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Reporting Systems: Tracking the Details[magazine]

If you're paying the bill for all the graphics, glitz, and applets, you're going to want to have some evidence that thousands of potential customers have actually seen your Web site. Here is a step-by-step recipe for testing system, network, and Internet reporting systems.

Len DiMaggio's picture Len DiMaggio
Adventures in Automated Testing[magazine]

Sometimes the best teacher is experience. Here's a look at four real-life projects, each with a different problem domain, testing approach, and test tool, and the lessons they offered in automatic test generation.

Pete TerMaat's picture Pete TerMaat
Test Design: Developing Test Cases from Use Cases[magazine]

A use case is a sequence of actions performed by a system, which combined together produce a result of value to a system user. Use cases describe the "process flows" through a system based on its actual likely use, so the test cases derived from use cases are most useful in uncovering defects in the process flows during real-world use of the system. Here is an example of how a use case is used to derive and prioritize test cases.

Ross Collard's picture Ross Collard
Application Integration[magazine]

Building an integrated suite of applications can be complicated, especially when several groups are working on the project in different locations. Here are some risks, as well as recommendations for allowing planning, development, and testing artifacts to be shared between disparate groups.

Sam Guckenheimer's picture Sam Guckenheimer
Untangling Communication[magazine]

Software development involves sharing critical ideas in a hectic, high-pressure environment. If you want your team to excel in its software projects, it's important to understand the communication circuitry at work in your everyday interactions. Here's a look at the components of the communication process, and five common errors to avoid.

Dale Emery's picture Dale Emery
Building Productivity Through Measurement[magazine]

Collecting and analyzing some simple measures on your application development project will provide a set of building blocks that can be used to manage your projects. This data will improve your success rate and reduce project development risk. Here are some simple measures that can improve your development efforts.

Randy Numbers's picture Randy Numbers
Requirements When the Field Isn't Green[magazine]

Most advice on requirements gathering is targeted for brand-new "green-field" projects. What about evolving projects? Here's a seven-point strategy for those of us working on maintenance, updates, and legacy documentation.

Karl E. Wiegers's picture Karl E. Wiegers
Calculating the Value of Testing[magazine]

From an executive's perspective, software testing is not a capital investment in the physical plant, an acquisition, or another readily accepted business expense. A Quality Assurance Manager describes how to present testing as a business-process investment.

James Bullock's picture James Bullock
Lo-Fi GUI Design[magazine]

This article takes you from “what happens before Lo-Fi Design” (understand the user) to storyboarding (with post-it notes), through final implementation. Other steps include window design (get out the scissors) and simulated execution. This thorough, step-by-step explanation of design method is supplemented with graphics and a usability sidebar.

Luke Hohmann's picture Luke Hohmann
Bringing Your Test Data to Life[magazine]

Tracking test results is one of the fundamental tasks that your software testing organization must perform to be successful. Explore how a customized database can enhance that process.

Len DiMaggio's picture Len DiMaggio
Estimating Time, Effort, and Cost[magazine]

Correctly judging project needs and scope is a challenging task. Here are some techniques and tools for accurately predicting project deliverables.

David Garmus's picture David Garmus
Extreme Testing[magazine]

Rapid application development means you have to accept that the things you build will need to change. Approach development in a way that makes it easy to transform yesterday’s code into what you need tomorrow. This article explains how testing works in the world of Extreme Programming.

Ronald E. Jeffries's picture Ronald E. Jeffries
Collaborate for Quality[magazine]

Project teams are searching for ways to develop requirements that are as free from defects as possible. Here's how you can use collaborative workshops, along with walkthroughs and QA checklists, to develop high-quality requirements.

Ellen ellensqe's picture Ellen ellensqe
What's With These Buffer Overrun Bugs?[magazine]

Many of the culprits responsible for security breaches found on corporate networks and the Internet today have used buffer overrun problems as the main way to exploit the system. Here is an examination of buffer overrun bugs and how to prevent them.

Bob Johnson's picture Bob Johnson
Keys to Setting Achievable Goals[magazine]

David Schmaltz identifies five types of goals—aspirations, constraints, regulators, targets, and legacies—and shows how to find common understanding and create meaningful objectives in team projects.

David A. Schmaltz's picture David A. Schmaltz

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