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The Expert as Impediment[magazine]

Turn to The Last Word, where software professionals who care about quality give you their opinions on hot topics. This month, Brian Marick offers advice on why people are sometimes right to resist experts.

Brian Marick's picture Brian Marick
A Look at Visual Studio 2005[magazine]

Need to get the scoop on the latest software tests and trends? You've come to the right place. Get one reviewer’s opinion of Microsoft’s Visual Studio 2005.

Mark Michaelis's picture Mark Michaelis
Watir Works[magazine]

Test automation of Web applications can be done more effectively by accessing the plumbing within the user interface. Kohl and Rogers offer a nuts and bolts look at Watir, a tool many are using to check the pipes.

Jonathan Kohl's picture Jonathan Kohl Paul Rogers
It Takes Two to Tango: What You Should Know About Pair Programming[magazine]

Pair programming is an Agile practice that has been shown to greatly improve code quality without a huge increase in development time. This article explains the ins and outs of pair programming and some things you need to consider before you tell team members to grab a partner and get programming.

Rachel Davies's picture Rachel Davies
Injecting Testability into Your Test Designs[magazine]

The term dependency injection has attained buzzword status within the programming community. Follow Agile developer J.B. Rainsberger as he goes beyond the buzz and breaks down a specific example of how injecting a dependency can improve the testability of your design.

J.B. Rainsberger's picture J.B. Rainsberger
Changing How You Manage Change[magazine]

Every manager has a story to tell. Find out how one management professional tackles a fictional dilemma. The story may be made up, but the solutions are tried and true. In the first installment of this series of columns, Naomi Karten offers tips on how to handle change in the workplace.

Naomi Karten's picture Naomi Karten
Tame the Name[magazine]

All code is not created equal. Learn from a master of the craft how to spot bad code and mold it into good. In the first iteration of this monthly column, learn why selecting names for classes, methods, and variables is an art you'll want to perfect.

Mike Clark's picture Mike Clark
The Pleasure of Finding Things Out[magazine]

Connect with an expert to learn how to work smarter and learn new techniques to uncover more defects. In the first installment of this recurring column, Michael Bolton revels in the joy of discovery.

Michael Bolton's picture Michael Bolton
Why Agile Projects Don't Thrash[magazine]

Tension is present on every software project. It comes from the stress of ensuring the software is fit for its purpose, which often leads to multiple changes. Find out why agile projects handle change better than most, and learn three things you can try on your next project to keep change in check.

Ronald E. Jeffries's picture Ronald E. Jeffries
A Mind-Changing Exercise[article]

After reading Naomi Karten's StickyMinds.com article "Thinking Inside the Box," in which she mentioned an experiential exercise she had facilitated, numerous readers contacted her to learn more about conducting such exercises. In this column, Naomi Karten describes one of her favorite team exercises, with details on how to conduct it and what to expect when you do.

Naomi Karten's picture Naomi Karten
Stop Listening to Your Users[magazine]

Just because you have a problem does not mean you are the best person to solve it. In this issue's Technically Speaking, Mike Cohn recommends truly involving users as participants in the process instead of just asking them what they want.

Mike Cohn's picture Mike Cohn
Estimating Testing Time[article]

Testers are always facing a time crunch. As part of a recent assessment, a senior manager asked, "How long should the testing really take? It takes our testers from four, five, six, to thirty (insert your number of choice here) weeks, and we need it to take less time. Why can't it take less time, and how can we tell what's going on so we know how much testing we need?" In this column, Johanna Rothman answers with a timeline. By estimating how many testing cycles will be needed, plus how long each will take, she can map out the entire testing process. From this viewpoint, she is able to pinpoint where the process can be streamlined thus reducing the time spent testing.

Johanna Rothman's picture Johanna Rothman
Open Source Disk Imaging with Frisbee[magazine]

Need to get the scoop on the latest software tests and trends? You’ve come to the right place. Get one reviewer’s opinion of Frisbee as well as some facts straight from the developer’s mouth.

Chris McMahon's picture Chris McMahon
What's the Buzz[magazine]

Need information but don’t have time to wade through bookracks looking for that perfect reference? The StickyMinds.com Books Guide can help. Get the scoop from StickyMinds.com members on three books that can keep you up to date on the latest issues.

StickyMinds Editorial's picture StickyMinds Editorial
Repeating the Unrepeatable Bug[magazine]

At some point in their careers, most testers experience the frustration of "The Unrepeatable Bug." Find out why one tester thinks that bug is a myth, and learn ways to duplicate the seemingly impossible.

Jonathan Kohl's picture Jonathan Kohl

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