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At AgilityFeat we are more than just designers and coders. We are also thought leaders. Our team has spoken at numerous conferences around the US, Europe, and Latin America. We are leading the way when it comes to applying agile methodologies to nearshore software development in Latin America. Our blog is where we share those lessons with you, as well as news about what our team is up to.

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The ideal agile team is…

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As a recovering agile coach*, I’m sometimes asked a question about the make up of an ideal agile team. The idea of having scrum teams around 7-9 people is well known. It’s also well known that they should be cross disciplinary, and tha...

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The ideal agile team is…

As a recovering agile coach*, I’m sometimes asked a question about the make up of an ideal agile team. The idea of having scrum teams around 7-9 people is well known. It’s also well known that they should be cross disciplinary, and that there are only 3 official team roles in Scrum: Scrummaster, Product Owner, […]

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Why you are as bad at Usability Testing as work...

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How are those New Year’s resolutions going? If it’s anything like mine, it’s probably not going quite as well as planned. You were really into your new goal for a couple of days, downloaded a new app to help you along, made some kind of plan, and ...

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Why you are as bad at Usability Testing as working out

How are those New Year’s resolutions going? If it’s anything like mine, it’s probably not going quite as well as planned. You were really into your new goal for a couple of days, downloaded a new app to help you along, made some kind of plan, and then life got busy. The old routine kicked […]

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5 reasons you’ll love to hate agile development

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If agile development were easy, everyone would be doing it. Or at least doing it better. On October 18th AgilityFeat CEO/Founder Arin Sime (that’s me) is presenting at InnovateVirginia on “5 reasons you’ll love to hate agile deve...

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5 reasons you’ll love to hate agile development

If agile development were easy, everyone would be doing it. Or at least doing it better. On October 18th AgilityFeat CEO/Founder Arin Sime (that’s me) is presenting at InnovateVirginia on “5 reasons you’ll love to hate agile development.” In this talk I go beyond the hype about faster and more efficient software development teams and […]

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6 ways your architecture can hurt agility

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When I do agile coaching for our clients, I hear a lot of Yesbuts. That’s when I say something that agile teams are supposed to do (like short iterations or frequent releases), and the client says “Yes, but…” There are alwa...

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6 ways your architecture can hurt agility

When I do agile coaching for our clients, I hear a lot of Yesbuts. That’s when I say something that agile teams are supposed to do (like short iterations or frequent releases), and the client says “Yes, but…” There are always lots of reasons (or excuses) why a client won’t buy into agile principles right […]

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Feb 28: News from the Startup Front

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How’s your year going? Ours has been crazy-busy. That means we haven’t blogged as much as we’d like over the last month, but nonetheless we’ve got some important and hard-learned lessons to share with you. We’ve just gone through a period of inten...

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Feb 28: News from the Startup Front

How’s your year going? Ours has been crazy-busy. That means we haven’t blogged as much as we’d like over the last month, but nonetheless we’ve got some important and hard-learned lessons to share with you. We’ve just gone through a period of intense deadlines and some long weekends at AgilityFeat, but we made it to [...]

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4 ways Perfection is killing you

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Whether you are a bleeding edge startup or a large corporation running agile teams, here are four ways that you may be abusing agile concepts and letting perfection kill your chances of success. Product Owner Perfection In an agile team, the Produ...

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4 ways Perfection is killing you

Whether you are a bleeding edge startup or a large corporation running agile teams, here are four ways that you may be abusing agile concepts and letting perfection kill your chances of success. Product Owner Perfection In an agile team, the Product Owner (PO) is the “voice of the customer” to the development team.  They [...]

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A #leanstartup and #agile tour of @Twilio

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Who’s ever heard of a telecom lean startup? That’s sort of what Twilio is, and it’s a pretty cool company and interesting case study. When I attended the LeanStartup.co conference in San Francisco recently, one of the parts I was most excited abou...

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A #leanstartup and #agile tour of @Twilio

Who’s ever heard of a telecom lean startup? That’s sort of what Twilio is, and it’s a pretty cool company and interesting case study. When I attended the LeanStartup.co conference in San Francisco recently, one of the parts I was most excited about was the tour of area companies. The first tour that I did [...]

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Last day at the #AgileDevLab #Agile2012!

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Get your green now before it’s too late!  Green Cucumber tests, that is. This is the last day of the Agile Dev Lab at the Agile 2012 conference, where we are working on the website wishlisting.org for charities to use for very specific fundraising...

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Last day at the #AgileDevLab #Agile2012!

Get your green now before it’s too late!  Green Cucumber tests, that is. This is the last day of the Agile Dev Lab at the Agile 2012 conference, where we are working on the website wishlisting.org for charities to use for very specific fundraising needs.  Our beta client is AHIP, and you can donate online [...]

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#AgileDevLab open at #Agile2012 to support @AHI...

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The Agile Dev Lab is open for business at Agile 2012 in Dallas Texas!  This week we will be here from 9am-5pm Tuesday – Thursday doing Acceptance Test Driven Development (ATDD) with Cucumber and Ruby to build the website wishlisting.org for use by...

