The message conveyed in this work is that agility can be implemented anywhere . Accordingly, ten guidelines are presented for the adoption of agility to enable us to cope with changes in our lives, in our teams, and in our organizations. Since the authors advocate agility, the content is presented in the form of concise standalone chapters, allowing the reader to focus on the specific topic they wish to adopt in order to become agile.
Using Agile methods, you can bring far greater innovation, value, and quality to any data warehouse, business intelligence, or analytics project. However, conventional Agile methodologies must be carefully adapted to address the unique characteristics of DW/BI projects. In Agile Analytics , Agile pioneer Ken Collier shows how to do just that. Collier introduces platform-agnostic Agile solutions for integrating infrastructures consisting of diverse operational, legacy, and specialty systems that mix commercial and custom code. Using working examples, he shows how to manage analytics development teams with widely diverse skill sets; support enormous and fast-growing data volumes; and more. CollierÕs techniques offer equal value whether your projects involve Òback-endÓ data management, Ò front-endÓ business analysis, or both. Part I focuses on Agile project management techniques and delivery team coordination, introducing core practices that shape the way your agile DW/BI project community works together towards success Part II presents technical methods for enabling continuous delivery of business value at production-quality levels, including evolving superior designs; test-driven DW development; version control; and project automation Collier brings together proven solutions you can apply right nowÑwhether youÕre an IT decision-maker, data warehouse professional, DBA, business intelligence specialist, or database developer. With his help, you can mitigate project risk, improve business alignment, achieve better resultsÑand have fun along the way. Product Description Using Agile methods, you can bring far greater innovation, value, and quality to any data warehousing (DW), business intelligence (BI), or analytics project. However, conventional Agile methods must be carefully adapted to address the unique characteristics of DW/BI projects. In Agile Analytics, Agile pioneer Ken Collier shows how to do just that. Collier introduces platform-agnostic Agile solutions for integrating infrastructures consisting of diverse operational, legacy, and specialty systems that mix commercial and custom code. Using working examples, he shows how to manage analytics development teams with widely diverse skill sets and how to support enormous and fast-growing data volumes. Collier´s techniques offer optimal value whether your projects involve ´´back-end´´ data management, ´´front-end´´ business analysis, or both. Part I focuses on Agile project management techniques and delivery team coordination, introducing core practices that shape the way your Agile DW/BI project community can collaborate toward success Part II presents technical methods for enabling continuous delivery of business value at production-quality levels, including evolving superior designs; test-driven DW development; version control; and project automation Collier brings together proven solutions you can apply right now-whether you´re an IT decision-maker, data warehouse professional, database administrator, business intelligence specialist, or database developer. With his help, you can mitigate project risk, improve business alignment, achieve better results-and have fun along the way. Foreword by Jim Highsmith xv Foreword by Wayne Eckerson xvii Preface xix Acknowledgments xxxiii About the Author xxxv Part I: Agile Analytics: Management Methods 1 Chapter 1: Introducing Agile Analytics 3 Alpine-Style Systems Development 4 What Is Agile Analytics? 7 Data Warehousing Architectures and Skill Sets 13 Why Do We Need Agile Analytics? 16 Introducing FlixBuster Analytics 22 Wrap-Up 23 Chapter 2: Agile Project Management 25 What Is Agile Project Management? 26 Phased-Sequential DW/BI Development 30 Envision ? Explore Instead of Plan ? Do 32 Changing the Role of Project Management 35 Making Sense of Agile ?Flavors? 36 Tenets of Agility 39 Wrap-Up 56 Chapter 3: Community, Customers, and Collaboration 59 What Are Agile Community and Collaboration? 60 The Agile Community 64 A Continuum of Trust 67 The Mechanics of Collaboration 69 Consumer Collaboration 73 Doer Collaboration 77 Planner Collaboration 78 Precursors to Agility 80 Wrap-Up 82 Chapter 4: User Stories for BI Systems 85 What Are User Stories? 86 User Stories versus Requirements 89 From Roles to Use Cases to User Stories 92 Decomposing Epics 99 What?s the Smallest, Simplest Thing? 103 Story Prioritization and Backlog Management 107 Story-Point Estimating 111 Parking Lot Diagrams 117 Wrap-Up 119 Chapter 5: Self-Organizing
Dieses Buch zeigt, wie Sie erfolgreich agile Teams bilden und führen. Sie werden lernen, wie agile Vorgehensweisen funktionieren, wie Sie Ihr Team inspirieren und verbessern können und wie Sie es optimal durch den kompletten agilen Lebenszyklus begleiten - von der Projektplanung bis zum Entwickeln der Software. Sie erfahren darüber hinaus, was Sie vermeiden sollten, wenn Sie agile Vorgehensweisen in Ihrem Team einführen wollen und welche Wege effektiv zum Ziel führen. Am Ende jeden Kapitels finden Sie eine Checkliste typischer Hürden mit praktischen Tipps, wie Sie diese erfolgreich meistern können. Aus dem Inhalt: Was macht ein agiler Coach? Mit Menschen arbeiten Den Wandel einleiten Ein agiles Team aufbauen Das tägliche Standup Meeting Der Lebenszyklus einer User Story Vorausplanen Das Teamboard Fertig werden Die Entwicklung mit Tests unterstützen Sauberer Code Ergebnisse vorstellen Änderungen mit Retrospektiven unterstützen Entwickeln Sie sich
Discusses the underlying principles of agile software development and describes four specific agile methods: Scrum, extreme programming (XP), Lean, and Kanban, which each focus on a different area of development.
