Search engines are developed using standard sets of realistic test cases that let developers measure the relative effectiveness of alternative approaches. This article talks about NIST's Text Retrieval Conference (TREC) project used to create the infrastructure to measure the quality of search results.
Rally Software and Carnegie Mellon's Software Engineering Institute (SEI) are researching the impact of agile software development practices using data from Rally’s Agile Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) platform. InfoQ interviewed Larry Maccherone and Jim McCurley about their collaboration, measurements from the study, conclusions from the analysis and plans for further research.
Tim Ottinger's blog post I want Agile back earlier this year led to discussions in the agile community about the way that organizations are adopting agile and the services that the industry provides to supports them. Together with Ruud Wijnands he started "take back agile" which focuses on technical practices and craftsmanship in agile.
Lean has proved to be instrumental in moving beyond Agile with a practice of continuous improvement distincting between bugs and problems that directly effects on team performance and engagement. 2
The story of an internally driven and remarkably smooth Kanban implementation approach which quickly rewarded Siemens with real and sustainable improvements in predictability, efficiency and quality. 14
InfoQ interviewed Capers Jones about advancements and events in software engineering and the effects that they have had on our society.
Quality Code book covers different aspects of SDLC with focus on delivering quality product. InfoQ spoke with author Stephen Vance about the book and best practices for testing applications.
Technical Debt only describes the current quality of a system – and gives no advice how to handle it. This article introduces “Quality Investments” that guide improvements to the code base. 4
Some 80% of all improvement and change programmes fail. Intelligent Evolution ensures long-term business success rather than short-term satisfaction of a standard or theory.
This article shares a simple technique used to address problems such as a system’s intended functionality but also qualities such as performance, reliability, portability, and availability.
Lean’s major concept is reducing waste: removing anything that is not adding value to the customer from the process. Steven Peeters explains how you can apply Lean principles in an IT environment. 2
Commitment is a graphical business novel about managing project risks with “Real Options”, a way to improve decision making. InfoQ spoke with the authors about decisions, risks and technical debt. 1