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Methods & Tools - December 2019
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Mature Scrum at Systematic Systematic is a CMMI level 5 company, where the adoption of Lean led to a unique way of working based on synergies between CMMI, Lean, Scrum and other agile practices. Lean provides the principles and values needed for high performance teams and organizations, as demonstrated by Toyota for more than 50 years. CMMI provides the process descriptions and support for what disciplines to consider in order to be successful. Agile approaches like Scrum provides best practices and methods for working according to the values of Lean and adopting change as it occurs. Lean, CMMI and Scrum are strong by themselves, but they can be combined to amplify each other, and that is what Systematic has done. The experiences from combining Lean, CMMI and Scrum have led Systematic to identify examples of explicit guidance from CMMI that help to execute Scrum activities even better. These activities can be implemented based on Lean values and principles and by doing so Scrum can be augmented and matured to ensure that even larger and more complex projects in the future can and will benefit from Scrum. Read more...

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The golden rules of Test-Driven Development (TDD) are:
* Don't write source code until a test requires it
* Reference new classes, methods, variables etc in your test first, so the code won't compile, and then fix it by declaring them
* Aim to have just one thing broken at a time if possible

Source: TDD, Jason Gorman,

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