´´As Agile methods have entered the mainstream, we´ve learned a lot about how the testing discipline fits into Agile projects. Lisa and Janet give us a solid look at what to do, and what to avoid, in Agile testing.´´ -Ron Jeffries, www.XProgramming.com ´´An excellent introduction to agile and how it affects the software test community!´´ -Gerard Meszaros, Agile Practice Lead and Chief Test Strategist at Solution Frameworks, Inc., an agile coaching and lean software development consultancy ´´In sports and music, people know the importance of practicing technique until it becomes a part of the way they do things. This book is about some of the most fundamental techniques in software development-how to build quality into code-techniques that should become second nature to every development team. The book provides both broad and in-depth coverage of how to move testing to the front of the development process, along with a liberal sprinkling of real-life examples that bring the book to life.´´ -Mary Poppendieck, Author of Lean Software Development and Implementing Lean Software Development ´´Refreshingly pragmatic. Chock-full of wisdom. Absent of dogma. This book is a gamechanger. Every software professional should read it.´´ -Uncle Bob Martin, Object Mentor, Inc. ´´With Agile Testing , Lisa and Janet have used their holistic sensibility of testing to describe a culture shift for testers and teams willing to elevate their test effectiveness. The combination of real-life project experiences and specific techniques provide an excellent way to learn and adapt to continually changing project needs.´´ -Adam Geras, M.Sc. Developer-Tester, Ideaca Knowledge Services ´´On Agile projects, everyone seems to ask, ´But, what about testing?´ Is it the development team´s responsibility entirely, the testing team, or a collaborative effort between developers and testers? Or, ´How much testing should we automate?´ Lisa and Janet have written a book that finally answers these types of questions and more! Whether you´re a tester, developer, or manager, you´ll learn many great examples and stories from the real-world work experiences they´ve shared in this excellent book.´´ -Paul Duvall, CTO of Stelligent and co-author of Continuous Integration: Improving Software Quality and Reducing Risk ´´Finally a book for testers on Agile teams that acknowledges there is not just one right way! Agile Testing provides comprehensive coverage of the issues testers face when they move to Agile: from tools and metrics to roles and process. Illustrated with numerous stories and examples from many contributors, it gives a clear picture of what successful Agile testers are doing today.´´ -Bret Pettichord, Chief Technical Officer of WatirCraft and Lead Developer of Watir Testing is a key component of agile development. The widespread adoption of agile methods has brought the need for effective testing into the limelight, and agile projects have transformed the role of testers. Much of a tester´s function, however, remains largely misunderstood. What is the true role of a tester? Do agile teams actually need members with QA backgrounds? What does it really mean to be an ´´agile tester?´´ Two of the industry´s most experienced agile testing practitioners and consultants, Lisa Crispin and Janet Gregory, have teamed up to bring you the definitive answers to these questions and many others. In Agile Testing, Crispin and Gregory define agile testing and illustrate the tester´s role with examples from real agile teams. They teach you how to use the agile testing quadrants to identify what testing is needed, who should do it, and what tools might help. The book chronicles an agile software development iteration from the viewpoint of a tester and explains the seven key success factors of agile testing. Readers will come away from this book understanding How to get testers engaged in agile development Where testers and QA managers fit on an agile team What to look for when hiring an agile tester How to transition from a traditional cycle to agile development How to complete testing activities in short iterations How to use tests to successfully guide development How to overcome barriers to test automation This book is a must for agile testers, agile teams, their managers, and their customers. Product Description Te>Two of the industry?s most experienced agile testing practitioners and consultants, Lisa Crispin and Janet Gregory, have teamed up to bring you the definitive
