Articles

The Space Shuttle Challenger launch Prevent Disaster by Righting Cultural Dysfunction on Your Team

The space shuttles Challenger and Columbia were two of NASA's biggest disasters. Investigations into these accidents discovered the engineering issues responsible, but management practices and cultural barriers also were found to be contributing factors. Does your organization have a healthy culture that lets you safely voice concerns? It could help you prevent tragedy.

Payson Hall's picture Payson Hall
caution sign Proactively Planning for Risks to Your Agile Project

Being aware of risk is good project management common sense. But to address risk quickly and effectively when you encounter it, the best method is to establish clear, agreed-upon, communicated responses to risk before it even happens. Dave Browett suggests some tactics to mitigate and confront risk you can use with your team.

Dave Browett's picture Dave Browett
Agile Can Help With Risk Management How Using Agile Can Help with Risk Management

Agile methods are one way to use iterations and frequent feedback to manage risk. Getting feedback early so that you can make corrections or change expectations isn’t a new idea, but implementing a process that can give you both this feedback and the tools you need to make corrections is difficult for a number of reasons.

Steve Berczuk's picture Steve Berczuk
Building a Backlog for Legacy System Changes

Kent McDonald writes that teams often assume that they cannot split their changes into small stories because the resulting stories would not provide value. What they fail to realize is that they can split these bigger changes into smaller changes and gain value by showing their stakeholders, getting feedback, and incorporating that feedback in their continued development.

Kent J. McDonald's picture Kent J. McDonald

Better Software Magazine Articles

managing risk Managing Risk in an Agile World

Most software projects take great pains to identify and mitigate risks. Traditional risk analysis techniques can be subjective, time-consuming, and complicated. All it takes is a simple spreadsheet.

Jeremy Jarrell's picture Jeremy Jarrell
A Radical View of Software Licensing and Piracy

Software vendors are making extraordinary efforts to protect the installation and use of apps, but have they gone too far? Preventing software piracy can have an adverse effect on genuine users. Software licensing  technology, according to Steve, needs to strike the best balance of protecting the asset while trusting the customer.

Steven Cholerton's picture Steven Cholerton
Reading the Tea Leaves: Predicting a Project's Future

Project assessment and forecasting aren't magic. Payson Hall examines six factors that can increase the likelihood of project success.

Payson Hall's picture Payson Hall
Using Mission and Risk Diagnostics to Enhance Business Continuity

Noah Gamer explains that mission and risk diagnostics provide an excellent approach to risk management for any company. Using these elements together, an organization can create a better business continuity strategy. While risk is not always bad, identifying and mitigating risks can help your organization achieve success.

Noah Gamer's picture Noah Gamer

Interviews

A Firsthand Agile Transition Success Story: An Interview with Penny Wyatt

In this interview, Penny Wyatt discusses her Agile Development Conference West session, "Transform Your Agile Test Process to Ship Fast with High Quality," to share some of the ways she and her team achieved success, and how they—and you—can continue to develop and grow together.

Noel Wurst's picture Noel Wurst
Jeff Payne Security Testing in an Agile World: An Interview with Jeff Payne

Jeffrey Payne sat down with Noel Wurst to discuss a range of topics, including advice for teams that are attempting agile for the first time, the importance of clear communication between teams, and the ways that security testing has changed alongside modern technology.

Noel Wurst's picture Noel Wurst

Conference Presentations

Agile DevOps Metrics to Assess Risk in DevOps
Slideshow

As software development becomes more value-focused, the need for a fluid production process emerges. That process is DevOps. However, when the number of release cycles rises, so does the risk of disruptive code entering the system and eroding the value that development creates. 

Bill Dickenson
STAREAST 2015: Risk-Based Testing for Agile Projects
Slideshow

Many projects implicitly use some kind of risk-based approach for prioritizing testing activities. However, critical testing decisions should be based on a product risk assessment process using key business drivers as its foundation. For agile projects, this assessment should be both...

Erik van Veenendaal, Improve IT Services BV
Reducing the Cost of Software Testing

The demand to deliver more software in less time is increasing. Give in to the pressure without thinking, and you end up facing burnout, stress, business risk, and, most likely, even more demands. Refuse, fight the good fight, and it is likely the business will replace you with someone else.

Matthew Heusser, Excelon Development
Intelligent Mistakes in Test Automation
Slideshow

A number of test automation ideas that at first glance seem very sensible actually contain pitfalls and problems that you should avoid. Dot Graham describes five of these “intelligent mistakes”—automated tests will find more bugs more quickly; spending a lot on a tool must guarantee great...

Dorothy Graham, Software Test Consultant

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