user experience

Articles

Designing Scenarios for Agile Stories

The needs to improve the time to market of a quality product and adapt to a changing business environment are driving organizations to adopt agile practices in order to be competitive in the marketplace. However, a project team is bound to face difficulties if it is not trained on the fundamentals of agile. Read on to learn how to design scenarios for agile stories using a structured framework.

Sharath Bhat's picture Sharath Bhat
Arming Advertisers vs. Users: Social Media Platforms at Odds`

Twitter and App.net both made headlines recently by taking completely different approaches to reach the same goal - dominance in the world of social media.

Noel Wurst's picture Noel Wurst
True Performance: Moving Beyond Basic Load Testing

Basic load testing is valuable, but it's important to move past simplistic efforts. Here are some ways to gain more accurate metrics from your load tests.

Jim Holmes's picture Jim Holmes
Load Test Your Website Before Your Customers Do

When you release a website or web application, it’s going to face a lot of very public load testing. If it performs poorly, there’s a good chance that you’re going to lose a lot of customers. Colin Mason offers some tips for load testing in order to ensure a better customer experience.

Colin  Mason's picture Colin Mason

Better Software Magazine Articles

Building Mobile Apps the User Can Trust

It seems like every week there's a new security disaster impacting millions of users worldwide. With the acceptance of mobile apps providing timely data at your fingertips, users are becoming very concerned about security. Philip gives you some impactful tips for developing apps that create trust with end-users.

Philip Lew's picture Philip Lew
Slicing Requirements For Agile Success

Agile teams need to analyze product requirements in enough detail to build, test, and deliver the right requirements in short time frames. For the many teams that struggle to define "just enough, just in time” requirements, here's help.

Selling To Your Buyer

No matter how well you've built it, no users will benefit from your product unless you can convince the buyers to purchase it. Selling to buyers is different than satisfying users—and you have to do both well to succeed. Consider the needs of the buyer as stakeholder. When you have no buyers, you have no users.

Scott Sehlhorst's picture Scott Sehlhorst
Getting Agile With User-Centered Design

Agile practices go a long way toward providing value to our customers. But in today's market, we must endeavor to adopt a more user-centered approach to create products our customers can't live without.

Darius Kumana's picture Darius Kumana Jon Dickinson

Interviews

Why Testers Need to Code: An Interview with Simon Stewart

In this TechWell interivew, Facebook's Simon Stewart discusses the social media company's unique mobile approach, the application's fast and hard development cycle, and the key to the speed of all those updates that arrive on your phone. 

Josiah Renaudin's picture Josiah Renaudin
Leveraging the Wisdom of the Crowd: An Interview with Mukesh Sharma and Rajini Padmanaban
Podcast

Mukesh Sharma and Rajini Padmanaban of QA InfoTech sit down to talk about their upcoming book, Leveraging the Wisdom of the Crowd in Software Testing. In this interview, Mukesh and Rajini also talk about the benefits and future of crowdsource testing.

For Maximum Awesome: An Interview with Joe Justice
Video

Joe Justice is a consultant at Scrum Inc. and inventor of the Extreme Manufacturing project management method. He also is the founder of Team WIKISPEED, an all-Scrum volunteer-based, "green” automotive prototyping company.

Cameron Philipp-Edmonds's picture Cameron Philipp-Edmonds
Cracking the Code to Saving Lives: An Interview with Tony Surma
Podcast

Humanitarian Toolbox's Tony Surma explains how developers, testers, and others are contributing to disaster relief mobile apps that will save lives on a global scale. Learn how you, too, can help by using your powers for this fantastic organization.

Noel Wurst's picture Noel Wurst

Conference Presentations

Video: Beyond the Web and Apps: The Domestication of Knowledge
Video

Since the dawn of computing, we've invented only two ways to get work done―the web or apps. We hunt for information on the web or we gather functionality from the app store. In each case, users must take the initiative to find the information they need...

James Whittaker, Microsoft
Exploring Usability Testing
Slideshow

It is not enough to verify that software conforms to requirements by passing established acceptance tests. Successful software products engage, entertain, and support the users'...

Rob Sabourin, AmiBug.com
Improving the Mobile Application User Experience (UX)
Slideshow

If users can’t figure out how to use your mobile applications and what’s in it for them, they’re gone. Usability and UX are key factors in keeping users satisfied so understanding...

Philip Lew, XBOSoft
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to User Acceptance Testing
Slideshow

On large enterprise projects, the user acceptance test (UAT) is often envisioned to be a grand event where the users accept the software, money is paid, and the congratulations and...

Randy Rice, Rice Consulting Services, Inc.

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