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What's the Deal with "Best Practices" - Revisiting the Idea[presentation]

We talk about "best practices" as though they exist-an ideal way to manage a team, develop software, and test applications. All we have to do is discover what best practices are.

Dan North, ThoughtWorks
Lessons Learned in Project Management[presentation]

You've managed projects, but they're never easy. They don't fit into the nice definitions found in project management books. Your schedules are generally off. There are always unkind surprises.

Johanna Rothman, Rothman Consulting Group, Inc.
Attacking Waste in Software: Three Practices We Must Embrace Now[presentation]

One of the seven principles of Lean Thinking is "eliminate waste." Eliminating waste means minimizing the cost of the resources we use to deliver software to our stakeholders.

Jean Tabaka, Rally Software Development
The Good, the Better, and the Rather Puzzling: The Agile Experience at Five Companies[presentation]

Strategic software development is happening every day-and failures continue to plague us. Unquestionably, a major paradigm shift is underway with the movement to agile methods. But are they really working?

Michael Mah, QSM Associates, Inc.
Agile and the Seven Deadly Sins of Project Management[presentation]

Agile approaches to software development promise many advantages: shorter schedules, more productive teams, products that better meet customer expectations, higher quality, and more.

Mike Cohn, Mountain Goat Software
Managing Contracts for Outsourced Testing[presentation]

In large outsourced projects, the contractual aspects of testing are often poorly defined even though testing may be half the overall project cost. Why is this?

Paul Gerrard, Gerrard Consulting
Using Source Code Metrics to Guide Testing[presentation]

Source code metrics are frequently used to evaluate software quality and identify risky code that requires focused testing.

Paul Anderson, GrammaTech, Inc.
Man and Machine: Combining Automation Tools with the Human Mind[presentation]

When we think of automated testing, we usually think of unattended tests that are executed by computer software. When we think of manual testing, we think of a human being executing tests without the aid of a machine.

Jonathan Kohl, Kohl Concepts Inc.
Making User Acceptance a Testing Process, Not a Testing Phase[presentation]

Historically, the user acceptance test (UAT) is the last test we perform before product delivery.

Donna McLeod, Safeway Inc
Root Cause Analysis: Dealing with Problems, Not Symptoms[presentation]

Test managers often choose solutions to problems without sufficient analysis, resulting in a cover-up of the symptom rather than a solution to the underlying problem.

Alon Linetzki, The Sela Group
STAREAST 2008: The Hard Truth about Offshore Testing[presentation]

Test managers often choose solutions to problems without sufficient analysis, resulting in a cover-up of the symptom rather than a solution to the underlying problem.

Jim Olsen, Dell Inc
Measure Quality on the Way In - Not on the Way Out[presentation]

If you have been a test manager for longer than a week, you have probably experienced pressure from management to offshore some test activities to save money.

Jan Fish, Lifeline Systems
The Four T's of Test Automation[presentation]

Historically, organizations have measured the level of software quality after a system goes into production. What about measuring the level of software quality coming into testing?

David Dang, Questcon Technologies, A Division of Howard Systems Intl.
Test Design for Complex System Testing[presentation]

While functional testing generally focuses on specific areas of a single component, system testing focuses on multiple components and interactions within their environment.

Mark Duquette, IBM
How to Build and Motivate the Ideal Test Team[presentation]

Testing projects have a habit of getting into trouble.

Lloyd Roden, Grove Consultants

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