Articles

cross out waste Use Lean Thinking to Accelerate DevOps Performance for Agile Teams

Leaders in agile organizations should consider adding lean techniques to their DevOps practices. Lean thinking can accelerate DevOps delivery by providing a set of processes and principles to help create more beneficial products, save money, boost productivity, reduce waste, and map to value.

Gail Ferreira's picture Gail Ferreira
Rocky road My Journey to Adopting DevOps

There’s good reason DevOps is an emerging trend in the IT industry—it alleviates prevalent problems, such as operational waste, and emphasizes collaboration, communication, and visibility. Uday Kumar details how he became a believer in DevOps by recalling the rocky road he took on his way to adoption.

Uday Kumar's picture Uday Kumar
Lean and Agile Lean and Agile Principles in Software Development

Agile software development methodologies grew out of lean principles pioneered in business and industry over the past seventy years, and they are now often referred to as lean’s digital counterpart. By better understanding the philosophy behind lean, developers can gain insight into agile and its uses and pitfalls, making the most of its practice for their team.

Uday Kumar's picture Uday Kumar
Add Business Value Using SAFe to Improve Quality and Add Business Value

The Scaled Agile Framework, or SAFe, is a popular brand of agile in use by many firms, and it has a significant trajectory. SAFe is a strategy for not only making the team agile, but also making the enterprise agile. With a foundation in lean development and support for DevOps, SAFe's principles make it more effective in helping you deliver quality software.

James Sullivan's picture James Sullivan

Better Software Magazine Articles

Balance and Flow Continuous Process Improvement Using Balance and Flow

Finding a balance between too much and too little process can be quite a challenge. Tom Wessel shows how to apply lean change management and kaizen principles to achieve continuous process  improvement. Also, Tom suggests the use of simple metrics to verify that improvements are actually taking place.

Thomas Wessel's picture Thomas Wessel
The Lean Test Canvas

Taking lessons from the lean business model, Matt Heusser explains how a tester can present different values and properly set expectations with the team using the lean test canvas. His approach starts with defining who  the customer is and ends with key qualitative measures that will be used to ensure success.

Matthew Heusser's picture Matthew Heusser
How Can I Develop the Ability to Collaborate?

In this installment of FAQ, SQE Trainer Bob Payne and consultant Ryan Olivett answer one of the questions students ask them most often.

Bob Payne's picture Bob Payne Ryan Olivett
Strengthen Your Discovery Muscle

An organization shouldn’t spend all its time building its delivery muscle without simultaneously building its discovery muscle. In fact, successful software teams deliver great products because they invest in discovery. Learn how to expand your innovation and strengthen your discovery muscle.

Interviews

Michael Nauman Shifting Left and Going beyond Agile: An Interview with Michael Nauman

In this interview, Michael Nauman, a testing lead for AutoCAD Web, explains how we can go beyond basic agile principles. He digs into the current state of shift-left testing, the importance of aligning your DevOps with your automation, and using agile as a starting point on your quality journey.

Josiah Renaudin's picture Josiah Renaudin
Jeff Payne The Fundamentals of Agile: An Interview with Jeff Payne
Podcast

In this interview, Coveros CEO and agile instructor Jeff Payne discusses why you should make the move to agile, its many benefits, and how to transition. He also explains his SQE Training course, Fundamentals of Agile Certification.

Josiah Renaudin's picture Josiah Renaudin
Nate Oster discusses the Kanban Racing Challenge The Kanban Racing Challenge: An Interview with Nate Oster

In this interview, Nate Oster explains the Kanban Racing Challenge, the unique benefits of kanban, the concept behind using radio-controlled cars within user-developed obstacle courses, and what he hopes his audience at Agile Development Conference East will walk away with. 

Josiah Renaudin's picture Josiah Renaudin
Software developer and tester Regg Struyk Classic Software Testing Is Broken: An Interview with Regg Struyk
Podcast

With twenty years of commercial software development and testing experience, Regg Struyk has developed for several software testing tools including test integrity, iTest, and Polarion QA. Regg is continually analyzing testing trends and their potential impact on software testing.

Cameron Philipp-Edmonds's picture Cameron Philipp-Edmonds

Conference Presentations

STARWEST Testing The Lean Startup Method: Its Value for Testers
Slideshow

A startup is an organization created to deliver a new product or service under conditions of extreme uncertainty. Approximately 40 percent of all startups will cease operation with investors losing everything; 95 percent will fall short of their financial projections. And the number...

Lee Copeland
Agile DevOps Finding the 'Seams': Making User Stories Smaller
Slideshow

When we adopt agile practices and a lean mindset, we make great promises to ourselves but we often encounter difficulties in creating user stories that are of high quality and utility. Mitch Goldstein describes why user stories and their value are the currency of agile and lean software...

Mitch Goldstein
Collocated East Logo The Lean Agile Portfolio
Slideshow

Agile practices continue to improve as organizations move forward with adoption and adaption. However, as they move forward, they often run into daunting challenges—coordinating projects with highly complex requirements and interdependencies; navigating highly political environments...

Jamie Mades
Collocated East Logo Removing the Silos: When Agile, Lean, and DevOps Aren’t Enough
Slideshow

Your organization has adopted some combination of agile, lean, and DevOps practices, yet you have a sinking feeling that it’s not working the way everyone hoped it would. You’re wondering if it’s because you work for a very large organization and all this talk about small, cross-functional...

Betty Zakheim

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