Methods & Tools Software Development Magazine

Software Development Magazine - Project Management, Programming, Software Testing

Scrum Expert - Articles, tools, videos, news and other resources on Agile, Scrum and Kanban

Methods & Tools - October 2021
Sharing global software development expertise since 1993

=== Sponsor ===

TimeShiftX - Travel in Time, Test with Ease

TimeShiftX lets you time travel your software into the future or past to temporal test date and time sensitive functionality and code such as year-end, daylight savings, billing, and policies. Employ instant time travel inside Active Directory & Kerberos without changing system clocks, editing code, or isolating servers. TimeShiftX is multi-platform, cloud & container compatible, and supports all applications and databases.

Start your free trial today!

*** Updates ***

Last Articles Published on Methods & Tools Website

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 provide a eight steps progam to migrate your Agile software development team from Scrum to Lean Kanban practices, assuming an initial Scrum implementation. Read more...

*** From The Archives ***

Articles from Methods & Tools' Archives

Agile Requirements In the last few years, the agile software development movement has created a paradigm shift in how we work to understand system requirements. Agile teams shape software systems using a collaborative process, with executable software at its heart and documents marginalised to a peripheral role. This creates a fundamental shift away from tools for managing requirements artefacts. Instead, we need tools that support collaboration and the gradual distillation of business rules into automated test suites. Read more...

=== Sponsor ===

Advertise with Methods & Tools

Reach an audience of more than 60'000 professional software developers, software testers and project managers publishing with Methods & Tools for as low a $60 / month. Do you want to promote a software development tool? Are you interested in buying a link to your website from a good reference?

Contact Methods & Tools today to advertise with us!

*** Quote of the Month ***

Communication is essential for maintaining quality in any project — and software development is no exception. Once teams understand why something is required to maintain software quality, and they're given a chance to discuss it, they're far more likely to stick with it.

For example, if teams find themselves questioning some of the more laborious aspects of the quality testing process, like dev box testing or writing tests at different layers, they'll see them as a chore, stop owning them and eventually not engage with them unless directly mandated or monitored.

Every time I join a new team, I have an open session to discuss quality-related topics. We often document and share key practices, so we can look back on them and ensure they're accounted for, if our team changes. I also make the effort to impart relevant knowledge to business stakeholders, encouraging them to make decisions that put quality first.

But this knowledge sharing and conversation shouldn't be a one-off exercise. It needs to be a continuous process, with teams regularly meeting to discuss and catch up on quality-related items. I frequently invite QAs and developers to talk about the tools or methods they're experimenting with and share articles about testing with the team, even if they're not immediately relevant to the project. Every one of these discussions or touchpoints serves a purpose: keeping quality at the front of the team's mind and giving them a voice in how it's upheld.

Source: "The Quality Advisor: catalyst for a quality-first mindset", Gayathri Mohan,

=== White Papers ===

Come To Our Great SQA Job Portal – Qualitician : In this era where everything is going digital, job roles are evolving too. There are new functions going online, more apps being developed for different tasks and for leisure. Technology is evolving at a pace faster than ever. With this, role of QA is evolving too.

Best Features to Look for in API Testing Tools : Testing is an important activity of the deployment an API. This article shares some tips on how to choose an API testing tool with the right features for your organization requirements of your APIs as well as your business processes.

Minimizing Risks in QA Outsourcing : You have to assess the risks and the benefits of every decision you make in software testing and quality assurance. In this article, Sandra Parker explains how to minimize the risks of outsourcing your software QA activities.

Contact us if you want to publish a white paper with or

*** Software Development Linkopedia ***

Text: Great developers are raised, not hired The best developers I hired were far from ideal candidates. They lacked technical skills, didn't know how to test software and work in an agile team. They didn't believe in themselves and their ability. They didn't think they can be good leaders. They didn't sound convincing during the job interview. Some of them were suffering from impostor syndrome, doubting their actual ability.

Text: Why is my team not doing what I expect from them? Leaders who find themselves wondering why their teams aren't making important decisions on their own tend to be leaders who are constantly pulled into many different discussions. Their calendars are filled to the brim, leaving little time for longer-term work. This can seem like you're contributing as a manager, like you're doing important work and keeping yourself busy. It also means that you'll have less time to focus on strategic work. Which becomes more important as you move into more senior roles.

Text: Documenting Architecture Decisions Architecture for agile projects has to be described and defined differently. Not all decisions will be made at once, nor will all of them be done when the project begins. Agile methods are not opposed to documentation, only to valueless documentation. Documents that assist the team itself can have value, but only if they are kept up to date. Large documents are never kept up to date. Small, modular documents have at least a chance at being updated.

Text: How The Agile Manifesto Came To Be The use of Agile and Scrum continues to grow but more can be done. I firmly believe that eventually, all organizations will be Agile. Everybody needs to be Agile, but those who are the most Agile, they’re going to be the most successful. The faster, more innovative organizations that embrace the four values and 12 principles laid out in the Agile Manifesto will endure and thrive.

Text: Don't Feel Like an Expert? Share Anyway Too many of the most interesting voices in tech and design talk themselves out of writing or speaking about their work because they don't think they have enough experience. But you don't have to wait for "enough" (whatever that means). Here's how to find what's special about your perspective right now — wherever you are in your career.

Text: If You Are Done Scrumming, Try Some Kanban! Even if Scrum is the most popular Agile framework used in software development, it is not the only approach you can use. In this article, Mark Haynes discusses why you might consider Lean Kanban as a better approach for your organization.

Video: Transactions in Microservices Architecture Transactions are an easy technique for software developers to achieve data consistency. Changes are all committed or rollback, so your data is always aligned and other sessions see no incomplete information. But in distributed microservices environments, this cannot be achieved because data can be spread over several data sources and types of data sources, or we cannot scale distributed transactions very well.

