Testing Business Ideas, By David Bland

Mind the Product

David Bland, co-author of Testing Business Ideas, spoke about his process in writing his book. True to his craft, he tested the content of his book as it was written. The post Testing Business Ideas, By David Bland appeared first on Mind the Product.

7 Common Types of Software Testing


Most developers have no clue about how testing is actually done, and how valuable the understanding of software testing basics can be for developers who really want to excel in their careers. 7 Software testing approaches that will make you a better developer. Black-box testing.


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Developing a Test Strategy for the Agile World


Test strategy is critical to the success of any testing effort – but where do you start? How you involve real users in beta testing? In our interview with Adam Satterfield , director of Testing and Quality at Anthem, we dive deeper into these questions and the importance of test strategy on the whole. We’ll also look at how beta testing fits into that and the value it brings to both testing professionals and the organizations they work for.

Scaled Agile – Why? When? How?

Modus Create

Agile at Scale, or Scaled Agile, is all the rage! When and who should implement Scaled Agile? Scaled Agile is a way for organizations with many teams to plan, coordinate, and track work on large initiatives. When should you consider Scaled Agile?

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Add User Tests to Your Agile Process: Reduce Risk in Shipping New Products

Agile has become the go-to methodology for companies that want to reduce the risk involved in shipping new products. But how do you prevent building items nobody wants? If you wait to get user feedback until after development, then you’ve waited too long.

Lipstick Agile

The Product Coalition

TL; DR: Lipstick Agile?—?Happiness Have you noticed how many people in the agile field are unhappy with their work situation? A situation where an organization already struggles doing agile, not to mention ‘becoming agile?’ This is what I call lipstick Agile.

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How QA Testing is Moving Up in Today’s Agile Value Chain


In the past, the core goal of testing is to find bugs and fix them. But the dynamics of IT and testing landscape have changed now. Agile QA approach and user experience driven development (UXDD) have taken modern software development and testing by storm. As a QA tester or manager, how you scale up your skills to match today’s innovative challenges is the key to improving testing productivity and advancing your career prospects. . New testing platforms.

Lean, Agile, & Design Thinking by Jeff Gothelf

Mind the Product

When you have one team learning Agile, another learning Lean, and yet another learning Design Thinking, how are you supposed to get to alignment? Jeff takes us through the basics of the three main frameworks – Agile, Lean, and Design Thinking – and then gives us a set of principles that can help us effectively meld them together. What is Agile Really About? The concept of Agile came out of frustration at the way software was delivered.

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Cargo Cult Agile

The Product Coalition

TL; DR: The Cargo Cult Agile Checklist for Download You want to know the state of agility in your organization? If the average number of checkboxes marked is higher than nine, then you are probably practicing cargo cult agile in one form or another. Cargo Cult Agile?—?A

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Need a Template? Here’s Your User Acceptance Testing Checklist


If you want to run a solid user acceptance test, you need a solid plan — but since you’re reading this, you probably knew that already. We created this user acceptance testing checklist to help you navigate all the moving pieces and get you testing like a pro.

How to Package and Price Embedded Analytics

Teams of agile developers race along the product. be able to capture in a proposed price, and it’s a good test. HOW TO PACKAGE & PRICE EMBEDDED ANALYTICS. Practical Frameworks to Monetize Embedded Analytics Table of Contents Embedding Analytics to Lift Value and Revenue.

Beta Testing Must Evolve to Support Agile and DevOps


As teams introduce Agile and DevOps development practices that emphasize continuous release into their organizations, they’ve taken massive strides to improve the speed and velocity of software development. And those legacy software testing processes that are unable or unwilling to do so are at risk of being replaced. The same rule applies to beta testing. Is traditional beta testing at risk? Beta testing has been around for decades.

Agile Product Management – You Asked, We Answered

280 Group

General Use of Agile – My perception is that Agile is being? How extensively is Agile being used for non-software products? Agile, which is really empirical process control, has been embraced well beyond the software world. Campbell Soup recently used agile strategies to launch a new Epic Crunch Goldfish cracker in nine months, much more quickly than usual.” You can read about it here: Are You Agile Enough for Agile Management? Tests?

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Testing Business Ideas – David Bland on The Product Experience

Mind the Product

David Bland is the CEO and Founder of Precoil, an author, and a long-time practitioner of agile and lean startup. He joined us on the podcast to talk about how to create focus around what matters to your users by using different testing methodologies – a topic he and Alex Osterwalder cover in their book, Testing Business Ideas. Testing business ideas. Testing Business Ideas, by David Bland and Alex Osterwalder: US , UK , DE. Testing business ideas.

When you Look but Don’t see: Agile as Performance

Mind the Product

He showed me that I was too concerned with passing the test, and not with driving safely. This clicked strongly with me, and from that point forward I made safety my first priority, rather than passing the test. (I Fast forward a few weeks to Mind the Product Singapore’s conference, and Jeff Gothelf’s brilliant keynote speech titled Lean, Agile, & Design Thinking: Principles over Process. Simple Values of Agile and Lean.

