Monthly Archives: December 2007

Test Smarter, Not Harder – Part 2

interconnected controls

This series is a reprint of an article by Scott Sehlhorst, written for developer.* in March 2006. A recent article on dailytech about “new” methods for software testing points to some very interesting research by the NIST (the National Institute of Standards and Technology) Information Technology Lab. We’ve split the original article into three articles to be more consistent in length with other Tyner Blain articles.

This is part 2 of a 3 part series.
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Test Smarter, Not Harder – Part 1

interconnected controls

This series is a reprint of an article by Scott Sehlhorst, written for developer.* in March 2006. A recent article on dailytech about “new” methods for software testing points to some very interesting research by the NIST (the National Institute of Standards and Technology) Information Technology Lab. We’ve split the original article into three articles to be more consistent in length with other Tyner Blain articles.

This is part 1 of a 3 part series.

Continue reading Test Smarter, Not Harder – Part 1

Global Actor Hierarchies and Personas

Actor Hierarchy

We use actor hierarchies to organize the different users of a system. Different people play different roles, and thus do different jobs. We use different actors to identify and organize those people. When deploying a system globally, we usually discover people that do the same jobs, but do them differently. Incorporating the notion of personas lets us deal with this.

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2007 Product Manager Survey – Technical Product Managers

adding machine

Pragmatic Marketing’s 2007 survey of product managers includes questions that identify product managers as having technical backgrounds. Product management involves many responsibilities that require some level of technical acumen. In this article, we look at the survey responses to see if the degree of technical skill has a correlation with compensation.

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2007 Product Manager Survey – Management Salaries

accounting machine

We wrote previously about some of the salary data from Pragmatic Marketing’s 2007 Product Manager survey data. Since that time, we’ve had the opportunity to analyze the complete data set. One of our readers asked if we could crunch the numbers for more senior positions – directors and executives – who responded to the survey.

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