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Take Time to Make Time

Scheduling a project can become a comedy of errors if you don't remember to plug in all the necessary pieces. In this week's column, Peter Clark takes us to a project kick-off meeting and shows us how to spot several common mistakes people make when creating project schedules.

Peter Clark's picture Peter Clark
Executor or Engineer

Software testers are typically grouped en masse in the world of information technology (IT). Many in the software testing profession, however, know that this should not be the case. In this column, Dion Johnson exposes the dichotomy in testing that has produced two distinct groups—software test engineers and software test executors—and why these groups are embroiled in a struggle to possess the crown as the industry's true software quality professionals.

Dion Johnson's picture Dion Johnson
Unearthing Buried Feedback

Most managers realize that giving feedback is an important part of their job. But not all managers are skilled at providing feedback. Some make vague comparisons, mistakenly apply labels as feedback, and others just hint and hope you'll get the message. Esther Derby offers advice on how to probe for the information that will help you understand your manager's concerns when he doesn't state them clearly.

Esther Derby's picture Esther Derby
Nancy Van Schooenderwoert - Embedded Agile- Agile 2005
Podcast

Nancy Van Schooenderwoert talks about her work in the agile embedded software space, the challenges of instrumenting embedded software for automated testing, and the future of a Fit Fixture for the embedded software world.

Bob Payne's picture Bob Payne
Is the Grass Greener on the Other Side of the Fence?

We may be creatures of habit—adhering to and promoting processes we know well—but we also habitually look to other work environments that appear capable of nurturing our ideas once an old environment becomes depleted. Ed Weller believes that searching for greener pastures is unnecessary. You just need to learn how to cultivate your managers in order to create an environment that will harbor your ideas. Ed explains why you'll end up grazing fruitlessly if you can't plant your ideas with management.

Ed Weller's picture Ed Weller
Mary Poppendieck - Lean Software Development - Agile 2005
Podcast

Mary Poppendieck talks about her work in the area of Lean Software Development, new product development and the Agile 2005 Conference in Denver.

Bob Payne's picture Bob Payne
Scott Ambler - Agile Modeling, Agile Database and the Agile Development Conference
Podcast

Scott Ambler talks about his work integrating the modeling and data communities into agile projects.

Bob Payne's picture Bob Payne
Arlo Belshee - Agile 2005 - Promiscuous Pairing and the Least Qualified Implementer
Podcast

Arlo Belshee talks about Promiscuous Pairing and the Least Qualified Implementer at the Agile 2005 Conference in Denver.

Bob Payne's picture Bob Payne
Dave Astels - Behavior Driven Development - Agile 2005
Podcast

Dave Astels talks about his new Behavior Driven Development project in Ruby.

Bob Payne's picture Bob Payne
User-Centered Design Roundtable with Lynn Miller, Jeff Patton, and Rebecca Wirfs-Brock
Podcast

This roundtable addresses the integration of User-Centered Design into an agile project.

Bob Payne's picture Bob Payne

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