Category Archives: Automation & Tools

Approaches for using tools and test automation techniques to accelerate testing efforts and/or increase test effectiveness

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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Successfully Integrating Test Automation and Agile Projects

On Oct. 7, 2009, I presented “Successfully Integrating Test Automation and Agile Projects” to Annex Consulting Group CIO Breakfast, and I wanted to share that material with you. To accelerate your project and specifically the testing of your releases, test … Continue reading

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Communicating Requirements To Testing – You’re Going To Be In Pictures!

How do you know what a system is supposed to do and what it is not supposed to do? Formal requirements are intended to create an easily validated, maintainable and comprehensive set of documents communicating the system’s planned functional scope … Continue reading

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Capturing Wild Requirements for Testing

I presented “Capturing Wild Requirements – For Testing” to VANQ.org, the Vancouver Software Quality Assurance User Group, and I wanted to share that material with you. Later, I developed this material into a 1-day workshop “Requirements Ghostwriting: Filling in the … Continue reading

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Why Pay High Prices for Defect Management

This article was published in Volume 2 Issue 10 of Software Test and Performance, www.stpmag.com If you want quality costs to stop guzzling money, the most effective thing you can do is optimize your project’s defect life cycle. Here’s how. … Continue reading

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Optimizing the Defect Lifecycle – with Resolution

I presented “Optimizing the Defect Lifecycle – with Resolution” 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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Philosophy of Defect Resolutions

One of the foundation processes in any company that produces software is the defect lifecycle. It is primarily this process that describes how Development and Testing interact around an issue or defect report. There is typically an emphasis on how … Continue reading

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Defect Tracking – Selecting the Right Tool

Effective defect tracking is a critical activity in any software development project, and having the right tool to do the job is just as critical. A defect tracking system is a tool solution intended for: the tracking of project issues, … Continue reading

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Pictures for Test Planning

In the fast-paced changing world of software product development there is a continuous challenge to document the expectations for the system and its internally and externally facing behaviours. Requirements often suffer because of the challenges of keeping up with an … Continue reading

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New Project? Where are the Templates?

A guiding principle in the software industry, considering the wide range of project scope and constraints, is to “use the processes and tools appropriate to the size, complexity, and impact of your project”. For instance, each of the following situations … Continue reading

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