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Just Use It!

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

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.

Secure the Parameter!

Read about one of the most common Web security bugs, parameter violation. Find out what it is, how it works, and how you can secure your site against it.

Mike Andrews's picture Mike Andrews
(Not So) Trivial Pursuits

How one tester learned the hard way that quality is in the eye of the pocketbook holder.

Geordie Keitt's picture Geordie Keitt
An Ounce of Prevention

Turn to The Last Word, where software professionals who care about quality give you their opinions on hot topics. This month, find out why Matthew Heusser thinks that quality problems should be prevented, not cured.

Matthew Heusser's picture Matthew Heusser
What Your Weekly Meetings Aren't Telling You

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 one-on-one meetings can reveal problems and opportunities that might otherwise not surface until it's too late.

Esther Derby's picture Esther Derby
The Many Faces of Quality

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, Brian Marick explains why he believes the future of software lies in trust and teamwork among the many people who care about quality.

Brian Marick's picture Brian Marick
Want Better Software? Just Ask

An effective project customer can turn a good product into a great one. But he's got to know how. Mike Cohn gives project customers seven simple rules for communicating product goals effectively to development.

Mike Cohn's picture Mike Cohn
Make What's Counted Count

As a manager, how do you use the data you collect to actually steer your company's actions? One key is to know what the data actually means. Ben Linders shares how telecommunications giant Ericsson began getting the real story behind its numbers.

Ben Linders's picture Ben Linders
Domain-Centric Programming: Redefining the Universe

Sometimes to build better software you have to challenge long-standing assumptions. Find out what happened when one programmer realized his priorities were upside-down.

J.B. Rainsberger's picture J.B. Rainsberger


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