Archive for September 2021

How to Use Boards in Spira for Your Agile Ceremonies

September 28th, 2021

This is Part 3 of the larger paper on Good Agile Product Backlog by Dr. Sriram Rajagopalan, Enterprise Agile Evangelist, Inflectra.


Readers are recommended to review my earlier blogs in this series for context and to understand this blog better. The first part of the series focused on demystifying a good agile product backlog - emphasizing how a good product backlog promotes stakeholder alignment. The second part of the series focused on ensuring alignment between business stakeholders and the delivery team highlighting the need for the refined, risk-adjusted, and prioritized backlog. In this final blog of the trilogy, I will review the use of the planning and tracking boards in the four agile ceremonies.

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Using Spira Custom Reporting to Your Advantage

September 27th, 2021

Many times when working on delivering a mission-critical software project, you want to get a graph or report of some data that is not available in the built-in graphs or reports. For those times when you need a specific Key Performance Indicator (KPI) or other metric, Spira's custom reporting and custom graphing is your best friend. In this article we share come recent examples we've created for clients.

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Recap: JFTL French Testing Day in Paris, France

September 20th, 2021

As you know, it has been a difficult couple of years for event organizers, and most of the software testing, agile and devops events that we'd normally attend have either been cancelled or converted into virtual events. We all miss seeing our customers, partners and members of the tech community in person, and we look forward to future events in person. However we were very fortunate that the COVID situation in France was such that it allowed the annual French Testing Day - Journée Française des Tests Logiciels (JFTL) to take place in person for the first time since 2019.

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Understanding the Planning Board for Backlog Refinement

September 13th, 2021

This is Part 2 of the larger paper on Good Agile Product Backlog by Dr. Sriram Rajagopalan, Enterprise Agile Evangelist, Inflectra.


Our earlier blog about demystifying a good agile product backlog emphasizes how a good product backlog promotes stakeholder alignment. Emerging from the lean principles of attenuating waste and amplifying learning, Agile promotes a holistic view of the solution rather than just the technical system. So, any tool that incorporates backlog management should promote transparency of the backlog as well as committed items.

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Your Web App <> #TestBowl 2021 - Inflectra's Software Testing Challenge

September 4th, 2021

Are you working on a beta version of an app, software, or website that is ready for testing? Are you looking to avoid turning your customers into testers? We hear you, and we have a fun solution for you - bring your app/software or website to #TestBowl Christmas 2021 Edition!

As part of the Inflectra-run software testing competition - #TestBowl Xmas Edition on December 9, 2021, we offer to crowd-test your web app or software for free! 

Apply before December 1, 2021!

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Webinar Recap: Spira v6.11 - New Features and Enhancements

September 3rd, 2021

On September 1st, Inflectra hosted a webinar called Spira v6.11 - New Features and Enhancements. Adam Sandman, Inflectra's Director of Technology, covered the following topics in the live webinar:

  1. Multi-factor authentication

  2. New diagram, flowchart, and organization chart editor

  3. Agile planning board & task tracking enhancements

If you missed the webinar, we have a full recap below.

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When Microsoft Dynamics 365 Updates, Rapise Has You Covered!

September 1st, 2021

One of the biggest challenges with test automation is the maintenance of the tests. This is especially true when you automating complex third-party packaged SaaS applications that are updated monthly by the vendors. For example, when you are testing ERP or CRM applications such as Microsoft Dynamics 365, Salesforce, SAP or Oracle, you may have lots of customizations that you need to test. However the base product will be updated every month by the vendor so your automated tests are at the mercy of breaking changes in the core system.

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