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Smarter Testing with the 80:20 Rule[presentation]

It may not be a silver bullet, but knowledge of the 80:20 rule, and the special variation that applies to software testing, can help you dramatically improve your testing-and your entire software development lifecycle.

Erik Petersen, Specialist
A Missing Link: Project Management in the Testing Organization[presentation]

The emerging discipline of project management within the information technology arena can be a major move toward your testing organization accomplishing its stated goals.

Karol Vastrick, Federal Express
Testing a Distributed Application Written in Embedded Windows CE[presentation]

How will your Windows CE application perform once you start deploying it in the "real world"? This session addresses the many issues developers face when building distributed applications using embedded Windows.

Jim Walters, BSQUARE Corporation
Testing for Section 508 Accessibility Compliance[presentation]

Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act is a key issue affecting testing for more and more companies.

Bill Chandler, Rational Software
Laws of Testability[presentation]

This presentation explains the four "laws" of testability: test automation isn't possible without some level of testability; test automation is most successful when developers focus on providing testability; there is no clear distinction betw

Bret Pettichord, Pettichord Consulting
Testing from Use Cases Using Path Analysis Technique[presentation]

Use cases are an industry-standard method of specifying user interaction with the system, and hence have become part of the requirements definition phase of many software projects.

Naresh Ahlowalia, Object System Group
How to Break Software Security[presentation]

This presentation addresses classifying, finding, and attacking software security vulnerabilities.

James Whittaker, Florida Institue of Technology and Herbert Thompson, System Integrity
Keeping Your Outsourced Testing Under Control[presentation]

As companies focus on their core business, the option to outsource software testing becomes more and more attractive. And there are plenty of organizations out there that specialize in the practice.

Martin Pol, POLTEQ IT Services BV
What Does Your Title Say About Your Job?[article]

"That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet." True, sloppy naming schemes may be all right in some cases. But as Johanna Rothman explains in this column, when software professionals are looking for a job, hiring, or negotiating work assignments, it's crucial for their job titles to accurately portray the work they do. Read on to see if you agree with the definitions Johanna assigns to the more common QA-related job titles.

Johanna Rothman's picture Johanna Rothman
Surviving the Witch Hunt[magazine]

A witch hunt is the search for whoever let those darned bugs out into the field. How do you stop a witch hunt? The best way is to refocus attention from "someone to blame" to "something to fix." If you focus on what in the process is causing the defects and discuss how to minimize or even eliminate the causes, you have a real chance to turn things around.

Tony Akins's picture Tony Akins
Salary Survey 2002: Are You Weathering the Storm?[magazine]

The results of the third annual STQE magazine/StickyMinds.com salary survey give the temperature of the testing industry. Thanks to our readers' continued participation, we now have three years' worth of data and the ability to start looking for trends.

Anne Meilof's picture Anne Meilof
A Look at TeamTrack by TeamShare[magazine]

David Lee's company needed a system to track customer support and development issues—one that had the right combination of tools and the scalability they needed to effectively address their customer needs, as well as their own internal requirements. Here is a discussion of why they chose Team Track, and an evaluation of the tool.

David S. Lee's picture David S. Lee
How to Avoid Adaptive Testing Syndrome[magazine]

Adaptive Testing Syndrome happens when, for various reasons, test team members become blind to the idiosyncrasies of the software and even accept them as a normal part of the design. However, when a different tester, or maybe just a different set of tests, comes in contact with the software, the bugs become painfully obvious. Here's how to diagnose and avoid ATS.

Paul Sixt's picture Paul Sixt
Karl Wiegers on Software Inspections and Peer Reviews[magazine]

Peer reviews and inspections are among the highest-leverage software quality practices available. Here are some useful sources of guidance on how to perform software inspections and peer reviews, as well as some tools and online resources that can help you jump-start your fledgling review program.

Karl E. Wiegers's picture Karl E. Wiegers
XP, Iterative Development, and the Testing Community[article]

A recent StickyMinds column criticized the new Agile development methods as bad for business. The column generated many reader comments, and prompted this response from industry veteran Cem Kaner. Read on for his defense of iterative approaches.

Cem Kaner's picture Cem Kaner

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