- August 29, 2016
Early results from a worldwide tech survey show no improvement in the developer shortage, and the same goes for increasing diversity. And we don't trust the websites we use.
- August 25, 2016
Once a staid standby, software release management tools -- renamed and retooled -- are coming to a DevOps organization near you. Here's what you need to know.
- August 12, 2016
How much automation is too much? That was the question at CAST 2016. Expert Gerie Owen explains why it's important to leave some tasks to be done manually.
- August 05, 2016
Women are just one of many underrepresented groups in the software space. Expert advocates offer advice from the trenches including the importance of mentorship.
- July 27, 2016
It sounds like a DevOps world out there, but attendees and speakers at Agile2016 believe the software development methodology has a long life ahead of it.
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- July 25, 2016
With Agile, you can deliver products faster, but are they anything people actually want? Expert Kupe Kupersmith explains how to put the customer into the Agile process.
- July 25, 2016
The DevOps-experienced developer is a rare -- and pricey -- treasure. Expert Julie Gunderson explains how to find them, hire them and keep them too happy to leave.
- July 05, 2016
Expert Gerie Owen traveled to Tallinn, Estonia for Nordic Testing Days. Here's her first-hand look at this vibrant, grass-roots testing conference and a peek inside KGB headquarters.
- June 28, 2016
App too slow? Blame Brexit
- June 08, 2016
To really understand how Agile works, you need to try it. Columnist Jennifer Lent spent a day trying Agile on for size. Here are her takeaways on what works and what doesn't.
- June 02, 2016
Everyone wants to be Agile and do DevOps, but, of course, it's harder than it seems. Find out what industry experts will be talking about at Cloud Expo.
- May 31, 2016
From technical testing techniques to communication tips, the most recent STAREAST Conference had something for everyone. Expert attendee Gerie Owen shares her perspective.
- May 23, 2016
Four years of college and you're ready for that new job. Too bad your future employer is concerned about a tech skills gap. Better polish those writing and speaking skills.
- May 11, 2016
It's a scary world out there, but developers are in a rush to release. SourceClear Open gives developers the tools to make open source code projects more secure for free.
- April 15, 2016
After my kids took a short programming course, I wondered about the future of human instinct. Do coding, analytics and other high-tech teachings numb intuition?
- April 13, 2016
Learn how Cascading Style Sheets and Dropbox software engineer Jamie Chung are both considered change agents in the tech industry.
- April 11, 2016
VersionOne's 10th annual survey shows Agile methodologies are widely deployed, including increasingly in enterprises, and in Europe and Asia. Meet the new, mature Agile.
- April 04, 2016
A veteran Akamai tech trainer describes how to hone personal branding and use EQ training skills to improve job satisfaction and software team productivity.
- April 01, 2016
Testers have a tough job. QASymphony's soon-to-launch qTest Insights version 2.0 will include an analytics hub that may make life easier.
- March 31, 2016
According to a new survey from NGINX, our apps are performing very badly indeed. And perhaps what's worse news is that a whole lot of companies really aren't doing anything about it. NGINX did an ...
- March 18, 2016
- March 17, 2016
Giving a drunken UI designer a user test changed HubSpot's UX research and UI design practices. The results were stunning, said UX designer Austin Knight at the Fluent Conference.
- March 04, 2016
SolarCity software engineer Kate Jefferson calls on teamwork and onboarding to improve microservices projects.
- March 03, 2016
What matters most to you? A big paycheck? A job that is going to make the world better? Or an environment that’s not particularly stressful? Apparently you do have a choice. According to a brand ...
- February 29, 2016
Want to become a coder or brush up on your skills? With a shortage of developers, now is a good time. Here's what you need to know about developer boot camp.
- February 26, 2016
Software engineer February Keeney talks about her passion for promoting IT diversity. She shares hiring advice and her experiences in software engineering and project management.
- February 22, 2016
Developers are in short supply all around but those with security experience are particularly in need. Here's how you can move your career in a new direction.
