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Let me paint a picture for you. You pay meticulous detail to your test plan. You have automated test plans to cover common and fringe use cases. You build performance testing into your continuous integration process like you should. You triple check everything by testing the mobile or web application on multiple browsers and devices.

But all of that could be for naught if you forget this one thing: Geography.

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1. What are Self-Organizing Teams?

“The best architectures, requirements, and designs emerge from self-organizing teams”, the Agile Manifesto announces. This raises a few questions: What are self-organizing teams? Why do we need them? What difference do self-organizing teams make? How can we support self-organization? Could there be any way to help this special kind of teamwork to emerge?

Surprisingly, there is relatively little material on what self-organizing teams are about and how to support them effectively. Organizational development consultant Sigi Kaltenecker and agile coach Peter Hundermark are writing a short book “Leading Self-Organising Teams” to be published by InfoQ later in 2014.

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1. Burn-Down of Burn-Out? How to Beat the Red-Sprint Agile Anti-Pattern

There are ways to obtain sustainable pace beyond scrum that can help stem the increasing number of failing scrum projects. Because executing sprints as small projects often does not lead to the desired results, it is more effective to apply a backlog-item-oriented workflow and to treat sprints as iterations.

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If you are building an application in the cloud, on top of a modern elastic architecture, there is a good chance that you are looking to infuse your application with all the scalability, extensibility, and accessibility we have come to expect from the cloud. But this doesn’t just happen. You need to design attributes like this into your application from the start.

Optimizing application performance requires planning throughout development. Particular attention must be paid to performance:

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1. Book Review: Integration Testing from the Trenches

On the subject of testing, the variety of definitions you hear in the industry is as diverse as the blind men’s descriptions of an elephant.

But in his important and thorough treatise “Integration Testing from the Trenches” Nicolas Frankel starts from basic definitions and develops the concepts of integration testing with a casual formalism that’s intuitive and fun.

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