Top software testing and quality assurance news stories from 2009

This is a collection of news coverage from 2009 on software quality and testing trends. 2009 saw more agile adoption, changes in project manager roles and new software tools.

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SearchSoftwareQuality.com's most-clicked 2009 news stories covered software company mergers, increases in agile adoption and the ramifications of the economic downturn. This roundup of big-traffic articles also includes reports on new software requirements, Agile, application lifecycle management (ALM) and testing tools, as well as emerging trends in the industry.

Here are the highlights:

    1. Agile by the numbers: Survey finds more adoption, but age-old problems
      According to a recent survey conducted by SearchSoftwareQuality, agile adoption continues to be on the rise, however there still seems to be confusion with the agile methodology. Survey respondents, as well as industry analysts and experts, offer their views on the results in this article. For example, consultant James Shore, a co-writer of the Agile Manifesto, comments on respondents' list of the top agile challenges, which includes documentation, communication and resistance to change.

    2. Software development lifecycle (SDLC) trends 2009: Requirements, agile
      Read expert predictions on what's in store this year for software development lifecycle practices and who will best weather the economic storm. Experts say efficient project managers that encourage collaboration, dismiss time wasting and create beneficial relationships between testers and developers, can lead their companies through the downturn.

    3. Can traditional project management and agile development coexist?
      Are traditional project managers and agile practitioners fundamentally at odds? Or can they live together and even complement each other? Many experts are suggesting that the role of the project manager has evolved to include a "people" aspect, the management of tester and developer relationships on agile projects could prove to be advantageous in the future.

    4. How teams transition to agile development methodologies
      Organizations usually move to agile development methods for the same reasons -- scope creep, time to market -- but details of the transition can vary from team to team. Effective Agile teams are the ones that have adopted collaborative working. By having testers and developers work symbiotically iterations can be completed and delivered in the express lane.

    5. Configuration testing: QA pros discuss 10 things you may not know
      Application QA pros discuss the effects that changes in hardware and browsers can cause in configuration testing of products. High profile industry leaders in QA explain how small changes can largely effect how configuration testing is performed.

    6. Software testers facing six big challenges today, StarWest keynoter says
      Software testing guru lists top concerns testers face from managing their test staff to adding quality through monitoring the test phase. Experts have stated that managers should not limit their staff to only using "best practices" improved cooperation and collaboration standards will improve production when managed properly.

    7. Rally's cloud-based data warehouse boosts Agile analytics
      Software testing guru lists top concerns testers face from managing their test staff to adding quality through monitoring the test phase. Experts have stated that managers should not limit their staff to only using "best practices" improved cooperation and collaboration standards will improve production when managed properly.

    8. InfoStretch utilizes Automation Anywhere for automated testing
      Cost was Infostretch's main hurdle to automating testing. This case study reveals how Infostretch got affordable automated regression testing using Automation Anywhere.Automation Anywhere, has a powerful protocol for deciphering diverse code types, it can be used quickly among a number of different software architectures.

    9. Tools bringing traditional, agile projects together
      Larger organization's distributed teams, "stickies on the whiteboard doesn't cut it," said Todd Olson, of Rally Software. "Executives need a different set of tools." The addition of new tools will optimize agile usage for executives looking to track project progress.

    10. Jazz suite updated at IBM Rational Software Conference
      IBM this week rolled out new and updated Jazz-based application life-cycle (ALM) tools. Company management said it is still early to tell how much Jazz evolution will resemble the path of its open Eclipse IDE.
This was first published in January 2010

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