Week of 31 Mar 2014 Performance optimization a key theme at 2014 O'Reilly Fluent Conference (31 Mar 2014)
At the 2014 O'Reilly Fluent Conference in San Francisco, one key theme was performance optimization.
Contributor George Lawton explains how Twitter used code refactoring to simplify risk management and improve testing.
Week of 17 Mar 2014 GitHub engineers say old code, old browsers impact performance (20 Mar 2014)
Find out why code that supports old browsers impacts a website's overall performance and what to do about it.
Week of 10 Mar 2014 Fluent Conference 2014: Promoting software quality and app security (14 Mar 2014)
CTO at Sela Group, Sasha Goldshtein, discusses his upcoming talk at Fluent Conference 2014.
Week of 10 Feb 2014 Continuous software development revs up innovation at Edmunds.com (14 Feb 2014)
Car prices are constantly changing, and Edmunds.com changes right along with them, thanks to their effective continuous software delivery process.
Week of 27 Jan 2014 How developers could have avoided HealthCare.gov technical problems (30 Jan 2014)
Software project manager Kay Diller identifies the Healthcare.gov technical problems and advises developers and managers on how to avoid them.
Week of 21 Oct 2013 Software quality gets customer-focused, stops being 'inside-out' (25 Oct 2013)
Today's mobile apps answer directly to the consumer in many cases. Customer-focused design is quickly outpacing 'inside-out' requirements.
Testing professionals: Soft skills are key to success (25 Oct 2013)
At STPCon Fall 2013, the keynote speaker addressed how testing professionals can benefit from communication and soft skills over technical expertise.
Three STPCon speakers tackle mobile device proliferation (23 Oct 2013)
Device proliferation is a growing problem when it comes to mobile app testing. Three STPCon speakers offer their insights on how to approach it.
Why continuous testing is gaining ground, but not enough (25 Oct 2013)
Dan Bartow, SOASTA's VP of product management, explains why continuous testing isn't practiced enough and what mobile testers should do about it.
Week of 23 Sep 2013 Data warehouse concepts help build strong application architecture (24 Sep 2013)
At Oracle OpenWorld 2013, ODI expert Gurcan Orhan is set to explain how data warehouse concepts help prepare development, testing and ops teams.
Week of 12 Aug 2013 Agile 2013: Scientists reveal software testing trends (16 Aug 2013)
At Agile 2013, academic scientists unveiled new healthcare regulatory compliance software testing trends.
At Agile 2013, Gene Kim -- noted speaker, researcher and author on Agile and DevOps -- presented his three ways to make DevOps work for the enterprise.
Week of 05 Aug 2013 Agile 2013 conference speakers give advice to Agile leaders (06 Aug 2013)
Agile leaders Liz Keogh, Janet Gregory, Scott Ambler and Bruno Sbille discuss their Agile 2013 conference sessions.
Agile 2013 keynote: Gems from Agile QA guru Tim Lister (09 Aug 2013)
Agile QA expert Tim Lister gave some life lessons as the keynote speaker at Agile 2013.
At Agile 2013, Code for America's Chief of Staff Abhi Nemani described how software developers can use Agile techniques to improve local government.
At Agile 2013, HP Software's Raziel Tabib discussed how the company increased application function releases with Agile software development.
Week of 29 Jul 2013 Linda Rising presents more practical advice about the Agile mindset (01 Aug 2013)
The Agile mindset is Linda Rising's specialty. Find out how she applies cognitive psychology to the world of software testing and project management.
Two Agile 2013 conference speakers explain what they're looking forward to at Agile 2013 and how they get the most from these events.
Week of 08 Jul 2013 New software testing interest group in Boston shows promise (12 Jul 2013)
The new Greater Boston Software Testing Interest Group serves software quality professionals from around the Boston metro area.
Week of 24 Jun 2013 The open source Cucumber BDD tool boosts acceptance test automation (25 Jun 2013)
The Boston Java Meetup Group welcomed BDD guru Alan Parkinson, who explained the value of automating tests with Cucumber.
Week of 10 Jun 2013 Agile management: Avoiding the pitfalls of 'work about work' (13 Jun 2013)
Here are five expert tips that will help Agile managers break through the 'work about work' and get down to business.
