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Computer with a "Retired!" sign Think through System Changes to Anticipate Quality Issues

When you replace or significantly modify components of a larger system, too frequently we focus on whether the code we are building functions correctly. This is important, but it’s also short-sighted. It’s easy to introduce errors because we are changing interactions. Coding bugs are only one quality problem.

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Payson Hall
What's in the Winter 2017 Issue of Better Software Magazine?

The first issue of our nineteenth volume of Better Software magazine has a new simplified, modern look. We've been planning this design overhaul for months, and the content keeps getting better. Check out the articles on reducing the risk of failed system updates, scaling agile, and servant leadership.

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Ken Whitaker
Test Automation—A Non-Expert’s Perspective

Looking at automating test execution, there are two distinct areas of focus—testing at the technical level (component and technical integration) and testing at the functional level (system or acceptance). Dale Perry offers his view on each's requirements, focus, and the issues that can arise.

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Dale Perry
The Ethical Responsibility of Defect Severity Classification

When dealing with defect classification, it's important to not blindly adhere to the criteria without consideration for real business or human implications. If your software does safety-critical work, do the defect levels reflect that? Or could something go live with potentially disastrous consequences?

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Payson Hall
Software Testing: A Social Responsibility

As businesses and consumers embrace big data and analytics, mobile, cloud, the IoT, and other rapidly emerging technologies, the expectation that software "just works" is rising exponentially. Equipping our technical workforce with the best education and training, tools, and approaches is critical.

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Michael Sowers
The Gap between User Expectations and Reality in the World of Privacy

Online privacy is a largely discussed and debated topic today. There is a common belief that with the advent of social and mobile computing, user privacy is at stake—and the growth in big data has made it worse. Some even say that, with the arrival of the mobile ecosystem, privacy is endangered.

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Mukesh Sharma
Software Bugs We Don’t Want to See Repeated in 2015—or Ever Again

Security breaches happen, from Target to Sony, but sometimes it’s not malicious hackers causing pain points for consumers, society, and companies. Occasionally, bugs in the software are to blame. Here is a look at some of the more infamous software bugs that we hope don’t get repeated in 2015.

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Cameron Philipp...
IBM Supercomputer Watson Now a Customer Service Agent

Watson, IBM’s supercomputer that was introduced to the world on Jeopardy!, is trying out a new gig as a customer service agent. The artificial intelligence system will use its capacity to respond to natural language by answering call center customer service requests from everyday people.

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Beth Romanik