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Getting the Best from a Virtual Team

Getting the Best from a Virtual Team

The virtual team is not a new concept. . . . There are few important points, however, that we really need to take into consideration while working with or being a part of a virtual team.

Risks in Agile Projects

Risks in Agile Projects

Identifying risks early in a project and having a mitigation plan in place is one of a project's success factors. . . . In this this article I look at the top eight Agile project risks, based on my experience in executing Agile projects in onsite-offshore models.

Is Agile Working for You?

Is Agile Working for You?

At an organizational level, successful Agile adoption would result in improvements in multiple areas, across business, development, and support function. How does an organization know that Agile implementation is effective? This article identifies key indicators that show that Agile is working at an enterprise level.

Agile Retrospectives

Agile Retrospectives

Out of the many Agile practices that they follow, retrospection is one of them -- and an important one. When we say "retrospective," here's what the team may have in mind . . .

Mix up Your Acceptance Criteria

Mix up Your Acceptance Criteria

We all know that good acceptance criteria can make or break a story. What often goes unrecognized, though, is that acceptance criteria can take a number of different forms, depending on the story, the team, the knowledge of the product owner, the clarity of the test, and other factors. . . .

Bad Smells: Appraisals and Performance Reviews Influenced by Agile Coaches

Bad Smells: Appraisals and Performance Reviews Influenced by Agile Coaches

In his book The Culture Game, Daniel Mezick very well describes the do's and don'ts of an Agile coach (Chapter 17). This philosophy neatly applies to Agile coaches who operate as consultants. How about coaches who are no longer consultants?

Software Development Practices: Unique Scrum Practices for a Better-Quality Product

Software Development Practices: Unique Scrum Practices for a Better-Quality Product

Agile and Scrum have become buzzwords in the industry in the context of "product quality." Senior management has a belief that moving the organization/team to Agile-Scrum will help release a great-quality product. Is that true? No, not at all. . . .

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. . . .

The Product Owner Dilemma

The Product Owner Dilemma

Struggling to find some solid footing as a product owner? The PO role means balancing the push and pull of product management. . . .

Activities the QA Team Can Contribute During the Transition to a Multi-Skill-Set Scrum Team

Activities the QA Team Can Contribute During the Transition to a Multi-Skill-Set Scrum Team

The industry is slowly moving from teams comprised of islands of specific skill sets to multi-skill-set teams, as we graduate from traditional Waterfall to neo concepts of Agile and Scrum. The challenge we see every day from a QA standpoint is how we justify the need for QA right from the inception of a project . . .

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