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Puzzle piece The Role of Testers on Agile Teams

Some agile teams have so fully embraced the idea of the development team owning quality that they don't hire anyone with a testing background, instead making software engineers responsible for all phases of quality. Still, testers add value to a team in many ways that don’t involve test execution. Where do they fit in?

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Steve Berczuk
man jumping hurdle 3 Major Continuous Delivery Hurdles Teams Need to Overcome

Teams that leverage continuous delivery and continuous integration are playing an entirely different game than software teams of the past—instead of mapping out this major, ridged timeline, data is being both gathered and used more frequently (and effectively) than before.

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Josiah Renaudin
Better Software Fall 2017 issue cover What’s in the Fall 2017 Issue of Better Software Magazine

Better Software magazine editor Ken Whitaker highlights content from the latest issue, including articles on bridging the divide between agile and waterfall, scaling agile through empowered teams, DevOps and IoT, and continuous development.

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Ken Whitaker
doctor using tablet FDA Pilots Program to Pre-Certify Digital Health Software

As healthcare undergoes a digital transformation, how can the traditional regulatory process keep pace? The FDA recently announced the initial participants in a pilot program that will pre-certify digital health tech companies that meet quality standards for software design, validation, and maintenance.

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Pamela Rentz
User stories Use Continuous Backlog Grooming to Refine Agile Requirements

Continuous backlog grooming means systematically refining your user stories: breaking up larger stories, obtaining detailed requirements, writing the requirements in terms of acceptance criteria and acceptance tests, and sharing and refining these details with the team. Acceptance test-driven development can help.

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Susan Brockley
iceberg of technical debt Technical Debt, Product Value, and Risk Management

Reports that the Equifax breach took advantage of a known issue in Apache Struts set the stage for a conversation about technical debt, product value, and risk management. Steve Berczuk shares his thoughts on how to help prioritize technical work in a way that balances short and long term value.

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Steve Berczuk
FBI Challenge character Cyber Surfing and Child Safety

Cyber threats and security breaches are not going away any time soon, unfortunately. In fact, many of us are now taking online security practices more seriously. With the surfeit of digital entertainment options available today, it’s time to get kids in the habit of practicing cyber safety as well.

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Pamela Rentz
robogami Robots and Origami: Designing and 3D Printing Foldable Robots

Origami is no longer limited to folding a sheet of paper into a crane. Now there’s Interactive Robogami, a new system under development from researchers at MIT that gives those of us who are neither a roboticist nor a mechanical engineer the tools to design our own robots.

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Pamela Rentz