Lisa Crispin and Janet Gregory on (More) Agile Testing, Learning and New Approaches

InfoQLisa Crispin and Janet Gregory talk about how they came to collaborate on the “Agile Testing” books, the testing skillset and approaches to learning, and new and interesting approaches to testing.

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Em Campbell-Pretty on the Journey of SAFe and Thawing Middle Management

InfoQEm Campbell-Pretty shares her journey from being a business leader to an Agile Coach and early adopter of the Scaled Agile Framework, as well as how to best thaw middle management in organizations.

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Impact Map Cheat Sheet

I had to facilitate a couple of workshops in the last couple of days where impact mapping would potentially prove to be a good tool to drive the discussion (and for one of them it did). I have done a number of impact maps over the years but often in the heat of the moment I have a memory blank on what order the map goes in or how best to describe what each of the stages are. So today I knocked together a pocket cheat sheet for me to refer to if I needed it:

Impact Map Cheat Sheet

Depending on the workshop often depends whether I use the classic mind map style or just use a left to right grid using post-it notes.

Episode 95: User Story Mapping (Something Something) with Jeff Patton

The Agile Revolution Podcast

JeffPattonAfter chasing him across the east coast of Australia, Craig sits down with Jeff Patton at YOW! Conference in Sydney. Along the way they fail to remember the subtitle of Jeff’s “User Story Mapping” book and talk about:

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Agile Australia 2015: It All Starts With An Idea: Kicking Off Initiatives For Success

Agile-Australia-2015-Resources-Badge-Speaker-600x100pxMy presentation from Agile Australia 2015 called “It All Starts With An idea: Kicking Off Initiatives For Success” is available on Slideshare.

Ideas can come from many different places, but how do we best turn these ideas into initiatives and ensure we are working on the right things at the right time? We tend to throw the idea around, discuss it with our team and management, and undertake a lot of analysis to decide if it’s worth spending time and money on. Unfortunately this approach means we have already spent a bunch of time and money, often without realising it! A number of the early Agile approaches described a lifecycle for kicking off projects, but many of the newer and more popular approaches start with a backlog or an assumption that you are already building something. Go back to basics and look at different approaches for kicking off initiatives and the tools and techniques that make up what is often called the discovery, ideation or concept phase. If your team or organisation has too much work in progress or your pipeline is unclear, then learn (or re-learn) approaches to kicking off the right initiatives so you can ensure you are building the right thing! Learning Outcomes

  • Understanding techniques to kick off a project or initiative
  • Techniques such as impact mapping, idea canvas, problem pitch, finding features, etc
  • Knowing when you should proceed with an idea or park it
  • Prioritising ideas

It was awesome to have such a large audience, particularly as I was up against Dean Leffingwell in the same session. The session was recorded by InfoQ so I will add the video here when it becomes available. Thanks to all those who live tweeted throughout the session, here is a sample:

Interview and Book Review: BDD In Action

InfoQ“BDD In Action” is a book that aims to cover the full spectrum of BDD practices from requirements through to the development of production code backed by executable specifications and automated tests.

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