• Liked Shawn Faunce
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    The Awkward Teenager of Testing: Exploratory Testing

    Shawn Faunce
    Shawn Faunce
    schedule 8 months ago
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    45 mins
    Talk
    Beginner

    We think we understand that awkward teenager.

    Many experienced testers will claim exploratory testing expertise, but too few have ever written an exploratory testing charter, and even fewer have applied a heuristic in that charter. We think we understand exploratory testing just as we think we understand teenagers, because “we have been there”. However the reality is that many of the words currently used in exploratory testing are foreign to us and we feel awkward about our lack of knowledge. The goal of this talk is to give people experience writing and executing exploratory testing charters, creating mind maps, and applying exploratory testing heuristics.

    The talk is intended to introduce people to the exploratory testing techniques described by Elisabeth Hendrickson in her book Explore It! with some added material from the work of Cem Kaner and James Bach.

     

  • Raj Indugula
    Raj Indugula
    Robert Brown
    Robert Brown
    schedule 7 months ago
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    45 mins
    Talk
    Beginner

    “Every line is the perfect length if you don't measure it.”  - Marty Rubin

    So your organization has embarked upon a transformation to be more nimble and responsive by employing the latest tools and thinking in the Agile and DevOps arena.  In this transformational context, how do you know that your initiatives are effective?  Empirical measurements should provide insights on business value flow and delivery efficiency, allowing teams and organizations to see how they are progressing toward achieving their goals, but all too often we find ourselves mired in measurement traps that don't quite provide the right guidance in steering our efforts. 

    Rooted in contemporary thinking and tested in practice, this talk explores the principles of good measurement, what to measure, what not to measure, and enumerates some key metrics to help guide and inform our Agile and DevOps efforts.  If done right, metrics can present a true picture of performance, and any progression, digression of these metrics can drive learning and improvement.  

    It is our hope that this session inspires organizations and teams to start or take a fresh look at implementing a valuable measurement program.

  • Liked Paul Boos
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    Mind Meld: Why Pair Programming Works

    Paul Boos
    Paul Boos
    schedule 8 months ago
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    45 mins
    Workshop
    Beginner

    So why does pair programming (or any form of pairing really) work? Well rather than tell you why, let's experience it! 

    This is a simple 3 round exercise that you can do with your teams and managers to demonstrate the benefits of pairing. It will show the linkage between having a shared mental model through collaboration and ease of integrating the resulting work.

  • Liked Matt Barcomb
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    Improve decisions using a value-focused prioritization framework

    Matt Barcomb
    Matt Barcomb
    schedule 8 months ago
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    45 mins
    Talk
    Beginner

    Does prioritizing your development portfolio seem unclear or mired in politics? Ever feel like the decisions for what gets worked on when are somewhere between arbitrary and emotional? Ever get tired of providing cost estimates for work of uncertain value?

    If you answered yes to any of the above questions, this session is for you! Matt Barcomb will open with introductory concepts about shifting from a cost focus to a value focus for development work. Next, providing business value for user stories will be debunked. Then, a collaborative framework for prioritization, Benefit Mapping, will be discussed. Finally, Matt will end with ways to simplify the cost evaluation of work and risk.

  • Liked Ben Morris
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    DevOps for the Rest of Us, Reprise

    Ben Morris
    Ben Morris
    Chris Cassatt
    Chris Cassatt
    schedule 8 months ago
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    45 mins
    Demonstration
    Beginner

    (This talk was well-received in 2015, so we can do an updated version for 2016)

    DevOps as a buzzword is gaining traction, but what does it really mean? Managers, non-techies, and developers-new-to-devops will get a guided demo of development automation. See all the cool tools in action - continuous integration, automated testing, cloud deployment, etc. More importantly, we'll walk through what they do, and why that adds value to a project. 

    This talk will...

    • Break down the buzzwords and define some key technical practices in plain english.
    • Uncover the pain that leads teams to seek greater automation.
    • Demonstrate a continuous integration pipeline working in practice via live demo.
    • Diminish the knowledge gap between technical practitioners and managers/analysts/coaches.
    • Level-up the vocabulary of non-technical attendees.
    • Introduce practices to developers who don't yet work in an automated environment.
    • Spark "ah-ha" moments to convert skeptics into DevOps believers!

