Better Software Magazine Archive: Nov/Dec 2012

IN THIS ISSUE

Why Agile Works: Focus on the Details of Software Development
By Don Gray

It's easy to overlook details when your focus is on the big picture. But, if you adjust your perspective, you may find new value in understanding why things work the way they do. Learn why agile works and how it can apply to both complex and simple projects.

Reports of the Death of Testing Have Been Greatly Exaggerated
By Lee Copeland

Some say testing is dead. Others argue that it's indispensable. Lee Copeland says that both sides are valid—if you keep their contexts in mind.

The Four Horsemen of the Testing Apocalypse
By James Whittaker

Much like the biblical horsemen of Pestilence, War, Famine, and Death, the "Four Horsemen of the Testing Apocalypse" ride into our lives and work bearing great challenges. If the software of tomorrow is to be better than the software of today, we must face these foes directly.

7 Core Practices of Agile Test Automation
By Rajini Padmanaban

Software test automation has been around for a while, but it faces some specific challenges in an agile environment. Here are seven practices that will help you get the most out of your test automation within agile's short development cycles.

Context Is King
By Joey McAllister

A letter from the Better Software magazine editor.

Where Are the Interns?
By Patrick Bailey

The demand for software engineers is outpacing the supply from colleges and technical schools. Learn how to attract new talent through internships.

Which Visual Models Do You Recommend for Test Design?
By Robert Sabourin

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

Effective Risk Management: An Interview with Payson Hall
By Noel Wurst

We recently sat down with Payson Hall ahead of his upcoming 2012 Better Software Conference East presentation titled "Twelve Risks to Enterprise Software Projects - And What to Do about Them" in order to learn more about his experise in the field of risk management.

Storycrafting: From Idea to Action in the Face of Unknowns
By Nancy Van Schooenderwoert

To see an endeavor through to completion, you need vision and the skills to execute it. Inspired by the software craftsmanship movement, which is making great strides on the skills front, Nancy Van Schooenderwoert has been developing a practice she calls “storycrafting” to create a clear vision.

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