Category Archives: Business of Testing

Discussions around how to integrate the testing practice within the team, the organization and the business,and make visible the value of quality, testing and the people involved

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

Posted in  All, Agile Testing, Business of Testing | Tagged , , , , | Comments Off on Did Sesame Street Impact the Adoption of Agile Methodology?

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

Posted in  All, Business of Testing, Planning for Quality, Risk & Testing | Tagged , , , | Comments Off on Quality Without Governance = Disaster

We Are Not The Quality Police

I started my testing career as part of a user group that did analysis, technical writing, training and testing in the Systems Department of an insurance company at a time when having nontechnical people involved in software development was very … Continue reading

Posted in  All, Business of Testing, Team Building | Tagged , , , | Comments Off on We Are Not The Quality Police

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

Posted in  All, Business of Testing, Team Building | Tagged , , , , | Comments Off on It’s Raid Night! Gamification for Software Test Teams?

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

Posted in  All, Business of Testing, Team Building, Test Planning & Strategy | Tagged , , , | Comments Off on Test Management: Leading Your Team To Success (Course Extract)

A Remote Tester’s Perspective – The Challenges and Solutions

On October 27, 2011, Keith McIntosh presented “A Remote Tester’s Perspective: The Challenges and Solutions” at the Software Test Professionals Conference in Dallas, Texas. Much has been written on the many challenges associated with remote testing locations whether they are onshore, nearshore or offshore.  The … Continue reading

Posted in  All, Business of Testing, Team Building | Tagged , , , , , , | Comments Off on A Remote Tester’s Perspective – The Challenges and Solutions

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

Posted in  All, Business of Testing, Other | Tagged , , , | Comments Off on Role of Outsourcing: Finding Your Vision

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

Posted in  All, Business of Testing, Planning for Quality, Test Planning & Strategy | Tagged , , | Comments Off on Regression Testing – Strategic and Risk-driven, Can You Afford Not To?

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

Posted in  All, Business of Testing, Other, Planning for Quality | Tagged , , , | Comments Off on Survey Report – Project Success & Test Outsourcing

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

Posted in  All, Automation & Tools, Business of Testing, Planning for Quality | Tagged , , , , , | Comments Off on Test Automation – Building Your Business Case