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Getting Published[magazine]

Why would you want to get published? Why take time out from doing real work to share your thoughts with others? After all, didn't we gladly leave writing behind when we got out of school? But when you share your experiences, you play a part in a larger picture, leaving your mark on the world, and advancing your field.

Danny R. Faught's picture Danny R. Faught
Behind Closed Doors: What Every Tester Should Know About Web Privacy[magazine]

The explosion of personal information on the Web has made privacy a primary concern. Here are pointers on making sure your site works for security-conscious users, as well as information to help you avoid inadvertent compromises of privacy.

Russ Smith
When Assessments Are Relative[magazine]

Taking development and business contexts into consideration can mean the difference between a correct assessment and a useful assessment. Here's information on how to provide an assessment that's both correct and effective.

Bob King
Automating Requirements Traceability[magazine]

Developing software to meet users' specific needs can be a difficult task. Verification and validation activities can help ensure that you are building the right software right.

Bill Councill
User-Driven Design[magazine]

It doesn't matter when you deliver, if you build the wrong product. Development entails inferences and assumptions about the user, which are supposed to guide the build-process. However, even if development successfully matches the inferences and assumptions about the user, if those criteria don't match the Real User, the product fails. This article talks about how to incorporate the user into the requirements and design phase.

Look Before You Test[magazine]

Test coverage is about insuring that test plans and test cases include information vital for successful testing of the program in the areas of functionality, performance, and the overall quality of the software. This article shows how to create a plan of attack to provide strong test coverage, determine the scenarios for the test plan, and manage the changes made to information used by testing.

Kenneth Lengel
Immunizing Against Predictable Project Failure[magazine]

To be truly successful, a project needs more than a list of requirements and good intentions. Here's a way to use project charters to define the big-picture relationship and expectations between Developers and Management.

I II
Using Monkey Test Tools[magazine]

Monkey testing refers to automated testing done randomly without any "typical user" bias. Here's a look at how to use such random testing techniques to cost-effectively catch bugs you might otherwise miss.

Noel Nyman
Effective Test Status Reporting[magazine]

The way you report test status can impact both real and perceived effectiveness. Here's how to master the upward and outward management of communicating test progress and results.

Rex Black's picture Rex Black
Quality Meets the CEO[magazine]

Management and testers may not often speak the same language. This article takes an unvarnished look at the communication gap between quality advocates and management and offers ways to open a dialogue and gain credibility.

Jeffery Payne's picture Jeffery Payne
Managing in Mayberry: An Examination of Three Distinct Leadership Styles[magazine]

The assumptions you make about the people you manage can shape your management style. Here's a detailed look at three distinct styles of management and how they apply to your software projects.

Dan Starr
Intelligent Test Automation[magazine]

"Warning: The fairy tale you are about to read is a fib--but it’s short, and the moral is true. Once upon a product cycle, there were four testers who set out on a quest to test software." Read this article for the whole Intelligent Test Automation story.

Harry Robinson's picture Harry Robinson
Modeling Organizational Change[magazine]

When you approach a process problem in the way your workgroup functions, you're implementing an organizational change. Organizations are systems of complex interrelationships. Explicit models can help you make strategic changes.

Esther Derby's picture Esther Derby
James Bach on Explaining Testing to Them[magazine]

Are your co-workers in the dark when it comes to understanding how testing works? James Bach provides good responses to common questions, including nine basic principles of good hallway explanations. Learn how to give a programmer or manager a more accurate view of your job.

James Bach's picture James Bach
Bayesian Belief Nets: Predicting Defect Rates and Resource Requirements[magazine]

A Bayesian Belief Net is a graphical network that represents probabilistic relationships among variables. Here is a studied look at this causal modeling technique as applied to defect prediction and resource estimation.

Norman Fenton

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