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Software Management Archives

Versioning REST
Ideas on how to version a REST interface and examples of this implementation in Tagyu.
February 16, 2006 - 327 words, 2 comments

The danger of doing too much
Developers don’t think in terms of simplicity.
December 15, 2005 - 363 words, 2 comments

Test data mishap
Sometimes test data can sneak onto your web site with embarassing results like in this example from Target.com.
November 25, 2004 - 160 words, 5 comments

Why I don\'t recommend Firefox
Why Firefox isn’t ready for an aggressive marketing campaign.
September 6, 2004 - 1710 words, 317 comments

Customer reference questions.
Sample questions to ask customer references when choosing a software vendor.
June 10, 2004 - 633 words, 12 comments

Symantec Spoofing
Some email viruses trick mail systems into thinking the virus was sent by someone else. Antivirus tools are falling for it.
September 3, 2003 - 123 words, 5 comments

Projects need leadership
Being a leader is hard. Not everyone will like you if you stand up for your principles. But people don’t lead because they want to be popular.
July 3, 2003 - 529 words, 8 comments

No error at all
Apparently my software is trying to tell me something. If only I knew what that was.
July 2, 2003 - 45 words, 3 comments

More useless error messages
User frustration rides high when a program gives a useless error message.
July 1, 2003 - 66 words, 3 comments

Donations and open source teams
Many open source projects accept donations as a way of funding their development efforts and I’m wondering how these donations are typically distributed among team members.
June 23, 2003 - 146 words, 4 comments

DevShed\'s intro to Functional Specs
DevShed’s introduction to writing functional specifications doesn’t have any new insight for experienced analysts.
April 25, 2003 - 55 words,

A case for product testing
Make sure your product has the expected results when used in non-standard ways.
April 19, 2003 - 53 words,

Opinion tracking
If you want to know what people think about your products, don’t ask them to tell you. Listen to what they tell others.
April 19, 2003 - 154 words,

Sorting Amazon
Amazon’s backend is showing and they are revealing some interesting flaws in their system.
October 10, 2002 - 286 words,

Agile requirements
How to use solid requirements management principles in an agile environment.
September 19, 2002 - 188 words,

GPL restricts innovation?
LawMeme looks at government-sponsored open source software.
September 17, 2002 - 32 words,

Agile gloss
Can agile methodolgies work on large-scale projects? This New Architect article promises to tell us, but it doesn’t quite make it.
September 13, 2002 - 246 words, 5 comments

KM Myths
These seven Knowledge Management mistakes happen in a variety of software implementations.
September 3, 2002 - 73 words,

CVS for Web devlopers
How to use CVS for Web site development.
July 30, 2002 - 57 words,

Anthology of Requirements quotations
Requirements Engineering Proverbs, Maxims, Sayings, Quotations and Urban Wisdom is a list of quotations that...
June 30, 2002 - 47 words,

Unit Testing
Sticky Minds has a series of Word documents on Unit Testing Guidelines. A lot of...
May 7, 2002 - 60 words,

Process Chain
SPC E-ssentials provides a list of activites neccessary to manage software projects. "Meeting [software] delivery...
April 20, 2002 - 38 words,

AOL product not good enough for employees
Some time back AOL Time Warner dictated that all employees would use a custom version...
March 23, 2002 - 71 words, 1 comment

Warships and software
What does the accidental sinking of a 17th century warship have to do with software...
March 21, 2002 - 40 words,

Software Lemons
Most product manufacturers are held responsible for ensuring their products work as advertised. Software companies...
March 21, 2002 - 37 words,

Criteria for success
The Rational Edge | Understanding the Elephant: "I once refactored some badly written code and...
March 16, 2002 - 71 words,

Newsletter quality
At some point I must have given my email address to Classmates. I don’t remember...
February 20, 2002 - 317 words, 4 comments

The Art of Use Cases
Software Productivity Center E-ssentials | The Art of Use Cases: "In order to create a...
February 20, 2002 - 51 words,

Requirements Tools
StickyMinds also has a list of requirements tools, although many of the tools are more...
February 20, 2002 - 21 words,

Bug categorization
StickyMinds.com | Categorizing Defects by Eliminating "Severity" and "Priority": "I recommend eliminating the Severity and...
February 20, 2002 - 80 words,

Secure by design
The Register | \'Penetrate and patch\' e-business security is grim: "Application security flaws introduced early...
February 20, 2002 - 50 words,

Measuring Success
The Rational Edge | Success Criteria Breed Success: "Ill-defined, unrealistic, or poorly communicated success criteria...
February 16, 2002 - 41 words,

Process for one
The Rational Edge | A Software Development Process for a Team of One: "Who said...
February 16, 2002 - 45 words,

Bug Costs
Billion Dollar Bugs: "Your bugs, design flaws, and security holes could cost your customers billions...
February 15, 2002 - 46 words,

What Clients Want (part2)
winterspeack.com’s Zimran Ahmed disagrees with Joel Spolsky’s article "The solution is not to pander to...
February 15, 2002 - 238 words,

What Clients Want
Joel on Software | The Iceberg Secret, Revealed: "Assume that your customers don’t know what...
February 15, 2002 - 60 words,

Customer testing
The Archives page at ClickZ has an interesting problem. There are duplicate titles listed in...
February 13, 2002 - 58 words,

Risky Business
Does innovation always provide a competetive advantage?
January 23, 2002 - 203 words, 3 comments

Inside the Wayback Machine
When the Internet Archive needed massive amounts of storage and processing power, they turned to arrays of inexpensive machines.
January 22, 2002 - 93 words,

Discover your inner hamster
Inefficient, manual processes make life difficult for your customers.
January 20, 2002 - 120 words,

Make it simple
Business Week has an interview with Dennis Boyle from IDEO. He says, "People don’t want...
January 18, 2002 - 96 words,

Maniacal Focus
If your company has a competitive weakness, you should make it your number one priority to overcome that weakness. Even better is to turn it around and make it a strength.
January 17, 2002 - 298 words, 1 comment

Cover Fire
Joel On Software: "The companies that do well are the ones who rely least on...
January 7, 2002 - 63 words,

Intro to XP
If your current development process has you bogged down in bureaucracy, you may want to...
October 9, 2001 - 40 words,

Gartner foolishness
Joel on Software "Gartner seems to suffer the common but moronic falacy that new or...
September 25, 2001 - 25 words,

Know
Elegant Hack: "Know your audience. Know your business. Know your technology. Build."...
September 25, 2001 - 12 words,

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