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Bayesian Belief Nets: Predicting Defect Rates and Resource Requirements

A Bayesian Belief Net is a graphical network that represents probabilistic relationships among variables. Here is a studied look at this causal modeling technique as applied to defect prediction and resource estimation.

Norman Fenton's picture Norman Fenton
Mining Gold from Server Logs

What do your customers really think about your Web site? Here's how to use the records you already have to improve your Web testing.

Karen N. Johnson's picture Karen N. Johnson
Revisiting Your Piece of the Pie: Money in the New Millennium

More than 1,800 industry professionals responded to the third annual STQE/StickyMinds salary poll. The results suggest that, although it has been an unsettling year, the picture doesn't look all that bad for software QA professionals.

Alyn Wambeke's picture Alyn Wambeke
The Top 13 Mistakes In Load Testing Applications

This is a no-holds-barred discussion of common load testing errors and consequences. Load testing can and should be done long before a system has a stable or complete user interface. One reason that people often schedule load testing as a final step in a test or development plan is the confusion linking load testing with functional testing.

Mark D. Anderson's picture Mark D. Anderson
In Search of Defect Tracking Systems

Defect tracking systems influence business-critical decisions. Building and installing a corporate-wide defect tracking system takes a small but well-balanced development team. Your implementation may be as simple as opening the package and typing "setup" or it may take months of programming. Here's how to find and implement the right system for your organization.

Bob Johnson's picture Bob Johnson
Building a Project-Oriented Culture

What does it take to support excellence in your software organization? Taking advantage of basic project frameworks and status reporting systems can empower you to effect organizational change from any level. Here's how to make it happen.

Michael K. Levine's picture Michael K. Levine
eXtreme Rules of the Road

In the fast-paced eXtreme Programming environment, how can the tester steer the project toward success? Being in a more detached role, sometimes the tester can see a neck-breaking hairpin curve in the road before everyone else. Here are some tips for navigating the challenges of high-speed, iterative design.

Lisa Crispin's picture Lisa Crispin
Measuring Process Improvement

Tracking your project goals lets you know how well your improvement program is going, provides visibility early to detect problems, and gives you data to make your future plans more effective. Here's how to measure improvement based on your project's goals and problems.

Mary Sakry's picture Mary Sakry
Trade Secrets from a Web Testing Expert

If you oversee a mission-critical Web site, you want to be able to predict how many users you can handle within acceptable response times. Here are three fundamental load testing concepts you can't do without.

Alberto Savoia's picture Alberto Savoia
Outsourcing: What to Consider When Supplementing Your Test and QA Capabilities

Companies outsource for a variety of reasons, with a variety of expectations. This article describes ways outsourcing can be successful, and reasons outsourcing may fail. This is an in-depth article that sets the stage and discusses numerous scenarios.

Jim Bampos's picture Jim Bampos

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