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Using a Pseudouser to Act as a Traffic Cop in Agile Projects

September 11, 2018

During his work assisting our clients with their agile transformations, Dr. Sriram Rajagopalan has found a best practice to be the use of a "Traffic Cop" pseudo user to better manage the flow of work items in a project and/or sprint.

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Extend Your Project Management Strategy Beyond The Dev Team

July 5, 2018

When it comes to project management strategies, most people think of development teams.
Whether they’re focused software, websites, inventory, or any number of items, the intricacies of successfully developing a viable product require stringent tracking. There are many phases between brainstorming and product launch, most of which generally consist of numerous smaller tasks, which can be broken down into several more specific tasks. With so many hands in the honey pot, disorganization quickly leads to sticky situations.

This post, however, is not about development teams. It’s about introducing project management to the rest of your company to help clear up and prevent sticky situations.

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Agile Testing Days USA, DevWeek, and Software Testing Cup - a Retrospective

July 2, 2018

The past two weeks have been a bit of a blur for #teamInflectra, we had the great fortune to attend two conferences back to back - DevGeekWeek/QAGeekWeek in Israel, and the first ever Agile Testing Days USA in Boston, MA. During that time we learned a lot, met great people, and also got to help out with the Software Testing World Cup (STWC).

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Becoming Agile In Software Testing: The Government Edition - Webinar Recording

June 15, 2018

Thank you for joining our June 12th webinar on Becoming Agile In Software Testing: The US Government Edition. The webinar recording and slides are offered below for those who had to miss it. 

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The Future of Enterprise Agile Planning

March 20, 2018

In a recent survey, we were asked to give our thoughts and ideas as to what the world of Agile software development would look like in 5-years time (2023). In this blog we discuss some of the challenges and innovations, provide some predictions for the future, and explore three vignettes of that future world.

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Top 10 Questions To Ask Before Setting Up An Agile Team

March 1, 2018

Although setting up an agile team may seem to be "easy," based on our experience, the results can vary greatly. What mistakes do people make? What can we do to increase the chances of our success. Based on conversations with our customers, this article lists the top 10 questions you should consider when setting up and agile project or team.

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Inflectra - a Proud Co-Sponsor of Agile Testing Days USA 2018

February 12, 2018

Great news!

Europe’s fun and wildly popular agile testing festival is coming to North America this June 25–29 as Agile Testing Days USA (https://well.tc/wejy). The conference will be a festival of learning and sharing for the community. The agile-focused learning experience will provide an interactive way to get deep insights and the latest developments in testing and agile excellence as well as many opportunities to network with fellow passionate agile software professionals. We hope you will be able to join the inaugural event in Boston!

**Exclusive Offer** save up to an additional $200 off the Agile Testing Days USA Super Early Lobster pricing when you register with code ATD18V4 by April 27. That’s a combined savings up to $600 off!

 

Explore the program: https://well.tc/wejy

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Face-to-Face with Inflectra - Find Us Where Software Testing Happens

January 31, 2018

Over the years, we at Inflectra, developed a taste for all the fun that takes place at software testing and agile software development events. We have also become active members of national and international tester communities. We love to share our knowledge as software engineers and learn from your experience as testers, developers and managers. 

So, the new year brings new opportunities for Inflectra to get up close and personal with software testing peeps out there. 

Apart from continuing with our now-traditional weekly webinars (a good way to meet new people), we have made plans to meet software testing superheros and agile gurus during the following events in the first half of 2018:

  1. Social Testing - Washington, DC
  2. STPCon - Newport Beach, CA
  3. ISTC & DevGeekWeek - Israel
  4. Agile Testing Days USA - Boston, MA

So if you are planning on attending one of these events, stop by to say hi!

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Spotlight on SpiraPlan 5.4 - Program View of Releases & Incidents

January 23, 2018

As we're in the final countdown for the release of the latest version of SpiraTest, SpiraTeam and SpiraPlan v5.4, we are going to be highlighting some of the most important new features in this version to help you get ready for the release. Last week we discussed the new graphs and charts, so this time we shall be illustrating the new program management features in SpiraPlan v5.4. In addition, this is the first release of the new SpiraPlan that we discussed in December, it has all of the functionality of SpiraTeam, but in addition has the new program planning features.