Week of 03 Jun 2013 In software testing, 'perception is reality' is really a myth (05 Jun 2013)
Reality isn't always what we perceive it to be. In this installment of Quality Time, we examine the reality behind some common misperceptions.
Week of 20 May 2013 A debate on the merits of mobile software test automation (23 May 2013)
One veteran recommends automating all mobile software tests. Another expert says to focus on planning and automate only where necessary.
Week of 13 May 2013 New skills for the QA tester: Scripting, security (17 May 2013)
Software quality assurance is gaining respect as a profession -- but do QA testers have the scripting and security skills the role now requires?
Week of 06 May 2013 Quality control plan: Zero in on error messages (07 May 2013)
Keynotes at STAREAST 2013 discuss planning for quality control and getting a handle on error messages.
Soft skills, including influence, leadership and communication, were among the important topics on the agenda at STP Con Spring 2013 in San Diego.
Week of 29 Apr 2013 Fixing the broken performance management process for mobile apps (03 May 2013)
It's time to fix mobile performance management. We can't control connectivity, but we can architect, code and test the app for optimal performance.
Week of 22 Apr 2013 Software test plan 2013: Keynote speakers cite top trends (26 Apr 2013)
At STP 2013, keynote speakers weighed in on software test plans to work towards in the coming year.
Week of 15 Apr 2013 Gray box testing and other XP practices on display at STP conference (17 Apr 2013)
Agile expert Howard Deiner to explain gray box testing and other important Extreme Programming techniques that bring developers and testers together.
Leadership development: Traits of top test managers (16 Apr 2013)
Leadership development advice for test managers: Break rules, question conventional wisdom, develop self-awareness, and keep your ego in check.
Week of 08 Apr 2013 Software testing techniques: Four ways to cut costs (09 Apr 2013)
SearchSoftwareQuality expert Matthew Heusser offers four simple, creative software testing techniques to help test pros cut costs.
Week of 01 Apr 2013 Mobile first? Not so fast (04 Apr 2013)
Strategies that say mobile comes first give mobile apps priority over desktop apps. Some experts say mobile and desktop apps should coordinate.
Mobile testing isn't the only big change shaking up the software lifecycle. The mobile planning and coding stages are also undergoing major shifts.
Week of 25 Mar 2013 'New normal' emerging as software teams go mobile (28 Mar 2013)
As software teams go mobile, the new way of working includes shorter lifecycles, continual software updates and one tester for every developer.
Week of 18 Mar 2013 Software lifecycle: App security still struggling to find a fit (20 Mar 2013)
For 10 years, application security has struggled find its place in the software lifecycle. We're still not there. Why has it taken so long?
Week of 18 Feb 2013 PCI SSC introduces cloud compliance guidelines (18 Feb 2013)
A branch of the Payment Card Industry Security Standards Council has released guidelines designed to clarify the murky rules of cloud compliance.
Week of 11 Feb 2013 Software quality assurance testing pros: Act like a journalist (13 Feb 2013)
A software QA professional and former journalist explains how building strong relationships with project stakeholders results in better software.
What is BYOD? Developers redefine the answer (13 Feb 2013)
Ask mobile software developers 'What is BYOD?' and, along with the reply 'bring your own device,' they are quick to add 'but some restrictions apply.'
Week of 21 Jan 2013 DevOps definition: Best explained by what it's not (24 Jan 2013)
What's the best way to come up with an accurate DevOps definition? Explain what it's not, application development experts say.
Week of 14 Jan 2013 Code signing: Stamp of approval for Android and iOS apps (16 Jan 2013)
Code signing aims to keep malicious code out of mobile apps by verifying where the code came from.
Week of 07 Jan 2013 Hiring tips: How to pick software pros without making mistakes (09 Jan 2013)
Management expert Johanna Rothman offers tips on hiring software pros: The key to finding candidates that fit is asking better interview questions.
Week of 26 Nov 2012 Application security: Frameworks enforce secure coding (26 Nov 2012)
Application security experts say frameworks that enforce secure coding provide a better way for developers to write apps that can withstand attacks.
Give mobile application testing the priority it deserves (26 Nov 2012)
Mobile application testing doesn't get the priority it deserves. Experts explain how to meet the challenges of testing.