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#AgileDevLab open at #Agile2012 to support @AHIPVA!

The Agile Dev Lab is open for business at Agile 2012 in Dallas Texas!  This week we will be here from 9am-5pm Tuesday – Thursday doing Acceptance Test Driven Development (ATDD) with Cucumber and Ruby to build the website wishlisting.org for use by non profits.  Look for us next to the big quilt in the [...]

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ATDD Kickstart coming to Washington DC in June!

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June 4-5, 2012 Washington, DC   DETAILS/REGISTRATION For information on other dates blog.agilityfeat.com/atdd-kickstart/ AgilityFeat is proud to be partnering with Lithespeed on our ATDD Kickstart classes, and so we’re pleased to announce an upcom...

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ATDD Kickstart coming to Washington DC in June!

June 4-5, 2012 Washington, DC   DETAILS/REGISTRATION For information on other dates blog.agilityfeat.com/atdd-kickstart/ AgilityFeat is proud to be partnering with Lithespeed on our ATDD Kickstart classes, and so we’re pleased to announce an upcoming course near Washington DC! This class is designed to take your team from zero to test automation using Cucumber in a [...]

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Dave Haeffner to speak on Selenium at #Agile2012

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Congratulations to Dave Haeffner for having his Agile 2012 submission “Selenium Users Anonymous” accepted!  Dave will be leading a “counseling” session for Selenium users at Agile 2012 in Dallas.  The conference is from August 13 – 17 2012 and you...

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Dave Haeffner to speak on Selenium at #Agile2012

Congratulations to Dave Haeffner for having his Agile 2012 submission “Selenium Users Anonymous” accepted!  Dave will be leading a “counseling” session for Selenium users at Agile 2012 in Dallas.  The conference is from August 13 – 17 2012 and you can get more information at agile2012.agilealliance.org. Dave Haeffner is the Chief Quality Officer at AgilityFeat, [...]

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Course Announcement: ATDD Kick-Start with Cucum...

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Dave Haeffner and I are proud to announce a new workshop on Acceptance Test Driven Development using Cucumber and Ruby that we are offering in 2012.  The workshop will initially be taught as private courses to companies, so if you are interested i...

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Course Announcement: ATDD Kick-Start with Cucumber and Ruby

Dave Haeffner and I are proud to announce a new workshop on Acceptance Test Driven Development using Cucumber and Ruby that we are offering in 2012.  The workshop will initially be taught as private courses to companies, so if you are interested in a quote, please contact me at Arin@AgilityFeat.com or 434.996.5226. ATDD Kick-Start with [...]

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Don’t discard TDD in the cloud

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Developing software for the cloud can make test-driven development more complicated, but not impossible. In this article that I wrote for TechWell.com and StickyMinds.com, I offer advice for continuing good development practices in the face of cha...

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Don’t discard TDD in the cloud

Developing software for the cloud can make test-driven development more complicated, but not impossible. In this article that I wrote for TechWell.com and StickyMinds.com, I offer advice for continuing good development practices in the face of challenges from cloud hosting and distributed computing. To see the article, visit either site: TechWell.com or StickyMinds.com Bookmark It [...]

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4 Tips For Automating Your Acceptance Tests

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This article was published in Sogeti’s QANews on September 30, 2011. See their article here Acceptance tests are a great way to improve collaboration between testers, developers, and customers. When all three parties agree ahead of time how ...

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4 Tips For Automating Your Acceptance Tests

This article was published in Sogeti’s QANews on September 30, 2011. See their article here Acceptance tests are a great way to improve collaboration between testers, developers, and customers. When all three parties agree ahead of time how to test the feature, it makes it more likely the developer will deliver working code. Automating those […]

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Speaking at Verify/ATI conference on Agile Testing

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On Wednesday September 28th, I’ll be speaking at the Verify/ATI Conference 2011 in Arlington Virginia at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. According to the recently published schedule at the VerifyATI website, I’m in the 2:15-3:15 time slot. I&#...

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Speaking at Verify/ATI conference on Agile Testing

On Wednesday September 28th, I’ll be speaking at the Verify/ATI Conference 2011 in Arlington Virginia at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. According to the recently published schedule at the VerifyATI website, I’m in the 2:15-3:15 time slot. I’ll be leading a session in the Automated Tools & Implementations section on “Continuous Automated Browser Testing With Selenium […]

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Agile Database Testing

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Last month the QANews newsletter by Sogeti was released, and I was pleased to have an article I wrote on Agile Database Testing published in it.  I’ve reproduced the article below, and you can also see the original article here. Agile Databa...

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Agile Database Testing

Last month the QANews newsletter by Sogeti was released, and I was pleased to have an article I wrote on Agile Database Testing published in it.  I’ve reproduced the article below, and you can also see the original article here. Agile Database Testing Testing database changes Testing is rarely easy, and is more often thankless. […]

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