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* early Model Based testing (eMBT) - An early model based exploratory testing approach in practice
early Model Based Testing (eMBT) is a software testing approach that aims to optimize the test case design phase. This is achieved by stimulating communication and collaboration between all project stakeholders to get early feedback and a shared understanding of the requirements in an early stage of the software development life cycle.
* scrumlr.io - Open Source Tool for Scrum Retrospective Meetings
scrumlr.io is an open source tool that enables and assists Scrum masters, moderators and Agile coaches around the world to host efficient and engaging collaborative remote meetings and interactive formats. With scrumlr.io, you can especially host versatile and effective retrospective meetings without spending much time to get everyone started.
* A Software Tester Guide to Effective Bug Reporting
One of the main responsibilities of software testers is to find and report issues with the software. We call these issues "bugs". Bugs can be found everywhere. Some are obvious while others are harder to find. It is up to the tester to thoroughly explore a given app or website, and look for ways to break them. Or in other words, expose bugs that can lead to a bad user experience. However, it is not enough to just know a bug exists. You need to properly report the bug, by writing a bug report, in order to get it fixed. Think of it this way: the better your bug report is, the higher the chances of getting the bug fixed. Essentially, bug reporting is a software testing skill, and one that is certainly worth having and improving. We have a few tips coming from an experienced software tester to help you master this skill. Let's take a look at why bug reporting is important and how you should report bugs effectively.
* A Better Code Review
You cannot be dogmatic about code reviews. This article lists contradicting effects, both positive and negative of code reviews. There are always exceptions, and everyone's experience may vary. All-in-all, invest time in thinking about this critical gate. Is it useful enough, does it provide value overall or is it mostly a distraction or means of control?
* MeuScrum - Free Online Scrum Tool
MeuScrum is a free online Scrum tool. It provides a ready-to-use distributed platform for Agile project management with the main features that allow managing projects, people, releases, user stories, tasks and sprints. MeuScrum is available in English, Portuguese (Brazil) and Spanish.
* The 12 Agile Principles
Much is said and written about the Agile Manifesto, but there is less material out there around the 12 agile principles that go along with the manifesto. So Kevin Pedersen has put out there his own thoughts around these 12 sentences that help us understand how to apply the Agile Manifesto in your daily work.
* Gaphor – Open Source UML, SysML and C4 Modeling Tool
Gaphor is an open source Unified Modeling Language (UML) and SysML modeling tool written in Python. It also implement the C4 Model for software architecture and Risk Analysis and Assessment Modeling Language (RAAML), Gaphor is designed around the principles simplicity, consistency and workability. Gaphor implements a fully-compliant UML 2 data model, so it is much more than a picture drawing tool. You can use Gaphor to quickly visualize different aspects of a system as well as create complete, highly complex models.
* WebPageTest - Free Online Website Performance and Analytics Tool
WebPageTest is a free open source web performance tool providing diagnostic information about how a website page performs under a variety of conditions. It offers an online version where each website performance test can be run from different locations around the world, on real browsers, over any number of customized network conditions.
* Eight Steps Program to a Lean Mean Kanban Machine
Are you contemplating switching your Agile software development team from Scrum to Lean Kanban? The first step of recovery is to admit you have a problem ;O) This article provides an eight steps program to migrate your Agile software development team from Scrum to Lean Kanban practices, assuming an initial Scrum implementation.
* One Size Software Development Methodologies Fits No-One
Different software development methodologies advocate different practices, and different practices manage different risks. If you want to understand methodologies, or choose practices from one, you really need to understand the types of risks you face in software development projects.
* Six Key Event-Driven Architecture Patterns
Learn six key patterns of an event-driven messaging architecture design that have facilitated creating a robust distributed system used by more than 1400 microservices. Some of the patterns here are more commonplace than others, but they all share the same principles. By using an event-driven pattern, you get less boilerplate code and more resiliency. In addition the microservices are much less coupled to one another as the producer does not need to know who consumes its data. Scaling out is easy as adding more partitions to the topic and more service instances.
* Introducing OKRs (Objectives and Key Results)
This article is an introduction to the OKRs (Objectives and Key Results) approach. OKRs is a goal-setting framework for defining and tracking objectives and their outcomes. OKRs is different from other goal-setting techniques because of the aim to set very ambitious goals. They enable teams to focus on the big bets and accomplish more than the team thought was possible, even if they don't fully attain the stated goal.
* The Traditional Test Pyramid, Pitfalls and Anti-Patterns
A successful strategy for software testing relies on well selected priorities, methods and tools aligned on the business and product imperatives. The test pyramids mental models are a common way to define and structure our test strategy, organizing the various possible combination of test techniques, tools, and automation effort. Do they apply to all models? How can we challenge them regarding their inherent assumptions? Do solutions and ways of working available nowadays could help revisit them? This is what is shared in this article focused on test automation strategies.
* Technical Agile Coaching with the Samman Method
Samman Technical Coaching is a method for Agile people who want to make a difference and improve the way software is built. The focus is specifically on technical practices, how people write code and relationships inside the team.
* Team Health
Joining a new team or becoming a new manager is daunting and stressful. We often prioritise the one thing that seems to be the easiest to measure: Productivity. If we want to establish a sustainably high performing team, we need however to think about the health of it first. And even when we know what things to look out for, we have to find a way to influence change. We could be direct and set up new processes and rules. But to ensure long-term impact, we have to focus on mentoring and coaching others so the behaviour changes from within. Influencing a group might feel more intimidating than working with a single person, but it follows the same basic rules.