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Software Longevity Testing: Planning for the Long Haul[magazine]

How long do you let your software run during testing? An increasing number of software applications are intended to run indefinitely, in an always-on operating environment. And yet, few test plans include more than a brief memory leak test case. Learn how to test for problems due to the passing of time and problems due to cumulative usage.

Steven Woody's picture Steven Woody
The Whos and Wheres of Stakeholder Requirements[magazine]

Whether you're working on a collocated or a distributed team, it's important to take stakeholder requirements into account: "Who" are they and "where" are they located? In this article, Mary Gorman offers some tips to help you narrow the gap between thinking and acting globally and locally.

Mary Gorman's picture Mary Gorman
Rescuing a Captive Project[magazine]

Allowing an individual to hold a project hostage to his knowledge and expertise is bad for the project and for the team. Fiona Charles describes one captive project and shows how it could have been remedied.

Fiona Charles's picture Fiona Charles
Food for Thought[magazine]

Ideas about testing can come from many different and unexpected sources, including reductionism, agronomy, cognitive psychology, mycology, and general systems. Michael feasts on Michael Pollan's "The Omnivore's Dilemma" and finds much to whet the tester's appetite for learning about how things work.

Michael Bolton's picture Michael Bolton
The Cost of Coexistence[article]

Some organizations want to make the transition to agile, but aren't ready to trade in their old ways overnight. They'd rather spend some time getting to know agile—letting it coexist alongside already established, traditional methodologies. In this article, Michele Sliger and George Schlitz explain that such coexistence is possible, but that there is a cost of coexistence of which all organizations should be aware.

Software as a Service: What You Need to Know[presentation]

Many familiar products, including email, instant messaging, search, and e-commerce sites, are actually implemented as services rather than PC-installed software.

Ibrahim El Far, Microsoft Corporation
How Others See You: Seeking Personal Feedback[presentation]

Has this ever happened to you? You've just finished an important presentation.

Esther Derby, Esther Derby Associates Inc
Five Test Automation Fallacies that Will Make You Sick[presentation]

Five common fallacies about test automation can leave even the most experienced test and development teams severely ill. If allowed to go unchallenged, these beliefs will almost guarantee the death of an automation effort.

Douglas Hoffman, Software Quality Methods, LLC.
Communicating the Meaning Inside the Metrics[presentation]

Measurement data is supposed to help you make better decisions; yet, the information provided under the term "metrics" is often confusing, obscure, or irrelevant to those who need it most.

Terry Vogt, Booz Allen Hamilton
Creating Habitable Code[presentation]

A major challenge for software organizations is to create software that can continue to adapt and change over time-a codebase the team can live with "forever." Jeffrey Fredrick and Paul Julius review the concepts and features of CruiseControl

Jeffrey Fredrick, Independent Consultant
A Solid Foundation for Quality Improvement[presentation]

Many managers look to formal techniques-requirements reviews, code inspection, and testing-to improve the quality of their software. While these techniques are valuable, they only evaluate the state of quality rather than improve it.

Jason Bryant, Schlumberger Information Solutions
Getting to WOW! Gathering User Feedback for Better Designs[presentation]

Today's users are savvier than ever-you can't hide poor design behind fancy features. A good user experience isn't optional anymore-it's mandatory.

Scott Plewes, Macadamian Technologies
Guiding Your Personal Life: "Plan-driven" or "Agile"[presentation]

Some interpreters of history believe that the Industrial Age could not have happened without coffee and tea.

Linda Rising, Independent Consultant
Integrating Security Testing into the QA Process[presentation]

Although organizations have vastly increased their efforts to secure operating systems and networks from attackers, most have neglected the security of their applications-making them the weakest link in their overall security chain.

Mike Hryekewicz, Standard Insurance Company
Creating a 'Digital Cockpit' for Software Delivery[presentation]

In many organizations, developing and delivering software has long been described as a "black box"-requests go in and many months later something comes out. But is it what was needed? Did it provide value to the organization?

Nicole Bryan, Borland Software Corporation


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