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Methods & Tools - February 2020
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Parallel Testing With the TestNG Java Test Framework Parallel testing execution is a concept that has a huge importance in the world of automation testing. Any kind of work that we do in parallel always saves time. Similarly, in end-to-end testing of an application, running tests in parallel instead of running sequentially saves test execution time which can further save time in the remaining software testing phases and application delivery activities. Read more...

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User-Centric Features Agile Design and the Power of Personas If you are building killer apps time after time, your user base is growing, and time spent using your app is constantly increasing then this article is not for you. However, if within your company you have observed that your application is bulging with features and led by the loudest voice focused on the passion of getting their idea developed or that there is no real users feedback to shape and form the product, then this article could be good food for thought. Read more...

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Healthy, high-performing teams decide how they are organized, how they work, and what tools and processes they use. To do this, they need to be held accountable for the value and quality of results they deliver, not micro-managed on how to get those results. No one approach works in all situations. The people doing the work, however, are the ones best able to decide how to do it. One size does not fit all, and a key learning from the Agile community is: by prescribing a fixed “Agile” process for every situation, you end up with the opposite of agility. Instead, focus on an empirical approach that starts from idea and finishes with customers. That means, clear alignment around customers for the whole value stream.

Source: The Convergence of Scrum and DevOps,

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It all starts with doing the right thing. Agile has not changed the old computer wisdom of "garbage in, garbage out". This is why Allan Kelly last book is dedicated to the art of Agile product ownership. As he wrote: "If a Scrum Master performs badly, the team simply fails to perform well. If the Product Owner performs badly, the whole product is in jeopardy".

Read the review and quotes from The Art of Agile Product Ownership.

Reference: The Art of Agile Product Ownership: A Guide for Product Managers, Business Analysts, and Entrepreneurs; Allan Kelly, Apress

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Tools: phpCollab is an open source internet-enabled system for use in projects that require collaboration over the internet. Those organisations, such as consulting firms, that rely on a division between firm-side and client-side information will benefit most from use of phpCollab. Features team/client sites, task assignment, document repository/workflow, gantt charts, discussions, calendar, notifications, support requests, weblog newsdesk, invoicing, and many other tools.

Tools: Flyspray is a lightweight, web-based bug tracking system written in PHP for assisting with software development and project managements. Flyspray aims to cut out the unnecessary complexity of other bug trackers focusing on a very intuitive design making it very easy to effectively manage projects.

Tools: Cross-Browser Testing Tools Today, web applications run on various browsers (Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Edge, etc.) on different mobile or desktop devices with specific screen settings. This is why you need to perform cross-browser testing. This article lists the main cross-browser testing tools available today.

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