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Things Change (and So Should Processes)

Much like the VCRs of yesteryear, our software development processes are not going to last forever. They’ll fall out of favor, while new and stronger concepts replace them. Jonathan Kohl writes about coping with process evolution in the quest to improve software.

Jonathan Kohl's picture Jonathan Kohl
Improve Your Test Environments with Service Virtualization

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.

Scott Aziz's picture Scott Aziz
Strengthen Your Discovery Muscle

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

A letter from the Better Software magazine editor.

Joey McAllister's picture Joey McAllister
FAQ: What Should I Do When My Bug Gets Rejected?

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

Dawn Haynes's picture Dawn Haynes
A Look Behind the Curtain: Debunking 12 Myths of Agile Development

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.

Allan Kelly's picture Allan Kelly
The $440 Million Software Bug

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?

Corporate University: Growing Software Development Talents

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.

Galyna Datsiv's picture Galyna Datsiv
The Software Testing Draft: Picking the Right Players for the Team

Like “Moneyball” indicated for baseball, the secret to building a great software team is not drafting superstars but rather hiring team members with solid, diverse skill sets and attitudes that keep the team moving forward to success. Success as a team is a balance of a variety of soft and hard skills found in the individuals on the team, inter-team relationships, leadership, hard work, and even a bit of luck.

Bonnie Bailey's picture Bonnie Bailey
Green IT: A Sustainability Perspective for Portfolio Optimization

As organizations grow and diversify, they end up with a large number of IT systems. However, by quantifying sustainability metrics, they can optimize their IT infrastructures and introduce a greener side of IT.

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