The Hidden Time-Saving Benefits of Code Reviews

Physical labor is one of the most strangely enduring mental models for knowledge work. Directors and managers of software development the world over reactively employ it when nudged out of their comfort zones, for instance. "What do you mean 'pair programming' -- we'll … [Read more...]

A Guide to Improving Code Quality and Collaboration on Your Development Team

Earlier this year, SmartBear Software released our State of Code Quality 2016 report. The goal of the report was to determine how software teams are building and maintaining code quality in a world where teams are being asked to move faster than ever before. The report … [Read more...]

How to Actually Reduce Software Defects

As an IT management consultant, the most frequent question I hear is some variant of “how can we get our defect count down?” Developers may want this as a matter of professional pride, but it’s the managers and project managers that truly burn to improve on this metric. … [Read more...]

Announcing the Developer Collaboration Online Summit

  Collaboration is a major part of the software delivery process. No matter what programming methodology your team has adopted (waterfall, scrum, test driven, extreme, or Agile), being able to collaborate — within your team or across locations is critical. But … [Read more...]

Source Control and Code Review: What Developers Need to Know

I can think back to times in my career that the source control that I was using (or not using) made me a cranky, unhappy human being. Years and years ago, there was the time that a co-worker accidentally left all of the files in the codebase checked out through Visual … [Read more...]

What a Software Audit Means for You

“We’re being audited.” Now there’s a sentence to strike fear into anyone’s heart. The most famous and iconic example of an audit is the dreaded IRS audit. This audit is the IRS’s way of saying, “you did something wrong during the course of an extremely byzantine process … [Read more...]

How Collaboration Humanizes the Enterprise

I’ve spent enough time walking the halls of large-ish-to-massive organizations to have formed some opinions and made some observations. If I had to characterize the motor that drives these beasts, I’d say it is comprised of two main components: intense risk aversion and … [Read more...]

The Secret to Code Quality in 2016 [Infographic]

SmartBear Software conducted a global survey looking at how software teams are maintaining code quality in 2016. The State of Code Quality 2016 report includes responses from 600+ software professionals in 30+ industries on development teams ranging from 1-5 employees to … [Read more...]

How Dev Teams Are Improving Code Quality in 2016

How satisfied are you with the quality of software you help build? That was one of the burning questions we asked more than 600 software professionals in our State of Code Quality 2016 survey. It’s a question that dev teams are being asked to answer on a continuous … [Read more...]

The State of Code Quality 2016: Trends & Insight into Dev Collaboration [Report]

It shouldn’t come as a surprise that code quality is a top concern for organizations of all shapes and sizes. Every company — from the smallest business to the largest enterprise organization — runs on software. Whether you’re a tech company that develops a consumer … [Read more...]