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

It’s Raid Night! Gamification for Software Test Teams?

I presented “It’s Raid Night! Gamification for Software Test Teams?” to VANQ.org, the Vancouver Software Quality Assurance User Group and I wanted to share that material with you. People, processes and technology are the pillars of any company, but without … Continue reading

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Test Management: Leading Your Team To Success (Course Extract)

I have extracted a small deck of slides from my course “Test Management: Leading Your Team To Success” and linked it below.  Hope you enjoy. You can download the slides on SlideShare.net: Test Management – Leading Your Test Team to … Continue reading

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Scalable V-Model: An Illustrative Tool for Crafting a Test Approach

I recommend a testing approach that is risk-driven, leverages agile principles, encourages early validation and verification activities, reports progress with practical metrics, and is controlled through hand-offs and acceptance criteria overlaid on the development cycle via a scalable “V-model” (whether … Continue reading

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Role of Outsourcing: Finding Your Vision

On February 24, 2011, I presented “Role of Outsourcing: Finding Your Vision” to VANQ.org, the Vancouver Software Quality Assurance User Group and I wanted to share that material with you. Consciously deciding your outsourcing approach is similar to choosing to … Continue reading

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Regression Testing – Strategic and Risk-driven, Can You Afford Not To?

Planning your testing effort for the next project: How much time do you have?  How many people do you have?  _How_ big was that scope again? As testing is virtually always constrained with not enough time, not enough people, not … Continue reading

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Survey Report – Project Success & Test Outsourcing

This summer, we put out a quick 10-question survey regarding software development and outsourcing or contracting of testing services. The intention of the survey was to use the responses to paint a picture of the attitude or approach towards outsourcing … Continue reading

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Using Agile Principles to Get an “A” With the Customer Every Time

Agile is a frequent topic in process improvement discussions and networking events alike – some going for Agile all the way and others rejecting it as something that won’t work for their projects or customers. In general, I have found … Continue reading

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Why Estimate Testing If You Are Just Given A Box To Work Within?

Sharing an answer to a couple of recent customer queries in hopes that it is generally useful as well: Often in discussing the value of estimating test efforts, a comment is made by someone that there is no point in … Continue reading

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Designing an Effective (Agile) Smoke Test

Sharing an answer to a couple of recent customer queries in hopes that it is generally useful as well: The ability to give early feedback during testing is a cornerstone to providing value on a software project. A well designed … Continue reading

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Test Automation – Building Your Business Case

I presented “Test Automation – Building Your Business Case” to VANQ.org, the Vancouver Software Quality Assurance User Group. Subsequently I presented it to the Southern Idaho Society for Software Quality Assurance and UBC Continuing Studies (Tech.UBC.ca), and I wanted to … Continue reading

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