Week of 19 Nov 2012 New Agile fluency steps build four-star teams (19 Nov 2012)
Experts Diana Larsen and James Shore explain the four stages of Agile fluency, a model for Agile teams seeking more effective software development.
Oversimplified ROI measures for test automation undermine the business value of testing and trivialize the role of test professionals.
Week of 01 Oct 2012 Advice for test managers: How to develop, coach and lead your team (05 Oct 2012)
The real job of test managers is to develop, lead and check in with the team continually, management consultant Johanna Rothman says.
Test professionals must move quickly to acquire the new skills and mind-set needed to test mobile apps, said STARWEST 2012 speaker Jonathan Kohl.
Applications running on mobile devices pose new challenges for test professionals. In the near future, mobile device testing will take center stage.
Week of 24 Sep 2012 Research firm discovers new Java sandbox vulnerability (SearchSecurity.com | 26 Sep 2012)
A Java sandbox flaw could allow malicious code to run on any system running Java 5, 6, or 7. Users are advised to disable the Java browser plugin.
Week of 17 Sep 2012 ThreadFix: Open source defect management tool speeds security vulnerability fixes (17 Sep 2012)
Security and development teams can share a common defect management tool with ThreadFix, Denim Group's new open source security tool.
Week of 10 Sep 2012 Microsoft releases Visual Studio 2012 for cross-platform development (ComputerWeekly.com | 13 Sep 2012)
Microsoft has launched Visual Studio 2012 and .Net Framework 4.5, its integrated development platform for building and managing applications
Week of 13 Aug 2012 Effective team communication strategies: Structured conversations, product partnerships (13 Aug 2012)
Consultants provide insight into logical strategies that aid in team communication in Agile organizations that include structured conversations.
Week of 23 Jul 2012 New application performance management tools eye SaaS, Cloud usage (Head in the Clouds | 23 Jul 2012)
The cloud applications tide has been rising for some time and it’s beginning to raise the boats in a spinoff IT sector – cloud application performance management.
Week of 16 Jul 2012 SOASTA’s Lounibos talks iOS6, mobile predictions (Head in the Clouds: SaaS, PaaS, and Cloud Strategy | 19 Jul 2012)
SOASTA CEO Tom Lounibos gives his views on mobile testing, iOS6 and the future of mobile applications.
Week of 09 Jul 2012 How much are users to blame for their AWS outage woes? (SearchAWS.com | 10 Jul 2012)
Many customers were left frustrated in the wake of Amazon's most recent outage, but that number may have been less had they applied best practices to their IT setup.
Thoughts on managing messaging middleware (SearchSOA.com | 09 Jul 2012)
Dell is set to buy Quest Software for $2.4 B. Among Quest tools is message queuing management software. This “middleware minder” meets a growing need.
Week of 02 Jul 2012 Google delivers IaaS cloud without Windows support (SearchCIOIN.com | 02 Jul 2012)
Google's IaaS platform will compete with Windows Azure and AWS, but a major limitation may prevent enterprises from adopting Google Compute Engine.
Week of 25 Jun 2012 Agile, cloud and DevOps targets for HP ALM suite updates (25 Jun 2012)
Tools like HP ALM, HP Performance Center and Git aid QA and development teams in producing quality software on a continuous basis.
Analysts discuss how mobile is changing the demands made on software teams and how to avoid consumer testing.
Week of 11 Jun 2012 Mobile app development: New strategies for developers and testers (11 Jun 2012)
Mobile app development demands a more complex set of principles for development, testing and deployment than the traditional software development approaches. Get a preview of Better Software West...
Week of 21 May 2012 Adapting a Scrum framework in the real world: An interview with Mitch Lacey (24 May 2012)
In his new book, “The Scrum Field Guide - Practical Advice for Your First Year,” Mitch Lacey describes real world examples of Scrum transition efforts and challenges.
Test leaders will benefit by learning the concepts, processes and secrets of success in quality assurance at Google.
Author and Agile expert Mitch Lacey discusses his new book, “The Scrum Field Guide - Practical Advice for Your First Year.” Lacey fields questions about mixing Scrum methodology, team size and types...
Week of 07 May 2012 Can Scrum change the world? (11 May 2012)
Read how Agile evangelist John Miller brought Scrum to a fourth grade classroom, teaching the students valuable lessons in teamwork, decision-making and managing work.