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Business Agile: A Roadmap for Transforming Your Management & Adapting to the VUCA Environment

Speaker: Peter Taylor, Speaker/Author, The Lazy Project Manager

Businesses everywhere are trying to “get business agile”—but it’s not easy to adapt to becoming this adaptive. How can conventional organizations succeed in this transformation? In this webinar, Peter Taylor will walk through the change process step by step, and look at a tried and tested transformation roadmap: benefits are outlined, solutions to common challenges offered, and tried and tested methods and tools provided. It will be a guide towards a decentralized and management style that offers more successful decision making through collaboration.

An Agile Project to Enable Social Distancing: a Case Study

Mind the Product

We tested the code very, very quickly – and if I’m honest I would have liked to have spent longer on testing. But during this crisis, agility is key, and a motivated team is crucial. The post An Agile Project to Enable Social Distancing: a Case Study appeared first on Mind the Product. Agile Product Development Guest Post Product Management Skills Agile Development COVID-19 product management rapid development

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What Lifecycle or Agile Approach Fits Your Context? Part 6, Create Your Agile Approach

Johanna Rothman

I discussed the origins of the agile approaches in Part 5. In this post, I'll discuss how you can create an agile approach that fits your context. Why should you create your own agile approach? You deserve an agile approach that helps you achieve the business outcomes you need.

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How to design a Remote Unmoderated Usability Test


Remote unmoderated usability testing is a flexible and versatile methodology that caters to various research needs. Remote unmoderated research is a method for testing websites, prototypes and mobile applications using a software tool. Because the data collection is remote, asynchronous, and automated, results can be collected quickly making the methodology well suited for an agile development environment. How to run a remote unmoderated usability test.

The 3 Big C’s of Agile Development and Testing

Amir Rozenberg

In the age of Agile and Digital Transformation strategies, every brand is looking to set themselves apart. What’s commonly known is that acceleration can come in the form of adopting an agile process: highly independent dev teams who are responsible for a feature or area of the code and delivering incremental functionality from design to production. Using test automation, they are able to ensure the integration actually works.

All Method, No Madness: Guiding Agile Teams Through Testing

Speaker: Amanda Stockwell, President of Stockwell Strategy

Many Product Managers feel quality user research can't keep up with the fast-paced culture of agile teams. However, if you're willing to adapt the right way, you don't have to sacrifice agility or user insights. Using the right strategy, your agile team will collect qualitative data, interpret it, and integrate it effectively. Join Amanda Stockwell, President of Stockwell Strategy, as she presents common issues agile teams have with incorporating research, and how to solve them.

How Design Thinking, Lean, and Agile Work Together by Jonny Schneider

Mind the Product

In this keynote from #mtpcon London, Jonny Schneider, Product Strategy and Design Principal at ThoughtWorks, discusses how using all of design thinking, agile, and lean means we can build better products. Key points: You should try to use design thinking, agile and lean when building your products. Testing and learning with real people, using real software in real contexts, is the key to competitive advantage. Agile – helps us to build the thing right.

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What Lifecycle or Agile Approach Fits Your Context? Part 5, Origins of Agile Approaches

Johanna Rothman

The original signatories of the Manifesto for Agile Software Development wanted to solve these specific problems: How can we: Bring more adaptability to software development? If you read these books, you could understand project-based agility. However, many people wanted “the recipe” for agility. And, they wanted to be recognized for their agile accomplishments. Certifications Changed How We Think of Agile Approaches.

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The Agile Illusion

Product Warrior

I expect most people reading this now would say “we are agile”. The nasty truth is that very few companies are agile, it is a big illusion, and it is stalling your company and your growth. Companies who are agile stand out above the others with innovation and market share.

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AI and the Future of Testing


Whether it’s the rise of AI, CI/CD, or DevOps, the lines between testing and development are blurring. But as testing methodologies evolve and bleed into development, professional testers are questioning how this evolution will affect their role in product development. In our interview with Jason Arbon , CEO of Test.ai, we dive deeper into the future of testing and how people running tests can adapt to imminent technological changes.

Using Continuous Customer Testing for Pandemic-Proof Product Success

Speaker: Luke Freiler, CEO and co-founder of Centercode

After weathering recessions with a wide range of iconic customers, CEO and Product Manager Luke Freiler has seen first hand the impact the Voice of the Customer has had in making or breaking tech companies during hard times. He's going to walk you through an agile process for continuous customer testing that saves you time and gives you full confidence in your products — no matter how many you're sending out the door this year.

Localization testing: why does your app, game, or website need it?

The Product Coalition

And that’s why localization testing exists: to prevent these very situations. Localization testing is usually not the first thing that development companies consider. Let’s take a closer look at localization testing, what the most essential steps are, and why you need it.