- February 04, 2016
Finally, there's a Super Bowl survey developers should care about. It turns out we'll be using our mobile and Web apps a lot during the big game, so performance matters.
- January 31, 2016
Woody Zuill is careful to say he did not "invent" mob programming. But the career programmer turned consultant certainly played a big role in at least codifying the ideas behind mob programming. ...
- January 28, 2016
Technology and health jobs dominated Glassdoor's list of the best jobs in America for 2016. But which occupation was crowned the winner?
- January 18, 2016
In the midst of all the IoT hype, Claire Rowland is a well-timed reality check. A London-based UX consultant specializing in the IoT space, Rowland is enthusiastic about the opportunities. But ...
- January 07, 2016
Maybe it's where I'm sitting but this feels like a time of great change in the software design and test arenas. Designers are in short supply, everywhere, but at the same time companies are looking ...
- December 17, 2015
Perhaps 2015 reasons is a bit of a stretch. In any case, as we wrap up this year, it's interesting to look at where we've been and what we've all been interested in. It is certainly no surprise ...
- December 07, 2015
With all the talk about the ongoing worldwide software developer shortage, it's encouraging to see the grass roots efforts by the non-profit Code.org to bring coding to everyone. In fact, the group ...
- December 01, 2015
TechTarget's 2015 salary survey shows developers are mostly optimistic, content and challenged by new technology. Find out why software developer pay could stand to be increased.
- November 30, 2015
Coding is a good living, but the average software developer salary can vary widely depending on which country developers are in and what specialty they have.
- November 20, 2015
It’s tempting to think of the worldwide software developer shortage as a chicken and egg problem. Is there too much demand? Are there too few people? It doesn’t matter which came first because of ...
- November 06, 2015
Learn about the software developer shortage and the efforts being made to expand training and staffing in the industry.
- October 28, 2015
It's a fine line between appropriate, and not. But in today's open society, how do you draw that line? After all, what is funny to one person is offensive to another. I was talking to our testing ...
- October 23, 2015
At JavaOne, GitHub's Matthew McCullough will explain why the future is collaborative software development. It's not just about the one rock star any more.
- October 20, 2015
With a global software developer shortage predicted to get worse, hiring software developers has become very difficult. Get expert advice on what works.
- October 16, 2015
The hot software developer skills of the future might not involve as much coding as you think. Find out how you can be that in-demand dream developer.
- October 16, 2015
A worldwide shortage of coders has left employers scrambling, but smart software developer training strategies can help fill the gap.
- September 15, 2015
A brand new report from the Application Developers Alliance (and conducted by IDC) showcases some very encouraging news about the software development profession. A healthy 68% of today’s software ...
- September 02, 2015
I've been talking to a lot of stressed out testers recently. These are people who take their profession seriously but don't always think anyone else does, particularly when they're told time and ...
- September 01, 2015
Matt Heusser offers a wrap-up of the CAST 2015 software testing conference, with a summary of several compelling keynote presentations.
- August 10, 2015
In all of the Agile talk last week at Agile2015, there were lots of good, insightful observations, a ton of interesting, useful and actionable data and a few downright jaw-droppers. The ...
- August 06, 2015
VersionOne's 9th annual survey shows that Agile development teams are more productive, projects are more visible and it's easier to roll with changes. Too bad corporate culture isn't always on Agile's side.
- August 06, 2015
At Agile2015, discussion turned to how a user story can offer a different approach to Agile security.
- August 05, 2015
The keynote at Agile2015 emphasized why companies should modify Agile based on needs, rather than following core values.
- August 03, 2015
From large-scale Agile news to how science impacts Agile, presenters discuss the topics that will be included in Agile2015.
- July 30, 2015
Is this your first time going to Agile2015? You’re not alone – it’s my first time too – but from what I understand this isn’t your mother’s tech conference. So I asked Agile consultant and author ...