Week of 30 Apr 2012 Application performance management tools: A must-have for the cloud (01 May 2012)
SSQ contributor Crystal Bedell talks to APM experts about considerations for decision makers when evaluating APM tools for their cloud-based applications.
“QA versus Testing: Antagonism or Symbiosis?” was the theme for the Belgium Testing Days conference. SSQ’s Agile expert Lisa Crispin attended the conference and brings back highlights in this...
Lisa Crispin continues with summaries of the keynote and many of the sessions at Belgium Testing Days. The theme of the conference was “QA versus Testing: Antagonism or Symbiosis?”
Week of 16 Apr 2012 Moving to DevOps speeds deployment and boosts ROI (20 Apr 2012)
The DevOps model is gaining popularity and offers many benefits, according to STAREAST 2012 presenter Manoj Narayanan.
Mobile testing may seem overwhelming to many testers, as the mobile space is rapidly growing and new challenges arise every day. Independent consultant Karen Johnson offers some tips for approaching...
Week of 02 Apr 2012 Agile development: Changing the way leaders lead (04 Apr 2012)
“Moving towards Agile methods challenges all aspects of our traditional management and leadership approaches,” says Agile Consultant, Coach and Trainer Bob Galen. Galen will be presenting “A Test...
Exploratory testing is an unscripted test approach commonly used in the Agile community. At the upcoming STAREAST 2012 conference, consultant and trainer Bob Galen will be speaking about...
Week of 06 Feb 2012 Agile development: Essential skills for the Agile developer (07 Feb 2012)
Find out some very specific tips about practices and techniques that are necessary in Agile development.
Find out what authors of "Essential Skills for the Agile Developer: A Guide to Better Programming and Design" feel is the new role of the tester and why this role continues to be essential.
Week of 23 Jan 2012 Consumerization, cloud computing and HTML 5: The future of the smartphone (27 Jan 2012)
"Smartphone" author Majeed Ahmad discusses present and future smartphone trends, including growing consumerization, democratization in the IT world, cloud computing and HTML 5. CIOs and other...
Explore smartphone and mobile computing technologies and services with expert Majeed Ahmad, author of a new book, Smartphone.
Week of 09 Jan 2012 Lifecycle virtualization expedites Agile testing and ALM (12 Jan 2012)
In this story, SSQ’s Yvette Francino explores how lifecycle virtualization ties in with continuous integration and modern ALM. CIOs and other decision makers will learn what analysts are saying about...
A recent study conducted by CAST used their Application Intelligence Platform to evaluate the structural quality of 365 million lines of code. In this interview with CAST’s chief scientist Dr. Bill...
Week of 02 Jan 2012 Collaboration, discipline and software quality: Wisdom from Uncle Bob Martin (03 Jan 2012)
In this second of a two-part interview with renowned software development expert “Uncle Bob” Martin, we hear more of his thoughts on collaboration, discipline and measuring quality.
What is the role of QA when developers are automating more and more of the test efforts? What’s the best way to give code estimates? Software guru “Uncle Bob” Martin answers these questions in this...
Week of 28 Nov 2011 International conference coverage: The people side of Agile Testing Days (02 Dec 2011)
Agile expert Lisa Crispin comes home inspired from Agile Testing Days in Potsdam, Germany. In this first part of a two-part series, Crispin summarizes sessions relating to teaming, learning and...
In this second of a two-part series about Agile Testing Days in Potsdam, Germany, Agile expert Lisa Crispin continues her account of the conference, describing some of the more practical and...
Week of 12 Sep 2011 Social media in business: Breaking down organizational silos (14 Sep 2011)
In this interview with Michael Brito, author of "Smart Business, Social Business – A Playbook for Social Media in Your Organization," we learn about how social media is being used, not just for...
Week of 29 Aug 2011 Management trends: Author encourages innovation and creativity (29 Aug 2011)
As business changes, so does the way we manage people. In this interview with author Leen Zevenbergen, we discuss changes in management practices and Zevenbergen's new book, Rip Off Your Necktie and...
Week of 08 Aug 2011 Agile for any size software delivery team: Q&A with Scott Ambler (08 Aug 2011)
At Agile 2011, Scott Ambler talked about the Agile Scaling Model (ASM) and how it can be used to tailor your Agile practices for any delivery team. Ambler gives insights into making the transition to...