    By the way, all of the tools in the demo are some combination of free and/or open source. DevOps doesn't have to cost a lot.

  • Liked Melinda Solomon
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    Creating Compelling Agile Training: Not Just Butts in Seats

    Melinda Solomon
    Melinda Solomon
    schedule 8 months ago
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    45 mins
    Experience Report
    Beginner

     Training is often the first step in implementing an Agile transformation within an organization.  Often an agile coach will corral resistant staff members in a room and sell the virtues of Agile with disappointing results.  But at the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, students are clamoring to voluntarily attend full day sessions and recommending classes to their colleagues.  The organization has successfully grown the Agile Training Program to include 10 courses taken by 2200+ attendees from 25+ federal agencies.  The training is not required on anyone’s mandatory curriculum, but instead is taken because students feel it provides real value enhancing their ability to work well in the organization.  Effective training doesn’t just educate, but instead changes behavior.  

     

    The masterminds behind the USCIS Agile Training Program will unpack the secrets to their success.  Mash Eslami, USCIS Section Chief of Agile Training, and Melinda Solomon, USCIS Agile Training Lead explore 10 factors that make students receptive to learn.  Part Experience Report, part Case-Study, this session will explore:

    • How to choose your initial audience
    • What to do with resistant students
    • How to structure a course that changes behavior
    • Ways to grow the program
    • And much more…
  • Liked Tim Gifford
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    "DevOps" on Day 1 with Operations First Delivery

    Tim Gifford
    Tim Gifford
    schedule 7 months ago
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    45 mins
    Talk
    Beginner

    DevOps lore tell legendary tales of “Unicorn” companies. We’re told these mythical companies continuously deliver software to production with nary a blemished aura or mussed mane. Can it be so? Is this but a fairytale?

    In this talk, we will dispel the fantasy and show you how to get similar results. Spawning the first unicorn is the most difficult, so I will show you the specific steps, tools, techniques and architectural patterns of Operations First Delivery to create your first “Unicorn” project.

  • Liked Jason Hall
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    From Project Manager to Scrum Master: What do I do now?!

    Jason Hall
    Jason Hall
    schedule 7 months ago
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    45 mins
    Talk
    Beginner

    You’ve been a program or project manager for years and now all of sudden you’ve been asked to be a scrum master on an Agile project.  With less of an emphasis on controlling scope, what exactly do you do now?  This talk will share and explore various ways for newly minted scrum masters to contribute to the value of their project team by taking you through various scenarios that scrum masters encounter on a daily basis.

  • Liked Brandon Raines
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    The Life of a User Story

    Brandon Raines
    Brandon Raines
    schedule 8 months ago
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    45 mins
    Talk
    Beginner

    User Stories are a fantastic way of bringing together someone who is requesting a need and someone(s) who will transform that need into a working increment. Inevitably, we encounter needs that are large in nature, too big for a sprint. What do we do about those things? What if we are working in a multi-sprint release? How do we break those large things into smaller sprint size chunks and maintain the concept of potentially shippable increments?  Let’s explore that world with a few techniques. 

  • Liked Dave Nicolette
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    When you don't need TDD and why

    Dave Nicolette
    Dave Nicolette
    schedule 8 months ago
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    45 mins
    Others
    Beginner

    Ideas similar to test-infected development or test-driven development have been around quite a while - at least since Alan Perlis wrote about interleaving small amounts of design with small amounts of testing in the 1968 Proceedings of the NATO Software Engineering Conference. Yet, even today, there are endless debates about whether such an approach is useful. Some consider it a baseline practice for any professional developer. Others consider it extra work that adds no value. 

    There's certainly more than one way to achieve a goal. What are the goals, when we write and deliver software professionally? Let's identify the various stakeholders of a software system and enumerate the needs of each. Then, let's walk through several popular ways of building software - TDD and others - and see how we can meet those needs using each approach. 

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