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Spotlight on SpiraTeam 5.4 - New Agile Task and Incident Boards

January 16, 2018

As we're in the final countdown for the release of the latest version of SpiraTest, SpiraTeam and SpiraPlan v5.4, we are going to be highlighting some of the most important new features in this version to help you get ready for the release. Last week we discussed the new graphs and charts, so this time we shall be illustrating some of the new agile software development features in SpiraTeam v5.4, specifically the new board views we've introduced for tasks and incidents.

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Changes to the Spira Product Family in 2018 - The New SpiraPlan

December 15, 2017

We have some big news to share for 2018!

Based on extensive feedback and discussions with our customers during the user summits and consultations with our partners, we are making some changes to our product lineup next year. The big news is that we will be retiring our existing "SpiraPlan" feature set, and launching a new SpiraPlan edition of our Spira ALM platform that will cater to the needs of programs, portfolios, and enterprises.

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Supporting Agile Software Testing in DC - D-CAST

December 5, 2017

We had the pleasure of sponsoring the local D-CAST meetup this month, celebrating the end of 2017 and all things agile and software testing related. Inflectra is a proud sponsor of the group and is looking forward to helping support more events in the Washington, DC area in 2018. During the meetup, Peter Kim discussed his new cool Slackbot called Mr. Jenkins.

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Fun To Be Had With Inflectra This Fall

September 7, 2017

It is never a dull moment with Inflectra, and after the lull of summer, we are back with vengeance! Which is to say, we are going all out sponsoring two software testing events in September-October 2017 in the US: STPCon in the greater D.C.-area and Agile Open Florida, in Orlando, Florida. So, if you are attending one of these, read what Inflectra has in store for you (and if you are not, there is still time to sign up):

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Recording of Agile Project Management Webinar using SpiraPlan

July 21, 2017

Many of our customers choose SpiraPlan or SpiraTeam because they are using agile methodologies such as Scrum or Kanban and need a powerful tool to manage their project backlogs, releases, sprints, iterations and programs. They are often using different tools for planning, bug tracking and requirements which hampers the ability to see the status of their project in one place.

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Why You Should Join Our Technology and Innovation Meet-up Group

July 14, 2017

If you are a software company, like us, building and releasing software is pretty much up there with coffee, chocolate, and Game of Thrones. But our digital fortress could no longer contain our desire to make new friends in our own neighborhood of Silver Spring, MD. And while there is no shortage of #awesome Meet-Up groups and Eventbrite get-togethers in DC/MD/VA area, we are using our resources to make software testing fun and accessible for everyone who is interested locally. 

 

We are weaving a web of community connections through our regular coder internship program, our webinar series, and through our meetup group - Technology and Innovation Meet-up Group in Silver Spring, MA.

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Getting Smart With Inflectra

February 13, 2017

Remember when we asked you for your ideas for how we can help your career? Well, we had a great response, and the clear winner was for us to provide tools to help you become trained and certified in our products. Working with our colleagues at Agile Training Champions, we have developed an initial course list for our products.

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Management Debt: The Costs of Non-delivery and Non-conformance

February 7, 2017

The principles of lean have always focused on maximizing the value delivery. In fact, the Japanese term Muda (Arnheiter & Maleyeff, 2005) refers to the seven different types of wastes that one should remove. In this guest post from our agile transformation partner Sriram Rajagopalan, we discuss the types of waste that can be eliminated using a Lean methodology, and the role of Management Debt in perpetuating wasteful practices.

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Inflectra Gives Back! Agile Training Champion at Your Service

February 1, 2017

As part of Inflectra’s commitment to corporate social responsibility, we are developing fresh and innovative approaches to giving back to our global user community as well as to our local community in DC metropolitan area.  

Along with our internship program, announced in January 2017, Inflectra is expanding its training capabilities in order to offer our fans an array of virtual resources to meet their software development needs. Furthermore, while our users are spread widely across the world, we, at Inflectra, see a great value in forging North to South cooperation and skills-transfer to build our follower base in the global South. In an increasingly globalized world, we are using multiple social media channels to reach and engage tech-savvy youth of various backgrounds everywhere.

