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Socrates' Triple Filter Test
Backbiting is an insidious problem. Imagine if a colleague spoke ill of someone that you were about to meet for the first time, at the start of a new project for example. "Oh, Joe! Let me tell about Joe … he's such a Wood Duck … he did blah blah blah in his last team … ". How does that affect your initial impressions and interactions with Joe?  Socrates, a mere two and half thousand year…

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Would you prefer coaching or coaching?
I ran an agile coaching course recently and, naturally, we spoke a lot about coaching. We ran through a lot of different techniques and approaches to coaching people in agile teams, but we discovered that both “coaching” and “agile” might mean different things to different people in different teams. Then someone asked how they would know when to apply different approaches to coaching. The answer we…

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Exploratory Testing is now LiveOnline
In September, SoftEd launches a brand-new program – LiveOnline Exploratory Testing.   We talk with Practice Lead, Toby Thompson about the course. Why is the course delivered virtually?We’re delighted to offer this program as a LiveOnline course.   The course is delivered in a virtual environment with an experienced trainer and a range of participants much like you would see in a traditional…

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What does DevOps really mean? Part 2
Explanations of the differences between the various “new” patterns and practices in software development can be found all over the internet. The Agile Manifesto, Humble and Farley, Allspaw and Hammond and dozens of other seminal publications contain the ideas, and the free and open source movement has ensured that the ideas are distributed widely and quickly. Here’s a quick description of some of…

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What does DevOps really mean? Part 1
The DevOps movement has produced many benefits in a short time: shorter lead times, greater intra-organisational communication, smaller feedback loops and more productive teams. It has also produced many myths and misconceptions. Here’s a few that I’ve encountered recently.  Of the organisations[1] I’ve worked with that use the DevOps label, the one that works closest to the original definition…

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SoftEd sponsor Southern Fried Agile
SoftEd is delighted to be a gold sponsor at the Southern Fried Agile Conference in Charlotte on 30 November 2017. The Southern Fried Agile Conference brings together analysts, developers, executives, ScrumMasters, coaches, and delivery teams for a day of learning and networking.   

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