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All Valuable Products Are Risky to Build[magazine]

Risks sound like disasters, but risks are neither bad nor good. They are only smart or stupid. Stupid risks are chances taken without significant gain if you succeed. Smart risks are ones that will pay off handsomely if you can overcome them. Smart risks are taken by folks who have knowingly made the decision to proceed in the face of risk.

Tim Lister's picture Tim Lister
Learning from Pathfinder's Bumpy Start[magazine]

Steve March discusses problems experienced by the Mars Pathfinder. He imparts the following lessons: 1) design defensively in the face of complexity; 2) design defensively for post-shipment problems; and 3) beware of best cases.

Steve March's picture Steve March
Does a Bug Make a Noise When It Falls in the Forest?[magazine]

You've probably heard the question about noise in the forest: Does a tree falling in the forest make any noise if no one is there to hear it? Noel Nyman examines the question, "Is a bug a bug if no user can ever make it happen?"

Noel Nyman's picture Noel Nyman
An Effective Technique for Verifying Software Design[magazine]

While working at a telecommunications company, Linda Hamm had the task of developing and automating tests in a very short time with high-quality expectations. One of the projects was a rule-based expert system for switch maintenance. To help nail down the requirements, the group wrote state diagrams. This article is about what they are and how the group used them.

Linda Hamm's picture Linda Hamm
How to Avoid Getting Burned by Your CD Release[magazine]

Despite the risks, many companies do not have a formal release process. This article will guide you through some simple steps to verify your software prior to release.

George Hamblen's picture George Hamblen
A Look at McCabe IQ: Metrics Analysis and Code Coverage[magazine]

Gedaliah Friedenberg encourages developers and development managers to use the McCabe IQ tool to enhance their development process and deliver better software to QA.

TechWell Contributor's picture TechWell Contributor
Nightly Builds: A Tester's Early Warning System[magazine]

We're all looking for an effective "Distant Early Warning" line of testing: a procedure that will minimize integration bugs, reduce the risk of low quality by allowing bugs to be caught early, make it easier to debug, and improve the visibility of the status of the system under test. One practice that meets those needs is the "nightly"—essentially a daily build and sanity test of the product.

Carla Oexmann's picture Carla Oexmann
Project Politics[magazine]

Politics is often seen as a dirty business--but in the right hands it can be a way of bridging the gap between "I've got a great new project idea" and getting the right product into your customers' hands. Elizabeth Schmitz shares what she's learned about project politics.

Elizabeth Schmitz's picture Elizabeth Schmitz
A Look at PREfix by Intrinsa[magazine]

PREfix provides a source code simulation tool that is able to perform automatic review for a wide range of programming defects that lead to program crashes. Defects reported by PREfix include de-referencing NULL pointers, using uninitialized memory, leaking memory or resources, or using illegal values. Here is an analysis of the product.

Rodney Wilson's picture Rodney Wilson
Project Planning: It's in the Cards[magazine]

Spend two days with an engineer named Eddie, and see how one skeptic learned the value of a low-tech, team-intensive, Cards-on-the-Wall planning technique.

Dwayne Phillips's picture Dwayne Phillips
A Study in Failures[magazine]

Examples of mistakes, manifestations, and problems help us understand all parts of the software. Brian Marick suggests Web resources that examine software failures.

Brian Marick's picture Brian Marick
Learning to Love Unit Testing[magazine]

Unit testing can become a developer's best friend. Find out how and why from two programmers who now rely on this practice to improve development.

Andy Hunt's picture Andy Hunt Dave Thomas
Getting the Most Out of Conferences[magazine]

Will the benefits of attending, learning, and networking at a conference outweigh the costs of travel, time, and energy? Here are some tips on how to get the most out of conferences.

Alyn Wambeke's picture Alyn Wambeke
Managing the End Game: Avoiding End-of-Project Complications by putting the Test Team in Charge[magazine]

Experiencing end-of-project woes? Read how one test team guided the work at the end of a project by establishing daily goals to meet weekly objectives; by grading the product with a two-tiered approach; and by posting frequent status reports.

Cindy Necaise's picture Cindy Necaise
Speaking of Quality[magazine]

Technical Editors Esther Derby and Brian Marick introduce Volume Four of STQE magazine.

Esther Derby's picture Esther Derby Brian Marick

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