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Nationwide Spring Engineering Event

On April 18-19, the Dealertrack and Dealer.com engineering teams participated in a nationwide engineering event. This year, each location came up with their own unique project to enhance their skills and experiment with new ideas. Participating locations included Burlington, VT, Dallas, TX, Manhattan Beach, CA, Groton, CT, Sacramento, CA, Lake Success, NY and Salt Lake …

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Spreading the News 2: Agile to Agilers

In August of 2013, Dealer.com began its all-in transformation to agile from partial waterfall, partial ScrumBut. In Part 1 of the story, we discussed the initial presentations made to project management groups more inclined toward traditional waterfall methodologies.  In Part 2, we look at our interactions with the agile/Scrum community in Southern California.

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Mad Man: A Day in the Life Of Chris Yager, Dir. of Advertising Software Development

Chris Yager, the company’s advertising development leader, came to Dealertrack after working for many years at IBM. The Vermonter’s transition from a major establishment in the tech sector to an up-and-comer has suited him well, and he’s nimbly filled several roles since joining the company. One thread runs constant in his experiences here, he tells us, and keeps …

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The Agile Grind: Injecting life into iterative development

We underwent a transformative change in our company two years ago when our organization went Agile. This change has been amazing in many ways, my personal favorite of which is the alignment throughout the entire enterprise on Engineering priorities, and the understanding of tradeoffs that go along with prioritization. But there is a downside to …

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Day In the Life of Scrum Tech Lead, Jon Hoguet

1) Briefly describe your role. What are your primary responsibilities? I spend a lot of my time collaborating with my team to reach the best tech solution for a particular problem we’re faced with. This involves specific tasks like design reviews, code reviews and big picture work such as refining the scope. 2) What are …

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Behavior-Driven Design: One Team’s Exploration

This past September, I attended VT Code Camp and gave a presentation on the exploration that my engineering team had done with Behavior Driven Development (BDD) which is a software development process that focuses on specifying behavior instead of writing tests. Roughly two years ago we received some copies of The Art of Agile Development to read and discuss. As we …

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