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Gearbox for a car with a manual transmission Shifting Your Testing: When to Switch Gears[article]

Shifting your testing either left or right can meet different needs and improve different aspects. How do you know whether to make a change? Let your test cycles be your guide. Just like when driving a car with a manual transmission, if the engine starts to whine or you’re afraid you’re about to stall out, switching gears may be just what you need.

Maximilian Bauer's picture Maximilian Bauer
Michael Bolton When Testers Are Asked to Sign Off on a Product: An Interview with Michael Bolton[interview]
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In this interview, Michael Bolton, principal at DevelopSense, discusses the absurdity of project managers requiring testers to sign off on a product. Testers cannot assure the quality of the product, so Bolton makes suggestions for how to handle this request.

Jennifer Bonine's picture Jennifer Bonine
Agile DevOps West Building Quality into Your Release Pipeline[presentation]
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Decreasing the time to market has become critical for many organizations.

Troy Walsh
Collection of random numbers When a Number Is Not a Number: Benefits of Random Test Generators[article]

We like to hope that we will consider all possible situations when devising our tests, but it’s all too easy to overlook the unusual cases. That’s the benefit of random test generators. We might feel comfortable after testing a few dozen test cases; these tools generate hundreds. With more stuff getting tossed at the wall, there is a greater likelihood that something interesting sticks.

Steve Poling's picture Steve Poling
Agile DevOps West See the Forest, Not Just the Trees: Improving Quality and Flow in a Continuous Delivery World[presentation]
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There are many companies today implementing agile and DevOps practices, usually enabled by a microservices architecture. Most of them are focused on continuously delivering value to their customers within the boundary of a time-bound sprint. 

Ashwin Desai
Agile DevOps West A Successful DevOps Initiative Starts with Knowing Your Numbers[presentation]
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IT organizations that don’t know their risk factors and exposure are likely to make investments in DevOps that don’t matter. After working with several teams that lost their DevOps funding after making automation investments in areas that were not business constraints,

Anne Hungate
Agile DevOps West Follow the Money: How to Talk to Executives about Agile[presentation]
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When agile transformations fail, many agilists blame their executives for not caring about or understanding agile. However, few people focus on the different languages that IT and business people speak, and the different outcomes that both sides desire.

Steven Granese
Agile DevOps West Getting to Continuous Testing[presentation]
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Max Saperstone tells the story of how a healthcare company striving to get to continuous releases built up their automation to secure confidence in regular releases.

Max Saperstone
Agile DevOps West How to Prevent Catastrophic Doom on Your Next Federal DevOps Project[presentation]
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Trying to achieve real continuous deployments into production is hard for everyone, but it’s especially hard for highly regulated or government projects. 

Ryan Kenney
Agile DevOps West Building the Blocks of Trust in Automation[presentation]
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When moving toward automation, establishing trust in the automation test suite is important to unite the team as a whole. Once trust is established in the process and the tests, it becomes crucial to the overall software development lifecycle.

Sneha Viswalingam
Agile DevOps West Reality-Driven Testing in Agile Projects[presentation]
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Many agile teams rework previously deployed stories, even after plenty of in-sprint testing. Even well-groomed, refined stories, framed with typical, alternate, and error scenarios and gracefully described in well-formed Gherkin, continue to encounter all sorts of bugs.

Robert Sabourin
Agile DevOps West People Operations in a Teal Organization: Tools and Techniques from a Real Journey[presentation]
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The Lithespeed team first read Frederic Laloux's "Reinventing Organizations” in 2015. We immediately said ‘Hell yes, we are doing this - we should never work any other way!’ 

Amanda Geary
Agile DevOps West What Japanese Shinkansen Trains Can Teach Us about Agile[presentation]
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Have you ever been to Japan and noticed that their railway system is incredibly efficient? As places like Tokyo continue to expand and the cost of living rises, more and more people rely on trains that start hours away from the city to arrive on time.

Matthew Weinstock
Agile DevOps West Brainwriting: The Team Hack to Generating Better Ideas[presentation]
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Brainstorming has long been held as the best way to get ideas from teams. The purpose is to solicit large amounts of ideas in a short timeframe.

Chris Murman
Agile DevOps West Making the Jump from DevOps to DevSecOps[presentation]
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Organizations are moving to DevOps to build and deploy software more rapidly. But as they break down organizational silos to bring together testing, development, and operations, they often avoid or exclude security in their transformational efforts.

Alan Crouch

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