Of Risks and Retrospectives

In this counter-opinion, Senior Consultant Byron Katz discusses why a lack of action items from an agile team’s retrospective might be a symptom of deeper problems.

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MSDeploy: Brief Overview for Sync

Note Web Deploy is typically not directly invoked at the command line, and is instead called by Visual Studio as a part of deployment using a GUI. It is poorly documented and not made to be user friendly on the command line. Better tools (e.g. Chef) exist for this type of work, and should be […]

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Software Testing is Insurance, Not Assurance

Another week, another preventable, high-profile tech disaster. The Iowa Democratic Party used a mobile app to pull results from statewide precincts for the Iowa caucus. While there were many reasons why this application failed, the Democratic Party left it to “coding issues.” Anyone with any degree of experience can tell you this excuse really means they […]

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3 Tactics to Stay Productive with an Agile Schedule

When everything is agile, it can be difficult to stay productive. Changing requirements and priorities often necessitate task switching, which takes a toll on your concentration, accuracy, and efficiency. This gets more complicated when your schedule is also agile. The usual productivity tips apply best to those working in a typical office with typical hours. What […]

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5 Actions to Create a Work Culture Safe for Innovation

People tend to thrive in environments where they feel safe. Organizations often consider the physical safety of their individuals, but fewer consider the implications of intellectual and emotional safety in driving company success. Leaders have the opportunity to help engineer a generative culture, where team members feel safe, supported, and trusted to think creatively and innovate. […]

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Selecting the Right Agile Framework

Scrum. Kanban. Lean. XP. SAFe. RUP. Scrum of Scrums. There are many frameworks available to organizations that are maturing their agile software development process. However, the use of some frameworks can help reinforce agile behaviors, while others can be degenerative and actually drive an organization to revert to more waterfall-like software development. The choice of […]

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