Conference Presentations

Turbocharge Your Team’s Productivity: Increase Your Ability to Deliver

Many factors impact a team’s productivity. Some are well understood—collocation, size, common purpose. Others are less well known including social capital—the value of social networking. Rob Maher describes techniques that have been successfully used within organizations to enhance team...

Rob Maher, Rob Maher Consulting
Tim Lister Responsibly "Right" Requirements: An Interview with Tim Lister

Tim Lister explains how getting the right requirements the first time from your stakeholders may not be easy, but it can be done, and it's worth the effort. Learn how with clear expectations, communication, and integral development, products can be delivered on time and to everyone's satisfaction.

Noel Wurst's picture Noel Wurst
What Position Do You Play in Software? What Position Do You Play?

Micheleen Merritt explains that as an agile coach, you need to take into account all of the participants of a team, not just the developers. If you aren’t acknowledging the quality assurance analysts, business analysts, and product owners, you aren’t coaching the whole team.

Mickey Merritt's picture Mickey Merritt
Risk Management in Hindsight Risk Management in Hindsight: A Simple Tool for Focused Problem Solving in a Project Retrospective

Quality improvement initiatives sometimes have trouble getting traction in organizations because of the perceived formality. In this article, Payson proposes a technique for identifying process improvement that is fast, organic, and will fly under the radar of most skeptics until it has demonstrated its value to the team.

Payson Hall's picture Payson Hall
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.

Integrating Canadian Accessibility Requirements into Your Projects

In 2014, most Canadian businesses will face significant challenges as government regulations go into effect, requiring websites to be accessible to users with disabilities. Are your project teams knowledgeable about the technical accessibility standards?

Dan Shire, IBM Canada & David Best, IBM Canada
Deadlines Approaching? Budgets Cut? How to Keep Your Sanity

Testing projects have a habit of dissolving into chaos—and even strife—as deadlines approach and budgets are cut. When asked to do the impossible, risk management and mitigation tools can be the only way for testers to survive. Geoff Horne presents a proven method he uses for...

Geoff Horne, NZTester Magazine
Is Your Project Done Yet?

Brad Egeland describes six key things he looks for in order to make sure that a project team has completed everything and the customer is prepared to take over. It's important to stay focused and engaged during the end of a project and not to simply coast into the final deployment phase.

Brad  Egeland's picture Brad Egeland
Why Planning Collaboration Is a Must: An Interview with Griffin Jones

Collaboration can bring chaos, but Griffin Jones explains in this insightful interview how proper planning can greatly reduce the chances of chaos while increasing the likelihood for success on many development projects.

Noel Wurst's picture Noel Wurst
A Product Owner’s First Glimpse of Agile

Kent McDonald introduces us to Arthur, a middle manager and product owner in a medium-sized insurance company who has been assigned to take on an agile project. For those unfamiliar with agile, the terminology and techniques of agile approaches can seem strange and often a little silly when not accompanied with an explanation as to why those techniques exist. Kent explains the challenges product owners like Arthur face and how to make product owners understand agile better.

Kent J. McDonald's picture Kent J. McDonald


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