Better Software Magazine Articles

The Amazing Benefits of Integrated ALM Tools

For years, developers have struggled with using individual lifecycle management tools, but no longer! Joe Farah walks you through a history and benefits of an integration of ALM tools that every team should seriously consider.

Joe Farah's picture Joe Farah
 CM Professionals Need to Know about Business Requirements What CM Professionals Need to Know about Business Requirements

While we know the technology, some configuration management (CM) experts don’t always have a strong enough business focus, which can be a real problem. Read on if you would like to understand what CM professionals need to know about business requirements and how CM can directly impact the business itself.

Bob Aiello's picture Bob Aiello
DevOps and Dealing with Team Members How DevOps Can Help You Deal with Overly Aggressive Team Members

Leslie Sachs explains what to do when members of your team exhibit overly aggressive or downright combative behaviors. Because you’re unlikely to change your colleagues' modus operandi, it is wise to instead consider how your DevOps effort can benefit from taking into account some typical behaviors of people with Type A or Type B personalities.

Leslie  Sachs's picture Leslie Sachs
Configuration Management Practitioners Why Good Design Is Important to Configuration Management Practitioners

The “look and feel” of good design is critical for many of today’s interactive and web-based systems. Carl Singer writes on configuration management's role in producing a quality product with good design in mind. CM practitioners—including build, release, and deployment engineers—are in a unique position to understand how the entire system is constructed and implemented.

Carl Singer's picture Carl Singer
Creating a Lean Six Sigma Pull System Creating a Lean Six Sigma Pull System

Lean Six Sigma is a leadership methodology that significantly improves process quality, speed, costs, and agility. One of the concepts applied is called a pull system, and in this article Steven Bonacorsi explains how to design one for your process. Doing so will help you to stabilize a process flow into a predictable work control system.

Steven Bonacorsi's picture Steven Bonacorsi
Using Mission and Risk Diagnostics to Enhance Business Continuity

Noah Gamer explains that mission and risk diagnostics provide an excellent approach to risk management for any company. Using these elements together, an organization can create a better business continuity strategy. While risk is not always bad, identifying and mitigating risks can help your organization achieve success.

Noah Gamer's picture Noah Gamer
The Importance of Software Safety The Importance of Software Safety

Software impacts our world in many important ways. Almost everything that we touch, from the beginning to the end of our day, relies upon software. Bob Aiello explains the importance of software safety for configuration managers. Remember, software safety requires that systems be built and configured in a secure and reliable way.

Bob Aiello's picture Bob Aiello
Making Best Practices a Reality Making Best Practices a Reality

Almost any description of a job involving software configuration management—or more generally, application lifecycle management—will include the words “best practices.” Kareen Kircher writes on how to make best practices a reality for your work. The five ingredients to making successful changes happen are relationship, timing, automation, pertinent documentation, and refining.

Kareen Kircher's picture Kareen Kircher
The $440 Million Software Bug

In August, Knight Capital Group lost $440 million in one day. But there weren’t any traders to blame—at least no human ones. The loss was the result of a software system upgrade gone awry. What can we learn from this and other software catastrophes in the financial sector, and how can we prevent them in the future?

Crossing The DevOps Divide of Complex Personalities

IT organizations often face challenges ranging from complex technology to even more complex personalities. DevOps attempts to address the dynamics between IT operations and highly skilled software and systems delivery teams. Read on if you would like to improve your skills in dealing with these challenging dynamics.

Leslie  Sachs's picture Leslie Sachs

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