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Quality in Agile Development: Notes from Keep Austin Agile Conference

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  I attended the Keep Austin Agile conference last Friday at the Renaissance Hotel in Austin, TX.  The conference was sold out, with 500 attendees. In fact, more than 100 people were said to be waiting on the guest list to get in. Why all the excitement? It’s clear from … [Read more...]

John Boyd and the Origins of “Agility”

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Agility is all around us these days, but the origins of Agile programming and Agile marketing lie in the Korean War and the work-up to invading Iraq. Lisa Morgan recently wrote that “Most software organizations are some version of Agile” here on the Software Quality … [Read more...]

Creative Software Testing in Agile Environments | Iain McCowatt

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And here we have it… the final installment of the Creativity in Testing series. The last interview in the series is with none other than Iain McCowatt, Director at Barclays. With more than 20 years of software testing experience and a strong presence in the testing … [Read more...]

The Half-Life of Innovation

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New products hit the market faster than businesses can consume them, forcing IT executives and business managers to set priorities. If policies are too rigid, competitiveness may suffer. If policies are overly agile, precious IT resources may be spent on the wrong solutions. … [Read more...]

How To Determine Your Virtual User Quota

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So you've decided that it's time to load test your website or app? Awesome. There are a probably a handful of questions that are swirling around your head as you prepare to do some performance testing. What metrics do I need to get out of the test? Do I want to test … [Read more...]

Avoiding Sand in the Agile Gas Tank

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Most software organizations are some version of Agile. Yet, lingering habits still gum up the works. There are some surprising and obvious-in-retrospect reasons why organizations are not as Agile as they might be. If you want to avoid or minimize Agile challenges, read … [Read more...]

Up Your Game with Code Review

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Most development managers innately understand that code review is an indispensable strategy to improve software quality. What many managers don’t know is that time invested in the up-front process of code review not only saves time later, but also helps managers position … [Read more...]

The Increased Complexity of Testing in Agile Environments

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Performing testing, specifically test automation, is not child’s play. Many testers face a torrent of challenges in their projects. These obstacles can be based on manpower, geographic locations of teams, complexity of project, development methodologies or technologies and … [Read more...]

Creative Software Testing in Agile Environments | Ken Pugh

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Ken Pugh has been developing hardware and software for more than 30 years. His experience in the industry ranges from coaching teams on Agile methodologies to developing software for embedded systems and satellite tracking; his list of expertise goes on. For all this time, … [Read more...]

Creative Software Testing In Agile Environments | David Hussman

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A lot of software testers (or test managers) that I've met recently have reasserted something that - for me, anyway - seems to be an interesting phenomenon: Many software testers don't come from computer science backgrounds. In fact, many of them actually have educational … [Read more...]