The Agile Manifesto Principles: Self-Organizing Teams
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The best architectures, requirements, and designs emerge from self-organizing teams. The cultures that are trying to adopt agile are usually command-and-control, because most organizations are. This means that there’s a boss who tells their subordinates what to do, and then those subordinates tell their subordinates what to do. Agile attempts to flip that script upside […]

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Leveraging Kubernetes as a Tester

With the advent of agile and DevOps, organizations are moving from specialized roles to cross-functional teams—and that means cross-functional sharing of the specialized tools used in each silo. So it’s not unreasonable for a tester to need access to the tools used in those other silos, such as Kubernetes. Kubernetes is a scalable, production-grade container […]

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The Importance of Goal Alignment in Agile and DevOps

I work and interact with multiple software development teams. Some are just beginning their agile and DevOps journeys and others are well on their way, but they have many of the same questions or concerns: How do we get all team member roles on the same page? How do we communicate and collaborate more effectively […]

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Integrating Threat Modeling into Agile Development

Adopting agile in your program comes with inherent benefits around transparency and delivery, but it also often requires changes to other business practices to align with a more iterative way of developing software. Threat modeling helps you determine where to focus your security testing efforts when building your app, so it’s a useful practice. But one […]

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Why Does Everyone Pick on Agile?

It seems like every other day, someone in the software development community feels the necessity to declare that agile is dead and they have something new and better. Sometimes it’s one of the founders of agile who now think the Agile Manifesto is dated and needs to be overhauled. Other times it’s ageless software veterans […]

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The Agile Manifesto Principles: Welcome Changing Requirements

Welcome changing requirements, even late in development. Agile processes harness change for the customer’s competitive advantage. In traditional development methodologies, like waterfall, a customer might try to specify how a system should look and behave completely upfront before they even start development. The problem with this is it assumes that it is possible to completely […]

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Is SAFe® the Right Framework for You

I work with many organizations that are trying valiantly to transition to agile. While it is noble to try to just follow the agile principles and develop your own solution, most understandably find comfort and support in following a well-understood and documented agile framework. But which of the many frameworks do you choose? Scrum? Kanban? […]

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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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