Author Archives: Trevor Atkins

About Trevor Atkins

Trevor Atkins (@thinktesting) has been involved in 100’s of software projects over the last 20+ years and has a demonstrated track record of achieving rapid ROI for his customers and their business. Experienced in all project roles, Trevor’s primary focus has been on planning and execution of projects and improvement of the same, so as to optimize quality versus constraints for the business. LinkedIn Profile

Don’t Wait, Take – A Smart Approach to Testing

It is common for testing to be given constraints around schedule, budget, team members/skills, and even tools. So, when you are asked to step out of this box and propose what you think is needed for the next project, a … Continue reading

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I Say “Quality”! You Say…?

Quality is one of those words that embodies so much and can mean such different things to different people. Image credit: Pixelors.com For instance: Why do you have the car that you have? Would you change it if you could … Continue reading

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Risk Mitigation – Scarcity Leads to Risk-Driven Choices

I presented “Risk Mitigation – Scarcity Leads to Risk-Driven Choices” to yvrTesting.com and the Annex Consulting Group, and I wanted to share that material with you. Image credit: http://sbhshgovapmacro.wordpress.com/what-is-economics/ Testing is a recognized mitigation solution for certain risks on a … Continue reading

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Own Your Approach – Drive Process Improvement

You and your team have to live with the impact of poor internal quality every day, on every project.  But fixing these issues or improving the situation is not often a top priority. “No one keeps track of the costs … Continue reading

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Risk Clustering – Project-Killing Risks of Doom

Our home shines dimly with reflected sunlight, a pale blue dot in the expansiveness of space.  Around us, dark shapes move through the skies, in near countless number.  Some few trend in our direction.  Not seeking, but tending inevitably toward … Continue reading

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Write a Test Strategy – What Choice(s) Do I Have?

Project Manager: “Your test strategy looks good.”         Test Lead: “Great. I will get started on the next steps. Do you have the finalized delivery schedule?” Project Manager: “I will send it to you shortly.”     … Continue reading

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When To Get Serious About Testing

Some years back, I taught a course on software configuration management. In that course, we discussed the benefits and drawbacks to integrating change control within the software development process considering that the software is being actively developed or matured during … Continue reading

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Release Criteria – What Is Your ‘Quality Bar’?

In a previous article, I discussed managing risk with quality gates (“None Shall Pass…unless? Managing Risk with Quality Gates”). Such gates and their expectations facilitate tracing issue root cause and examining which preventative measures failed or need to be enhanced … Continue reading

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IT Consulting – Sales Experience Required?

Sales experience needed in an IT consulting role? OK, first answer these questions… Who are you? What do you do? What do you love? Then, consider…

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None Shall Pass…unless? Managing Risk with Quality Gates

A common element to a test strategy or master test plan is to include a description of how the project will mature the software system towards release, and how the project team can be sure that progress is on track … Continue reading

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