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The Best-Laid Plans[magazine]

It's a fact of life that plans change, but the proper implementation of agile and release planning can get you back on track. Just be sure to keep the communication lines open and clear throughout the process. Stacia Broderick tells the tale of a department as it works out its kinks in the best interest of its customers.

Stacia Broderick's picture Stacia Broderick
Rhetoric, Religion, and a Better Way[magazine]

With Apple's conversion to Windows-capable, Intel-based architecture as his jumping off point, Tod Golding takes a look at how we tend to view new technologies through our old perceptions. As technology evolves for the better, he explains, we too must grow out of old rhetoric.

Tod Golding's picture Tod Golding
Metrics You Can Bet On[magazine]

An old adage says that you cannot manage what you cannot measure, but Mike Cohn thinks differently. Here, he offers suggestions on when to use metrics and when you can manage without, as well as some guidelines to help you choose your metrics carefully.

Mike Cohn's picture Mike Cohn
Get in the Game: Agile Lessons from Video Game Developers[magazine]

From providing the likes of Pong boxes to a tiny, niche market to creating graphic-intensive productions that rival the income of Hollywood's box office, the video game industry has boomed in a very short period of time. Find out how agile methods helped one video game studio make the transition.

Clinton Keith's picture Clinton Keith
Speaking Truth to Power: How to Break The Bad News[magazine]

There comes a time in every software professional's career when telling the truth to someone in power becomes an issue. It can be a difficult situation, but it's far worse to keep silent. Norm Kerth offers some helpful advice on speaking up in ways that are tactful and sincere.

Norm Kerth's picture Norm Kerth
X Marks the Test Case: Using Mind Maps For Software Design[magazine]

If you've run through the standard design approaches and still need that killer test case, try mind maps.

Robert Sabourin's picture Robert Sabourin
Open Source Tools for Web Application Performance Testing[presentation]

OpenSTA is a solid open-source testing tool that, when used effectively, fulfills the basic needs of performance testing of Web applications. Dan Downing will introduce you to the basics of OpenSTA including downloading and installing

Dan Downing, Mentora Inc
Preparing the Test Team to Go Agile[presentation]

When we read about agile development, we find developers using nUnit for unit testing while customers are using FIT for acceptance tests. But where are the testers? You know--those folks who have years of experience in testing.

Janet Gregory, DragonFire Inc.
Measuring the End Game of Software Project - Part Deux[presentation]

The schedule shows only a few weeks before product delivery. How do you know whether you are ready to ship? Test managers have dealt with this question for years, often without supporting data.

Mike Ennis, Savant Tecnology
Practical Model-Based Testing for Interactive Applications[presentation]

Model-based tests are most often created from state-transition diagrams. Marlon Vieria generates automated system tests for many Siemens systems from use cases and activity diagrams.

Marlon Vieira, Siemens Corporate Research, Inc.
Improving the Skills of Software Testers[presentation]

Many training courses include the topic of soft skills for testers, specifically their attitudes and behaviors. Testers are told that to be effective they need a negative mindset and a negative approach. Krishna Iyer challenges this belief.

Krishna Iyer, ZenTEST Labs
Testing for Sarbanes-Oxley Compliance[presentation]

In the wake of huge accounting scandals, many organizations are now being required to conform to Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) legal requirements regarding internal controls. Many of these controls are implemented within computer applications.

Suresh Chandrasekaran, Cognizant
A Tester's Role in Agile Projects[presentation]

Some agile methodologists claim that testers are not needed in agile projects--all testing is done either by developers or users. Chris Hetzler has seen the effects of that approach, and they are not pretty. When customers find

Chris Hetzler, Microsoft
Measuring the "Good" in "Good Enough Testing"[presentation]

The theory of "good enough" software requires determining the trade off between delivery date (schedule), absence of defects (quality), and feature richness (functionality) to achieve a product which can meet both the customer's

Gregory Pope, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Branch Out Using Classification Trees for Test Case Design (STARWEST 2006)[presentation]

Classification trees are a structured, visual approach to identify and categorize equivalence partitions for test objects to document test requirements so that anyone can understand them and quickly build test cases.

Julie Gardiner, QST Consultants Ltd.


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