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Testing is waste? Why LEAN won't put testers out of business

In a perfectly scripted Agile World, where developers are the most disciplined group, the role of testers will probably diminish. We are living in an economic conundrum where budget cuts and cost savings are directly correlated with the ‘Agile way of working’. This means, testing which was once the saviour during the good old dot com boom, is now the first one shown the door! So what does it means to us? In this session, ...more »

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Q & A Panel with HootSuite Technical Leadership

Get the inside scoop on how software development happens at one of Vancouver's top tech success stories.

 

A panel discussion with the technical leadership of HootSuite, as they share successes and lessons learned along their journey to Agile practices.

 

http://www.aequilibrium.ca/2012/06/20/agile-vancouver-an-evening-with-hootsuites-technical-leadership/

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Lean Coffee or an Introduction to Personal Kanban

Track: Accelerate Abstract: ----------- (This abstract is the description for would-be attendees.) Personal Kanban applies Kanban’s core practices (visualize what you do, pull, limit work-in-progress) to personal work. You can use it to handle tasks during a sprint, to conduct a business meeting, to guide your professional development, and to deal with other types of work and life tasks. Just as its big enterprise ...more »

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Using S-D Logic to Enhance Agile Practises

Perhaps it can be said that Agile development methodologies relate strongly to (and possibly originate from) the manufacturing industry. However, Agile development methodologies demonstrate potential to shift IT development from an often-restrictive focus on production/manufacturing, profit and tangible goods (output of the manufacturing process). They can potentially result in a paradigm shift to focus on actual customer ...more »

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Overcoming automation challenges in an agile environment

Automation challenges and the successful solutions we implemented at Western Union Business Solutions: • Effective Test design is making test maintenance manageable: Share the test design approach, with real examples from both Quick Test Pro and Ranorex (a .NET automation solution), that has allowed us to implement hundreds of tests with over 15,000 iterations within an agile environment. • Overcoming execution time ...more »

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Why Johnny Can't Do Ruby (Programming Languages and Culture)

We like to complain that changing an organization's culture is hard. However, many Agile transitions face a different challenge: as the organization changes, the developers fail to adopt modern technologies and practices. The resulting organization might do Scrum by the book, and still fail to deliver quality software in small increments. Why is it so difficult for developers to open up to different technologies? The ...more »

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Values: The Compass For High Performing Teams

We talk about values a lot. Agile values. Delivering value. But what about the values held by team members? The fastest, most efficient way to demotivate someone is to dismiss their values or to push them to violate their values. Teams guided by clear values are more confident, decisive, and equipped to deliver because the values serve as a compass. To paraphrase the football coach, Bill Parcells, the chief ...more »

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What's in a Name? 
Increase Productivity With Effective Naming

Experience and research shows that developers spend as much as 70% of their time reading and understanding code. In this workshop you will learn how the rules of Simple Design help to reduce this percentage so you spend more time creating valuable code. This will be a highly collaborative workshop where you share your insights and learn from others. You’ll get to the heart of Simple Design by reviewing code - both beautiful ...more »

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Unveiling Kanban

Track: Accelerate Description: -------------- In the last several years, Kanban has gained popularity and become the preferred path to agility for some IT and software development organizations. Yet it remains poorly understood, as evidenced by examples of using Kanban as an "iterationless process", shallow implementations (information radiator), misconceptions like "Kanban is for maintenance work", and endless Kanban-or-Scrum ...more »

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Kanban and Lean Startup, Making the Most of Both

Track: Accelerate Abstract: ----------- The Kanban method for evolutionary improvement of technology organizations, pioneered by David J. Anderson, is sometimes called the second-generation Agile method. The Lean Startup, described in Eric Ries’ best-selling eponymous book, is often called the future of Agile. The talk will first explore how the two relate to each other. The short answer is: Lean Startup’s build-measure-learn ...more »

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