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  • The Agile Testing Days Conference - Potsdam 2016

    Last year Agile Testing Days Conference was held between 6th and 8th December in Potsdam, Germany. According to statistics provided by organizers there were around 600 attendants and about 30 speakers in keynotes / workshops. During the whole event around 22 different workshops took place, 9 keynotes and around 30 other speeches / presentations divided into 7 parallel tracks. I had the opportunity to attend the first two days of the conference and in this article I’d like to share with you a short review of the most interesting sessions and my impressions about the event.

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  • Minimum Viable Product – already a cliché or a misunderstood concept?

    In the beginning I would like to stress that this is not yet another article about Minimum Viable Product (MVP) mechanics. For theory and examples of its use in practice, please refer to the great article by Andrzej Winnicki. What made me share my thoughts on MVP is what I consider a prerequisite to start working with this method. Moreover, I also recognised this prerequisite as the biggest obstacle which is stopping many enthusiasts from fully understanding it.

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  • Managing environment inspired by Spotify

    Curiosity drives progress. There are already tens of presentations about Spotify on the Internet but we wanted to see how the work looks like there with our own eyes. Here are some thoughts after our visit to Spotify’s headquarters.

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  • Professional approach pays off

    This is a story about how professional approach to coding can save you a lot of troubles. It is a story about passion for coding and how it makes our products great. It is a story about carrying out an IT project by one of Allegro scrum teams as a fine example supported by a set of case studies. Read it to inspire yourself how some of the issues can be dealt with.

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  • Mini rant: V for Viable

    Building a Minimum Viable Product (MVP) is a method of developing new products by validating hypotheses using feedback from real users as soon as possible. This is supposed to reduce risk and to ensure a good return on investment. It is most often used together with Agile development methodologies. But there’s no such thing as a free lunch and while it reduces some types of risk, MVP also introduces some risks of its own.

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  • Agile Teams — where to start?

    Whether you are forming a new agile team or mixing people in an already existing team you start somewhat afresh. In an existing team the balance and group dynamics changes, in a new team people are experiencing each other for the first time and checking what the boundaries are. I don’t want to get into details of what can possibly happen — it’s best if you dig into works of Bruce Tuckman and his four-stage model or Gustave Le Bon’s “[The Crowd] (”. The former indicated that the team goes through the stages of Forming - Storming - Norming - Performing. I would like to concentrate on the very initial stage of “Forming” the team in the first weeks of it’s existence.

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  • Scrum-ban applied

    This is a story about a Team working in Scrum that wanted to turn to Kanban and ended up, deliberately, working in something resembling Scrum-ban. Scrum-ban basics can be found in Wikipedia. We did not follow all of them.

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Agile is a ubiquitous word in the world of software development. At Allegro, we do not treat it as a cliche. On the contrary, we dig in, experiment and seek our own ways of doing things. Above all — we change, develop and adapt to what we see, constantly following our own path. We value the courage to fail and learn both as a team and as an organization. We eagerly discuss our views and experiences. On this blog we would like to share our thoughts and engage in a conversation with you, participating in an international community that supports each other.