Better Software Magazine Archive:

Sep/Oct 2014

IN THIS ISSUE

The Danger of Testing "Only" Stories
By Janet Gregory

Finding defects late is a common issue when teams don't consider levels of precision or detail. You must take into account how stories and features fit into the system. In this FAQ column, Janet Gregory tells you how you should remember the big picture—even while testing the small stuff.

Leveraging Automated Testing to Improve Product Quality
By Rajini Padmanaban

Improving product quality is often a very difficult task for even the best software development organizations. Rajini says the additional benefits of automation include benchmarking, code scanning analysis, end-to-end test cases, and compatibility validation.

Bringing Quality into DevOps
By Bob Aiello
Leslie Sachs

DevOps is represented by a set of principles and practices that help improve communication and collaboration between development and operations. Bob Aiello and Leslie Sachs have put together a great introduction showing how quality assurance needs to commence at the very start of a DevOps project.

Monetization 2.0: The Evolution of Software Licensing
By Omkarnath Munipalle

The cloud and the rapid migration to mobile devices and the Internet of Things have made traditional software licensing schemes obsolete. Omkar describes new software monetization based on business, pricing models, and usage.

The Curious Case of Waterfall Sprints
By Steven Zachary

It isn't unusual for a project team to believe that adopting a mix of waterfall and Scrum can deliver the best of both worlds. According to Steve, nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, Steve retraces a real project that quickly disintegrated into an absolute disaster.

A Radical View of Software Licensing and Piracy
By Steven Cholerton

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.

Chasing Mavericks: Using Rolling Wave Planning to Transform Agile Teams
By Scott Frost

By using an approach similar to that used by surfers to catch waves, you can effectively help your team transition to agility. Scott presents a four-stage process that alternates training with coaching and doing with learning.

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