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How to Grow Agility through Code Review

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It has always interested me to see how different development teams treat code reviews. Some teams see code reviews as crucial to their success while others see them as a barrier to getting things done. Over time, I’ve come to the conclusion that the culture around code … [Read more...]

Patterns of API Virtualization

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When Christopher Alexander wrote A Pattern Language in 1977, he was looking for a more powerful way to describe how towns and buildings were laid out. These patterns would allow architects, builders and planners to work together, to use the same words, mean the same thing, … [Read more...]

The Software Naughty List: Most Hilariously Bad Tech Jokes, Puns and Memes of the Year

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The Software Naughty List from SmartBear Inspired by the character “Schmidt” from the popular sitcom, New Girl, we have a fun little tradition around the office at SmartBear headquarters called the  “DB Jar” where participating colleagues can “jar” one another (fine them … [Read more...]

TestComplete 10.4 & QAComplete 9.9 Brings Collaboration Across Teams and Platforms

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The SmartBear team is thrilled to announce TestComplete 10.4 and QAComplete 9.9 release.  The focus of both these releases has been helping organizations deliver high quality applications in shorter release schedules by improving collaboration across various software testing … [Read more...]

Feeding the Flame of the Collaborative Development Revolution

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Agile, open source, the cloud, and DevOps have all led to a world where everyone should be involved in programming. Yes, everyone.  Once upon a time there were users and there were IT and never the twain would meet... except to do battle over tech support lines. Also in a … [Read more...]

Quality in Agile Development: Notes from Keep Austin Agile Conference

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  I attended the Keep Austin Agile conference last Friday at the Renaissance Hotel in Austin, TX.  The conference was sold out, with 500 attendees. In fact, more than 100 people were said to be waiting on the guest list to get in. Why all the excitement? It’s clear from … [Read more...]

John Boyd and the Origins of “Agility”

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Agility is all around us these days, but the origins of Agile programming and Agile marketing lie in the Korean War and the work-up to invading Iraq. Lisa Morgan recently wrote that “Most software organizations are some version of Agile” here on the Software Quality … [Read more...]

Creative Software Testing in Agile Environments | Iain McCowatt

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And here we have it… the final installment of the Creativity in Testing series. The last interview in the series is with none other than Iain McCowatt, Director at Barclays. With more than 20 years of software testing experience and a strong presence in the testing … [Read more...]

The Half-Life of Innovation

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New products hit the market faster than businesses can consume them, forcing IT executives and business managers to set priorities. If policies are too rigid, competitiveness may suffer. If policies are overly agile, precious IT resources may be spent on the wrong solutions. … [Read more...]

How To Determine Your Virtual User Quota

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So you've decided that it's time to load test your website or app? Awesome. There are a probably a handful of questions that are swirling around your head as you prepare to do some performance testing. What metrics do I need to get out of the test? Do I want to test … [Read more...]