Author Archives: Joel Tosi

But Scrum

Most of us have heard of the term ‘Scrum but’ – it refers to agile teams that are trying Scrum processes but are having some challenges. For example, a group that is exhibiting ‘Scrum but’ might say something like ‘We … Continue reading

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Testers, Orgs, and the demand for Java jobs

In agile product development (or any responsible product development environment),  people don’t just talk about high quality, they are passionate about  it.  Think beyond software…companies build marketing strategies around  quality.  Fruit of the Loom, Zenith, Toyota…all have marketed solely  around … Continue reading

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Agile Developer-Testing Myths

This is not about agility, this is about acting responsibly. Developers – stop making excuses not to test. Managers / Product Owners – stop accepting myths about why testing isn’t happening. With that in mind, I present you the top … Continue reading

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Reflection

When I left my previous employer, one of my goals with my next gig was to have it expose me to other domains and environments. I wanted to get different perspectives, see agile development at different scales, help spread successes … Continue reading

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Why so Agile?

I’ve said it before, and here I am saying it again – Change is hard.   The largest obstacle to any organization looking to adopt more agile development practices is that transition – we are creatures of habit and now we … Continue reading

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Technical Debt and the Boogie Monster

Growing up as the youngest child meant that my closest brother (6 years my  elder) terrorized me with threats of the boogie man coming to get  me.  It was a rather effective tactic – how to deal with the boogie … Continue reading

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Why aren’t you unit testing yet?

Constant focus on quality and code health is critical for the long  term viability and maintainability of software.  This focus on quality  is a trademark of agile teams but you don’t have to be ‘doing the Agile’  to focus on … Continue reading

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Yes, I am mocking you

Agile development practices may seem easier for small, isolated teams, but what happens in the real world when applications go across teams and dependencies to rear their ugly heads? The answer I hear too often is ‘adjust in your planning … Continue reading

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Breaking your Organizational OCD

Regardless of the agile methodology you practice, continually improving should be  your goal.  We want the product to be better, we want better quality, we  want to work more effectively.  Agile development practices, and retrospectives in  particular, are effective in … Continue reading

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Refactoring with Fire

You are a responsible agile developer, practicing TDD and keeping your code  clean through refactoring.  Your “bar” is always green, but are you  living and developing in a world of “false green”?  Is your green bar  continuous or is it … Continue reading

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