When you look at multiple-dimension measurements—especially trends over time—you learn more. You can take those trends into a retrospective to investigate how your team could work better.

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Johanna Rothman
The Lean Startup Methodology and Its Value for Testers

Testers are rarely part of an entrepreneurial startup team, but are there lessons for them in the lean startup approach? Lee Copeland says yes. The basic idea behind lean startup is that companies should focus their time and resources more efficiently, and this concept surely can benefit testers.

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Lee Copeland
Samsung Moving from Waterfall to Agile to Shorten Galaxy Development

There is an ongoing debate concerning agile's viability within an organization compared to waterfall. More and more, agile seems to be the conclusion that major teams are arriving at, and Samsung is the latest company taking advantage of agile to get its products to consumers at a greater speed.

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Josiah Renaudin
DevOps Can Be Secure and Agile at the Same Time

When it comes to DevOps, the goal is to move applications from development, to test, and then eventually to deployment as quickly and efficiently as possible. However, you can still be agile while having a safe, properly security-tested DevOps environment.

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Josiah Renaudin