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Inside the 2016 Agile Open Florida Conference

December 5, 2016

The 2016 Agile Open Florida conference in Orlando, FL was a welcome escape from the chill in DC, especially after a long and taxing 2016 election season. The event, co-sponsored by Inflectra, brought together the Agile community in Florida and showcased products and services offered by Inflectra, as well as its partner - OAT Solutions / Brazil. Special thanks go to Álvaro D'Alessandro for setting us up with a booth and equipment and making the Inflectra Team feel at home in Florida.
For those who could not make it to the conference, here is an official write up of the conference.

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Why Have a Separate Quality & Agile System?

September 18, 2015

In the mail today a copy of the latest SD Times magazine arrived. It included an advert from HP about their separate QualityCenter (QC) and Agile Manager Products. The ad made us think... "why integrate these two tools when SpiraTeam can do all of  the work in one easy to use system".

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Learn about Agile Project Management & Testing from Inflectra

August 28, 2015

Thanks to everyone to came by our booth at the Agile2015 conference here in Washington, DC. We enjoyed meeting you and learning about how you have been innovating and adopting agile methodologies. It was great to be able to demonstrate SpiraTeam and Rapise and get your feedback on how best to improve our ALM and testing solutions to better meet your needs!

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Reflections on Agile2015 So Far

August 5, 2015

It has been a great conference so far, thanks to everyone who's stopped by to learn about Inflectra and our products. We have had some great conversations with Agile practitioners, including someone suggesting that the term lifecycle should be replaced with 'IdeaCycle' to better reflect the agile ethos. What follows are some reflections on what we've seen and learned.

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Agile2015 Conference in Washington, DC - Hope to See You There!

July 29, 2015

We're looking forward to seeing you at the Agile Alliance Agile2015 conference next week in Washington DC's National Harbor Conference Center. The conference runs from August 3rd - 7th and we'll have a booth there where you can see our products (SpiraTeam, Rapise, KronoDesk, TaraVault) in action as well as meet some of the faces behind Inflectra.

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An Introduction to Task Boards

July 2, 2015

The Task Board is perhaps the single most useful device that can be used on Agile projects and is the focal point for the stand-up meeting or Scrum. Typically, a Task Board displays only information pertinent to the current sprint and will be cleared off before the next sprint begins. Read More

The Meaning of ‘Done’

June 19, 2015

“Is it done?” A question with possibly dangerous answers, at least where cooking is concerned. With software development an incorrect “Yes” could mean customers get low quality, buggy software Read More

Test-Driven Development (TDD) is Not Dead

June 4, 2015

There has recently been an outbreak of criticism of TDD, to the point where some have claimed that TDD is dead! Is this a real reflection of trends in testing practice, or noise intended to draw attention? Read this article to find out! Read More

Agile Project Management with SpiraPlan & SpiraTeam

May 25, 2015

Are you planning on moving to an agile methodology such as Scrum or Kanban? Are you already using agile methods but need a better way to scale your process? This article explains how SpiraPlan and SpiraTeam can help you better plan, estimate and manage your agile projects. Read More

Can Use Cases Replace User Stories?

May 20, 2015

User Stories are often characterized by relatively short, uncomplicated and informal descriptions, whereas Use Cases are often longer, more formally structured descriptions of not only the user need but also other details. Can Use Cases strike a balance between the need for agility and the need for more information, and if so, how? Read More

Beyond the Document Paradigm – part 2

May 7, 2015

When making the transition from document-oriented information storage to record-oriented information management tools, there are a number of problems which can make the process difficult, or even unsuccessful. This second part of our series explains how such pitfalls can occur. Read More

Beyond the Document Paradigm – Part 1

May 5, 2015

Have you ever tried to write a letter in a spreadsheet? Ridiculous idea, right? Or perhaps you’ve tried to do the opposite and store discrete, record-oriented information in a word processor? It can be done using tables, but it’s easier with a spreadsheet. Read More

User Story Normalization

April 24, 2015

Traditional software development estimating techniques are slow, long lasting exercises and as such are totally unsuited to Agile processes. New methods of estimating have emerged which fit the Agile model, requiring minimal effort to provide ‘just enough’ information to support prioritization and decision making. The popular unit of measurement for Agile sizing is the Story Point. Read More

Why I Buy from Agile Developers!

