Better Software Magazine Archive: Mar/April 2012

IN THIS ISSUE

Crowdsource Your Career
By Dawn Test Code

In today's tech-centric environment, there are many advantages to building a social network both online and "in real life." Here are some ideas to help you boost your career, market yourself, and add to your problem-solving toolbox by harnessing this "people power."

Test Terms You Really Need
By Claire Lohr

Anyone interested in finding a testing glossary that already exists can use some great online resources. Defined here are several terms in common use that rarely or never make it into the "official" definitions. Finally, there are some terms in use that no longer support the underpinning technology and need to be either retired or expanded.

How Do You Know When It's Time To Go?
By Lee Copeland

Whether you are in a toxic work situation, or you feel you are no longer performing effectively, sometimes you find yourself at a crossroads in your job and you have to ask yourself, "Should I stay, or is it time to move on?"

Turning Quality on Its Head
By James Whittaker

Arguments that moving testing forward in the software lifecycle maximizes the return on investment of testing effort have been made and widely accepted. And it is hard to argue with the results. Software is getting better. But what if a shift away from early cycle testing toward late cycle testing could improve quality even more?

Does Agile Change the Way a Tester Works?
By Jeffery E. Payne

In this installment of FAQ, SQE Trainer Jeffery Payne answers one of the questions students ask him most often.

Executive Interview: Mughees Minhas, Oracle
By Jonathan Vanian

Mughees Minhas is the senior director of product management for Redwood Shores-based Oracle Corporation where he specializes in application testing, database performance diagnostics, and data center monitoring and optimization. We recently had the opportunity to talk to Mughees about the rise of the cloud, market consolidation, and risk management.

Is There a Quality Spectrum?
By Heather Shanholtzer

A letter from the Better Software magazine editor.

What If Quality Shouldn’t Be Job One?
By Howard Smallowitz
George Stark

We live in a consumer-oriented society, where we are taught to expect that everything that we buy or create must be the best. Clearly, quality is considered to be a top-selling feature in many of the products that we buy. But what if it shouldn’t be?

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