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April 6, 2017 In this edition:
This week, Alan Koch continues his introduction to DevOps by explaining the central role (and the limitations) of automated testing. Also, Chris Hill discusses the many voices that could have something valuable to say about your project's requirements (and why you shouldn't always listen to them).
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Automated Testing - DevOps Enabler
by Alan Koch

Alan Koch "Automate everything you can." This DevOps principle propels automated testing into a primary enabling position for any organization that embarks on a DevOps journey. No longer an option. No longer something we should do. Either we automate testing or the bright promise of DevOps will remain out of reach. In this article, we will examine the multiple ways that automated testing is the linchpin that enables the flow of software through the DevOps pipeline. And we will see how it changes -- but does not eliminate -- manual testing.

Automate everything you can, but not necessarily everything »

What DevOps Is and Is Not
Alan explained the DevOps concept and busted some common myths about it in his previous article.

Business Process Modeling Technique Brief – SPECIAL
This Premium resource is free to registered Members until April 20, 2017
Process models can be a big help with automation efforts.

Lessons Learned Meeting Agenda – MEMBER
To fix what hurts, first you have to identify it. This meeting guideline can help. (So can this one.)

Voices from Unexpected Places, Part 1
by Chris Hill

Chris Hill The sponsor may be able to provide the success criteria and end state, but they may not be able to tell you what is the most effective or efficient method to deliver. The sponsor may be less interested or unaware of the impact the product or process will have on actors or other business processes. However, requirements gathering and validation — as any seasoned business or systems analyst will tell you — are both art and science. Like mastering golf or chess, it takes many years of trial and error to become proficient.

In the first of a two-part article, Chris Hill explores some of the many voices that could have something valuable to say about your project »

Requirements Interview Checklist – PREMIUM
The best way to find out what's on your stakeholders' minds is to talk to them.

Requirements Workshop Planning Guide – PREMIUM
If you want to get the most requirements bang for your gathering buck, a workshop may be just the ticket.

Requirements Walkthrough Checklist – PREMIUM
Once you've gathered and compiled your project requirements, make sure everyone truly understands them.
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