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The 2019 Guide To Pursuing a Full Agile Software Lifecycle

Running a successful software development business can be extremely challenging. This industry is filled with competition, which is why your main focus should be keeping the software development process fast and efficient is a must. If you are able to provide clients with high-quality software in a faster timeframe than your competitor, you should have no problem growing your company ...

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Top 13 Skills Of A Proficient QA Manager In 2019

I believe that to work as a QA Manager is often considered underrated in terms of work pressure. To utilize numerous employees who have varied expertise from one subject to another, in an optimal way. It becomes a challenge to bring them all up to the pace with the Agile development model, along with a healthy, competitive environment, without affecting ...

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Tyranny of the backlog

The backlog is a great idea: all the things we think the team will build, or perhaps: things they might build, and it might contain other work, like evaluation or reviews. Yes, the backlog is a great idea, all the stuff the team might do, well perhaps not all, it is seldom complete, after all, as they say “stuff happens”. ...

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6 Mistakes Scrum Masters Should Avoid, and Their Remedies

Agile methodology has become one of the most popular and dynamic project management styles among software development companies. It is important to note that Agile can be applied to many types of projects and teams by not restricting its usage to only engineers or software development projects. The Agile framework is widely accessible across the globe in all different types ...

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Seeing the Close-to-the-Customer Conundrum

Especially when we use agile approaches, we want to be close to our customer. If you’ve ever had a chance to sit with a customer, you’ve learned how effectively (and fast!) the team and the customer learn from each other. And, too few teams have any access to any customers. Most of their customer information comes via a product owner, ...

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Beyond Agile: Reorganizing It For Faster Software Delivery

Nearly 40 percent of software development companies cite hiring new talent as one of their biggest challenges. Having the right time is just the first step in making a software development firm successful. Adequately managing the team you have in place is an essential part of getting software built and deployed in a hurry. For years, developers have used the ...

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Agile Transformation Secrets Series Posted

I just finished a series for my Pragmatic Manager newsletter about Agile Transformation Secrets: Part 1: Manage for ChangePart 2: Emphasize CollaborationPart 3: Principles Over Practices I wrote this series because I find that many people get a little confused about an agile transformation. They think an agile approach will work because they can predict and commit better. They don’t ...

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Cost vs Value Measurements for Agile Approaches

Some of my clients have struggled with their project governance as they move to agile approaches. In the past, they’ve asked for estimates and costs—by requirement—and then tracked the variance for those estimates and costs. The governance people do not record assumptions. They only record estimates and actuals. They want to “measure” the project success by adherence to estimates of ...

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