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Are We There Yet?

Create project dashboards to display project progress and drive your team to success.

Johanna Rothman's picture Johanna Rothman
Bulking Up

How can strengthening people skills, such as teamwork and communication, help shape you into a top-form tester?

Fiona Charles's picture Fiona Charles
Code With Character

Use .NET generics to get to know your data types and form more meaningful, trusting, typesafe relationships with them.

Tod Golding's picture Tod Golding
Taking Our Act on the Road

In this Test Connection, Michael Bolton discusses making your products portable.

Michael Bolton's picture Michael Bolton
Changing Minds About Context Switching

Turn to The Last Word, where software professionals who care about quality give you their opinions on hot topics. This month, Johanna Rothman explains what technicians can do to convince management that context switching in the technical world is a sure-fire means to a late project.

Johanna Rothman's picture Johanna Rothman
A Look at Canoo WebTest

Need to get the scoop on the latest software tests and trends? You've come to the right place. Get one reviewer's opinion of Canoo WebTest, an open source tool that supports Web application development through test automation.

Lisa Crispin's picture Lisa Crispin
The Short Management Lifecycle

Every manager has a story to tell. Find out how one management professional tackles a fictional dilemma. The story may be made up, but the solutions are tried and true. In this installment, Patrick Bailey tells the harrowing tale of a skilled technician-turned-manager who finds himself in a sticky situation with his CEO.

Patrick Bailey's picture Patrick Bailey
The Good, the Bad, and the Agile Customer

What do you do when assigned the role of project customer, with a team that has never worked with a customer, building an application that was barely thought out? Sound like a nightmare? It doesn't have to be. Find out how one project manager beat the odds to produce a high-quality, on-time release.

Nick Alesandro's picture Nick Alesandro
Sustainable Change

We're pleased to bring you technical editors who are well respected in their fields. Get their take on everything that relates to the industry, technically speaking. In this issue, Brian Marick suggests three ways to combat recidivism on your projects.

Brian Marick's picture Brian Marick
Metrics Motivation

Typical metrics are used to predict an outcome by comparing plans to actual results. They are objective and don't influence what you are trying to measure. Biased metrics, on the other hand, are a valuable tool for deliberately altering behavior to improve the performance of a group. Find out how biased metrics can be used on your projects to pinpoint problems in specific areas and to influence people to fix them.

Jan Scott's picture Jan Scott

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