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Why Do Defects Escape?[magazine]

What happens when defects go unnoticed until it is too late? Mayank provides an insightful view of the true cost of not providing enough test coverage during a software development lifecycle. He also suggests some techniques to ensure that defects are identified and mitigated early.

Mayank Sharma's picture Mayank Sharma
Scaling Agile Development for Enterprise Software[article]

Enterprise development organizations are increasingly embracing agile as a concept, if not entirely in practice. That’s because adopting and scaling agile methodologies for large, complex enterprise software projects can seem daunting. Larry Ayres shares some tips for scaling agile development for enterprise software.

Larry Ayres's picture Larry Ayres
Communicating Effectively in Agile Development Projects[article]

In today’s fast-paced workplace, software developers and project managers are confronted with a painful paradox. They are faced with continual pressure to accelerate the development process, but this “need for speed” can result in communication failures—and the accompanying project and quality problems.

Payson Hall's picture Payson Hall
The Self-Abuse of Sprint Commitment[article]

Adam Yuret explains what can go wrong when teams blindly commit themselves to sprints; collaboration and quality suffer when we pressure people to work themselves to death by forcing them to promise things they cannot yet understand. Investing in systems-thinking approaches to improve the lives of our workers will pay dividends in improved quality, engagement, and creativity.

Adam Yuret's picture Adam Yuret
On Beer, Mobile Development, and Crowdsourced Testing: An Interview with Greg Avola[interview]

Greg Avola is the CTO, developer, and cofounder of Untappd, the popular social beer network. In this interview, Greg discusses fast-paced mobile development, crowdsourced testing, and new testing tools that can help you navigate many different mobile platforms.

Jonathan Vanian's picture Jonathan Vanian
Speaking to Your Business Using Measurements[article]

Justin Rohrman writes that measurement is one of the biggest problems he's experienced in test management. How do we measure quality, how do we know those measurements are good, and how do we use them to tell a story to executives? In this article, Justin explains how to speak to your business using measurements.

Justin Rohrman's picture Justin Rohrman
You Can't be Agile Without Automated Unit Testing[magazine]

Agile projects assume that test planning, test creation, and test execution take place throughout a project's lifecycle. So the need for unit testing (and especially automated unit testing) can't be ignored and should be considered as a key responsibility of the entire team—not just the software developers.

Gil Zilberfeld's picture Gil Zilberfeld
Save Your Sanity: Planning During a Health Care Crisis[article]

A health care crisis can hit without warning, leaving you both nursing the patient and mired in seemingly endless bureaucracy. In this article, Kathy Iberle shares with us her experience dealing with an elderly uncle who suffered a stroke and how agile methods, like using a visual planning board, can help one prepare and be ready when disaster strikes.

Kathy Iberle's picture Kathy Iberle
Mobile Development and Aggressive Testing: An Interview with Josh Michaels[interview]
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Josh Michaels is an independent software developer who makes apps for the iPad, iPhone, and Mac under the company name Jetson Creative. In this interview, Josh discusses mobile development, testing aggressively, and keeping users happy. 

Jonathan Vanian's picture Jonathan Vanian
Why Quality Is such a Big Deal[magazine]

In this issue's Editor's Note, Ken Whitaker introduces an issue that is focused on quality and testing, summarizing the value of each of the featured articles.

Ken Whitaker's picture Ken Whitaker
Do Mobile and Embedded Software Really Need Comprehensive Testing?[magazine]

The smaller the device, the less testing is needed. Right? Jon's insightful article dispels the notion that traditional software testing approaches work for mobile and embedded software.

jon hagar's picture jon hagar
Using Containers for Continuous Deployment[article]

Pini Reznik explains how containers can help shorten the software development feedback loop by drastically reducing the overhead involved in deploying new software environments. This leads to faster build and test executions and simplifies the standardization of the development and production environments, allowing for an easier transition to continuous deployment.

Pini Reznik's picture Pini Reznik
Management Myth 27: We Can Take Hiring Shortcuts[article]

Hiring is difficult to do well, Johanna Rothman writes in her latest management myth piece. Because everyone who is looking to hire has a job, they think they know how to hire. But it’s not easy. You want to hire the best people you can who fit the team and the organization.

Johanna Rothman's picture Johanna Rothman
It’s Time for Requirements Craftsmanship[article]

Holly Bielawa explains that being a a requirements craftsman means that you need to test your assumptions in real time while developing a product. Then you pivot as needed, change your business model as you learn, and constantly get out of the building and gather data to determine your minimally marketable product.

Holly Bielawa's picture Holly Bielawa
Balancing Exploratory and Automated Testing in Agile: An Interview with Matt Attaway[interview]
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Matthew Attaway has worked as a tester, developer, manager, and elephant trainer. He currently manages the open source development group at Perforce Software. In this interview, Matthew talks about automated testing and agile as well as dealing with excessive test documentation.

Jonathan Vanian's picture Jonathan Vanian

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