- July 23, 2015
Have you heard about the brand new hotel in Japan that is staffed exclusively by robots? If you’re lucky (and English-speaking), you’ll be welcomed at the front desk by a robotic dinosaur. Japanese ...
- July 09, 2015
The Boston Software Craftsmanship Meetup group met recently to play a couple of programming games. They were gracious enough to let me sit in as one of their own. The games were to demonstrate the ...
- June 26, 2015
Red Hat Summit / Dev Nation 2015 fell pretty well in line with the theme everything old is new again. The three main themes repeated again and again were containers, DevOps and microservices. I ...
- June 25, 2015
For a journalist, an all-night hackathon can be a pretty intimidating undertaking. I was sure I'd be way over my head sitting with professional programmers as we built and programmed as Raspberry ...
- June 03, 2015
The folks behind Alpha Anywhere, including Alpha Software CTO Dan Bricklin, gathered a bunch of their users to focus on mobile application development and specifically on tablet applications ...
- April 30, 2015
Turning data into information depends on the context it's used in. It takes a new type of engineer to discover the right big data analytics use cases to pursue.
- April 27, 2015
Data privacy lawyer Jeff Kosseff discussed the current state of data privacy law as it applies to big data at the Big Data Tech Con in Boston.
- April 01, 2015
The Yellow Pages Group (YPG) in Canada grew out of traditional print publishing. Now, they're a major player in internet directory services across Canada. The transition wasn't easy. It took a ...
- March 31, 2015
IT pros told their career stories at the Lesbians Who Tech conference in San Francisco, which featured career advice, software project stories and calls for community service and diversity in IT.
- March 11, 2015
There's one big question at the heart of everything that good software project managers do. How do we develop software better? How do we improve the ways and means through which we develop ...
- March 02, 2015
One of the main tenets of Agile development is to empower the development team to make its own choices. This is really important because it helps the developers identify with their projects in a ...
- February 09, 2015
DeveloperWeek 2015 is one of the largest tech events in the country. Find out the latest news from the show.
- January 12, 2015
One year ago this Sunday, I predicted that the word for 2014 would be continuous – as in continuous development. I know it might be a self-fulfilling prophecy, but the word 'continuous' did seem to ...
- September 09, 2014
The proposed testing standards have met fierce opposition in the testing community, including a petition stop the ISO from moving forward.
- December 04, 2013
In this photo story, Seng Lin Shee, senior software engineer at Ancestory.com, discusses the pros and cons of transitioning to continuous software development.
- October 25, 2013
Dan Bartow, SOASTA's VP of product management, explains why continuous testing isn't practiced enough and what mobile testers should do about it.
- October 02, 2013
The Internet of Things is the interconnectedness of things that access the cloud. Applications can control a wide variety of real-world appliances.
- August 16, 2013
At Agile 2013, academic scientists unveiled new healthcare regulatory compliance software testing trends.
- June 25, 2013
The Boston Java Meetup Group welcomed BDD guru Alan Parkinson, who explained the value of automating tests with Cucumber.
- May 17, 2013
Software quality assurance is gaining respect as a profession -- but do QA testers have the scripting and security skills the role now requires?
- May 07, 2013
Keynotes at STAREAST 2013 discuss planning for quality control and getting a handle on error messages.
- April 03, 2013
Mobile testing isn't the only big change shaking up the software lifecycle. The mobile planning and coding stages are also undergoing major shifts.
- February 19, 2013
Check out the top ten threats presented by enterprise mobile applications, according to the OWASP Mobile Security Project.
- February 13, 2013
Ask mobile software developers 'What is BYOD?' and, along with the reply 'bring your own device,' they are quick to add 'but some restrictions apply.'
- January 24, 2013
What's the best way to come up with an accurate DevOps definition? Explain what it's not, application development experts say.
- January 16, 2013
Code signing aims to keep malicious code out of mobile apps by verifying where the code came from.