Standard methods for contract negotiation are changing as organizations adopt Agile development, according to Agile 2011 presenter Angela Druckman. This inteview examines practical considerations for...
Positive psychology on Agile teams (09 Aug 2011)
Everyone, including Agile team members, can benefit from the power of positive thinking. The keynote speaker at this year’s Agile 2011 conference, Barbara Fredrickson, explained how positive...
Scaling factors for enterprise Agile with Scott Ambler (08 Aug 2011)
Scott Ambler describes the Agile Scaling Model (ASM), a contextual framework that can be used to adopt and tailor Agile practices to meet challenges faced by delivery teams of any size.
Week of 18 Jul 2011 Business analysis in Agile development: Q&A with Mary Gorman (18 Jul 2011)
How do you effectively get business requirements from the customer in Agile environments? Read this interview between Agile experts Lisa Crispin and Mary Gorman for tips.
Often management training glosses over the critical thinking skills needed to institute organizational leadership, according to Esther Derby. She explains more in this Q&A.
Organizational change management tools with Esther Derby (21 Jul 2011)
Learn what Esther Derby has to say about organizational change tools such as Eoyang CDE and Expand the Horizon and how they can give you a systematic view, helping to resolve problems.
Week of 11 Jul 2011 Developers testing software: Q&A with Agile guru Elisabeth Hendrickson (15 Jul 2011)
Agile guru Elisabeth Hendrickson explains her thoughts on programmers who test their own code and also explains more about her roles on Entaggle and the Agile Alliance Functional Test Tools efforts.
Large-scale Agile product management with Alan Shalloway (15 Jul 2011)
Learn more about the struggles large organizations face when transitioning to Agile, and how to address these issues, in SSQ contributor Matt Heusser’s interview with Agile 2011 presenter Alan...
Find out Elisabeth Hendrickson's thoughts on exploratory testing and take a look at how it compares to regression testing, both manual and automated, in Agile environments.
As Scrum grows as a software development methodology, it also has expanded to business areas including marketing, management, operations and sales. Learn more in this interview with one of Scrum's...
Week of 20 Jun 2011 Writing About Testing (WAT): A conference for software testers who write (22 Jun 2011)
Style and grace were the values emphasized at the 2011 conference in Durango for testers who write about the art. SSQ Agile expert Lisa Crispin attended this conference and brings back the highlights.
Week of 30 May 2011 Agile architecture and managing architectural debt with Johanna Rothman -- Part two (01 Jun 2011)
In this second part of an interview with Johanna Rothman, SSQ contributor Matt Heusser explores questions related to the role of the architect, architectural debt and additional resources related to...
Business analysis and requirements elicitation: Interview with Ellen Gottesdiener -- Part one (03 Jun 2011)
In part one of this two-part interview with EBG Consulting's Ellen Gottesdiener, we learn about techniques used to elicit requirements and hear about the differences between Agile and traditional...
Business requirements and software tester collaboration with Ellen Gottesdiener -- Part two (03 Jun 2011)
In part two of this two-part interview, we hear more about tools and techniques in requirements elicitation and further explore the roles of tester collaboration in requirements processes.
Converting embedded software teams to an Agile methodology with Nancy Van Schooenderwoert (02 Jun 2011)
Read this interview to learn what "embedded Agile" looks like, how it's done, and how teams can convert effectively from traditional means.
The role of the software architect in Agile development with Johanna Rothman -- Part one (01 Jun 2011)
How do organizations handle the architecture involved with software development in an Agile world? What does the term "Agile architecture" even mean? In this two-part interview, SSQ contributor Matt...
Week of 23 May 2011 Agile leadership: A conversation with Management 3.0 author Jurgen Appelo (23 May 2011)
In his new book, Management 3.0 – Leading Agile Developers, Developing Agile Leaders, Jurgen Appelo describes a different mindset for Agile leaders. In this interview he talks about this new...
How are Agile testing and traditional testing different? Interview with George Dinwiddie – Part 1 (25 May 2011)
In part one of this two-part interview, we take a closer look at Agile testing with Agile consultant George Dinwiddie.
