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Learning For Agile Testers, Part 1

What makes testers successful on agile teams? What skills do agile testers need to enjoy an exciting career and how can they learn those skills? In part one of our "Learning for Agile Testers" series, we explain what a well-rounded agile tester ought to know–and it goes way beyond technical skills!

Lisa Crispin's picture Lisa Crispin Janet Gregory
Filling The Blank Page

Having trouble starting projects, understanding scope and business processes, or with estimation? Mark shares some tips and techniques to avoid common business analysis pain points at the early part of a new project assignment.

Mark Jenkins's picture Mark Jenkins
Measure the Measurable: Improving Software Quality Through Telemetry

Observing customers in a usability lab can be invaluable for improving product design. But, once your software leaves the lab, do you know what your customers are actually doing and whether or not your software meets their expectations? Learn how engineers on the Microsoft Office team apply a variety of software telemetry techniques to understand real-world usage, how the results drive product improvements, and how you can apply similar techniques.

Jamie Campbell's picture Jamie Campbell
Mobile Challenges for Project Management: The Project Factors

Developing software for mobile apps requires a different mindset from developing for computers. Some concepts transfer directly, but there are many device-related challenges managers must overcome. In part one of this two-part series on mobile challenges, Jonathan Kohl addresses some of the project factors managers should take into account during mobile application development.

Jonathan Kohl's picture Jonathan Kohl
Hello, Better Software Magazine Reader!

A letter from the Better Software magazine editor—Editor in chief Heather Shanholtzer has graciously offered me the opportunity to write the editor's note for this issue of Better Software magazine as an opportunity to tell you about a project we've been working on for a while. We at Software Quality Engineering are quite fond of the content, contributors, and community at StickyMinds.com, but we recognize that even the finest houses eventually will need at least a fresh coat of paint.

Joey McAllister's picture Joey McAllister
FAQ: How can I deal with a compressed test schedule?

In this installment of FAQ, SQE Trainer Linda Hayes answers one of the questions students ask her most often.

Linda Hayes's picture Linda Hayes
Forget What You Think You Know

The transition to lean-agile can be challenging for traditional project managers because traditional competencies and practices can conflict with the core principles that explain why lean principles work. To help prepare project managers transitioning to lean-agile, this article exposes five counterintuitive practices that challenge standard project management beliefs.

Guy Beaver's picture Guy Beaver
Ten Ways to Improve Your Risk-Based Testing

Whether you are involved in a traditional V-model environment or applying agile development methodologies, setting testing priorities is always an issue. From practical experience in various domains (e.g., embedded, medical, automotive, banking, and logistics), Erik shares ten essential lessons learned regarding risk-based testing.

Erik van Veenendaal's picture Erik van Veenendaal
Enterprise Agile and The Business Analyst

Agile is making its way into the enterprise as a project methodology for industrial-strength projects. Why the popularity? The answer lies in the requirements paradox: “We want requirements to be stable, but requirements are never stable.” Discover some key agile concepts as they affect business analysts.

John C. Goodpasture's picture John C. Goodpasture
Negotiating Our Relationships

When joining a project, your position isn't a given; you must negotiate it. Lee identifies five roles that combine to make up team relationships.

Lee Copeland's picture Lee Copeland

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