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Honeybees, Blimps, and Lava Lamps

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, discover why reflex might be the key to better software development.

Brian Marick's picture Brian Marick
Combined Strengths

One school of thought says each should do what he's best at and no more. But one company has graduated to a new way of life. Instead of isolating testers and business analysts, the two teams are melded into one—resulting in a more robust product created in less time at a reduced cost. Could this hybrid approach work for you?

Gedaliah Friedenberg's picture Gedaliah Friedenberg
Double Duty: Repurpose Unit Tests to Create System Documentation

System documentation is a pain to do and it's even harder to keep up to date. What if, by refining the unit tests you already are doing, you could create documentation automatically, and have it be automatically updated? Find out how one team is making it work for them.

Brian Button's picture Brian Button
The Proper Care and Feeding of Programmers

Developers are a unique bunch. They tend to have innate characteristics that cause them to approach problems in ways that leave their managers scratching their heads. Discover what natural behaviors are likely to cause conflicts and what you can do to work with those instinctual traits, instead of against them.

Mike Cohn's picture Mike Cohn
Good Tool. Bad Application

Excel does a great job as a spreadsheet, but when you try to push it into service as a database you may be in for some rude surprises.

Chris McMahon's picture Chris McMahon
A Look at Worksoft Certify

Need to get the scoop on the latest software tools and trends? You've come to the right place. Get one reviewer's opinion of Certify’s test automation tool for nonprogrammers.

Geoff Stewart's picture Geoff Stewart
Divide and Conquer

When taking on a new job or even a new project, the sheer number of tasks can seem overwhelming. Find out how a few stacks and applied prioritization can help you cut through the clutter and clear a path to success.

Douglas Hoffman's picture Douglas Hoffman
Art, Upgrades, and Algorithms

Get the software engineering slant on items from the recent news.
 

Heather Shanholtzer's picture Heather Shanholtzer
Stale Plans Are the Devil's Workshop

Turn to The Last Word, where software professionals who care about quality give you their opinions on hot topics. This month, see why it is important to keep your plans up to date.

Payson Hall's picture Payson Hall
Welcome, Programmers

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, read about the changes we're making to Better Software this year.

Brian Marick's picture Brian Marick

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