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Why Agile Works: Focus on the Details of Software Development

It's easy to overlook details when your focus is on the big picture. But, if you adjust your perspective, you may find new value in understanding why things work the way they do. Learn why agile works and how it can apply to both complex and simple projects.

Don Gray's picture Don Gray
A Major Award

You may remember the "major award" from the film A Christmas Story as "that gaudy leg lamp." But, for Ralphie's Old Man, it’s "indescribably beautiful." Sometimes, the meaning of an award is more important than the award itself.

Lisa Crispin's picture Lisa Crispin
Simplicity and Precision: Test Planning in Agile Projects

Test planning is often thought unnecessary in an agile project. However, if our mindset is on "planning" rather than "plans," we see that test-planning activities happen throughout the project, taking advantage of levels of precision, i.e., what is absolutely necessary at each level.

Janet Gregory's picture Janet Gregory
I’ve Got a Feeling: Emotions in Testing

There are people who believe that emotions have no place in software testing when, in fact, the opposite is true. Decisions about quality are always emotional. If you want to be a better tester, get in touch with your feelings.

Michael Bolton's picture Michael Bolton
How Can I Become a Test Automation Entrepreneur?

In Better Software's FAQ, SQE trainers answer the questions they are asked most frequently. In this issue, Linda Hayes talks leveraging your automation expertise.

Linda Hayes's picture Linda Hayes
It's All a Matter of Perspective

Everyone has a unique perspective on problems at work. Help your problems make it to the top of the queue by expressing them in terms of business value.

Johanna Rothman's picture Johanna Rothman
Software Testing Is a Game

Skilled testing—an important part of creating valuable technology—is under attack. We need to rethink the problem, analyze why people resist testing, and create approaches to make it more engaging. Gamification provides one model to help us improve our approach.

Jonathan Kohl's picture Jonathan Kohl
Season Cycle Moving Round and Round

A letter from the Better Software magazine editor.

Joey McAllister's picture Joey McAllister
The Four Horsemen of the Testing Apocalypse

Much like the biblical horsemen of Pestilence, War, Famine, and Death, the "Four Horsemen of the Testing Apocalypse" ride into our lives and work bearing great challenges. If the software of tomorrow is to be better than the software of today, we must face these foes directly.

James Whittaker's picture James Whittaker
Reports of the Death of Testing Have Been Greatly Exaggerated

Some say testing is dead. Others argue that it's indispensable. Lee Copeland says that both sides are valid—if you keep their contexts in mind.

Lee Copeland's picture Lee Copeland

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