You Can’t Buy DevOps

There are organizations that want to “buy DevOps,” like it is a plugin to add to the development process. They often create a new role, team, department, or infrastructure. But you can't buy DevOps, and it's not a designated team, either. It is the idea of people working together. Here are some approaches to get you there.

Matthew Heusser's picture Matthew Heusser
Dear Software Development Manager: A Letter from Your Testers

More and more, testers are being added to programming teams. We testers think that's great, and we're happy to be here. But we also have some concerns based on our interactions with development teams in the past. To make the transition easier, here's a letter pointing out some things you should know when managing testers on your development team.

Marcus Blankenship's picture Marcus Blankenship
Model-Driven Software Development: As Relevant As Ever

Decades before web apps or smartphones existed, the concept of the separation of logic, presentation, and data layers in software made a lot of sense. That vision evolved into what we now call model-driven development, where rules, workflows, and dependencies are built once, as models in a centralized repository. It's the same basic idea, and it's just as useful, if not more so.

Adrian Gosbell's picture Adrian Gosbell
Behavior-Driven Development and Automation: Establishing Order

Though automation is often mentioned in the same breath as behavior-driven development, they are not equally important. If you want to use behavior-driven development, do just that: Work on getting the approach right, and forget about the automation at first. Here's why you should think of automation as more of a bonus to the BDD process.

Paul Grizzaffi's picture Paul Grizzaffi

Better Software Magazine Articles

The Mindset of the Agile Developer The Mindset of the Agile Developer

Most software development teams these days adopt an agile approach to guide projects through their lifecycle. But, according to Gil Broza, embracing popular practices is not enough. To work effectively in an agile environment, developers must change their mindset.

Gil Broza's picture Gil Broza
The Evolution of Software Monetization

End-users are demanding anytime, anywhere access to software apps on their devices. These changes are shifting the way software vendors conduct business. Michael Zunke uses the results of industry surveys to show how software products and services should be licensed.

Michael Zunke's picture Michael Zunke
Pitfalls of Developing for the IoT

The Internet of Things (IoT) enables amazing software-powered devices designed to make our business and personal lives easier. Lev Lesokhin discusses four fundamental practices you'll need when  developing sophisticated software for the IoT.

Lev Lesokhin's picture Lev Lesokhin
The Benefits of Early Performance Testing

By incorporating performance testing early in a project lifecycle, software projects have a better chance to reach better quality and meet customer expectations. Baljeet Bilkhu shows the value of early performance testing.

Baljeet Bilkhu's picture Baljeet Bilkhu


Deliver Your Applications with Speed, Quality, and Scale: An Interview with Silvia Siqueira

In this interview, HPE's Silvia Siqueira details how to better test your applications in the digital age. She explains how we accelerate applications to market without sacrificing quality, and tells why QA engineers and developers must embrace continuous quality by shifting left.

Jennifer Bonine's picture Jennifer Bonine
How Netflix Embraces Complexity without Sacrificing Speed: An Interview with Casey Rosenthal

In this interview, Netflix’s Casey Rosenthal explains how to engineer trust within complex systems. He describes what it’s like to work at Netflix, how the company maintains complexity without sacrificing speed, and why all the teams don’t necessarily follow agile practices.

Josiah Renaudin's picture Josiah Renaudin
Today's Trends in Software Tools and Practices: An Interview with Mike Faulise

Mike Faulise of tap|QA discusses the current trends that are dominating the software industry. He explains which tools most businesses are gravitating toward, how new jobs are being introduced into the industry, how to properly hire people, and why testing and quality are so important.

Jennifer Bonine's picture Jennifer Bonine
Jane Fraser discusses software testing and the Internet of Things Developing and Testing Games with the Internet of Things: An Interview with Jane Fraser

In this interview, Jane Fraser, the test director at Anki, gives examples of how the Internet of Things can be used to develop and test things today. She explains how to keep up with IoT technology innovations and get your testing job done at the same time.

Jennifer Bonine's picture Jennifer Bonine

Conference Presentations

Five Critical Elements for Successful Agile Data Management

In the past few years we’ve used cloud technologies to improve pre-production flexibility and solve many problems that previously prevented us from delivering high quality apps to production. However, one problem consistently prevents full test coverage prior to deployment—the lack of...

Robert Kelman
Playwriting, Imagination, and Agile Software Development … Oh My!

Agile practitioners are constantly striving to improve their processes and delivery to gain a competitive edge. To become a cross-functional T-shaped rock star, you have to be open to learning from other disciplines and adapting quickly. Tania Katan knows a little about crossing...

Tania Katan
Continuous Integration as a Development Team’s Way of Life

Continuous integration (CI) is a buzzword in software development today. We know it means “run lots of builds,” but having a continuous integration pipeline opens up opportunities well beyond making sure your team's code compiles. What if this pipeline could improve everything from the...

Melissa Benua
Use Feature Flags for Clean Deployments

Software teams want to move faster and deliver features to end users sooner. Continuous delivery and DevOps promise to deploy quickly. However, pushing faster and deploying more often increase the risk of breaking—and subsequent downtime. Edith Harbaugh finds that a feature flagging system...

Edith Harbaugh

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