Remote Agile Transitions

The Product Coalition

TL; DR: Remote Agile Transitions We are used to saying the Scrum is a perfect probe for organizations, as it will reliably discover all dysfunctionalities. Since the pandemic has forced many of us to work remotely, this unique capability has been kicked into overdrive regarding remote agile transitions. Here are my top-10 challenges of organizational change that remote Agile has made more urgent to address than ever before. ?? Remote Agile Transitions?—?The

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Agile Laws & Distributed Teams

The Product Coalition

TL; DR: Agile Laws and Remote Agile On numerous occasions in the recent past, working with distributed agile teams has amplified existing organizational, technical, and cultural challenges in many organizations. In that respect, the current issues many distributed teams face may also act as accelerants to become more agile. Join the 25th Hands-on Agile meetup on August 20, 2020, to explore the virtual Ecocycle Planning. ?? Agile Laws?—?Conclusion

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What Lifecycle or Agile Approach Fits Your Context? Part 4, Iterative and Incremental but Not Agile Lifecycles

Johanna Rothman

Isn't every iterative and incremental approach an agile approach? We often hear agile approaches are a mindset. An agile approach requires a change in culture at the team level, at the portfolio level, and in management. At some point, the testers test.

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How To Build Data-Informed Products

Speaker: Tim Herbig, Director, iridion

As a product manager, you probably know specific ways to gather data to inform your product decisions, like the ever-popular A/B test. But as they say, you wouldn't put a round peg in a square hole. What about the times when it doesn't make sense to A/B test, because you have too small a sample size? Do you just do it anyway, because your company's product culture requires that you have those numbers? Tim Herbig will share his hands-on approach to working with analytics in agile product management. Tim will discuss the line between being data-informed versus data-driven. The audience will leave with an analysis toolkit filled with the right data tools for every scenario. Data validation won't be an issue again.

5 Steps To Test Your Product Ideas

The Product Coalition

design ux agile product-management startupWhen we have ideas, it’s like a piece of Playdoh. Follow these 5 steps to make the right decisions as a Product Manager. Continue reading on ProductCoalition.com ».

Packing for the Yellow Agile Brick Road: 5 Tips for A Successful Transition to Agile

Agile Velocity

Your organization has made the commitment to experiment with Agile or to go whole hog and do a “rip-the-band-aid-off” transformation. During this transition to Agile, you may be wondering, “What are we really in for?” . It is important that you learn the principles, values, and practices of an Agile way of working. This article is about the more elusive, yet essential things, you’ll need to take with you on your Agile journey. Change and transition to Agile.

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Announcing Agile 2.0.0 – The Newest and Bestest Agile Ever

Modus Create

Modus is pleased to announce Agile 2.0.0 We have taken agile to the power of two by applying Agile to Agile, and eliminating all the waste in software development. We are so taken with this new version of Agile that our entire team has collaborated on this article using modern Agile 2.0.0 Those things always get in the way, so Agile 2.0.0 It’s important in Agile 2.0.0 So Agile 2.0.0 So no more testing. Agile 2.0.0

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Agile Project Kickoffs

Johanna Rothman

Now that agile teams stay together, we can change the kickoff to more project-specific work. I wrote an article several years ago, Keys to Chartering an Agile Project. In Create Your Successful Agile Project , I suggested a reframe for the charter. Many new-to-agile-thinking teams want everything defined upfront. I often ask this question, “What will we do when we realize we don't have enough test automation to know the state of the product after each build?”

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Delta Testing in Modern Product Delivery on Pragmatic Live Podcast


Centercode CEO Luke Freiler recently sat down with VP of Marketing at Pragmatic Institute Rebecca Kalogeris to discuss the challenges of modern software development, and how continuous customer testing offers a solution to the quality gap in pre-release agile development. In this podcast, Luke talks strategies for bringing the voice of the customer into agile environments through delta testing , or ongoing Customer Validation. Get Your Free Guide to Delta Testing.

Agile Died While You Were Doing Your Standup

Mind the Product

Despite the successes Agile has brought us, it’s time to take the things we have learned from Agile and move on. Like the technology we use to build the products we love ages and gets left behind, Agile has died while we were perfecting our standup. Personally, I can’t stop thinking about the pain that this new reality – the one that comes after Agile – is going to cause a lot of enterprise companies. Agile isn’t to blame for this.

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Is Scrum Agile Enough?

Ask Benny

Too many times people confuse agile and scrum. Agile is a concept with principles that helps us develop software better, validate it as soon as we can, and bring value to our customers faster. Scrum is a valid and very popular framework for agile development. The Agile Manifesto.

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Three Ways to Stop Agile Death Marches

Johanna Rothman

And, in order to “finish” everything inside the timebox, you don't do any of these things: Refactor to simplify the code or the tests. Create automated tests. See Who's Playing Agile Schedule Games? ). No More Agile Death Marches.

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Three Common Beta Testing Tools That Eat Up Test Managers’ Time


The results of the 2018 Customer Validation Industry Survey backed up what we already knew: time is a precious commodity that test managers don’t have a lot of. Responses from over 300 companies showed how and where today’s testing professionals are spending their time. In particular, it revealed how the Beta Testing tools they use impact bandwidth and overall program effectiveness. Fifty-eight percent of survey respondents use email in test management.