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Methods & Tools - August 2019
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Selenified - Open Source Selenium Extension for DevOps Selenified is an open source test framework that provides mechanisms for simply testing applications at multiple tiers while easily integrating into DevOps build environments. Selenified offers traceable reporting for both web and API testing, wraps and extends Selenium calls to more appropriately handle testing errors, and supports testing over multiple browsers in parallel, either locally or in the cloud. It can be a great starting point for building or improving test automation in your organization. Read more...

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Breaking Bad - The Cult of not Giving Bad News Why is it so hard to break bad news? Why is there a cult of people who do not want to give bad news about their projects to stakeholders? Why do we let our fears cloud our judgement? Things can seem bad when they don't go as we planned and hoped, but in reality things 'just are'. As Esther Derby notes "The ability to 'face the truth' and take effective action rests on the ability to be in a mental state where our emotions and fears aren't running us". How do we remove that fear and emotion, create an environment in which we are not afraid to break 'bad news', into 'news' that allows us to make informed decisions. Read more...

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The most successful transformations I have experienced - the ones where you walk into the office and there is a tangible difference in the energy and interactions between people, where the commercial and management stakeholders are as excited and invested as the technology stakeholders, where everyone agrees on the metrics that matter and those metrics are trending in the right direction, where the people involved are proud to be part of the change, and where those outside are eager to get involved - those transformations succeed because a small cabal of dedicated individuals take the time and effort bringing people on the journey with them; they create and nurture a groundswell of enthusiasm; they engage, challenge, educate and support the middle and senior managers whose world is being turned on its head; they gain the executive sponsorship and investment to carry the whole thing forwards; they use external help because they know they can't do it all themselves. And they do all this without recourse to canned methods or certification Ponzi schemes.

Source: In praise of SWARMing, Dan North,

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Escape Velocity

Following the famous mantra of "you can't manage what you can't measure", Scrum teams have often a set of metrics to monitor their activity. Velocity, the amount of work performed by a team during a single sprint, might be one of the most famous Agile metric. Doc Norton has written an interesting book about the negative sides of velocity and what might be a good metric for an Agile team.

Read the review and quotes from Escape Velocity.

Reference: Escape Velocity - Better Metrics for Agile Teams, Doc Norton,

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