Better Software Magazine Archive:

May/June 2004


Fooling Around with XP
By Michele Sliger

True confessions of a certified project manager, tempted to abandon all she has been taught for her one true passion.

A Look at IntelliJ IDEA3
By Andrew Geweke

Get the scoop on this refactoring tool from JetBrains.

Pay No Attention to the Quality Behind the Curtain
By Pam Young

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.

The Interior Department and Intelligent Life? Yahoo!
By Heather Shanholtzer

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

I Take It (Almost) All Back
By Rex Black

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.

From Invisible to Invaluable
By Elisabeth Hendrickson

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.

Don't Beg to Differ
By Brian Marick

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.

Location! Location! Location!
By Adam Kolawa

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.

Just Use It!
By Carolanne Fisher, Ph.D.

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
By Gerald M. Weinberg
Don Gray

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.

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