Hierarchy for Ant build properties

When I first start a new Java project, one of the first things I set up is a skeleton Ant build.xml file. I try to set it up so that a new developer on the project should be able to checkout and compile with no configuration. At least that’s the goal. That means setting up some reasonable […]

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Making the Best of a Tough Situation

Five years ago, it was not difficult to find companies willing to experiment with Agile on their low-priority, low-visibility initiatives. In my experience, most customers were happy with the transparency and predictability they gained, but where left wondering whether the planning and estimation practices could hold up under the fire of fixed-time, fixed-cost, and fixed-scope initiatives.  In […]

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Agile Adoption bang for the buck, what to start with

Agile adoption isn’t an all or nothing proposition, as I have heard it described. At one point in my Agile adoption I wouldn’t have even believed it. If I went go into a new client that said they were an Agile shop and they didn’t practice all of the XP practices, I would feel they […]

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Test Automation beyond Unit Test

I have worked on teams that were successful just creating an continuous integration server that ran unit tests. Unit testing is the corner stone of testing in software development. If you units function correctly there is a higher probability that the application as a whole functions correctly. If you can write unit tests that cover […]

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Progression of Benefits with Agile Adoption

Over the past seven years, Coveros team members have served on scores of agile development projects ranging from five-person, custom-development efforts, to large system integration efforts with hundreds of team members working world-wide. One byproduct of all this experience is the recognition of a surprisingly consistent and predictable pattern of value realized by the organizations […]

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The Agile Test Strategy Document…it does exist!

It is a common mis-perception that agile methodologies view planning and documentation as dated, time-wasting practices that should be avoided. While it is true that the agile manifesto asks us to value response to change over adherence to (static) plans, and working code over comprehensive documentation, it does not ask us to push planning and […]

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Agile Feedback Loops

This article describes Agile Feedback loops that help detect software and process issues that need to change, quickly identify and implement software changes that keep the cost of change to a minimum, and help projects stay on course and deliver value with each release. Tryst with Uncertainity 2009

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Coveros Signs Exclusive Partnership Agreement With SQE Training

Coveros, Inc. to Provide Software Quality Consulting to SQE Training Clients Herndon, Va., January 15, 2009 — Coveros, Inc., a company that helps organizations accelerate the delivery of secure, reliable software, today announced a strategic partnership with SQE Training of Jacksonville, FL. Under the terms of the Partnership, Coveros will be SQE Training’s exclusive consulting […]

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Cigital Co-Founder Jeffery Payne Launches New Software Company

Coveros, Inc. to Focus on Accelerating Business Success Through Better Software Herndon, Va., November 6, 2008 — Jeffery Payne, former Cigital CEO and Co-Founder, today launched Coveros, Inc., a company that helps organizations accelerate the delivery of secure, reliable software. “Business executives continue to be frustrated by the amount of time and energy it takes […]

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