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Quick Start to Quality - Five Important Test Support Practices[presentation]

As testers, we understand the virtues of clear equirements, effective configuration management, software inspections and reviews, project planning, and project tracking.

Louise Tamres, The Tamres Group
A Day in the Life of a Test Manager[presentation]

During every project, test managers face many issues and challenges and often have to make difficult judgement calls.

Clive Bates, Grove Consultants
Win-Win Delegation[article]

If you're a manager, you probably know what it's like to have more work than you can possibly do. However, it's unlikely you'll receive approval to hire another "you." How can you free up some time to focus on the strategic work of management? You may have an untapped resource in your group. Take a look at the career aspirations of your staff: Does anyone want to move up to be a team lead or manager? Delegating a defined chunk of management work can give someone the chance to try on a new role and learn a new skill.

Esther Derby's picture Esther Derby
One Process is Not a Fit For All Projects[article]

We should know that software development methods are situational, so why do so many people believe one process should work for every project? One size does not fit all and rarely do quick-fix methods help the process fit. In this week's column, Pete McBreen considers why we jump on the latest software development trend and what the fallout is when the trend and the project don't match.

Pete McBreen's picture Pete McBreen
A Look at IntelliJ IDEA3[magazine]

Get the scoop on this refactoring tool from JetBrains.

Andrew Geweke's picture Andrew Geweke
Pay No Attention to the Quality Behind the Curtain[magazine]

To continue our series exploring what it means to care about quality and to build better software, we spoke with Compuware executive David Kapelanski, who says that true quality is invisible.

Pam Young's picture Pam Young
The Interior Department and Intelligent Life? Yahoo![magazine]

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

Heather Shanholtzer's picture Heather Shanholtzer
I Take It (Almost) All Back[magazine]

Turn to The Last Word, where software professionals who care about quality give you their opinions on hot topics. This month, an industry expert explains why he changed his mind about the value of exploratory testing—well, mostly.

Rex Black's picture Rex Black
From Invisible to Invaluable[magazine]

Need a place to go to get the solutions you've been craving? Management Fix is what you've been looking for. In this issue, find out how to create visibility for your team.

Elisabeth Hendrickson's picture Elisabeth Hendrickson
Don't Beg to Differ[magazine]

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 why some arguments aren't worth having.

Brian Marick's picture Brian Marick
Location! Location! Location![magazine]

In real estate, it's not so much which house you buy as where you buy it. The same is true for bugs—the bug itself isn't as important as pinpointing where the bug lives and breeds. Learn one way to track down a bug's true source and prevent it from recurring.

Adam Kolawa's picture Adam Kolawa
Just Use It![magazine]

Like exercise, usability testing is something we all say we want to do but somehow never get around to doing. Yet, as the saying goes, a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. Find out how to take the first steps toward a real usability testing regimen.

The Liar's Contest[magazine]

Politics is a game we're asked to participate in each and every day. But when your project's future is on the line, do you want to play around? The penalties and risks surely outweigh any reward. Discover how to extricate yourself from these losing battles.

By the Dashboard Light: Providing Information, Not Data[article]

Your test group has an abundance of data but what does it mean to developers, project managers, or senior managers? In this column, Johanna offers a solution for delivering information to all of your customers in one place, that will be as handy as your car's dashboard.

Johanna Rothman's picture Johanna Rothman
When is Done Really Done?[article]

When your idea of a completed task is significantly different from that of your team's members, you're asking for trouble. In this week's column, Peter Clark outlines some steps you can take to ensure that everyone on your team understands your expectations when you ask them if they're "done."

Peter Clark's picture Peter Clark


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