Software Quality Insights:

November, 2008

November 26, 2008  2:18 PM

Agile software development failures

Colin Smith Colin Smith Profile: Colin Smith

Like software projects that use other development methodologies, agile projects can fail. They fail when agile development practices aren't understood and/or aren't followed. And they fail when organizations don't realize that doing agile development requires a significant cultural change. Agile is...

November 21, 2008  2:43 PM

Ten things software testers can be thankful for

Colin Smith Colin Smith Profile: Colin Smith

As the U.S. kicks off the holiday season with Thanksgiving on Thursday, it's harder this year to find the hope and joy the season traditionally offers. Each day we hear about companies failing, industries needing government assistance, retailers struggling, increased joblessness, housing...

November 19, 2008  7:00 PM

Protecting data in software testing environments

Colin Smith Colin Smith Profile: Colin Smith

When you think about application or software security, you usually think about the bad guys outside your company trying to get in. But just as often, if not more, the danger comes from within with employees accessing personal data. The issue of protecting data comes up when testing applications....

November 13, 2008  5:16 PM

Guerrilla-style agile software development

Colin Smith Colin Smith Profile: Colin Smith

Say the word "agile" and people immediately have a reaction. Those in favor of it see it as an efficient way to create software that users actually want. Those against it see it as "cowboy" or rogue -- developers doing whatever they want. If you work at a company where people like the processes...

November 7, 2008  4:18 PM

What are the top software tools of 2008?

Colin Smith Colin Smith Profile: Colin Smith

As the year starts to wind down, we at are looking back at what took place during 2008. One thing that we're focusing on is the tools and solutions that were released. In an effort to help our readers understand what tools are available to help them, we are creating a...

November 3, 2008  5:13 PM

Green computing

Colin Smith Colin Smith Profile: Colin Smith

Virtualization, considered a cost-savings technology, is getting "greened up." Increasingly groups and industry experts are talking about the ecological benefits of virtualization. By reducing a data center's power and cooling requirements, a company can reduce its carbon footprint, they say....

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