March 26, 2015

If you use software tools, and who doesn’t, you probably want to get the best possible customer support and service to go with it. I include ‘service’ here because I want to consider more than just whether the company has a support hot line. It is important to me that vendors listen to me when I make suggestions or recommendations; that they provide help which is more than a telephone operator reading a script; and that they provide forums that enable me to interact with other users, sharing knowledge, tips and ideas. This would be support and service.

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User Story Testability

March 5, 2015

The language used to define user stories in Agile projects tends to be less prescriptive than that in traditional projects. This means that many developers and testers assume that this means that they are often less testable, when in fact the reverse is true. This article explains why. Read More

How to Succeed with Software Tools – Part 6

January 14, 2015

In this series of blog articles we examine some of the essential factors required for the successful implementation and use of software tools. In today's article we look at the danger of actually using too many tools or using such tools inappropriately. Read More

How to Succeed with Software Tools – Part 5

January 7, 2015

In this series of blog articles we examine some of the essential factors required for the successful implementation and use of software tools. In today's article we look at the importance of process and how the success or failure of a new tool can depend greatly on the process that has been put in place. Read More

How to Succeed with Software Tools – Part 1

December 3, 2014

The introduction of a new tool to a project or organization can be a stressful time for all involved. Not only does a new tool bring with it a learning curve for users to get up to speed on the product, it almost certainly demands some kind of change to existing processes. One serious mistake often made during this time is focusing too much on that previous process. Read More

Agile - Is Constant Process Improvement Imperative?

November 12, 2014

In this post we continue our examination of various Agile methodology ideas and ask whether they are valid or whether they are in fact, industry myths. Next on the chopping block - do you need to have constant process improvement to be agile? Read More

Process is not Important in Agile Projects (Myth 5)

October 28, 2014

In this item we continue our examination of various Agile methodology ideas and ask whether they are valid or whether they are in fact, industry myths. Do agile methodologies promote the idea that process is unimportant? Read More

Agile Myths - Part 4

October 15, 2014

Today we look at whether test-driven development (TDD) a good technique for specifying how a user story should operate, and whether it means that user story is fully tested (hint: these do not have the same answer!) Read More

An Introduction to Task Boards

October 7, 2014

The Task Board is perhaps the single most useful device that can be used on Agile projects and is the focal point for the stand-up meeting or Scrum. Typically, a Task Board displays only information pertinent to the current sprint and will be cleared off before the next sprint begins. Read More

Agile Myths - Part 3

September 9, 2014

In this item we continue our examination of various Agile methodology ideas and ask whether they are valid or whether they are in fact, industry myths. Read More

Agile Myths - Part 2

September 2, 2014

In this item we continue our examination of various Agile methodology ideas and ask whether they are valid or whether they are in fact, industry myths. Read More

Estimating Agile Projects

August 26, 2014

Traditional software development estimating techniques are slow, long lasting exercises and as such are totally unsuited to Agile processes. New methods of estimating have emerged which fit the Agile model, requiring minimal effort to provide ‘just enough’ information to support prioritization and decision making. The popular unit of measurement for Agile sizing is the Story Point. Read More

Agile Myths - Part 1

August 19, 2014

The enthusiasm these days for Agile development is rightly deserved, but with so much being written and said about Agile development, there should be room for healthy debate. While Agile development has proven to be a huge step forward and the right approach for many projects, it is important to continue to ask questions in order that we don’t start to endorse the bad along with the good. We don’t want to throw the baby out with the bathwater, but we can’t keep the bathwater just to avoid the risk of doing so. An occasional examination of principles being promoted and used within the industry helps to maintain Agile methods as the best alternative to traditional development practices for many projects.

In this series of blog postings we shall discuss some of the characteristics of various Agile methodologies and ask whether the ideas are valid or whether they are in fact, industry myths.

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Which Agile Methodology is Right for Me?

August 15, 2014

With all the Agile methods out there, how does someone with traditional waterfall or v-model experience begin to understand each? Which methods are truly Agile and which are not? What are the defining characteristics of each Agile method, as well as those not quite so Agile? What are the benefits of using each Agile method and what are some of the drawbacks? Read More

Lessons on Agile and Crowdsourced QA from the Dial-Up Days

August 8, 2014

This article discusses some of the earliest attempts at crowdsourced QA and extreme agile development that predate the agile manifesto and where they went wrong. Read More

Infrastructure Isn't Free - So Who Pays?

