Better Software Magazine Archive: Sep/Oct 2012

IN THIS ISSUE

Don’t Bury the Survivors: The Value of Clear Communication
By Lanette Creamer

Whether you’re discussing software defects with your test team, analyzing requirements with your BA, or programming in your favorite new language, communication is essential. Lanette Creamer has some tips to help you communicate clearly with any audience.

The Software Development Game
By Jonathan Kohl
David McFadzean

Adapting your software development tools, practices, and processes can be difficult, even overwhelming. The authors have studied and applied game-like processes and behaviors to help provide structure to software development adaptation. They propose a process strategy called the software development game to help teams who are faced with change.

Surprise! Making the Most Out of Your Most Surprising Moments
By Lee Copeland

Lee Copeland explains that surprise is often an indicator that discovery, learning, or even delight may be just around the corner. The surprise itself can be amusing, enlightening, befuddling, disconcerting, or frightening, but surprise should not be the end of the experience; it should be the beginning. Analyze the surprise to learn why you didn't see it coming and what you gain from that.

Practical Security Testing for Web Applications
By Scott Aziz

It seems like every week the press has yet another story about security breaches or stolen data at some of the world’s largest companies or government agencies. Sometimes the responsibility for ensuring thorough security resides with an IT security group, and other times it gets outsourced altogether. The responsibility seldom falls to testing teams. However, this is changing. Having trained and experienced testers hunt for security bugs will make web applications safer from hackers and will further protect consumers, corporate assets, and brands.. Scott Aziz offers some practical techniques that will help you get started.

Why Is Extrapolation of Results in Performance Testing a Bad Idea?
By Dale Perry

In this installment of FAQ, SQE Trainer Dale Perry answers one of the questions students ask him most often.

Game On!
By Heather Shanholtzer

A letter from the Better Software magazine editor.

What’s Governance Got to Do with Effective Software Development?
By Graham Oakes

Governance doesn't have to end in bureaucracy. Learn to maintain and refine your governance structures and you'll reap the rewards of improved decision-making processes.

No One Left Behind: Make Time for Accessibility Testing
By Rajini Padmanaban

Ten percent of the world's population lives with some sort of disability. So, is your software product optimized accessible to these people? Rajini Padmanaban takes a look at the different types of disabilities out there and the ways to ensure your product works well with as many of these needs as possible.

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