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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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1. Are You In the Right Testing Job?

Two articles by Lou Adler published in May 2013, “There are only four jobs in the whole world – are you in the right one?” and “Rethinking work: Define the Actual job using the four work types”, created a watershed moment in my career. They made me sit up and realize that what I wanted to do, and what I was doing, were not the same thing, even though I had previously believed them to be so.

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The Google I/O conference was kind of a big deal this year. Not only was Android L introduced, it was the first introduction of a profound idea that Google is clearly tackling: blending native mobile apps with web-based user experience and navigation.

The company is expanding its App Indexing API to all Android apps. Before, Google only worked with selected companies. Romain Dillet, TechCrunch writer, explains:

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