Application Lifecycle Management

  • October 11, 2009 11 Oct'09

    How software test teams' people skills affect results

    I wasn't always the brilliant, charismatic, well-loved tester that I am today. Well, I'm not really any of those things today, but I often like to think I am. That's my problem. Sometimes my ego ...

  • October 08, 2009 08 Oct'09

    Testing rigorously, learning on your own: A chat with James Bach

    My conversation with James Bach yesterday was certainly the high spot of my StarWest 2009 experience. We talked about topics dear to our hearts, such as critical thinking, self-education, ...

  • October 08, 2009 08 Oct'09

    Consultant Lloyd Roden: Choosing realistic software test team challenges

    Some challenges are not worth taking on, said consultant Lloyd Roden during his StarWest 2009 keynote here at the Disneyland Hotel today. A software testing expert for U.K.-based Grove Consultants, ...

  • October 05, 2009 05 Oct'09

    James Bach interview: Dispelling software testing myths

    Software consultant, trainer and author James Bach is a bit of a lightning rod in our industry. Most of his notoriety comes from his stand on software testing certifications. He doesn't like them ...

  • September 29, 2009 29 Sep'09

    How software project managers can react to recessionary trends

    Project management (PM) consultant Michelle LaBrosse shared some quick tips for PM strategies in recessionary times with me recently. These ideas gelled during an interview with Carey Earle, ...

  • September 29, 2009 29 Sep'09

    At the movies: Exploratory, performance, security testing a kiosk

    Whenever I walk into a movie theater, I remember when I tested a self-service ticket machine. No one was paying me to test the kiosk. I was just killing time, waiting at a theater for someone to ...

  • September 28, 2009 28 Sep'09

    Questions to help clarify test status

    When I lead testing teams, the teams are typically doing session-based exploratory testing. A big part of session-based exploratory testing is the debrief. When testers complete a testing session ...

  • September 28, 2009 28 Sep'09

    Tips for figuring out test coverage

    Determining testing coverage is about figuring out what you're going to test in the application. When I start this process, I start with a coverage outline. And while I like to develop coverage ...

  • September 23, 2009 23 Sep'09

    Getting a jump start on software test collaboration

    Having tested software during many projects, I've seen that the most effective testers are the ones who start early -- and I don't mean the ones who start testing early. I'll explain what I mean ...

  • September 21, 2009 21 Sep'09

    Start with a software test plan template, then throw it away

    There's nothing more intimidating than a blank sheet of paper. Writers know this to be true, but so do test managers. The easy way out is to pull out a template and to start filling in the various ...

  • September 16, 2009 16 Sep'09

    Proactive testing, or "this app can break"

    Before Windows Vista came along and ruined it all, I previously used a bug in Windows Notepad to illustrate a problem testers often face. Vista ruined it by fixing the bug. If you have a version of ...

  • September 16, 2009 16 Sep'09

    The effects of not isolating bugs and tips for nailing them down

    Recently, fellow expert David Christiansen shared his post about experiences with testing ruts that he gets into and what he does to stay out of those ruts. What resonated ...

  • September 16, 2009 16 Sep'09

    Ajax Experience speakers: Push cross-platform advantages further

    The topic of cross-platform usability came up in several sessions at this year's Ajax Experience in Boston Massachusetts. Naturally, Ajax is so popular because its open standards model is supported ...

  • September 15, 2009 15 Sep'09

    Watch for three common, hard-to-find software concurrency defects

    Concurrency defects in multi-core or multi-threaded applications are probably the source of more troublesome problems than other defects in recent history, Coverity’s Mark Donsky told me recently. ...

  • September 15, 2009 15 Sep'09

    Ajax Experience speaker: Back-end focus key to site performance boosts

    Steve Souders, author and respected authority on page performance, issued a call to arms for software users, developers and testers to improve the performance and power of web sites. At The Ajax ...