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Methods & Tools - April 2014


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The IT Skills Shortage

There is a shortage of developers in the software and application development space, particularly in the UK where the digital economy is growing exponentially. With development back in fashion, firms are looking in-house to increase their efforts and investments in sourcing the talent required to sustain their business growth. However, project delays continue to be reported with IT backlogs growing at a rate of 10 to 20% per year.

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*** Books ***

Being Agile: Eleven Breakthrough Techniques to Keep You from "Waterfalling Backward"

The goal of the book is clearly stated in its first page: "Transforming from a waterfall-based methodology to agile is no small undertaking. This book is for people who may find their team falling back into old habits when the going gets tough or just because an old waterfall approach seems like the right thing to do. It is also for those teams that have adopted agile but do not feel like there has been a significant improvement."

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Reference: Being Agile: Eleven Breakthrough Techniques to Keep You from "Waterfalling Backward", Leslie Ekas, Scott Will, IBM Press, 224 pages, IBSN 978-0133375626

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Common System and Software Testing Pitfalls

In the preface of Common System and Software Testing Pitfalls, Donald G. Firesmith writes "You can think of this book as a catalog and repository of testing antipatterns: the pitfalls to avoid, how to mitigate their negative consequences if you can't avoid them, and how to escape from them once you've fallen in. Like a naturalist's field guide to wild animals, let this be your guidebook to the dangerous world of testing mistakes and its denizens the many creative ways people have discovered to botch testing."

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Reference:Common System and Software Testing Pitfalls: How to Prevent and Mitigate Them: Descriptions, Symptoms, Consequences, Causes, and Recommendations; Donald G. Firesmith, Addison-Wesley, 278 pages, IBSN 978-0133748550

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*** Linkopedia ***

Software Development Linkopedia April 2014

Blog: Heuristics for recognizing professional testers

Blog: Feature Boards

Blog: Testing at Airbnb

Blog: Replacing The User Story With The Job Story

Article: Four Tips for Integrating Quality Assurance with Scrum

Article: Security Architecture Approaches

Article: Preparing for Load Testing Best Practices

Article: Database Normalization Basics

Tools: Intern takes the stress out of testing your Web app

Tools: Gillie is a JavaScript MVC micro framework inspired in Backbone

Video: UX Basics: Designing For Your Mom

Video: Without Simplicity, There Is no Agility

Video: The Eschatology of Java

Video: Management and Change: Avoiding the Rocks

Video: Worse Is Better in Software Development

Find more interesting links on the software development tools web site, the software development articles web site, the software development blogs or the software development videos web site.

*** Quote of the Month ***

[...] we need to go away from the idea that agile teams are leaderless or that leadership revolves around the team depending on the situation (this type of situational leadership does occur, and often, but it does not replace a designated leader). There is just too much experience and management litterature that shows that good leaders make a big difference.

Source: Agile Project Management, Second Edition, Jim Highsmith, Addison-Wesley


*** Conferences ***

STAREAST, May 49 2014, Orlando, USA

The Reliable Software Developers Conferences, May 20 - June 5, UK

The Android Developer Conference, May 27-30, Boston, USA

Better Software & Agile Development West, June 1-6 2014, Las Vegas, USA

GOTO Amsterdam 2014, June 18-20, 2014, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

AGILE2014, July 28 - August 1, Orlando, USA

Agile on the Beach, September 4-5 2014, Falmouth in Cornwall, UK

PNSQC, October 20-22 2014, Portland, USA - Call for Papers

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