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Jill Stott

Agile testing, Software Development, Testing

Defects: Find Them Early, Fix Them Fast

“Most defects end up costing more than it would have cost to prevent them. Defects...

estimating, sprint planning, user stories

Stop Adding Tasks to User Stories

Creating tasks for each user story before implementation may seem like it is adding value...

Facilitation, Meetings, Productivity

End Meeting Insanity! Learn to Facilitate

What is the biggest time-waster in your job? If you said “unproductive meetings,” then you...

DevOps

The Four Ultimate DevOps Don’t’s

Don’t put DevOps in a box Don’t ignore culture Don’t under-invest in automation Don’t bogart...

Kanban, Productivity

If You’re Not Using This #1 Kanban Strategy, You’re Losing Time and Money

“Start stopping and start finishing” is the ultimate way to increase efficiency. And yet, none...

Agile testing

Fiction, Not Fantasy: A Cautionary Tale About Testing

Many managers think that if they send everyone to a Scrum training and then assign...

efficiency, Kanban metrics, Lead time

The Two Most Valuable Agile Metrics

Spoiler alert: the most valuable Agile metrics are lead time and flow efficiency. First off,...

Agile, Software Development, Sub-optimization, Testing

Optimize the Whole: Lessons From a Past Tester

Sub-optimization happens when we apply an improvement measure or process to one component of a...

Agile, Agile resolutions, Productivity

4 Agile Resolutions to Make 2021 Your Best Year Yet

2020. A year I can’t wait to see go and never return. In 2020 most...

Agile Transformation, Coaching

Agile Coaching 101

What is Agile Coaching? Years ago, whenever I heard the word “coach,” I imagined people...

Agile Isn’t Just for IT; It’s for You Too

In 2001, a group of men from various software development companies met to discuss and...

Agile, Project Management, Sub-optimization

Using Agile to Create a Mentally Healthy Workplace

Val sat down in the kickoff meeting for the upcoming project. The project manager proudly...