Better Software Magazine Archive:

May/June 2013

IN THIS ISSUE

Improve Your Test Environments with Service Virtualization
By Scott Aziz

Want to save money and time, expand your testing environment’s capabilities, and still get high-quality releases? Service virtualization provides virtual replicas of physical environments and databases. Its earlier-lifecycle defect detection just might change your company’s reality.

The $440 Million Software Bug
By Bob Aiello
Leslie Sachs

In August, Knight Capital Group lost $440 million in one day. But there weren’t any traders to blame—at least no human ones. The loss was the result of a software system upgrade gone awry. What can we learn from this and other software catastrophes in the financial sector, and how can we prevent them in the future?

A Look Behind the Curtain: Debunking 12 Myths of Agile Development
By Allan Kelly

When it comes to agile development, Allan Kelly has noticed a lot of misinformation being passed off as fact. In this article, he takes a closer look at twelve of the most common agile myths he has encountered while training new agile teams.

FAQ: What Should I Do When My Bug Gets Rejected?
By Dawn Haynes

In this installment of FAQ, SQE Trainer Dawn Haynes answers one of the questions students ask her most often.

Strengthen Your Discovery Muscle
By Mary Gorman
Ellen Gottesdiener

An organization shouldn’t spend all its time building its delivery muscle without simultaneously building its discovery muscle. In fact, successful software teams deliver great products because they invest in discovery. Learn how to expand your innovation and strengthen your discovery muscle.

Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger
By Joey McAllister

A letter from the Better Software magazine editor.

Corporate University: Growing Software Development Talents
By Galyna Datsiv

A company with powerful technology and costly equipment is still going to be stuck in a rut without the right personnel. Here, Galyna Datsiv spotlights the concept of corporate universities, where IT organizations can support their products, processes, and even customers by ensuring the growth of new talent and existing employees.

Why NoSQL Matters and What Configuration Management Experts Need to Know About It
By Eugene Dvorkin

NoSQL is a new approach to data storage that addresses many problems associated with relational databases. Many highly popular websites—including Facebook, Netflix, and Digg—are using NoSQL to crunch large volumes of data. Eugene Dvorkin gives us insight into why NoSQL is important and what CM experts need to know about it.

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