5 Tips for Making the Most of Your Agile Meetings

People often think agile entails too many meetings. I’ve even heard product owners say sprint kickoffs are a waste of time because they “take away from doing real work.” Teams should stop talking and start coding, right? This complaint has nothing to do with the number of meetings, but rather the way meetings are run. […]

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Why DevOps Engineering Is Important

The following is an edited excerpt from our webinar that took place March 10, 2015. The entire recording may be viewed here: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/recording/737060184353086210.  This is the first in a series of webinars on DevOps Engineering and discussed why DevOps Engineering is important.  The webinar was given by Mr. Jeffery Payne and Mr. Richard Mills of […]

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From Naivety to Negligence

I understand the plight of senior executives, I really do.  Most don’t have a software background and that makes it difficult for them to fully understand application security.  But when security breeches are caused by basic, simple code vulnerabilities that can be found using readily available tools, it makes me wonder how serious businesses even […]

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Hope Is Not a Strategy

One of my all-time favorite sales books is entitled Hope Is Not a Strategy.  It’s a book about how to properly manage sales teams and opportunities.  But I often use this slogan when talking to senior executives about their unrealistic software project expectations.  When teams push back on unrealistic project release schedules, story estimates, or […]

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Holes in Whole Team Quality

The concept of whole team quality is a good one.  Everybody on a project should be responsible for quality.  Unfortunately, there are often holes in our whole team quality approach.  Here are a few I’ve seen: No definition of Done – It’s difficult to achieve quality if you don’t define what it means!  So many […]

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The Benefits of Self-directed Teams

When talking about the activities critical to agile success, one often hears about daily huddles, continuous integration, and user acceptance testing, but I’ve found that the agile principle of Self-directed Teams is equally important.  Teams should be allowed to estimate and assign their own work for a variety of reasons: 1) Estimates will be more […]

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Security Testing in an Agile World: An Interview with Jeff Payne

Summary: Jeffrey Payne sat down with Noel Wurst to discuss a range of topics, including advice for teams that are attempting agile for the first time, the importance of clear communication between teams, and the ways that security testing has changed alongside modern technology. Complete Article: Agile Connection May 2 2013 article – Security Testing in […]

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Coveros CEO Jeff Payne presents tutorial on Agile Project Failures: Root Causes and Corrective Actions

Coveros CEO Jeff Payne is presenting a half-day tutorial on Agile Project Failures: Root Causes and Corrective Actions at ADCWest / BSCWest in Las Vegas June 4, 2013 Agile initiatives always begin with the best of intentions—accelerate delivery, better meet customer needs, or improve software quality. Unfortunately, some agile projects do not deliver on these […]

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Coveros CEO Jeff Payne on Fundamentals of Agile Certification at ADC/BSC

Coveros CEO Jeff Payne is presenting Fundamentals of Agile Certification at the Agile Development Conference West / Better Software Conference West in Las Vegas June 2-3, 2013 Conference Attendees can expect to: Explore agile software development methodologies and approaches Understand differences between agile and traditional methodologies Learn how agile practices and principles improve the software […]

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Coveros CEO Jeff Payne chairs Testing and Quality Leadership Summit

Program Chair Jeff Payne Brings together senior industry leaders for an interactive exchange of ideas and experiences on topic Leadership in the face of Change at STAREast in Orlando, FL on May 2-3, 2013 The business world is changing faster than ever. Dynamic global markets are forcing organizations to adjust to meet ever-changing customer demands. […]

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