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Improve Your Testing through Automation[presentation]

Are you wondering how to increase progress with your test automation efforts? Do you understand how to measure the efficiency and effectiveness of your automation activities?

Jim Sartain, Adobe Systems
Beyond Testing: Becoming Part of the Innovation Machine[presentation]

Testing, once a marginalized function at Google, is now an integral part of Google's innovation machine. Patrick Copeland describes how this vital transformation took place.

Patrick (Pat) Copeland, Google
Crossing the Chasm: Agile Transitions for Test Teams[presentation]

Even if agile development has "crossed the chasm" and is becoming a mainstream set of practices, testers are often left behind when development teams "go agile." Developers learn test-driven development, continuous integration, refactoring, p

Janet Gregory, DragonFire Inc.
What Haven't You Noticed Lately? Building Awareness in Testers[presentation]

"What haven't you noticed lately?" Marshall McLuhan is said to have asked this paradoxical question-a vital one for testers, because it prompts more questions about things that testers could and should notice.

Michael Bolton, DevelopSense
The Testing Dashboard: Becoming and Information Provider[presentation]

Primary concerns for test managers are keeping the testing on schedule, meeting test objectives, making sure tests are effective, and satisfying stakeholders.

Randy Rice, Rice Consulting Services
What's More Important: Being Agile or Creating Value?[article]

In this video, Jonathan Kohl looks at why and for whom we develop software, what our end users and team members value, and the difference between tools and processes that create value and those that distract from it.

Jonathan Kohl's picture Jonathan Kohl
Performing the Software: Succeeding at Agile Development[article]

Sometimes, it's helpful to explore how people in other occupations create their products in order for us to better our own. In addition to being an experienced software tester, Chris McMahon has spent time on the road and in the studio as a professional musician. In this article, Chris takes a look at some of the things that make for a successful live concert and compares them to what it takes for an agile team to build software successfully.

Chris McMahon's picture Chris McMahon
No: Such a Difficult Word[article]

When people begin to get overworked, it's common to fall back on blaming the old chestnut "time management." But the problem may have less to do with how you allocate time to projects than your inability to say no to some of those projects in the first place. In this article, Johanna Rothman takes a look at the difficulty of saying no and offers some suggestions for overcoming it.

Johanna Rothman's picture Johanna Rothman
Tips and Advice - Continuous Integration[article]
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Tips and Advice - Continuous Integration

Bob Payne's picture Bob Payne
How Agile Practices Reduce the Top 5 Requirements Risks[magazine]

Requirements risks are among the most insidious risks threatening software projects. Whether it is having unclear requirements, lack of customer involvement in requirements development, or defective requirements, these troubles are a major culprit in projects that go awry. As requirements expert and agile coach Ellen Gottesdiener explains, agile practice can go a long way in mitigating the top five requirements risks.

Ellen Gottesdiener's picture Ellen Gottesdiener
Adapting Inspections to the Twenty-first Century[magazine]

How do you adapt inspections to a twenty-first century distributed workforce? A key part of the inspection process is the team meeting, which provides peer pressure to participate and consensus on defects. Teams working in multiple time zones have limited opportunities for the team meeting. A list of requirements and the functions needed to solve this problem based on real-world experiences should help anyone faced with this problem.

Ed Weller's picture Ed Weller
Predicting the Past[magazine]

Developing an accurate prediction process is complex, time consuming, and difficult. But, basing predictions on causality rather than correlation and learning how to "predict the past" can help us gain confidence in the validity of our work.

Lee Copeland's picture Lee Copeland
That's No Reason to Automate![magazine]

Automating test execution is supposed to give tremendous benefits, but often gives disappointing results—because it hasn’t met the objectives set for it. The fault may not lie with the automation itself, but with the objectives you are attempting to achieve. Aiming at the wrong target does not bring success! For example, objectives for automation are often confused with objectives for testing, but they should be different. In this article, learn how to avoid the most insidious traps and how to recognize good objectives for automation.

Feel the Burn: Getting the Most Out of Burn Charts[magazine]

Burn-down charts have become a popular project artifact, but too often, people accept the default chart from whatever project management tool they're using. What choices can we make about the chart format and scale that will help us create charts that answer the questions that are really important to us? And when the chart looks "funny," what could it possible mean?

George Dinwiddie's picture George Dinwiddie
Software to Go: Developing Applications for a Wireless World[magazine]

The mobile arena is in constant evolution, changing the way we approach software development both from a business and a technical perspective. Taking the time to set your plan can make the difference between success and just a good idea. In this article, Luis Carvalho shares some guidelines for bringing new applications into the mobile ecosystem.

Luis Miguel  Carvalho's picture Luis Miguel Carvalho

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