Video: Could Sociocracy Help Teamwork? Flat organization structures, agile methodologies, teamwork, etc. have become dominant in today's IT departments and companies. These concepts clearly solve some issues with the earlier organizational paradigm. But they also come with challenges of their own.

Video: Migrating 30 Microservices to a Monorepository This is the story of 30 microservices that resided in their own code repositories and that caused issues with code quality and developer productivity. It explains how to perform the Great Migration to the Monorepository and the ways in which it changed the software developer’s life for the better. Microservices whose code is kept in a monorepository remain independent. Separate releases can be managed via homemade or existing tools, like lerna for JavaScript projects.

Video: Jakarta EE Is Not Just For Servers This presentation talks about Function as a service (FaaS) and Serverless based applications, and about some recent advances in deploying serverless applications on a standard Kubernetes basis using Knative Serving. Knative Serving makes it possible to take any microservice and deploy it in as a "serverless" application which scales on request and down to zero on idle. This in turn makes it possible to build Function-as-a-Service capabilities by creating "functions" that use standard framework APIs, build those into a microservice, and deploy them as serverless applications. The talk shows how to do this, building functions using JAX-RS APIs and deploying them as serverless applications on Kubernetes.

Video: Agility is Inefficient This presentation explain the difference between the two terms effectiveness and efficiency and show how focusing on the latter in Agile can lead to multiple bad consequences that you will probably recognize from organizations in your field.

Video: How Is Software Testing Related To Quality? How does your team or organization measure quality? People often equate software testing to good quality. If you have good testing practices, does that mean you have a good quality software product? Many teams measure process quality and don't realize they forget about the product quality – which is what the customer cares about.

Tools: Insider is focused on covering the OWASP Top 10, to make source code analysis to find vulnerabilities right in the source code, focused on an agile and easy to implement software inside your DevOps pipeline. It currently supports the following technologies: Java (Maven and Android), Kotlin (Android), Swift (iOS), .NET Full Framework, C#, and Javascript (Node.js).

Tools: Open Source Test Data Generators In most of your software testing activities, you need data. Sometimes you can rely on a small sample, but if you want to perform some load testing or if you want to test a feature that needs to produce a multipage invoice, then you start to need more than just two or three occurrences. Test data generators are tools that can help you in this task with the automatic generation of hundreds or thousands of customers, products or accounts items with different attributes for their id, email, name, etc.

Tools: Agile, Scrum and Kanban Redmine Plugins Redmine is a popular open source project management web application written using the Ruby on Rails framework. This software is more oriented towards a traditional approach for project management with Gantt charts and calendar than Agile, Scrum or Kanban. However, the Redmine architecture allows however creating plugins to add additional features. The development of a number of Agile, Scrum, Kanban and Lean plugins has therefore been started in these past years.

*** Software Development Training ***

Software Development Lifecycle Specialization: This course is designed for people who are new to software engineering. It is also for those who have already developed software, but wish to gain a deeper understanding of the underlying context and theory of software development practices.

Contact us if you want to your training courses listed in this newsletter and reach 35'000 software development profesionnals worldwide.

November 2022
October 2022
September 2022
August 2022
June 2022
May 2022
April 2022
March 2022
February 2022
January 2022
December 2021
November 2021
October 2021
September 2021
August 2021
June 2021
May 2021
April 2021
March 2021
February 2021
January 2021
December 2020
November 2020
October 2020
September 2020
August 2020
June 2020
May 2020
April 2020
March 2020
February 2020
January 2020
December 2019
November 2019
October 2019
September 2019
August 2019
June 2019
May 2019
April 2019
March 2019
February 2019
January 2019
December 2018
November 2018
October 2018
September 2018
August 2018
June 2018
May 2018
April 2018
March 2018
February 2018
January 2018
December 2017
November 2017
October 2017
September 2017
August 2017
June 2017
May 2017
April 2017
March 2017
February 2017
January 2017
December 2016
November 2016
October 2016
September 2016
August 2016
June 2016
May 2016
April 2016
March 2016
February 2016
January 2016
December 2015
November 2015
October 2015
September 2015
August 2015
June 2015
May 2015
April 2015
March 2015
February 2015
January 2015
December 2014
November 2014
October 2014
September 2014
August 2014
June 2014
May 2014
April 2014
March 2014
February 2014
January 2014
December 2013
November 2013
October 2013
September 2013
August 2013
June 2013
May 2013
April 2013
March 2013
February 2013
January 2013
December 2012
November 2012
October 2012
September 2012
August 2012
June 2012
May 2012
April 2012
March 2012
February 2012
January 2012
December 2011
November 2011
October 2011
September 2011
August 2011
June 2011
May 2011
April 2011
March 2011
February 2011
January 2011
December 2010
November 2010
October 2010
September 2010
August 2010
June 2010
May 2010
April 2010
March 2010
February 2010
January 2010
November 2009
October 2009
August 2009
May 2009
April 2009
February 2009
January 2009
November 2008
October 2008
August 2008
May 2008
April 2008
February 2008
January 2008
November 2007
October 2007
August 2007
May 2007
April 2007
February 2007
January 2007
November 2006
October 2006
August 2006
May 2006
April 2006
February 2006
January 2006
November 2005
October 2005
August 2005
May 2005
April 2005
February 2005
January 2005
November 2004
October 2004
August 2004
May 2004
April 2004
February 2004
January 2004
November 2003
October 2003
August 2003
May 2003
April 2003
February 2003
January 2003
November 2002
October 2002
May 2002
April 2002
February 2002
January 2002
November 2001
October 2001
May 2001
April 2001
February 2001
January 2001
Winter 2000
Fall 2000

Methods & Tools
is supported by

Software Testing

The Scrum Expert