The authors are renowned experts on the topic of testing in agile environments. They have remained very active and accessible in both the agile and testing communities since the publication of their first book. This shorter book supplements the lessons of its predecessor, and provides even more practical advice on how to successfully implement and manage a testing program in an agile setting. The book further defines agile testing and illustrates the tester?s role with contemporary examples from real agile teams. This book is another must for agile testers, agile teams, their managers, and their customers. Product Description Janet Gregory and Lisa Crispin pioneered the agile testing discipline with their previous work, Agile Testing . Now, in More Agile Testing, they reflect on all they?ve learned since. They address crucial emerging issues, share evolved agile practices, and cover key issues agile testers have asked to learn more about. Packed with new examples from real teams, this insightful guide offers detailed information about adapting agile testing for your environment; learning from experience and continually improving your test processes; scaling agile testing across teams; and overcoming the pitfalls of automated testing. You?ll find brand-new coverage of agile testing for the enterprise, distributed teams, mobile/embedded systems, regulated environments, data warehouse/BI systems, and DevOps practices. You?ll come away understanding ? How to clarify testing activities within the team ? Ways to collaborate with business experts to identify valuable features and deliver the right capabilities ? How to design automated tests for superior reliability and easier maintenance ? How agile team members can improve and expand their testing skills ? How to plan ?just enough,? balancing small increments with larger feature sets and the entire system ? How to use testing to identify and mitigate risks associated with your current agile processes and to prevent defects ? How to address challenges within your product or organizational context ? How to perform exploratory testing using ?personas? and ?tours? ? Exploratory testing approaches that engage the whole team, using test charters with session- and thread-based techniques ? How to bring new agile testers up to speed quickly?without overwhelming them The eBook edition of More Agile Testing also is available as part of a two-eBook collection, The Agile Testing Collection (9780134190624). Features + Benefits Codifies the latest thinking on testing for agile projects and builds upon the feedback received from the authors´ previous book Readers will come away from this book understanding how to get testers engaged in the agile development process Shows where testers and QA managers fit into the equation, and how the development and testing teams can work hand-in-hand on an agile project Another addition to the highly successful Mike Cohn Signature Series Foreword by Elisabeth Hendrickson xvii Foreword by Johanna Rothman xix Preface xxi Acknowledgments xxix About the Authors xxxiii About the Contributors xxxv Part I: Introduction 1 Chapter 1: How Agile Testing Has Evolved 3 Summary 6 Chapter 2: The Importance of Organizational Culture 7 Investing Time 8 The Importance of a Learning Culture 12 Fostering a Learning Culture 13 Transparency and Feedback Loops 15 Educating the Organization 17 Managing Testers 19 Summary 20 Part II: Learning for Better Testing 21 Chapter 3: Roles and Competencies 23 Competencies versus Roles 24 T-Shaped Skill Set 28 Generalizing Specialists 33 Hiring the Right People 36 Onboarding Testers 37 Summary 39 Chapter 4: Thinking Skills for Testing 41 Facilitating 42 Solving Problems 43 Giving and Receiving Feedback 45 Learning the Business Domain 46 Coaching and Listening Skills 48 Thinking Differently 49 Organizing 51 Collaborating 52 Summary 53 Chapter 5: Technical Awareness 55 Guiding Development with Examples 55 Automation and Coding Skills 56 General Technical Skills 59 Development Environments 59 Test Environments 60 Continuous Integration and Source Code Control Systems 62 Testing Quality Attributes 65 Test Design Techniques 67 Summary 67 Chapter 6: How to Learn 69 Learning Styles 69 Learning Resources 72 Time for Learning 77 Helping Others Learn 79 Summary 83 Part III: Planning?So You Don?t Forget the Big Picture 85 Chapter 7: Levels of Precision for Planning 87 Different Points of View 87 Planning for Regression Testing 97 Visualize What
Die meiste Literatur zu Scrum und Kanban befasst sich damit, die entsprechende Methode einzuführen. Doch was, wenn der Prozess bereits läuft und unerwartete Probleme auftauchen? Das Buch setzt genau hier an und stellt diverse Probleme dar, die bei einem laufenden agilen Prozess auftreten können, beleuchtet deren Hintergründe und zeigt Wege auf, wie diese Probleme behoben oder gar bereits im Voraus vermieden werden können.
