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Better Test Reporting – Data-Driven Storytelling

Testers have a lot of project “health” data at their finger tips – data collected from others in order to perform testing and data generated from testing itself. And, sometimes test reporting gets stuck on simply communicating this data, these … Continue reading

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8 Test Automation Tips for Project Managers

Software testing has always faced large volumes of work and short timeframes. To get the most value for your testing dollars, test automation is typically a critical component. However, many teams have attempted to add test automation to their projects … Continue reading

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Software Testing Guiding Principles

All effective test teams typically have well defined processes, appropriate tools and resources with a variety of skills. However, teams cannot be successful if they place 100% dependency on the documented processes, as doing so leads to conflicts. Especially when testers use … Continue reading

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Testing as a Service? Testing is a Service

We, as testers, do not “build in quality” and can not guarantee all the defects will be found.  We can not, should not, define “what is quality?”  And, we should not be making the choice to release or not. Not … Continue reading

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Test Planning Game: “Mind Your Own Business”

You might find it familiar to be involved in, or responsible for, the planning and design of testing on a project where the business drivers around why/how the project is important, in the larger sense, are not entirely clear to … Continue reading

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Performance and Culture – Contrived vs. Legitimate Quality

I read with interest and appreciation the comments on the View from the Q blog about what not to do with respect to Performance Management. I have encountered reporting situations and the ultimate result is that more energy and effort is spent … 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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Risk Mitigation – Scarcity Leads to Risk-Driven Choices

I presented “Risk Mitigation – Scarcity Leads to Risk-Driven Choices” to yvrTesting.com, the Vancouver Quality Assurance & Testing User 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 … Continue reading

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Making Numbers Count – Metrics that Matter

As testers and test managers, we are frequently asked to report on the progress or results of testing to our stakeholders.  Questions like “How is testing going?” may seem simple enough at a glance, but there are actually a number … 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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