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How to Establish Peace to the QA vs Dev Battle

Have you ever noticed how, when QA reports a “defect” developers tend to bristle?  I first noticed this in myself a few years ago.  Now that I’m functioning as a Scrum coach, I’m noticing it in others. Is there a way to have some kind of quality checking in our code that doesn’t make the whole process feel so adversarial?  I think so.

I believe there are some adjustments that need to be made organizationally and personally that will bring these two groups together.

But first, why does this problem exist in the first place?

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How to Estimate Software Projects Like a Pro

We’ve all been there.  Either at the micro level or at the macro level.  Business wants to know, “How much is this going to cost me?”  And as software developers, we all know the answer is, “more than you were expecting.”  We also know that whatever number we give will probably be wrong for a number of reasons.  Chief among them is that no one really knows what they want until they see it.

And yet, there has to be some way of providing business what they need and still allowing for unknowns.

So what follows are a few tips on estimating that help you estimate software projects like a pro.

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10 Reasons Projects Succeed

We’ll get to Reasons Projects Succeed soon, but I need to do some setup work first.

I’ve been thinking about starting an Open Source project for a while.  The only issue was; I didn’t have an idea for a project that didn’t already exist.  Now I do.  So, I’ve begun the process.

The issue with starting a project like this is that I would much rather just start coding.  In fact, I would much rather not even make this Open Source.  But making it Open Source has forced me to face project management issues head on.

I’ve been listening to enough podcast recently to know that putting something up on GitHub isn’t going to make a project Open Source any more than it will make it successful.  Therefor, I’ve decided to start the project as though it had a team of people already working on it.  It is a team of one for now.  But, one thing I’ve learned in life is that having the structure in place to handle a larger team now will not just benefit me in the future, but it will actually help my small little team of me today.

I’ve started looking at other successful Open Source projects to see what they are doing and to determine what components of what they are doing I want to include in my project.  As I’ve gone through this exercise, the thought occurred to me, “If the organizations I’ve worked for implemented half of what these projects implement, the projects would have been run so much more efficiently and the projects that were in trouble may have avoided the trouble.”

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Agile/Scrum Task Board for “Real Life”

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The agile “Task Board,” also known as a “Scrum Board” has become a staple of the agile programming world.

“Getting Things Done” (GTD) is a process for managing task in the business world.

I mostly like what GTD does, but the classic implementation doesn’t fit how I work.

But what if we could adapt the two?

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