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Stress Testing - What a Load![magazine]

People often ask software quality specialist Scott Ames how they can increase stress in their projects. With tongue planted firmly in cheek, he responds with some steps that are guaranteed to increase the overall stress on people and projects.

Scott G. Ames's picture Scott G. Ames
Held Hostage by a Prima Donna[magazine]

This installment of Management Chronicles relates the story of an office that has been overtaken by the whims of a real prima donna. Is the value of one indispensable person worth risking the productivity of the entire team? Author Esther Derby offers her insights.

Esther Derby's picture Esther Derby
Patterns Without Purpose[magazine]

Architectural patterns are a convenient way to design and build your code, but be careful not to bite off more than you can chew. Tod Golding offers advice on avoiding useless layers and letting each pattern earn its way into your architecture.

Tod Golding's picture Tod Golding
Maintaining Your Course[magazine]

What does maintainability mean to you? Michael Bolton discusses the different elements of this often-overlooked attribute of software projects and what it means as a guideword heuristic to rapid testers.

Michael Bolton's picture Michael Bolton
Living by Principles, Not by Plans[magazine]

Reality is not a static thing, and when the reality of a situation changes, so too must our plans. In his article, Lee Copeland explains why "planning" does not equal "controlling" and suggests that we should look to our principles for guidance.

Lee Copeland's picture Lee Copeland
Breaking With Tradition[magazine]

Though the term "agile" isn't often ascribed to the ways of software configuration management, Steve Berczuk offers some ways in which applying the principles of agile SCM can help teams work more effectively.

Steve Berczuk's picture Steve Berczuk
I Didn't Know I Needed That[magazine]

There is a natural relationship between the features in a product and the customer's satisfaction with that product, but not every feature influences customers in the same way. The best plan for satisfying customers, as author Mike Cohn explains, is to give them what they want.

Mike Cohn's picture Mike Cohn
A Critical Line of Defense[magazine]

Tackle software vulnerabilities at the root—in the applications themselves.
 

Herbert H. Thompson's picture Herbert H. Thompson
Short Takes on Software Development and Life[article]

The Our Take column in StickyMinds.com's StickyLetter presents parallels between the world of software production and the world at large. Here are some previous musings by past editor Pamela Young.

Pam Young's picture Pam Young
Using Mocks to Verify Interactions[article]

In the March 2006 issue of Better Software magazine, Dan North began a discussion of the evolution of behavior-driven development from test-driven development. Here, North continues the conversation with closer look at "mocks," utility classes that, for testing purposes, pretend to be some component or service with which your object will interact.

Dan North's picture Dan North
Agile Processes: Making Metrics Simple[article]

Ross J. Pettit explains that IT organizations, and in particular application development departments, are increasingly under pressure to provide performance and compliance metrics to justify annual spend. By comparison, agile processes are uniquely well suited to metrics, providing measurements transparently and consistently as an extension of day-to-day operations.

TechWell Contributor's picture TechWell Contributor
Seven Agile Team Practices That Scale[article]

The benefits of agile software methods, including faster time to market, better responsiveness to changing customer requirements and higher application quality are undeniable to those who have mastered these practices. Agile practices, however, have been defined and recommended primarily to small team environments where co-location, ready access to interactive customers and small team size are the defining rule.  Are the benefits of agility to be denied to those larger software enterprises who don't share these simple paradigms? Or can the industry learn from these practices and apply some of the core principles to large scale development of applications that require 100, 200 or even 1,000 distributed team members to achieve?

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A Look at Administrator's Pak by Winternals[magazine]

Find out more about this suite of utilities that allows testers to repair locked-out systems, restore lost data, remove malware, and much more.

Marnie Hutcheson's picture Marnie Hutcheson
Working with Dull Knives[magazine]

Why "sharp" tools are needed in almost every organization.

Clarke Ching's picture Clarke Ching
A Look at Employment Trends in 2005[magazine]

Better Software magazine and StickyMinds.com offer up readers' responses to our annual salary survey.
 

Heather Shanholtzer's picture Heather Shanholtzer

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