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Requirement Communication Matrix A Systematic Approach for More Effective Communication of Functional Requirements and Specifications

The communication of functional requirements and specifications is the most difficult, critical, and error-prone task in IT projects. Research has shown that projects that proceed to the construction and coding phase with missing or wrong functional requirements and specifications are almost certain to fail. To avoid missing or misunderstanding the requirements for a solution, and to avoid the development of systems to incorrect specifications, we need a systematic approach to capturing, organizing, and validating the functional requirements and specifications. In this article, Bill Walton offers such an approach.

Bill Walton
Manage the Risks and the Process

Including a testing/QA component early in a software project necessarily prolongs the schedule, right? Not so, according to Ross Collard. In this, the third of a three-part series, Collard explains how to anticipate risks and to aggressively manage the process to prevent disaster.

Ross Collard's picture Ross Collard
Taking a Risk

Project managers may be reluctant, even unwilling, to discuss problems that testers discover in a project. In this week’s column, management expert Johanna Rothman gives tips on how best to tell management that "the sky is falling," and how to respond if they don't want to hear about potential problems before they occur.

Johanna Rothman's picture Johanna Rothman
Charting a Course for Requirements

Most of us wouldn't think of launching on a critical journey without some forethought about destination, route, and risk. Why would software projects launch with anything less? In this column, Becky Winant explains how and why to create a project charter.

Becky Winant
Manage and Strengthen Testing

Including a testing/QA component on a software project necessarily prolongs the schedule, right? Not so, according to Ross Collard. In this, the first of a three-part series, Collard explains how speed and quality assurance don't have to contradict each other. Read his examples of how testing can actually help reduce the time to market.

Ross Collard's picture Ross Collard
Tinkerable Software

In what ways should software be like a house? In a recent issue of STQE magazine, Technical Editor Brian Marick's musings about the concept of "tinkerable software" generated some interesting discussion about the very nature of software design. This week's column runs a portion of that piece so that our Sticky-minded readers can sink their thoughts into the concept.

Brian Marick
Advice on How to Hire Testers

What's the best way to wade through those thousands of resumes you've received for the new testing position? To start, you could ruthlessly weed out those who don't show experience with your organization's particular toolset. But in this column, Johanna Rothman warns against this type of approach to hiring. By not looking at the person beyond the tools, you might be letting a star slip through your fingers.

Johanna Rothman's picture Johanna Rothman
Institutionalizing Poor Quality

Have you ever noticed how many professional activities don't utilize a separate testing phase? Veteran tester and instructor Lee Copeland has. And it got him thinking about our industry and the role a tester plays. In this week's column, you may be surprised by his conclusions.

Lee Copeland's picture Lee Copeland
Prenatal Exercises for Your Project

The postmortem exercise, used to summarize project successes and failures, is not the only way to gain process efficiencies crucial to the success of any IT project. Many times prenatal exercises are in order. Prenatal exercises are a simple yet powerful way to organize the activities and communicate expectations associated with any project before the project begins.

Clark Cashman's picture Clark Cashman
Managers and the Helpitis Malady

Most of us want to be helpful. It's satisfying knowing that we've been able to solve a problem for another person. But what about those times when the other person doesn't really want our help? In this column, Eileen Strider shows how to offer "healthy" assistance, without giving in to the sickly variety.

Eileen Strider

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