Today's quality professionals should be more than bug finders—they should be an integral part of the development process, supplying product information through-out the application lifecycle, from requirements to release. Learn how you can be sure that your test team is diverse and skilled enough to meet these challenges.
We've all heard the terms "black box" and "white box" thrown around in a variety of contexts, but what do they really mean? This week, industry expert Bret Pettichord explains some of the fundamental problems with using these terms as shorthand labels for techniques and how they can lead to confusion.
People who cannot manage themselves should not manage others. End of discussion. Threats of physical harm, retribution, and personal attacks are never acceptable, so why do so many people have to deal with verbal abuse in the workplace? In this week's column, Esther Derby offers some sensible strategies for dealing with a scurrilous superior.
Think working on five projects at once will make great results appear like magic? Don't be so sure. The price your team pays by switching from one project to another could make your productivity disappear. This week, Johanna Rothman reveals the smoke and mirrors behind the illusion of multiprojecting.
Testers have countless resources to tell them how software development and testing should be done. When they see that their organization isn't doing it the "right" way, it's not uncommon for testers to become frustrated with the processes that produce the bugs that they find. This week, Danny Faught offers some insight drawn from ancient wisdom on why acceptance of a situation is the first step to change.
Ross Collard weighs in on whether there should be a testing/quality glossary.
Micah Martin introduces the open source tool FitNesse.
Tim Van Tongeren tells the story of how an internal progress poster became a popular gathering spot and information resource.
Tom McGreal warns you of problems that may be lurking in your deployment environment.
Much has been written about how agile processes change the developer and tester roles, but what effect do they have on the manager? Learn about three “extreme” concepts and what they mean to the software manager.
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