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Bringing Your Requirements Discussions Down to Earth

Trying to communicate with businesspeople about requirements can make you feel like you're from another planet. Using concrete examples expressed as storytests to drive the development of a system can help bring you back into the same orbit. Discover ways to introduce this process on your next project.

Rick Mugridge's picture Rick Mugridge
A Look at PerlClip

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 PerlClip.

Danny R. Faught's picture Danny R. Faught
Clean and Green

All code is not created equal. Learn from a master of the craft how to spot bad code and mold it into good. Mike Clark explains how to clean up your code clutter by removing duplication.

Mike Clark's picture Mike Clark
Staying on the Critical Path

Connect with an expert to learn how to work smarter and discover new ways to uncover more defects. Michael Bolton leads us further down the path to successful critical thinking by teaching us the kinds of questions we should ask to obtain the most useful information.

Michael Bolton's picture Michael Bolton
Bridging the Gap Between Disciplines: Software Testing and UX Design

Two industry experts from very different worlds walk you through a Eureka! moment. Get their thoughts on how to build a strong, successful collaborative effort between two distinct disciplines—software testing and user experience (UX) design.

Brian Marick's picture Brian Marick Jeff Patton
The Power of Predictability

Turn to The Last Word, where software professionals who care about quality give you their opinions on hot topics. This month, Linda Hayes details why being able to predict the end state of your data at the beginning of a test is vital to achieving accurate results.

Linda Hayes's picture Linda Hayes
A Look at Subversion 1.2

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 Subversion 1.2.

Mike Mason's picture Mike Mason
The Dark Side of Multitasking

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, Mike Cohn discusses the myth of multitasking and how trying to work on too many tasks at once can actually kill productivity.

Mike Cohn's picture Mike Cohn
The Whole Is a Sum of Its Parts

Managing large teams adds up to a headache, especially when it comes to Agile projects. Learn how to successfully divide over-sized teams into Agile subteams—from a practitioner who literally wrote the book on the subject.

Jutta Eckstein's picture Jutta Eckstein
I Do Not Want a Bug Report

Building relationships is important because trust allows us to share information more freely. In his article, Jason Yip explains why he'd rather have a face-to-face conversation about bugs instead of relying solely on a traditional bug report.

Jason Yip's picture Jason Yip

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