Tag Archives: acceptance testing

Beyond the Agile Testing Quadrants

You can build the right product and you can build it right, and still not deliver value to the customer/user. For any number of reasons, they don’t adopt it easily, completely, or on time. You can blame them. Luddites. You … Continue reading

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Testing COTS Systems? Make Evaluation Count

Over the years, I have been involved in a number of projects testing COTS (Commercial-Off-The-Shelf) systems across a range of industries. Sometimes the project was with the vendor and sometimes with the customer. When it came to supporting a company … Continue reading

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Improving Software Quality with Development Tours

Releasing software in the past was a QA’s dream, plenty of time to check every last corner of the product before eventually releasing to production.  With the move to Agile and the speed at which we need to deliver software, … Continue reading

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Improving the User Experience in a Fast-Forward World

Recently, after experiencing a “service not available” error while checking my email, my first instinct was to go scouring the web, including sites such as downrightnow.com, to check to see if others were experiencing similar issues and if there was … Continue reading

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Selling Accessibility Testing and a Plan to Get Started

During a sales meeting, a question on accessibility was asked. “How do we talk about the importance of accessibility testing without fear becoming the main motivation to act?” I had to admit that in all my years running accessibility testing … Continue reading

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To Test or Not to Test?

What is COTS? Commercial Off-The-Shelf (COTS) software is pre-built software usually provided by a 3rd party vendor. COTS applications typically require configurations and / or customizations that are tailored to specific requirements of the customer for their software solution. The … 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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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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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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UAT as a Lean Startup

User acceptance testing (UAT) – that misunderstood human activity that is squeezed from front to back by late delivery and set-in-stone go-live dates – is an opportunity to use lean tactics. The user acceptance team is a cross-functional team. An … Continue reading

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