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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Software Testing and Agile

In Celebration of Agile’s 20th Anniversary, Executive Vice President Mike Sowers reflects on how software testing and testing professionals have been influenced by agile principles and practices.

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Quality Engineering in Agile and DevOps

Early in the software engineering journey, there were primarily developers. Developers had a wide array of accountabilities: designing, coding, testing, deploying, maintaining, and more. Quality was inherently built in and championed by the triad of the customer, the business, and the developers. As we scaled, we segmented these responsibilities across roles, which came with both […]

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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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5 Tips to Ensure A Successful Remote Daily Scrum
Working from home

As I mentioned in my previous post, this is a challenging time for agile teams as we are transitioning to being fully remote. Many are struggling to follow the agile principles, especially those that promote co-location and face-to-face communication. But even though we now find ourselves in a situation where these principles are challenging, it […]

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Understanding the ScrumMaster’s Role in Team Communication

A common misunderstanding among those new to agile is exactly what the role of the ScrumMaster is on the team. I have often heard people say, “I didn’t sign up to be a ScrumMaster; it’s not my job to talk to the product owner,” or “I’m not the ScrumMaster; I don’t like to act like […]

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Rethinking Your Measurement and Metrics for Agile and DevOps

One of the key conversations organizations and teams forget about in their transition to agile and DevOps is updating their measurement and metrics plan. Many companies are still using measurements and metrics from the traditional waterfall software development lifecycle. While some of these remain useful, many may not provide value to the team or organization—and […]

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