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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
ideas Have an Idea? You Can Do Wonders

It is often daunting to visualize how to implement an idea, and this fear inhibits many from bringing ideas to fruition. However, in today’s market, with a little research and follow-through, there are various ways to do wonders with even simple ideas.

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Mukesh Sharma
Continuous delivery What Is Continuous Delivery Doing to Software Testing?

Software teams using continuous delivery focus on building software in small pieces so that new code can be pushed to production multiple times a day instead of on a sprint cadence. There is also an explicit focus on code quality before production and monitoring afterward. Is this putting testing in danger?

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Justin Rohrman
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
Know a Girl Who Wants to Change the World w/ Code?

To inspire more young women to pursue careers in STEM, every year Technovation invites girls from around the world to solve real-world problems through technology. In partnership with Google's Made w/ Code and UN Women, the Technovation Challenge 2017 has set some lofty goals.

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Pamela Rentz
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