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Effective Distributed Test Teams

Fd80f9c58b06270d42356dd77a32defa?s=47 Jim Holmes
April 19, 2012

Effective Distributed Test Teams

My talk from StarEast on how to get distributed test teams (or ANY distributed team) working effectively. Pro Tip: There are no magic bullets, just a lot of hard work and constant monitoring for things to adapt.


Jim Holmes

April 19, 2012


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