Is it necessary for Agile testers to know how to develop code? Are test certifications necessary? Yvette Francino asks Agile consultant George Dinwiddie in part two of this two-part interview.
Week of 16 May 2011 Pair development: Pairing programmers and testers with Dawn Cannan (17 May 2011)
We often hear of pair programming or pair testing. In this interview, SSQ contributor Chris McMahon talks to Agile Development Practices presenter Dawn Cannan about "pair development," which pairs a...
Week of 09 May 2011 ACCU: A tester ventures into a programmers' conference (12 May 2011)
Agile test expert and SSQ contributor Lisa Crispin was a presenter at the Association of C and C++ Users (ACCU) conference held in Oxford, England, in April. Read more about her experience in this...
Large-scale Agile: An interview with Bob Galen (09 May 2011)
Large-scale Agile development is of growing interest across different enterprises. SSQ Site Editor Yvette Francino spoke with Agile and quality guru Bob Galen recently on the best approaches to...
Week of 02 May 2011 APM best practices: A conversation with author Michael J. Sydor -- Part 1 (06 May 2011)
Application performance management (APM) is a critical part of application lifecycle management ALM). In part one of this three-part series, Michael J. Sydor, author of APM best practices: Realizing...
STAREAST keynote: Win friends, influence people and deliver quality software (Software Quality Insights blog | 04 May 2011)
At STAREAST, 2011, author and project management expert Andy Kaufman delivered a keynote, titled "How to Win Friends and Influence People – and Deliver Quality Software." He showed us how the...
Software testers face different testing challenges based on their specific contexts and experiences. At the STAREAST conference, Lloyd Roden of Grove Consultants described seven software testing...
Week of 25 Apr 2011 Building an Agile test practice: Q&A with advocates for quality (26 Apr 2011)
What does it take to add a test practice on top of a high-functioning Agile team? The task at Menlo Innovations was to incorporate QA into their practices. How did they do it? Matt Heusser interviews...
Odyssey Software announces the release of Athena Configuration (Software Quality Insights blog | 29 Apr 2011)
On April 11, Odyssey Software announced the release of Athena Configuration Manager v5.0, a remote mobile device management (MDM) solution that offers several functionalities, including security,...
What exactly is a Test Center of Excellence (TCoE) and how do quality organizations go about putting one together? In this interview with STAREAST presenter and quality advocate Tom Delmonte, we find...
Week of 04 Apr 2011 Survey Results: No longer an emerging trend, DevOps is here to stay (05 Apr 2011)
Replay Solutions and HP recently collaborated on a study surveying more than 1,000 professionals about the use of the DevOps model in their organizations. This story highlights some of the key...
Week of 15 Nov 2010 Elizabeth Woodward: Face-to-face communication is biggest challenge with distributed Scrum (Software Quality Insights | 19 Nov 2010)
From Agile 2010, Elizabeth Woodard of IBM describes the form and function of distributed agile teams. Woodard recently authored a self-help manual titled "A Practical Guide to Dist...
How do you test 10 million lines of code? (19 Nov 2010)
Today IBM and GM announced the use of IBM software to help build the 2011 Chevy Volt. The Volt is an example of a "system of systems" talked about at the IBM Innovate conference.
Innovation games provide a new way of thinking (Software Quality Insights | 19 Nov 2010)
Participation in Innovation Games may be just the trick to improve communication and collaboration for agile software teams.
Lunching with the Agile Manifesto signatories at Agile 2010 (Software Quality Insights | 19 Nov 2010)
At Agile 2010, Yvette Francino lunched with agile manifesto originators Brian Marick and Alistair Cockburn. The two described for their small audience how the manifesto was designe...
Week of 08 Nov 2010 Software performance management tips for Cyber Monday (08 Nov 2010)
E-tailers prepare for the holiday season by ensuring their applications are set to perform. In this story, Colleen Frye examines application performance management solutions with some sound advice...
Week of 01 Nov 2010 Glitch author seeks mandated software quality controls (03 Nov 2010)
In Part 2 of this SSQ interview with Glitch author Jeff Papows, we learn more about Papows' proposal for an IT Governance Manifesto which would mandate higher standards of quality for...
Undiscovered software glitches in complex systems are common, and one of the primary drivers is the loss of mainframe knowledge of a retiring workforce. Software glitches are lurking in many large...