• April 08, 2010 08 Apr'10

    A modern way of gathering requirements: Visualizations

    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 ...

  • April 06, 2010 06 Apr'10

    Can iRise, an enterprise visualization tool, aid business analysts?

    The age old expression, "we are on two different pages" may no longer apply to analysts discussing application functionality with business stakeholders. It is a common problem in the software ...

  • April 01, 2010 01 Apr'10

    Managing the use of open source software

    Open source software adoption is rising creating some unforseen challenges in how to effectively manage this software. As OSS acceptance grows, improvements are being made along the way. Software companies are using OSS for portfolio management, ...

  • March 31, 2010 31 Mar'10

    Software tool and quality certifications: Valuable or useless?

    There are a bunch of software quality certifications and more popping up all the time. Some of the classics are those offered by ASQ (American Society for Quality), IIST (International Institute ...

  • March 30, 2010 30 Mar'10

    Test automation: Business agility requires disposable test assets

    While test automation is hardly a new choice for software development teams, it is often scrutinized by a perceived high-level of maintenance. Despite test automation complexity and initial costs, advocates still preach that value, and streamlining ...

  • March 29, 2010 29 Mar'10

    James Whittaker on exploratory testing and scenario-based exploration

    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 29, 2010 29 Mar'10

    Software development QA issues run parallel to automobile manufacturing mistakes

    Proceeding a Webcast session with Theresa Lanowitz earlier this week, Lanowitz and I entered the post Webcast debriefing room (basically a private phone conference line) where we had the ...

  • March 24, 2010 24 Mar'10

    Transitioning to Agile development: One size doesn't necessarily fit all

    There are numerous consultant firms offering to assist software companies' transition to agile development. emergn is using profiling and the Socratic Method to customize its service to fit development needs. By creating a taxonomy of prior ...

  • March 22, 2010 22 Mar'10

    Follow SearchSoftwareQuality on Facebook and Twitter

    For most of you in the software development space, and for me in choosing online software journalism as a career, there is a tremendous amount of our time spent in front of computers and online. If ...

  • March 22, 2010 22 Mar'10

    Open Source: Not your father's testing tools

    There are numerous factors to explain why open source testing tools are gaining popularity, from agile's influence on development to increasing vendor tool costs. Read what analysts and expert's are saying about open source tools and how they will ...

  • March 19, 2010 19 Mar'10

    Too old to learn new technologies? Never!

    Recently SearchSoftwareQuality published a Q&A with Navot Peled, CEO of Gizmox Ltd, entitled How new Web application platforms put dev/test pros' careers at risk.  It's not often that I ...

  • March 18, 2010 18 Mar'10

    TSS Java Symposium 2010: Dependencies, complexity make software QA tricky

    QA managers, take heart! Not all Java developers think that software quality processes are an unnecessary overhead. The proof? This week’s strong attendance and busy during and post-session ...

  • March 17, 2010 17 Mar'10

    Automated testing of Rich Internet Applications (RIA)

    Igor Gershovich, president and principal consultant of Connected Testing, Inc. spoke this month at the Software Quality Association of Denver (SQuAD) meeting. The topic is one the group had been ...

  • March 15, 2010 15 Mar'10

    How do job-seekers gain Agile skills?

    As a recent job-seeker, I'm well aware that it's a tough market out there.  Employers can afford to be picky and many of them are looking for software quality professionals with years of agile ...

  • March 15, 2010 15 Mar'10

    How new Web application platforms put dev/test pros' careers at risk

    Rapid changes in web application development platforms, such as Ajax and Visual Studio, are causing a skills gap. Veteran software developers and testers are struggling to keep up with emerging development platform technologies that don't capitalize...