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An Earned Value Tracking System for Self-Directed Software Teams[article]

Several years ago, two process improvement initiatives combined to produce the ACSIS Earned Value Tracking System (EVTS): the development of SDWT's and the attempt to devise a more desciplined way to perform project planning and tracking. The two endeavors became mutually supportive. This presentation describes the ACSIS EVTS development, process, and results.

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E-ffective Testing for E-commerce[article]

Testing is crucial to e-commerce because e-commerce sites are both business critical and highly visible to their users; any failure can be immediately expensive in terms of lost revenue and even more expensive in the longer term if disaffected users seek alternative sites. Yet the time pressures in the e-commerce world militate against the thorough testing usually associated with business criticality, so a new approach is needed to enable testing to be integrated into the development process and to ensure that testing does not present a significant time burden.

The very familiarity of much of the technology means that tried and true mechanisms will either be suitable or can be modified to fit. Rapid Applications Development (RAD), in particular, suggests some promising approaches. Like most new ventures, though, e-commerce must find its own way and establish its own methods. In this paper we have suggested some testing principles that have stood the test of time and interm

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Software Development Unit Testing (template)[article]

This Unit Testing template has been used for small to mid-sized, HTML-based Web sites.

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Planning for Project Surprises: Coping with Risk[article]

Whether or not you think your project is plagued with problems, you might need effective risk management to keep you out of trouble. Risk management is similar to performing preventive health care and buying insurance for your project. It involves indetifying potential problems (risks), analyzing those risks, planning to manage them, and reviewing them.

Neil Potter Mary Sakry
10 Piece Toolbox to Influence Organizational Change[article]

Many organizations try to implement change. This includes everything from the introduction of a new planning tool or estimation method, to a company-wide process improvement program. Often these attempts fail due to a lack of skills to effect change. When new ideas are introduced they are either abandoned after a short time or adopted by only a few people.

Whenever an organization wants to change there are some key principles that it must consider in order to be successful. This paper covers the principles that lead to change.

Mary Sakry
Starting a Requirements Management Initiative[article]

This paper describes one of HP Division's experiences in starting an initiative that significantly changed the way in which its managers, engineers, and marketing specialists understand and implement product requirements management.

The experiences detail how, by maturing our requirements management practices, our organization was able to address the following issues: 1) information redundancy and synchronization, 2) inconsistent documentation format and content, 3) inefficient requirements elicitation, communication, and review procedures, and 4) lack of customer focus. The paper also offers recommendations for those organizations that plan to start a similar initiative. Finally, it discusses plans to improve our requirements practices on future projects.

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How Testers Can Use a Software Reliability Engineering Maturity Model on Their Web Sites[article]

Software Reliability Engineering (SRE) is a practice that reduces risks of unreliability or unavailability of release product, missed schedules, and cost overruns by quantitively planning and guiding software development and test to meet user needs.

John Musa
Tools of the Trade How to Automate a Software Repository[article]

This paper describes a case study of the Rockwell Collins approach to repository automation, specific examples of tools implemented, and benefits realized through automation.

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Candidate Interviewing for Fun and Profit[article]

This paper describes a pilot project that utilized this process and provided lessons-learned for those who wish to use this process in the future. This paper does not discuss issues related to recruiting, phone interviews, final hiring decision and success criteria set by the human resources (HR) department.

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Defining and Managing Project Focus[article]

Most project managers want to reduce risk during a project. One way to reduce overall risk is to define and focus the project goals up front, and continually verify those goals and progress toward those goals during the project.

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Internationalization and Localization Issues in Testing[article]

This paper is focused on the great need for software testers to ensure the quality of software being prepared in different languages and locations. In a presentation and accompanying paper, Jeff Jewel discusses such issues as GUI differences, special character sets, formats and standards, multiple versions of software, and cultural aspects of testing.

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Quality Quest Software Quality Articles[article]

Here are articles originally published in Datamation Magazine. Titles include "To Win at Software Development, Change the Game," "Maximizing Customer Coverage," "Management-Friendly Test Data," "The Pain of Platform Possibilities," "The Problem with Problem Tracking," "How to Achieve Effective Test Automation," "Coder's Conundrum," "The Data Dilemma: Test, Don't Experiment," "Adopt a Winning Strategy," "Fractional People," "The Irrational Ratio," "Testability Standards for Automation," "Checkpoint Charlie: The Hand-Off from Development to Test," "Don't Take Anything for Granted in Component Development," "Time-Boxing Your Way to a Better Product," "The Confidence Game," "When to Automate," "The Big Lie," "Process or Perish," "The High Cost of Low Investment," "The Three Faces of Testing," "Forget about 'Quality,'" "Don't Let Your Business Process Regress," "Testing: No Easy Way Out," "Boost Your Test Team's Value," "The Truth about Automated Test Tools," "The Tyranny of the Schedule," and "The Year 2000 and the S&L Crisis."

Linda Hayes's picture Linda Hayes
Using a Web-Based Test Management Tool[article]

Early in the world of the Web, Lockheed Martin Astronautics began using web technology to facilitate test procedure execution. The tool supports our integrated team of systems, hardware, software test, and quality assurance engineers.

Jon Hagar's picture Jon Hagar
Estimate Professional version 3.0: Product Review[article]

Estimate Professional (from the Software Productivity Centre) is a software estimation model designed for the occasional user. Unfortunately, complex tools such as this one require more assistance for the user.

James Heires
GD Pro v3.1 product review[article]

Applying the Unified Modeling Language (UML) is now easier, thanks to GD Pro 3.1. The visual modeling tool offered by Advanced Software Technologies supports software design, development, redesign, and maintenance for small and large teams alike.

James Heires

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