Application Lifecycle Management

  • December 16, 2010 16 Dec'10

    ALM: Extending the lifecycle and collaboration

    Often people ask about the difference between application lifecycle management (ALM) and the software development lifecycle (SDLC). This week on, we explore two ...

  • December 13, 2010 13 Dec'10

    Software requirements management tool Contour adds collaboration

    Last week, software requirements management vendor Jama added collaboration features to their Contour product. Jama CEO Eric Winquest says Contour 3.0 adds features which will allow teams to stay ...

  • December 09, 2010 09 Dec'10

    Mixing CMMI and Agile

    The first time I heard about integrating CMMI and agile was at IBM's Innovate conference last spring. I thought it an odd combination. My experience with CMMI, a process-improvement methodology, ...

  • December 06, 2010 06 Dec'10

    The benefits of test-driven development

    I've heard from many agile experts, including Elizabeth Woodward and Steffan Surdek, two of the authors of A Practical Guide to Distributed Scrum, about the importance of test-driven development ...

  • November 23, 2010 23 Nov'10

    The works of the "father of software quality" Watts Humphrey remain

    Recently, Watts Humphrey, an icon of software quality, passed away at the age of 83. Humphrey was probably best known for his work as one of the founding fathers of the Capability Maturity Model ...

  • November 18, 2010 18 Nov'10

    Software methodologies: Are we still at "war"?

    The most popular blog post on SQI for the year has been: Methodology wars: Agile or Waterfall? Most people still take software methodology very seriously and can get quite vocal about the benefits ...

  • November 15, 2010 15 Nov'10

    Real world Agile: Pair programming

    At last week's Boulder Agile User Group meeting, Pivotal Labs' Mike Gehard described a day in the life of working in a rather unusual environment. At Pivotal Labs, the culture is very important. ...

  • November 12, 2010 12 Nov'10

    Are major post-production software bugs becoming more prevalent?

    In a recent interview with Jeff Papows, author of Glitch, the Hidden Impact of Faulty Software, one of the reasons Papows noted for the increased number of bugs found in production systems is the ...

  • November 05, 2010 05 Nov'10

    Enterprise Agile: Handling the challenges of dispersed teams and large-scale projects

    There's no denying that agile adoption is on the rise. But can agile methodologies, originally intended for small, co-located teams, be effective when we apply them to large-scale projects and ...

  • November 02, 2010 02 Nov'10

    Open source or proprietary: Which is higher quality?

    This week, Coverity, a company that provides a tool that performs static analysis of code, announced findings of their annual report on the state of open source software integrity. Details of the ...

  • November 01, 2010 01 Nov'10

    How do you test 10 million lines of code?

    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 I attended a few ...

  • October 28, 2010 28 Oct'10

    Chris McMahon on experience reports, writing and one year at SSQ

    If you're a regular reader of or of software quality publications in general, you are bound to be familiar with the writing of Chris McMahon. He is one of our most ...

  • October 25, 2010 25 Oct'10

    Kent Beck on release schedules

    Many readers will recognize Kent Beck as the co-creator of Extreme Programming, as one of the authors of the Agile Manifesto, or for one of his many books on software development and unit testing. ...

  • October 22, 2010 22 Oct'10

    Pairwise testing at STPCon

    This year's STPCon had something a little bit different - hands-on sessions where not only did the presenter actually test software -- the participants did as well. The first session of the ...

  • October 22, 2010 22 Oct'10

    Decreasing the cost of testing at STPCon

    I'm here at the Software Test Professionals Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada. Yesterday, I had the opportunity to participate in a panel discussion on "How to Reduce the Cost of Testing."  It was ...