Der Trend zu agilen Vorgehen ist ungebrochen Dieser Trend geht auch am Softwaretest nicht spurlos vorüber. Nachdem die Bedeutung des Tests in agilen Projekten unumstritten ist, treten jetzt vor allem die Professionalisierung und die Integration der einzelnen Mitarbeiter in den rollenübergreifenden Tätigkeiten des agilen Vorgehens in den Vordergrund. Die klassischen Rollenbilder des Tests verschwimmen und gehen ineinander über. Die Eigenverantwortung der Tester steigt. Für den klassischen Tester bedeutet dies eine Bereicherung und Aufwertung seiner Rolle, da er auch Aufgaben und Tätigkeiten anderer Professionen übernimmt. - Der Stellenwert des Teams - Die Crux mit den Werkzeugen in agilen Projekten - Die sieben schlechtesten Ideen für die Testautomatisierung - Testmethoden im agilen Umfeld - Tester: Generalist vs. Spezialist? Welches sind nun aber die Aufgaben des Softwaretests in agilen Projekten? Wie sind diese in unterschiedlichen agilen Vorgehensweisen - wie etwa Scrum oder Kanban - zu organisieren? Welche Bedeutung haben Testwerkzeuge in diesem Kontext? Wie grenzen sich die Verantwortlichkeiten gegeneinander ab oder wirken synergetisch zusammen? Auf diese sehr konkreten Fragen, die sich im operativen Projektgeschehen immer wieder stellen, liefert dieses Buch mögliche Antworten, ergänzt durch bewährte Ansätze aus der Praxis. Extra: E-Book inside
Are you attracted by the promises of agile methods but put off by the fanaticism of many agile texts? Would you like to know which agile techniques work, which ones do not matter much, and which ones will harm your projects? Then you need Agile! : the first exhaustive, objective review of agile principles, techniques and tools. Agile methods are one of the most important developments in software over the past decades, but also a surprising mix of the best and the worst. Until now every project and developer had to sort out the good ideas from the bad by themselves. This book spares you the pain. It offers both a thorough descriptive presentation of agile techniques and a perceptive analysis of their benefits and limitations. Agile! serves first as a primer on agile development : one chapter each introduces agile principles, roles, managerial practices, technical practices and artifacts. A separate chapter analyzes the four major agile methods: Extreme Programming, Lean Software, Scrum and Crystal. The accompanying critical analysis explains what you should retain and discard from agile ideas. It is based on Meyer´s thorough understanding of software engineering, and his extensive personal experience of programming and project management. He highlights the limitations of agile methods as well as their truly brilliant contributions - even those to which their own authors do not do full justice. Three important chapters precede the core discussion of agile ideas: an overview, serving as a concentrate of the entire book; a dissection of the intellectual devices used by agile authors; and a review of classical software engineering techniques, such as requirements analysis and lifecycle models, which agile methods criticize. The final chapters describe the precautions that a company should take during a transition to agile development and present an overall assessment of agile ideas. This is the first book to discuss agile methods, beyond the brouhaha, in the general context of modern software engineering. It is a key resource for projects that want to combine the best of established results and agile innovations.
Everything You Need to Know and Do to Coach Your Agile Project Team to Success! As an agile coach, you can help project teams become outstanding at agile development, creating products that make them proud and helping organizations reap the powerful benefits of teams that deliver both innovation and excellence. More and more frequently, ScrumMasters and project managers are being asked to coach agile teams. However, the role of coach is a challenging one that often doesn´t exist in traditional application development. Migrating from ´´command and control´´ to agile coaching requires new skills and a whole new mindset. In Coaching Agile Teams, leading agile coach Lyssa Adkins helps you master both so you can guide your agile teams to extraordinary performance. This practical book is packed with ideas, best practices, and checklists you can start using immediately. All of it reflects Adkins´s own hard-won experience transitioning to agile coaching from traditional, large-scale project management, including the remarkable lessons she´s learned from the teams she´s worked with. You´ll gain deep insight into the role of the agile coach, discover what works and what doesn´t, and learn how to adapt powerful skills from the fields of professional coaching and mentoring. Coverage includes * Understanding what it takes to be a great agile coach * Mastering all of the agile coach´s roles: teacher, mentor, problem solver, conflict navigator, and performance coach * Moving from agile team member or project leader to coach * Creating an environment where self-organized, high-performance teams can emerge * Coordinating collaboration * Evolving your leadership style as your team grows and changes * Staying actively engaged without dominating your team and stunting its growth * Operating in failure, recovery, and success modes * Getting the most out of your own personal agile coaching journey Whether you´re an agile coach, leader, trainer, mentor, facilitator, ScrumMaster, project manager, product owner, or team member, this book will help you become skilled at helping others become truly great. What could possibly be more rewarding?