Five-star app rating Why Your Software Team Shouldn’t Aim for a Five-Star App Rating

Star ratings are important, but many teams are so focused on that metric that it is killing their apps and hurting their business. Having a five-star rating stops innovation, puts teams under pressure, and can even get you fired. Here's why you shouldn't obsess over that perfect score.

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Jason Arbon
Mars habitat Be a Habitat Maker for NASA and Win $1.1 Million

A trip to the Red Planet will eventually require shelter, and NASA is offering $1.1 million in prize money as part of the 3D-Printed Habitat Challenge for new ways to create sustainable housing solutions where future space explorers can live and work.

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Pamela Rentz
legacy code Legacy Code Can Hinder Your Agile Transition

Although there's a lot of practice evolution that happens with agile transitions, legacy code can still be a major obstacle to agile success. A few risks and considerations emerge when scaling agile while still managing legacy code barriers.

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Sanjay Zalavadia
Cover of the fall 2016 issue of Better Software magazine What’s in the Fall 2016 Issue of Better Software Magazine?

In the cover feature article of the fall 2016 issue of Better Software magazine, “The Evolution of Software Monetization,” Michael Zunke details how software vendors misfire in an attempt to balance protection of their intellectual property with complicated software licensing schemes that frustrate customers.

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Ken Whitaker
Five-star app rating Developing Mobile Apps: Focus on Features, Not Ratings

Does your team desperately want to have a five-star app? If so, you are chasing the wrong goal. Relative measures of quality are better because they can be adapted to your own situation. Instead of asking “How can we get five stars?” you should be asking “How can we get more stars than the competition?"

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Jason Arbon
leadership Sustaining Market Leadership Is No Easy Feat

Sustaining market leadership in today’s dynamic environment is no easy feat. While it has the benefits of attracting top talent, allowing better access to funds, enabling greater geographical reach, and the ability to influence the market, there are definite downsides to being the market leader.

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Rajini Padmanaban
Stop Faking It: There Are Better Ways to Acquire Technical Skills

Everyone wants to hire someone who can “hit the ground running.” But seeking a candidate who has all nine of the core skills listed on the job description shouldn't be the goal; instead, it's more important to find someone who can learn quickly, collaborate with others, and acquire those skills through work.

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Matthew Heusser
Leverage Your Data to Establish Credibility as a Tester or Developer

If you’re new to a team but have an important point to make during a meeting, it makes sense to just voice your opinion and get your message across, right? That’s easier said than done. It takes time to build credibility amongst your peers, so you need to back everything up with data.

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Josiah Renaudin