Application Lifecycle Management

  • February 02, 2010 02 Feb'10

    What is the definition of Application Lifecycle Management (ALM)?

    The more software project and test managers I talk to, the more definitions of application lifecycle management (ALM) I hear. One calls it a set of integrated tools to manage the software ...

  • February 01, 2010 01 Feb'10

    Converting subtasks in JIRA with a Watir script

    Whenever I do large data uploads into JIRA, I often find that I have a number of tickets that require a parent/child relationship. That is, some of my tickets get imported as tasks, and I want them ...

  • January 29, 2010 29 Jan'10

    Networking your way to QA expertise

    Ah! I love that feeling of starting fresh. New year. New job. I started last week as the site editor for at TechTarget, and I absolutely love the job. How did I get it? I ...

  • January 26, 2010 26 Jan'10

    Software quality lessons learned from a cruise line

    Three years ago, my wife and I went to a  pitch for a timeshare. The project was awful, and we would not recommend the company to others.  I should say that we would actively recommend people not ...

  • January 21, 2010 21 Jan'10

    Status reports can help provide software testing focus

    Recently, I found myself struggling on a program to help plan and manage the testing effort for a couple of different concurrent projects. For both projects, testing is a critical path, and ...

  • January 18, 2010 18 Jan'10

    Running, debugging and analyzing load tests using JMeter

    In a recent tip series, resident site expert Mike Kelly explored JMeter, a popular and free -- open source load testing tool. He uses JMeter frequently because of its easy of use and supports ...

  • January 15, 2010 15 Jan'10

    Capturing feedback during sprint reviews

    After sitting in a number of different sprint review meetings, with a number of teams, I've noticed that not all teams have a formal way of capturing feedback obtained in sprint review. Feedback ...

  • January 11, 2010 11 Jan'10

    Rapid prototyping for faster collaboration

    This weekend, I was building houses for developers. As we were framing the first house, I suggested that the location of the door might be improved if it were shifted from where the original plans ...

  • January 11, 2010 11 Jan'10

    Testing estimates in Scrum, taking it one story at a time

    I really enjoy like doing small projects where I get to put hands on a keyboard and execute tests. Ideally for me when I'm doing this, I'm either doing exploratory testing or performance testing. ...

  • January 04, 2010 04 Jan'10

    Top Agile development tips of 2009

    In 2009, tips about Agile got more traffic than expert advice on any other topic on SearchSoftwareQuality. That didn't surprise our editors, because our surveys showed double-digit increases in our ...

  • December 22, 2009 22 Dec'09

    Why you don't need to buy a testing tool, except when you do

    I consult with a lot of teams that think they need expensive tools. Some teams do need the features offered by expensive test tools. But most teams I've worked with don't, they just think they do. ...

  • December 10, 2009 10 Dec'09

    Adam Goucher, Mike Kelly look inside "Beautiful Testing"

    A little over a month ago O'Reilly released the book Beautiful Testing: Leading Professionals Reveal How They Improve Software. The book offers 23 essays on software testing, with 27 different ...

  • December 07, 2009 07 Dec'09

    Fix expensive Web security weaknesses at a lower cost

    Fortify's new Fortify on Demand service offers penetration and static testing of binary code with an introductory price smaller than the 360 full service. On Demand is essentially the first half of ...

  • December 07, 2009 07 Dec'09

    Excluding certain elements while recording JMeter tests

    In a recent article on JMeter, I related some tips for recording JMeter tests using the proxy recorder. Sometimes when you're recording tests, you want to exclude certain transactions like images, ...

  • November 20, 2009 20 Nov'09

    How green actions cut businesses' costs

    Let’s end up 2009’s National Green Week with some tips on greening your business. Here are green practices that can cut business costs, compliments of two project management consultants, Cheetah ...