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11 steps of Scrum

99% of those dissatisfied with the results of their project are sure that they know who is to blame. Owners scold lazy contractors, programmers, stupid customers etc. Who is right? All are mistaken. Each of us believes that only he knows how to react objectively to a situation, while the behavior of the others is only motivated by their personal characteristics. Blame is generally silly. Do...

Ode to Unit Tests

The Law of Testing: The degree to which you know how your software behaves is the degree to which you have accurately tested it. -- "Code Simplicity" In order to verify the correctness of an application we use different kinds of tests: some check the logic of a small function or class, others check all the system layers from UI to databases and external services. Some kinds of tests could be...

How to estimate time for a project/task accurately

Most people do not know how to adequately assess the timing of tasks. Oh, how it makes them sometimes nervous ... Here, and "deadline sneaks up unnoticed." And they are reinsured for over 500% just in case (still not enough). And managers trying to squeeze "knowingly bloated deadlines," so that they can promise something more acceptable(common management disease). And vague muttering instead...

Continuous Integration/Continuous Delivery

Why do we need it? During the work developers frequently need to update their services and deploy them on the servers. When amount of projects is small it's not an issue, there are no problems because releases and deploiment processes are rare. Tests are running manually. But when the time comes, number of projects and tasks increases and execution of the same task takes more time. Let's look...

Who is a team lead?

On my current project, I'm playing the role of a Team Lead. It is one of those roles, whose responsibilities many people understand differently and often confuse with a Senior role. In this post, I want to clarify this question and describe how I see the responsibilities of a Team Lead. Let's start with the Senior role. Senior role in a team is closer to the technical side of the project --...