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The Tester’s Role in Agile Is More than “Just Testing”

The Tester’s Role in Agile Is More than “Just Testing”

When a tester is hired, what comes mind for many is "just testing." Many project stakeholders in Agile and traditional environments see testers as team members who  only run test script, identify defects, and log them for fixing. . . .

A Mnemonic Sentence for an Agile-Supportive Culture

A Mnemonic Sentence for an Agile-Supportive Culture

As I prepared to attend my first IT job interview many years ago, I made sure I memorized the value statement of the organization, so that I could demonstrate how passionate I was about joining them. As the interview progressed, the interviewers admitted not knowing it, after my recitation. . . .

Agile X Factors

Agile X Factors

Teams that are dedicated to sprint planning, the Daily Scrum, and sprint review and retrospective will do well. But they will have even more improvement, or become twice as productive, if they adopt some of the technical practices discussed below. . . .

The "RICCH-Knowledge" of a ScrumMaster

The "RICCH-Knowledge" of a ScrumMaster

The role of ScrumMaster is not a role for the fainthearted. . . . He is a servant-leader to the team whose authority over the Scrum process can quickly be misunderstood, misinterpreted, or even misrepresented. It is unlikely for the ScrumMaster not to cross the borderline, if he doesn't have a good knowledge of attributes embedded in his role as a servant-leader in the team.

Agile Methodology Is Not All About Exploratory Testing

Agile Methodology Is Not All About Exploratory Testing

This article is born out of the need to establish that due diligence is required even in the face of the self-organization and independence that Agile principles hinge on. I want to start by quoting one of the pillars of the Agile Methodology dom...

The Case for Poker Cards in Sprint Planning

The Case for Poker Cards in Sprint Planning

During sprint planning in Scrum, the team can use poker cards as a unit of measure for estimating the overall size of a user story, feature, or even associated piece of work.This tool helps the team assign points, in a relaxed manner, to stories o...