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The cover of Better Software magazine 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
iot house IoT and Security: The FTC Will Pay $25,000 for Your Solution

With the goal of making IoT devices more secure, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission has announced the IoT Home Inspector Challenge. The contest calls for a technical solution or tool that consumers can deploy to guard against security vulnerabilities in software on the IoT devices in their homes.

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Pamela Rentz
sprinters at starting block How Your Software Team Can Successfully Adopt a Shift-Left Approach

"Shift left" is the latest philosophy teams are adopting to account for the fact that releases are happening on a daily basis, rather than a weekly or monthly basis. If you're working on mobile applications and don’t adhere to a shift-left mindset, your team will be left behind.

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Josiah Renaudin
Team doing a project review 5 Questions to Ask in a Project Review

Project managers often dread doing reviews, but they're necessary to make sure the project is on the right track. Progress can be affected by unclear definitions, risk, schedules, and cost, so it's important to evaluate whether the project manager, sponsors, and team members are all on the same page.

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Payson Hall
Statistics Don't Be Fooled by Statistics

Statistics provide numbers that confer credibility to ideas, recommendations, and conclusions. But we do ourselves a disservice if we unthinkingly accept reported statistics without understanding how to interpret them—and without realizing that sometimes they are presented with deliberate deception.

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Naomi Karten
Why? Know the “Why” behind Your Projects

Every project has its own unique reason for existence. We often work on projects to deliver some kind of return for our organizations. When you start a project, do you know what that return is? When we know the reasons behind our work, we can be more successful—knowing why can create success.

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Johanna Rothman
pacemaker Understanding the Risks of IoT and Embedded Devices

We’ve become so advanced in our technology—especially when it comes to IoT and embedded devices—that we can benefit some people’s quality of life, but one of the big concerns (especially when it comes to a heart) is security and preventing people from misusing access to pacemakers.

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Josiah Renaudin
puzzle piece How Software Testers Can Stay Relevant

Testers have an important responsibility to protect and further their craft. Many people who want to be considered testers should engage in career development more than they might have in the past. Hans Buwalda highlights four areas that testers need to understand to stay relevant.

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Hans Buwalda