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A Rush to Judgement

If you find an article grating on you, if you think the author is clearly wrong-headed, I suggest you read it differently than you probably read most articles. Explicitly separate what the author implies you should believe from the actions she describes. Focus on her specific results and the actions that led to them. How, in your style of work could you adapt the author's actions to get your results? In this edition of Technically Speaking, Brian Marick explores this possibilty.

Brian Marick's picture Brian Marick
Once upon a Design

Communicating a project design is similar to telling or writing a story, and the same rules apply. Discover how to consider your purpose and your audience as you craft your tale.

Rebecca Wirfs-Brock's picture Rebecca Wirfs-Brock
Eliminating Automation Overhead

Overhead code is code that is necessary for carrying out the operations of an automated test, but obscures the test's point. Find out how using interface layers can lead to greater efficiency and easier maintenance.

Andrew Lance's picture Andrew Lance
Orchestrating Integration Testing

Verifying the operation of a complex software system can be a daunting task. Here is a systematic approach to the job. This article details six steps for testing duct-taped programs.

Len DiMaggio's picture Len DiMaggio
The Marriage of Estimation and Negotiation

Successful projects deliver what they say they will, when they say they can, at a certain cost. Generating reliable project commitments requires a union between accurate project estimation and principled negotiation.

Michael Mah's picture Michael Mah
Leveraging Inspections

You can improve your inspection process, moving from 50 percent to as much as 90 percent defect removal before entering test. Learn how to record and analyze the right data.

Ed Weller's picture Ed Weller
Testing the Programs That Test Programs

This edition warns of the trouble that comes when you start testing the programs that test programs. Next-generation tools could be just what your project needs. Linda Hayes explains the pros and cons of implementing such a solution.

Linda Hayes's picture Linda Hayes
The Care and Feeding of Testing Skills

It's a good idea to thoroughly study the bugs that have already been found in the software you're testing. It's even better if you study other people's bugs, too. Read on in this issue of Career Development as Elisabeth Hendrickson provides a helpful guide to continuous professional development.

Elisabeth Hendrickson's picture Elisabeth Hendrickson
A Look at the Perforce Version Control System

Using the right tools for the job is always important; with tools that become components of your software production line, it is critical. Perforce is a version control system with ready hooks for integration into bug tracking systems. The author explains the advantages of using Perforce and why you should consider it for your team.

Tom Tyler's picture Tom Tyler
Get the Picture?

Peter TerMaat tells the story of a failing project and a chart that influenced a $2 million decision.

Peter TerMaat's picture Peter TerMaat

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