Tips

  • Requirements rethinking tutorial: Improving pre-develop

    An expert shows how reimagining the software requirements elicitation process can lead to improving business requirements and add value to applications. In this tip, learn how to better evaluate yo...

  • Problem pyramid discovering REAL software requirements

    Using the problem pyramid model developed by expert consultant Robin Goldsmith can help make requirements gathering a focused and effective process. By using Goldsmith's model REAL business require...

  • Handling handoffs the Agile development way

    Professional software tester Chris McMahon describes his company's struggle to speed up the testing processes of its C- and COBOL-based system, and how it accomplished this task using techniques th...

  • Getting started with Selenium Remote Control - Part 2

    Is your software development team interested in using a test tool that can drive any popular browser? In this tutorial, learn how to set up and test environments to run Selenium RC, get directions ...

  • Five crucial steps for software leaders to establish vi

    Projects led by unorganized project managers are easily stranded and rarely meet a timely completion. This tip will teach you five crucial steps to establishing project direction. Competent project...

  • Why hybrid waterfall/agile process lessens distributed

    Software development methodologists have broken into two camps, one in support of waterfall and the other in favor of agile. While both methodologies differ drastically, a combination of the two (t...

  • Tutorial: Installing and running Selenium-RC in Perl

    Used in conjunction with Selenium's online tutorials, this tip will provide additional guidance on how to start out with Selenium RC in Perl regardless of your platform or server. Once you have Sel...

  • Security oversights in the cloud: Asking the tough ques

    Many organizations are integrating cloud-based applications and SaaS into their products. As a result, organizations need to understand the security offered by these third-party components. In this...

  • ITIL Change Management: How change management fits in

    Documentation in the IT Information Library (ITIL) outlines how change management processes should service teams that are adapting source code, but these guidelines aren't always straightforward. I...

  • Lean software development cuts costs and production tim

    Lean development practices can be used to bypass expenditures tied to traditional development methodologies, but plenty of accident-prone areas exist and mistakes remain costly. By aligning process...

  • Change Control Councils: The key to successful software

    Software teams are usually pressed for time which causes them to be poorly-organized and build weak product release packages. In this tip, an expert identifies and explains how to overcome this iss...

  • Effective ALM planning and how to appoint CCM members

    Proper ALM planning and the appointment of a change and configuration team can help align business goals with application development goals, explain concepts to management and improve quality throu...

  • Application lifecycle performance testing and monitorin

    Testing and monitoring an application's performance capabilities often consists of a series of tradeoff's and compromises, says expert Mike Kelly. In this tip, learn how to approach performance tes...

  • The full team approach to managing requirements

    Making changes to existing code poses a significant risk in software development. As requirements change, teams need to be aware of how changes will effect the project and plan ahead for adverse ef...

  • The importance of critical thinking in software test

    Even though there are numerous definitions for the term "software testing," there is common ground. Testers need to use critical thinking skills when diving into the testing of a software applicati...

  • Reliably estimating the requirements effort - Part 2

    In this second part of a two-part article describing techniques to estimate the requirements effort, bottom-up estimates and requirements definition tasks are described. Accurately estimating the r...

  • Managing test data in complex systems

    Managing data in complex systems can pose a challenge for testers, as the data being tested is dependent on variable data and time-based information contained within the system. If changes are made...

  • Reliably estimating the software requirements effort

    Differences in how business analysts and project managers define "requirements estimation" frustrate the software requirements elicitation process. No matter what methodology is in use, without ade...

  • Performance test metrics

    How fast is your performance testing system? In this article, explore different means for gathering and interpreting these performance metrics, including common graphs and terminology.

  • Using Stella for Web application testing

    Although Stella remains in beta, it has proven to be a powerful Web application testing tool. In this technical tip, expert Mike Kelly walks testers through Stella use. Since documentation is scarc...