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Exploratory Testing is now Live-online
In September, SoftEd launches a brand-new program – Live Online 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 live-online 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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7 Habits of Highly Effective Trainers
Having been in the business of helping organisations upskill their teams for many a year, I've seen my share of trainers, good and not so good. And I've been lucky enough to work with some exceptional trainers, who seem to have the knack to both lift the competence and simultaneously inspire their classes. So what's the secret sauce? Here's my take on what makes a truly effective…

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The Darker Side of Agile adoption
Most organisations I have come across that are attempting to adopt Agile are generally looking for improvement.   That improvement could be in the way that they deliver, how quickly they deliver, improving on existing processes, or providing a way which will help staff feel motivated about what they are building.   All are worthy aspirations - why not desire to become better?  However, a darker…

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