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Is There a Quality Spectrum?

A letter from the Better Software magazine editor.

Heather Shanholtzer's picture Heather Shanholtzer
Does Agile Change the Way a Tester Works?

In this installment of FAQ, SQE Trainer Jeffery Payne answers one of the questions students ask him most often.

Jeffery E. Payne's picture Jeffery E. Payne
Agile Code for Agile Teams

What makes a team agile? Is it in the way it plans projects or how it engineers its products? In this article, Steve Berczuk explains how agile code and technical practices can help a team stay agile across the product lifecycle.

Steve Berczuk's picture Steve Berczuk
The Half-Life Of Trust

There is definite asymmetry between building trust and destroying trust. While building trust can be complex and time-consuming, destroying trust can be done in one simple instant.

Lee Copeland's picture Lee Copeland
Move Your Career Forward

Often we spend too much time analyzing or agonizing about where to go in our careers and too little time moving forward. This article provides a few practical tips to break out of career analysis paralysis and start taking the steps that will build forward momentum behind your career.

Laura Brandenburg's picture Laura Brandenburg
A Sticky Situation: Low-Tech Test Tools to the Rescue

The testing craft is sometimes fascinated with high-tech, expensive tools that are intended to help managers keep up to date on what's going on. Yet, sometimes heavyweight tools aren't necessary. Michael Bolton describes how Paul Holland, a senior test manager, uses a decidedly low-tech approach to track and illustrate the testing story.

Michael Bolton's picture Michael Bolton
Creative Agility

Many new products being developed require the contribution of artists and other such "creatives," but artists often view the creative process as an organic thing that cannot be analyzed, dissected, or reduced to a set of defined practices without killing it. This article explores barriers such as these to the introduction of agile methods and how these barriers can be overcome.

Clinton  Keith 's picture Clinton Keith
Why Do Requirements Matter?

A series of dining mishaps leads Lee to reflect on why mistakes happen in spite of well-defined requirements.

Lee Copeland's picture Lee Copeland
Once Upon A Retrospective

Children can teach us some extremely profound things--often when we least expect it. Jennitta Andrea shares sage advice about project retrospectives that she learned while perusing the well-known children's stories on her daughter's bookshelf. These insights will help improve the way you plan, facilitate, and participate in project retrospectives.

Jennitta Andrea's picture Jennitta Andrea
Content (and Creativity) Is King in 2012

A letter from the Better Software magazine editor.

Heather Shanholtzer's picture Heather Shanholtzer

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