Topic: Software Development

How to Use ES2015 Today with Babel and Gulp

ECMAScript 2015 (ES2015), formerly known as ES6, brings some great new features to JavaScript. These include block scoping, arrow functions, template strings, destructuring, and more. In July 2015, Ecma International approved it as a standard. As with any new JavaScript functionality, it is not yet fully supported — even in modern browsers. (Check out current […]

Revisiting Organizing for Quality For Agile Teams

I’ve been blogging about our Agile Transformation at Constant Contact for almost 2 years. We applied a number of the lessons of the Scaled Agile Framework in our teams. And since February of 2015 I have blogged about focusing on our teams and their practices, instituting standard SCRUM practices. Today I am going to revisit […]

Microservices at Constant Contact – a view from the trenches Pt. 2

This post is the second of two parts, see part 1 of the post here. Automation and Continuous Deployment (CD) Getting our CD process up and running took some time and effort, but once we did, our productivity improved significantly.  We created a pipeline for each of our microservices so we could deploy them independently.  Each […]

Microservices at Constant Contact – a view from the trenches

Part 1 of a 2 part series. See part 2 here. Microservices are a hot topic of discussion these days.  The tech world is agog with stories of Netflix’s and PayPal’s architecture and how microservices helped them get to where they are today. A few weeks ago, Stefan Piesche wrote an excellent article on “Microservices at […]

Are You Ready? How to Make Sure Your User Story is Ready Every Time

In my last blog post, I did something out of character by writing about Taylor Swift and Software Development. This time, I am going to reference something a little closer to my own music tastes. As AC/DC asks – “Are You Ready”? Besides being more inline with my rock music tastes, this question has been […]

How to Create Balance in Your Team with the Help of SCRUM and Taylor Swift

I recently found myself at a Taylor Swift concert. Yes, that’s what happens when you have teenage children. But while listening to her song “Shake It Off,” I couldn’t help but be reminded of the importance of making sure that we shake up our product development environment and culture every once in a while. As […]

Types of Innovation

It is remarkable how many people are under the false assumption that companies are either innovative or not.   This is a very polarizing and simplistic perspective that does not take into account the different types of innovations that companies can and do pursue. For this post, let’s break down innovation into two dimensions:  Technology and […]

Exploring Exploratory Testing

Exploratory testing (ET) is both conceptually familiar and technically foreign: The idea is widely used – in some form or another – yet the discipline isn’t widely studied. ET can summarily be described as concurrent learning, test design and test execution and while that, to some, may insinuate sloppiness, immeasurability and ambiguity; ET is as […]

Our SCRUM Metrics

Here we are, rolling out SCRUM across our teams, having teams practice the process and deliver customer value.  We needed to figure out a simple way to measure the effectiveness of our rollout.  Measuring the effectiveness has two parts: Part 1 How effective were we in changing team behaviors, making our team members and product […]

SCRUM – It’s the Team and Teamwork

As we have continued to rollout SCRUM into our organization I have been reminded how important team behaviors are for the success of SCRUM teams. It seems so simple at 50,000 feet. We employ great engineers; they are all nice people, why won’t this just work?  The reality is something far more difficult to achieve. […]