6 Signs Your Agile Project Isn’t Really Agile

More and more organizations are adopting agile software development processes and practices. But in many cases, these organizations have declared they are agile without actually changing how they develop software. Declaring that an apple is an orange doesn’t make it so. These six key indicators can help you determine whether your agile project isn’t really […]

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The Dangers of Underplanning in Your Agile Projects

Agile coaches often stress the importance of not overplanning. They talk about the dangers of planning work that is later changed or never done at all. When agile first emerged, there was a belief that upfront planning was unnecessary. Teams were encouraged to jump right into sprints and plan as they go. While not many […]

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Is Behavior-Driven Development Right for Your Team?
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If you are currently applying agile principles and run into situations where the team’s outcome occasionally deviates from the business needs, you might consider applying Behavior-Driven-Development (BDD). BDD is a mechanism for fostering collaboration and discovery through examples. – Dan North BDD is a way to “shift left” the validation of the work, ensuring it […]

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The Agile Manifesto Principles: Maximizing Through Simplicity
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Simplicity—the art of maximizing the amount of work not done—is essential. When I first started in development, I tried to plan for every possible situation. I was given the requirements, but always asked “what if?” What happened more often than not was I’d build a feature and then never actually implement it because either the […]

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Implementing Continuous Delivery in the Federal Government

Nine years ago, I started on a project that was going to prove that agile processes could work within the US Department of Defense (DoD). Our goal was to introduce agile development processes, like unit testing and continuous integration, into a tool that promoted agile practices for other DoD projects. We started by making incremental […]

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An Example TDD Session

I’ve arrived at work and gotten myself a coffee. I’m feeling pretty wakeful and eager to get started for the day. I walk over to the corkboard to check what work is needed to be done. I am sort of feeling in the mood to do something on the smaller side, so I look for […]

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How Testers Can Collaborate with the ScrumMaster

Most of the organizations I work with are embracing agile or some variant of lean development and delivery. While agile has been around for a while, there are still several organizations that are just beginning their agile transformation journey or are continuing to refine their agile practices. In the Scrum implementation of agile, we have […]

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Our 2018 Year in Review
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2018 was a historic year for Coveros. It marked the start of our second decade of service to the software community. We joined forces with a global leader in software conferences and training. And our company more than doubled in size. Early in the year, Coveros united with TechWell in a synergy that couldn’t have […]

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Building Confidence in Your Automation

I recently had the pleasure of doing a webinar with Jeff Payne on test automation. In it, I rehashed some of the points from my Keynote out at STARWEST, but mainly we got to have a wonderful discussion on some key talking points. Despite what some people thought, none of these questions were pre-planned or […]

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Picking the Right Branch-Merge Strategy

To succeed with distributed rapid development, a branch-merge strategy is key. A good strategy facilitates processes among multiple developers or teams and is the basis for any well-functioning DevOps pipeline that uses continuous integration (CI). While there are many ways to implement CI and DevOps without a branch-merge strategy, most mature organizations use them to […]

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