Better Software Magazine Articles

A Look Behind the Curtain: Debunking 12 Myths of Agile Development

When it comes to agile development, Allan Kelly has noticed a lot of misinformation being passed off as fact. In this article, he takes a closer look at twelve of the most common agile myths he has encountered while training new agile teams.

Allan Kelly's picture Allan Kelly
The Software Testing Draft: Picking the Right Players for the Team

Like “Moneyball” indicated for baseball, the secret to building a great software team is not drafting superstars but rather hiring team members with solid, diverse skill sets and attitudes that keep the team moving forward to success. Success as a team is a balance of a variety of soft and hard skills found in the individuals on the team, inter-team relationships, leadership, hard work, and even a bit of luck.

Bonnie Bailey's picture Bonnie Bailey
Take a Hike: Death March Projects and the Ice Age Wilderness Trail

Dave and his friend Bob hiked Wisconsin’s Ice Age Trail and returned home with more than just sore legs and hiking experience. Learn some of the project management tips Dave picked up while adventuring in the wilderness.

David Katauskas
Perception Management: (And Why You Should Leave It to Magicians)

To build and sustain credibility, good project managers focus on managing expectations and leave perception management to magicians. Explore the difference and find out why.

Payson Hall's picture Payson Hall
Why Agile Works: Focus on the Details of Software Development

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.

Don Gray's picture Don Gray
It's All a Matter of Perspective

Everyone has a unique perspective on problems at work. Help your problems make it to the top of the queue by expressing them in terms of business value.

Johanna Rothman's picture Johanna Rothman
Don’t Bury the Survivors: The Value of Clear Communication

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.

Lanette  Creamer's picture Lanette Creamer
Effective Risk Management: An Interview with Payson Hall

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.

Noel Wurst's picture Noel Wurst
Making Beautiful Music—The Art of Small Teams

In a jazz combo, each member of the team has a specialty. As the members play individually, they create a tapestry of music that becomes much greater than the sum of the individual contributions. A small development team also works best this way.

Steven  Ropa's picture Steven Ropa
Controlled Flight into Terrain

Entering a holding pattern on a project can give you the opportunity to gather additional information about a problem. But, sometimes, holding consumes valuable resources with disastrous consequences.

Lee Copeland's picture Lee Copeland

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