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Confidence’s Role in Software Testing

Confidence – “the feeling or belief that one can rely on someone or something; firm trust.” https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/us/confidence A few weeks ago I sat down to write about verifying bug fixes. I wanted to determine if there was a systematic approach … Continue reading

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Stop Testing – Start Thinking

Throughout my career I have observed numerous organizations all looking for the ‘silver bullet’ to solve all their product quality problems. News Flash: There is no ‘silver bullet’.  Solving product quality problems can only begin when organizations “Stop Testing and … Continue reading

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Distributed Teams – An Interview with Janet Gregory

I recently interviewed Janet Gregory on the topic of distributed teams. Janet is the founder of DragonFire Inc., an agile quality process consultancy and training firm. Janet co-wrote the original book on agile testing “Agile Testing: A Practical Guide for … Continue reading

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Is Functional Assurance the new Quality Assurance?

I have noticed a shift in how companies are attempting to ensure quality and this is what has led me to write this post. Companies desperately want to achieve quality by simply creating automated tests. Why do they want this? … 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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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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Quality Power

This post is in response to the timely and provocative question from the ASQ CEO, Bill Troy.  In his View From The Q post, the challenge is made to members of the Quality community to expand their capabilities to include leadership. The … Continue reading

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Can Playing Games Improve Tester Skills? Exploring the Science Behind Games

Are gamers predisposed to careers in software testing? The prevalent perception seems to be that testers enjoy playing games more than the general population, and that playing games makes us better testers by honing cognitive skills, which especially important in … Continue reading

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Did Sesame Street Impact the Adoption of Agile Methodology?

History of Sesame Street The first episode of Sesame Street aired in November 1969. It was aimed at preschoolers and was based on any number of research studies. ‘It wanted to be an educational program due to the common thought … Continue reading

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Quality Without Governance = Disaster

I found another example of how an organization’s governance undermined its quality discoveries, to the detriment of its customers and society at large. GM Cobalt Delayed Recall The link describes a scenario where General Motors recalled its 2005-2007 Chevy Cobalt … Continue reading

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