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Enabling Agile Teams to Improve Software Quality

by Ben Linders on  Aug 07, 2014

Long working days, deadlines and team pressure can impact the quality of the software that agile teams deliver. What can we do to prevent that from happening and enable teams to improve the quality of their software? Some suggestions are to arrange for scope and deadline slack, adopt pull systems, and to make sure that people can slow down and get enough sleep.

How can Agile make you Faster?

by Ben Linders on  Mar 07, 2013 4

Delivering faster is one of the reasons that enterprises mention why want to use agile for software development. How can agile be used to become faster?

The Impact of Software Testing on Embedded Systems

by Michael Stal on  Apr 20, 2012 1

In its recent issue the Chip Design Magazine points out that the huge growth of portable and wireless systems combined with the increasing relevance of software in embedded systems poses a challenge. Quality issues need special attention, especially in safety-critical systems. This is why software test tools for software systems will become increasingly important.

An Introduction to Software Quality

by Abel Avram on  Apr 06, 2012 2

In two recent papers, David Chappell, Principal of Chappell & Associates, outlines the different aspects of software quality – functional, structural, and process-, the groups of people directly interested in quality –users, developers, and sponsors-, and the outcome of defects in externally or internally facing software over time.

Individual Yield

by Christopher Goldsbury on  Dec 28, 2011 6

Tony Wong, a project management blackbelt, enumerates some practical points on individual procutivity. This article wonders how well these apply to software development and contrasts his list with that of other lists.

How Applied Psychology can help Software Engineers

by Michael Stal on  Nov 02, 2011 1

On the 1st November software engineer and author John R. Fox has published his book “Digital Work in an Analog World”. According to its subtitle “Improving Software Engineering by Applied Psychology”, the book does not consider software engineering in practice. Rather, it is focusing on the psychological aspects relevant and practices relevant for engineers.

How Facebook Ships Code

by Jean-Jacques Dubray on  Jan 26, 2011 3

Facebook is probably the hottest company today, driving a very high level of interest and scrutiny. Despite a high level of secrecy, Yee Lee, a product manager at Skype, has assembled a large collection of notes detailing how code ships at Facebook.

How To Complete Stories Without Leaving Bugs Behind

by Dan Puckett on  Dec 27, 2010 3

What can you do when unacceptable numbers of stories are "done" with development, but they still have many quality problems?

How To Pay Down Technical Debt

by Dan Puckett on  Dec 06, 2010 4

Technical debt can be difficult to connect directly to customer value, but delivering customer value is what Agile processes are all about. So how can we track and reduce technical debt in an Agile development environment?

Big Ball of Mud, Still the Most Popular Software Design

by Vikas Hazrati on  Sep 15, 2010 19

Big Ball of Mud, is a code jungle which is haphazardly structured, sprawling, sloppy and connected by duct-tape. Over the years we have been introduced to various guidelines such as SOLID, GRASP and KISS amongst age old, high cohesion and low coupling to deal with this Mud. However, the situation still remains bleak and Big Ball of Mud seems to be a popular way to design and architect software.

W3C Releases Unicorn Web Validation Tool

by Dave West on  Jul 27, 2010

W3C has released Unicorn, a one-stop tool to help people improve the quality of their Web pages. Unicorn combines four popular tools, including the Markup validator, CSS validator, mobileOk checker, and Feed validator, with a single interface.

Agile Testing Challenge

by Mark Levison on  May 12, 2010 1

Gerald Ford International Airport has a parking lot fee calculator and Matt Heusser noticed that it was buggy. So he issued a challenge to testers around the world: Find the bugs in ParcCalc. The respondents included James Bach, Selena Delesie and many others.

Monetizing the Technical Debt

by Vikas Hazrati on  Mar 30, 2010 10

Most Agile teams recognize the evils associated with technical debt. Just like a financial debt, the technical debt incurs interest payments. These are paid in the form of extra effort required to maintain and enhance the software. Most Agilists recommend repaying the technical debt as early as possible. However, most Agile teams fail to monetize the technical debt.

Temporary Code, Sustainable Code and Everything in Between

by Vikas Hazrati on  Mar 24, 2010 1

There is code which is well tested, well re-factored and built to last. There is also code which is planned to be thrown away in a few days. Between these two extremes, there is a lot of gray area. The code in this gray area is written with the presumption that it would be cleaned up later but is never done.

To Comment or Not to Comment

by Abel Avram on  Mar 03, 2010 36

Any developer has written at least one line of comment throughout his code. Some have written many comments in an attempt their code to be more explanatory. This article gathers some of the practices used in writing code comments.

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