Tips

  • Eight traction tips to make Agile development stick

    Agile transition isn't easy. The tendency may be to revert back to traditional methods once the going gets tough, though experts encourage organizations to stick with it. In this tip, we learn eigh...

  • Agile development: Lessons for small projects

    In 2003, QA professional Chris McMahon was one of a team of two implementing a small project using Agile techniques. Though the methodology was new, the guidelines of the Agile Manifesto were taken...

  • Tips for application testing on mobile devices

    Mobile and touch screen devices promise new directions of features, and, along with that, new failure modes and risks. How then, should we test? Matt Heusser shares his experience and some reminder...

  • Defining a strategy for testing mobile devices

    Stuck with a requirement to run your app on an iPad when you don't have an iPad? What about the plethora of other mobile devices out there? How can you possibly test? In this tip, Matt Heusser give...

  • Managing change requests to your application

    In this tip, we look at end user requests, and the process to prioritize the requests for IT, so they know where to focus their work efforts.

  • Project and change management: Building a partnership

    In this tip, long-time project manager Susan Oasheim describes the relationship between project management and change management. In order for the change introduced by a new project to be accepted,...

  • Ways to boost network security

    Which is more important, network or application security? Well, the answer, of course, is both. In this first part of a two-part series, security engineer John Overbaugh starts by describing the di...

  • Protecting application availability and integrity

    Network security and application security are both important in keeping your applications safe from hackers. In this tip, security engineer John Overbaugh focuses on application security, which is ...

  • Effective TDD and continuous integration

    Units tests were born in small programs with fast feedback loops -- yet as programs grow in size and scope, the time it takes to execute every unit test with each continuous integration build can b...

  • Scripted testing vs. exploratory testing

    The merits of scripted testing vs. exploratory testing are often debated among software quality gurus. In this tip, Vasudeva Naidu does a deep dive into both. While automation of scripted tests is ...

  • How testers can help clarify requirements

    Gathering accurate requirements is one of the biggest challenges of software development. There can be a big disconnect between what the users want and the software that gets developed. In this tip...

  • Requirements tips for data-centric projects

    Gathering requirements for data-centric projects presents a challenge. Business users may have trouble articulating the type of data needed to build a proper system and asking for changes late in t...

  • The value of visible requirements

    Have you ever been in a situation where the project team is saying they're almost done, but there's no visibility into the status of the requirements? That's what SSQ contributor Chris McMahon was ...

  • When testing embedded software, think outside the box

    Testing embedded software requires creative testing techniques, according to Jon Hagar at SQuAD Conference 2011. Learn techniques for testing embedded software in this tip.

  • Embedded software test: Attack of the killer robots

    Embedded software can be found in all devices from planes to pacemakers, but how do we test this kind of software? What are the differences between testing embedded software and traditional applica...

  • Attracting the right Agile software developers

    A lot of software development job candidates will claim to have Agile skills, but are they just throwing around buzzwords? In this tip, consultant Catherine Powell will help you find the qualified ...

  • Tracking business requirements throughout a release

    In traditional software development, it can be easy for the business folks to think that their role is to define the requirements and their involvement is not needed again until UAT. However, in or...

  • Business requirements: Five ways to exceed expectations

    Regardless of the methodology being used, it is imperative that the development team and the business collaborate throughout the software development lifecycle. In this tip by software expert Kay D...

  • Debunking myths of application lifecycle management

    In this tip, we expose three myths of Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) which continue to quietly impede successful software development and delivery across industries. Understanding that best...

  • Embedded software testing: Five messaging event styles

    In testing embedded systems, timing can often cause trouble. In this tip, consultant Scott Allman describes the five different types of event styles that can occur when two events are executed. A g...