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Methods & Tools - December 2014

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*** News ***

Software Development Industry News

JetBrains Releases Upsource Code Review Tool That Knows Java Code

Parasoft Development Testing Platform (DTP) Supports Shift to Continuous Testing

TenKod Announces Continuous Integration for Amazon Cloud Mobile Application Testing

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Scrum Expert presents industry news, articles, blog posts, book reviews, tools, videos and other resources about agile software development project management with the Scrum approach.


*** Numbers ***

Project Management Tools

Our current poll: Does your project use a software tool to plan, estimate and track project activities? Go to our web site to participate and to see intermediate results.

*** Jobs ***

Featured Jobs

Programmer Analyst, New York Presbyterian, New York City, NY

Applications Developer, UPS, Alpharetta, GA

Sofware Engineer, Raytheon, Reston, VA

Find more than 380 software developers, project managers and testers jobs worldwide on SoftDevJobs.coms, the free job posting web site dedicated to software development and IT

*** Books ***

Fifty Quick Ideas to Improve your User Stories

Fifty Quick Ideas to Improve your User Stories is another book from Gojko Adzic, a consultant and author that already produced some very good books like Impact Mapping and Specification by Example. The goal of this book is to help people involved with Agile requirements to improve their discussion with the stakeholders and the planning activities associated with user stories. This is clearly not a book for beginners on how to write user stories.

Read the complete review of Fifty Quick Ideas to Improve your User Stories on our web site dedicated to software development books.

Reference: Fifty Quick Ideas to Improve your User Stories, Gojko Adzic and David Evans,

*** Linkopedia ***

Software Development Linkopedia December 2014

Blog: The Case for Slow Programming

Blog: Coding, Fast and Slow: Developers and the Psychology of Overconfidence

Blog: Climbing off the CTO ladder

Blog: What Does QA Do on the First Day of a Sprint?

Blog: Stop Writing Code You Canít Yet Test

Article: Designing Software in a Distributed World

Article: Tips to Conduct Effective Joint Product Backlog Refinement Meetings in a Scaled Way

Article: Being a Better Test Leader or Test Manager

Article: Agile and Scrum Trello Extensions

Tools: PlanITpoker - Online Scrum planning poker for Agile project teams

Tools: JGiven - A developer-centric Behavior-Driven Development (BDD) tool for Java.

Video: The Evolution of a Software Developer

Video: What We Can Learn From COBOL

Video: A Bit of Agile in Waterfall Project Approach

Video: Test, Transform and Refactor

Video: Dealing With Smelly Java Code

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.

*** Featured Conferences ***

SPTechCon, February 8-11 2015, Austin, USA
Use code SHAREPOINT for a $200 conference discount off the 3 and 4-day pass

NorDevCon, February 27 2015, Norwich, UK

QCon London, March 2-6, 2015, London, UK

Wearables TechCon, March 9-11 2015, Santa Clara, USA
Use code WEARIT for a $200 conference discount off the 3-day pass

Mobile Dev + Test, April 12-17, 2015, San Diego, USA

ProgSCon London, April 17 2015, London, UK
The Call for Submissions is open, accepting proposals until 31.1.2015.

SEI SATURN Software Architecture Conference, April 27-30 2015, Baltimore, USA
The Call for Submissions is open, accepting proposals until 1/16/2015.

Contact us if you want your software development conference listed here

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*** Quote of the Month ***

Stories shouldn't be small because they need to fit into an iteration, but because the world shouldn't end just because a story turns out to be wrong. Stories are based on assumptions about business value, and those assumptions might turn out to be right or wrong. The key questions for story sizing shouldn't be about the iteration length, but about how much business stakeholders want to invest in learning whether a proposed change will actually give them what they assumed.

Source: Fifty Quick Ideas to Improve your User Stories, Gojko Adzic and David Evans,

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