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Testing in the Dark[magazine]

How can you test software without knowing what it should do? Here is a step-by-step approach to overcoming undocumented requirements, including how to discover the requirements, how to define "quality" for the project, and how to create a test plan including release criteria.

The Test Matrix: How to Keep a Complex Test Project on Track[magazine]

When testing needs to account for different user environments and installation configurations, the possible combinations can add up quickly. Read how one company used a simple data organization method to keep everything on track.

Mark Pawson
Evaluating Tools[magazine]

You, or perhaps your manager, have decided that it's time to choose a tool. Where do you begin? How do you go about comparing them? This article provides a five-step process for comparing, evaluating, and finally choosing the right tool for your organization.

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White Paper: Step Towards Software Excellence: SCM[article]

This article develops a Software Configuration Management (SCM) Reference Model. This model is intended to be a concise and practical guide which brings together in an outline fashion the framework and methodology necessary for planning, customizing, and implementing an SCM approach, independent of specific SCM tool technologies or system platforms.

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White Paper: Just Enough SCM[article]

This paper explores the relationship between SCM and the modern development models, provides an explanation of how to provide SCM in a quick, concise way, and describes how to adapt the "Just Enough SCM" philosophy to the most demanding standard.

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 metrics used to estimate a testing project The Test Estimation Process[article]

Estimation is not an easy task. Estimating testing projects is harder. If there are no tools or methodology to support it, the estimation process is a nightmare for those responsible for it. This essay describes a real experience in the estimation process. It also shows some rules, metrics, tools, and tips that guide a testing team through the estimation process.

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High Maturity Benefits and Blarney[presentation]

With more and more organizations claiming to be Capability Maturity Model (CMM) Level four or five, is high maturity all it's cracked up to be?

Bill Curtis, TeraQuest
Why Nobody in Our Business Can Estimate[presentation]

To put it politely, software estimation has proven to be challenging. But to be frank, software estimation has proven to be a nightmare.

Tim Lister, Atlantic Systems Guild, Inc.
Team-Based Development: Truth from the Trenches[presentation]

As software professionals, we deliver products that are the totality of the services, documentation, software, and hardware required to produce a solution for customers.

Bobbi Antonucci, Blackboard Inc.
Iterative Software Development - from Theory to Practice[presentation]

This paper describes how an iterative software development process has been adopted in RAFAEL, based on the Unified Software Development Process (USDP) introduced by Rational Inc.

Amir Tomer, RAFAEL Ltd.
Project Management Lessons from the Frontlines[presentation]

In the natural world, systems tend to go from order to disorder. The same often happens with projects, teams, and organizations.

Andy Kaufman, Institute for Leadership Excellence and Development
Sorting Out Six Sigma and the CMM[presentation]

While the Capability Maturity Model has become widely accepted as an approach to software process improvement, Six Sigma is becoming increasingly popular in manufacturing and service organizations.

David Card, Software Productivity Consortium
Solid Software: Is it Rocket Science?[presentation]

While we can't guarantee that our software will never fail, we can take serious steps to reduce the risk.

Shari Lawrence Pfleeger, Systems/Software, Inc.
Software Sizing: There is an Easier Way[presentation]

Project managers and software engineers need to accurately calculate delivery dates and resource needs for their software.

David Herron, The David Consulting Group
Requirements Workshops: What, Why, and How[presentation]

There's no standard formula for requirements workshops. Each project, business situation, and group of people will combine to make each workshop unique. Preparing for the requirements workshop requires collaboration.

Ellen Gottesdiener, EBG Consulting, Inc.

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