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IBM Garage

IBM® Garage brings together IBM Design Thinking, lean startup, agile DevOps and extreme programming to help you transform your industry. Using IBM Cloud Garage, you can learn how to create personas and user stories to understand pain points, prioritize backlogs to deliver the minimum viable product, and build user-experience prototypes. You also learn how to deliver incremental value and validate it with sponsor users.

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IBM Garage Methodology Explorer

The IBM Garage Methodology Explorer has demonstrated an understanding of the practices in the Garage Methodology. The individual has learned the phases in the methodology and the key practices in each phase, including the IBM Design Thinking, Agile, DevOps, and Analytics practices needed to help their team evolve their process and continuously deliver innovative solutions.

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IBM Cloud Garage Test-Driven Development (TDD)

The IBM Cloud Garage Test-Driven Development (TDD) badge earner has demonstrated the ability to complete the TDD loop to produce quality code. They develop code using pair programming to write a simple assertion, the test to prove that assertion and then the code to implement the required functionality. Once the test passes from red to green they then continuously refactor to improve the code itself.

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IBM Garage Method for Cloud Advocate

The IBM Garage Method for Cloud Advocate has demonstrated the ability to implement the IBM Garage Method for Cloud through hands-on experience using the tools that will allow them to implement the methodology with their team. The badge earner understands how to track and manage a project using a ranked backlog and a kanban board, use a toolchain and delivery pipeline to enable continuous integration and delivery, manage their deployed application, and analyze the usage of their application.

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