- November 26, 2012
Mobile application testing doesn't get the priority it deserves. Experts explain how to meet the challenges of testing.
- November 19, 2012
Mobile embedded applications are vulnerable to attack and subject to compliance mandates, and require more robust testing practices than other apps.
- October 02, 2012
Applications running on mobile devices pose new challenges for test professionals. In the near future, mobile device testing will take center stage.
- August 13, 2012
Consultants provide insight into logical strategies that aid in team communication in Agile organizations that include structured conversations.
- May 24, 2012
Author and Agile expert Mitch Lacey discusses his new book, “The Scrum Field Guide - Practical Advice for Your First Year.” Lacey fields questions about mixing Scrum methodology, team size and types of projects that can benefit most from the use of ...
- May 11, 2012
Read how Agile evangelist John Miller brought Scrum to a fourth grade classroom, teaching the students valuable lessons in teamwork, decision-making and managing work.
- November 14, 2011
Couched in terms of Agile development, Howard and Rogers explore the importance of strong leadership, communication, collaboration and teamwork using techniques such as self-directed teams and DISC analysis to understand communication styles in ...
- November 02, 2011
In the first of a three-part interview with co-authors Capers Jones and Olivier Bonsignour, we are introduced to their new book, “The Economics of Software Quality.” They describe “structural quality” vs. “functional quality,” along with challenges ...
- August 10, 2011
At the Agile Alliance 2011 conference in Salt Lake City, there are 268 sessions, so choosing which ones to attend has been a challenge. Behavior driven development (or BDD) is an area that I hadn't ...
- August 09, 2011
Everyone, including Agile team members, can benefit from the power of positive thinking. The keynote speaker at this year’s Agile 2011 conference, Barbara Fredrickson, explained how positive psychology relates to success in Agile development, ...
- August 08, 2011
Scott Ambler describes the Agile Scaling Model (ASM), a contextual framework that can be used to adopt and tailor Agile practices to meet challenges faced by delivery teams of any size.
- July 19, 2011
Today SOASTA announced CloudTest Lite, a free, enterprise-class performance test tool for Web and mobile performance testing in the cloud. I spoke with SOASTA's CEO, Tom Lounibos, and the ...
- July 18, 2011
The Agile Alliance 2011 conference hosted an array of experts. Learn about Agile development, exploratory testing, Scrum and software testing with Q&As and videos from the speakers.
- May 04, 2011
I'm guessing James Bach has never been accused of being a "yes-man." The outspoken test guru, well-known for his intolerance of step-by-step test scripts, is at STAREAST 2011 and delivered a ...
- April 08, 2010
If a picture's worth a thousand words, a visualization's worth a thousand pictures. A "visualization" is a term used to describe a functional software prototype. This form of rapid User Interface ...
- March 29, 2010
Last fall I listened to James Whittaker talk about his book, "Exploratory Testing," at a virtual presentation hosted by uTest. I have since been able to read the book and follow-up with Whittaker ...
- March 03, 2010
During a discussion about Scrum at the Boulder Agile User Group (BAUG) meeting recently, Paul Quarles of Oppenheimer Funds shared his experience as a Product Owner demoing to the business in a ...
- February 22, 2010
Matt Heusser challenges the idea that there are no silver bullets in software development, suggesting that new approaches to software delivery can actually change the essence of how the work is done, including examples for your team.
- December 15, 2009
Automation Anywhere, a provider of automation software solutions has entered the software testing market with its new offering, Test Anywhere. Test Anywhere uses SMART Web and object recorders to optimize and monitor software testing processes and ...
- December 07, 2009
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, ...
- July 10, 2009
Is software testing really necessary? Do we do it just because everyone else does it? Why is software testing important? While ideas about testing vary, the motive is generally the same: someone ...
- March 18, 2009
Out of all agile practices, many organizations struggle the most with adoption of test-driven development (TDD) -- but that doesn't mean they're giving up on the challenge.