August 5, 2014

When I collected my last car from the dealership, the salesman proudly showed me under the hood. The engine was tightly packed into the available space with no separately recognizable components and it was noticeably clean. Despite his apparent pride in its power, as he quoted a list of figures representing liters, horsepower and torque, all I was thinking about was getting behind the wheel and driving away.

When he finally got around to the interior I had all but forgotten that the car even had an engine. I know I am not alone in my attitude when it comes to cars for while there are those who love to get down-and-dirty with the internal workings of the internal combustion engine, most of us just want to drive it.

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Is There Such a Thing as Extreme Agile Programming?

July 21, 2014

Extreme Programming (XP) is one of the more popular Agile Development methodologies, and for very good reason. It advocates short, rapid iterations, constant customer contribution and frequent testing. But let us consider the foundation of Extreme Programming, which is to identify all the positive aspects of software programming techniques and take them to their extreme; the idea being that you can’t have too much of a good thing. For example, if tests help find defects, why not test all the time?

If we consider Agile methods generally, (not XP specifically) to also be a combination of good ideas, XP would tell us to take those ideas to their extreme; could we do that and create “Extreme Agile Programming (EAP)”? Or would we be trying to swallow our own tail? Let’s consider some Agile principles and find out.

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Is Agile Product Management Dead?

July 8, 2014

The Product Manager role (unlike that of the project manager) is arguably the least well understood of all the software project development disciplines and varies greatly in definition and implementation from one organization to another. This blog discusses how the role of the product manager has been changed by the move to agile methodologies such as Scrum and Kanban. Read More

Agile Waterfalls (Part 2)

June 19, 2014

For companies making the transition from traditional linear / phased methodologies (often called waterfall methodologies because of how they look like a series of waterfalls with arrows between them), to agile methodologies such as Scrum or Kanban, there is often a question of how make their methodology "more agile" without completely changing everything all at once. This two-part entry describes how you can embrace agile in an iterative or agile manner. Read More

Agile Waterfalls (Part 1)

June 17, 2014

For companies making the transition from traditional linear / phased methodologies (often called waterfall methodologies because of how they look like a series of waterfalls with arrows between them), to agile methodologies such as Scrum or Kanban, there is often a question of how make their methodology "more agile" without completely changing everything all at once. This two-part entry describes how you can embrace agile in an iterative or agile manner. Read More

What is a Software Defect?

May 2, 2014

I doubt most people would struggle to answer the question, “What is a defect?” After all, we know what a defect looks like when we come across it, don’t we? “The system has encountered an unexpected error and must shut down,” is a message that leaves us in no doubt that there must be a defect in there somewhere. But knowing a defect when we see one is very different from being able to define what ‘defect’ actually means. Read More

Agile is Nothing New

April 23, 2014

When we talk proudly of adopting Agile processes for our projects, why do we do so with a somewhat superior air over the old tried and trusted methods of software development? Read More

Documenting Requirements in Agile Projects

April 1, 2014

(aka The Changing Role of the Modern Father)

One of the difficulties of moving from waterfall to an Agile development process is the breaking down of silos of responsibility, including that of the product owner. No longer the deliverer of the requirements 'master-specification', the product owner now participates throughout the entire process, sharing the requirements management task and taking on new, varied and, sometimes unexpected, responsibilities.

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Scrum and Kanban - Siblings or Cousins?

March 26, 2014

While there are multiple Agile software development methods, they have more in common with one another than they do the waterfall method, which they seek to replace. Read More

Agile Techniques in Maintenance Environments

March 4, 2014

I'd like to address the question, 'Can Agile techniques be used in maintenance environments?' The short answer is, 'yes', and the long answer is, 'yes, sort of.' The reality of the situation is far more nuanced than either of those answers, so let's look at the issues in more detail. I don't intend to make this a comprehensive review, but just brief look at some of the issues to get us going. Read More

Testing in Agile Projects: Familiarity Breeds Consent

February 6, 2014

The testing function in Agile projects should not be confused with the Quality Assurance function. If we are not careful, the Agile philosophy will conflate the two, with potentially disastrous results. Read More