Better Software Magazine Archive:

Fall 2015


Balancing Waterfall Predictability with Agile Flexibility
By Arlen Bankston

In this FAQ column, Arlen Bankston highlights the difficulty many companies have making the full transition to agile, straddling between waterwall ways and the new horizons of agility.  Arlen provides techniques that can enable companies to ease into the transition, allowing their organization to make the adjustments without the burden of large plans and commitments.

The Evolution of Testing Centers of Excellence
By Rajini Padmanaban

According to Rajini Padmanaban, a testing center of excellence (TCoE) must be instituted for the establishment of any enterprise software development organization. Rajini presents the latest TCoE trends used by successful IT organizations.

How Touch Time Impacts Delivery
By Matthew Heusser

What does a developer do after a task is completed and testing takes over? Wait for testing results? Matt Heusser presents innovative techniques to keep everyone's pace going even after handoffs.

Become a Great ScrumMaster
By Zuzi Sochova

Performing all the functions required to facilitate project teams as ScrumMaster can be a task. Zuzi Sochova describes creative ways to become a master of Scrum by adopting a ScrumMaster state of mind.

Planning to Performance Test Your App? Think Again!
By Jun Zhuang

To complement functional validation, software teams are expected to validate performance. But, according to Jun Zhuang, you must be prepared to invest time, personnel, and resources to benefit from performance testing.

Applying Test-Driven Development to Agile
By Erick Fleming

Test-driven development (TDD) is fundamental to agile, but to most of us caught up in projects, there's never enough time to commit to it. Erick Fleming shows how to use TDD to improve product quality and time to delivery.

Why ISO 29119 Is a Flawed Quality Standard
By James Christie

Never afraid to voice his opinion, James Christie doesn't object to the adoption of any recommendations that improve software quality. He does, however, believe that ISO 29119 is fundamentally flawed.

Software Testers Should Know about ISO 29119
By Jon Hagar

The ISO/IEC/IEEE 29119 has defined a set of requirements for testing software. As a member of the ISO working group, Jon Hagar wants you to know the basics and why testing teams should consider this recommendation.

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