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The Keys to a Successful Software Team: An Interview with Andy Kaufman[interview]
Podcast

In this interview, Andy Kaufman, the founder of the Institute for Leadership Excellence & Development, explains why team chemistry is often an afterthought, how enthusiasm can often trump skill, and how to deal with conflict.

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Agile East Solve Everyday IT Problems with DevOps[presentation]
Slideshow

Some believe that DevOps is only applicable to Internet-based companies with a desire to disrupt existing businesses. On the contrary, DevOps practices can dramatically reduce many everyday IT problems—defects, incidents, waste, bottlenecks, downtime, and infrastructure fragility. 

Sherry Chang
Agile East Teamwork Tools: Movement Games for Collaboration and Creativity[presentation]
Slideshow

Are you looking for new ways to invigorate your teams? Do retrospectives seem stale? Do story breakdown meetings feel flat? On the other hand, maybe your teams are humming and you’re looking for additional variety. The research is clear—movement matters, and play stimulates creativity. 

Andrew Smith
Agile East DevOps Is More than Dev and Ops: It’s about Tearing Down Walls[presentation]
Slideshow

The word DevOps is quickly becoming the new Agile—an overused word that has lost its meaning. Cutting through the jargon, Lee Eason gets to the heart of what DevOps means, where it came from, and why it is crucial for your company to embrace it. If you want to deliver on the promise of...

Lee Eason
Agile East Your Agile Team Needs a Therapist[presentation]
Slideshow

Imagine you’re on an agile development team—and something feels weird. People disagree constantly, and when they finally do agree, no one commits to deliver the solution. Vocal team members dominate the conversation. You don’t trust your teammates. They don’t trust you. This isn’t a team.

Robb Pieper
Agile East Don't Ask "Can You Hear Me Now?" Start Listening Instead[presentation]
Slideshow

Most of us believe we are good listeners. However, we often overestimate this skill and are hard-wired to short change it by making assumptions, providing answers, and jumping in when we think we know what people are trying to say. In doing so, we rob ourselves of the chance to encourage...

Judith Mills
Agile East Agile Metrics: Make Better Decisions with Data[presentation]
Slideshow

Some consider measurement in agile development destructive—or at the very least useless. Larry Maccherone disagrees and offers insight into how you can use metrics in an agile environment to make life better. How do you know when you are ready to introduce metrics into the environment?

Larry Maccherone
Agile East Them’s the Rules: Using a Rules Engine to Wrangle Complexity[presentation]
Slideshow

When dealing with complicated and ever-growing program conditions brought on by new business requirements, it's easy for what was once a small conditional block of code to grow to evaluating hundreds of unique conditions. Unfortunately, much like kudzu, that bad practice begins to creep...

Micah Breedlove
Agile East Make Your Continuous Deployment Pipeline as Fast as Possible[presentation]
Slideshow

Continuous integration (CI) and continuous deployment (CD) have been key to increasing the pace at which development teams can deliver value to the business while keeping quality high. However, many teams are finding that their build pipelines are hard to manage, with builds taking so long...

Abraham Marin-Perez
Agile East Build Adaptable Teams: The Marine Corps Way[presentation]
Slideshow

Shrinking budgets, increased workloads, and ever-changing demands challenge today’s product teams to adapt and learn to do more with less. Since its birth in 1775, the United States Marine Corps has faced similar trials. The key to the Corps’ survival—not unlike that of a product team—has...

Anne Steiner
Agile East Build Fail-Proof Tests in Any Browser with Selenium[presentation]
Slideshow

What happens when you have thousands of tests that run beautifully in Chrome but many of them fail in Internet Explorer? Unfortunately, this scenario is all too common for testers and remains a major sore point for teams tasked with getting software to work in any browser. Kevin Berg...

Kevin Berg
Agile East The Business of Agile: Better, Faster, Cheaper[presentation]
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Ryan Ripley relates that during his last agile transformation project, a key stakeholder asked, “Why are we adopting agile?” Ryan talked about increasing quality, delivering software sooner, and fostering a more collaborative relationship with business partners. After a few moments...

Ryan Ripley
Agile East Scrum, Kanban, or Scrumban: Which Is Right for You?[presentation]
Slideshow

Agile is on everyone’s minds today, as more and more organizations are eager to reap the benefits of rapid iterations using customer-centric approaches. Organizations tend to run to Scrum first because it is the most recognized agile framework. But is Scrum always the right answer for a...

Heidi Araya
Agile East Agile Snafus: When Good Teams Go Bad[presentation]
Slideshow

Agile done well can lead to great successes—rapid delivery of business and user value, high product quality, fast time to market, and engineering productivity. Agile done poorly leads to skepticism of the methodologies, distrust of the principles, and failure to deliver—in essence, a snafu...

James Waletzky
Agile East Testing and Measurement in DevOps: Find Solutions—Not More Problems[presentation]
Slideshow

The promise of DevOps is to deliver new features faster following today’s best practices. However, blindly automating the delivery pipeline by installing Jenkins, Chef, and Docker without adapting test approaches will cause a great number of deployments to fail. While the tester’s role...

Andreas Grabner

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