safety critical

Articles

Graphic of gears Complex, Critical Software System Testing: When Automation Is the Only Option

While some testers are unfamiliar with test execution automation, the growing trend into automation necessitates new skills for manual testers. Project test teams need to become aware of this trend, as automation represents not only business opportunities, but also increased quality and fewer risks in complex, safety-critical, and mission-dependent projects.

Jon Hagar
Volkwagen car emissions What IoT and Embedded Device Testers Can Learn from the Volkswagen Emissions Scandal

In 2015, it was discovered that Volkswagen had equipped millions of its cars with software to cheat on diesel emissions tests. It was a team of independent testers that uncovered the fraud. Jon Hagar tells testers what they can take away from the scandal and gives some recommendations to consider in order to improve the test industry for IoT and embedded systems.

Jon Hagar
Clock: ready for go-live Are You Ready for Go-Live? Eight Essential Questions

As real and daunting as scheduling pressures can be, they have to be balanced with the consequences of a potentially disastrous premature go-live. Don’t let all the reasons a system simply "must" be implemented by a target date overwhelm compelling evidence that it is not ready. Consider these eight questions honestly first.

Payson Hall
Kill by Wire

Linda Hayes has worked in the software industry for a long time and through a lot of changes. But a series of recent events has led her to question whether the industry has changed for the better or worse. In this article, she recommends some attitudes we should lose and some we should adopt in order to save our software and—in some cases—our lives.

Linda Hayes

Better Software Magazine Articles

managing risk Managing Risk in an Agile World

Most software projects take great pains to identify and mitigate risks. Traditional risk analysis techniques can be subjective, time-consuming, and complicated. All it takes is a simple spreadsheet.

Jeremy Jarrell
Your Professional Responsibility for Security and Performance

It is Johanna Rothman's belief that security and performance are no longer nonfunctional requirements in modern-day software development. Instead, we must prepare to accommodate security and performance needs in all projects.

Johanna Rothman
A Radical View of Software Licensing and Piracy

Software vendors are making extraordinary efforts to protect the installation and use of apps, but have they gone too far? Preventing software piracy can have an adverse effect on genuine users. Software licensing  technology, according to Steve, needs to strike the best balance of protecting the asset while trusting the customer.

Steven Cholerton

Interviews

Jeff Payne Getting Started with Security Testing: An Interview with Jeff Payne
Video

In this interview, Jeff Payne, the CEO and founder of Coveros, talks about software security. He discusses the Internet of Things and how it relates to safety-critical devices, some useful tools, how testers can test for security, and how DevOps pushes that process earlier in your lifecycle.

Jennifer Bonine
Paul Gerrard discusses testing the Internet of Things The Challenges of Testing the Internet of Things: STARWEST 2015 Interview with Paul Gerrard
Video

In this interview, TechWell speaks with Paul Gerrard, a consultant, teacher, author, webmaster, programmer, tester, conference speaker, rowing coach, and publisher. At STARWEST 2015, he gave a keynote titled "Testing the Internet of Everything."

Jennifer Bonine
Paul Gerrard discusses the Internet of Things Testing the Internet of Everything: An Interview with Paul Gerrard
Podcast

In this interview, STARWEST keynote speaker Paul Gerrard shares his perspective on the scale, variety, ubiquity, complexity, and challenge of the Internet of Things, explaining his test approach for this trend and where he thinks it might go.

Josiah Renaudin
Griffin Jones discusses Regulated Software Testing STAREAST 2015 Interview with Griffin Jones on Regulated Software Testing
Video

In this interview, STAREAST speaker Griffin Jones discusses his experience at the conference, as well as his presentation titled, "The Workshop on Regulated Software Testing." It's a peer workshop dedicated to improving the practice of testing regulated systems. 

Jennifer Bonine

Conference Presentations

Mobile Dev Test Vulnerabilities and Bugs in Mobile Apps with Quick Tours
Slideshow

As mobile devices, tools, operating systems, and web technologies rapidly evolve, testers in this changing domain must quickly adapt their thinking. Testers often struggle to find critical vulnerabilities and bugs in mobile applications due to lack of guidance, experience, and the right...

Raj Subramanian
Mobile Dev Test A New Approach to IoT Safety, Risk, and Vulnerability Analysis
Slideshow

The ugly truth is that the interconnection of devices with IoT systems can lead to failures which result in physical injury, unacceptable risk, or cybersecurity vulnerabilities. Preventing such accidents requires identifying hazards, risks, and security vulnerabilities during development.

Gregory Pope
Better Software Conference East 2014: Tips and Tricks for Building Secure Mobile Apps
Slideshow

Mobile application development is now a mission-critical component of many IT organizations. Due to the security threats associated with mobile devices, it is critical that mobile applications are built to be secure from the ground up. However, many application developers and testers do...

Jeff Payne, Coveros, Inc.
Privacy and Data Security: Minimizing Reputational and Legal Risks
Slideshow

Privacy and data security are hot topics among US state and federal regulators as well as plaintiffs’ lawyers. Companies experiencing data breaches have been fined millions of dollars, paid out millions in settlements, and spent just as much on breach remediation efforts. In the past...

Tatiana Melnik, Melnik Legal, PLCC

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