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phone dialer1.0 areas and total metrics Practical Test Reporting

Developing a usable and consumable test-metric-reporting system is a challenge for all testing organizations. This article describes a system employable by small and large organizations and all test efforts. By using existing tools, test teams can show current progress and predict future test efforts.

David Freeman
Metrics Motivation

Typical metrics are used to predict an outcome by comparing plans to actual results. They are objective and don't influence what you are trying to measure. Biased metrics, on the other hand, are a valuable tool for deliberately altering behavior to improve the performance of a group. Find out how biased metrics can be used on your projects to pinpoint problems in specific areas and to influence people to fix them.

Jan Scott
staff management How Much Work Can You Do—Developing and Managing Your Project Portfolio

Knowing how much work your group can accomplish—and how much it takes to complete that work—is critical to your success as a manager. Johanna Rothman explains how to ascertain your team's potential and how to use that information to define and manage your project portfolio so it doesn't manage you.

Johanna Rothman's picture Johanna Rothman
Measurements that Matter

No one starts a project with the goal of failing, but some metrics experts claim that 80 percent of software metrics initiatives fail. Just as your software project has goals for success, you should have goals for success in your metrics initiatives. Find out what you can do to better your chance for success.

Alan Page's picture Alan Page
New beginnings So You Have a New Job Assignment

Every change involves endings, and endings mean loss. Even the best changes mean some things will end; things that are like warm, fuzzy blankets will be taken from us. But as one thing ends, a new one begins. In this week's column, Lee Copeland assures us that new beginnings involve new understandings, new values, new attitudes, and, most importantly, a new identity for you.

Lee Copeland's picture Lee Copeland
Thinking Inside the Box

The problem with urging outside-the-box thinking is that many of us do a less-than-stellar job of thinking inside the box. We often fail to realize the options and opportunities that are blatantly visible inside the box that could dramatically improve our chances of success. In this column, Naomi Karten points out how we fall victim to familiar traps, such as doing things the same old (ineffective) way or discounting colleague and teammate ideas. Thinking outside of the box can generate innovative and ingenious ideas and outcomes, but the results will flop when teammates ignore the ideas inside the box.

Naomi Karten's picture Naomi Karten
Estimates: From Wrong to Real

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 estimates that make sense.

Johanna Rothman's picture Johanna Rothman
Practical Career Advancement

A word from the Technical Editor

Brian Marick
Go with the Bug Flow

How do you know when your software is done? How do you determine which bugs need to be fixed and which can be tabled for "someday"? Robert Sabourin defines a seven-step process for establishing an effective bug triage system.

Robert Sabourin's picture Robert Sabourin
Leveraging Inspections

You can improve your inspection process, moving from 50 percent to as much as 90 percent defect removal before entering test. Learn how to record and analyze the right data.

Ed Weller's picture Ed Weller

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