Category Archives: Test Planning & Strategy

Addressing topics around designing test approaches, incorporating test techniques, setting up testing, and communicating the strategies for implementation

Don’t Wait, Take – A Smart Approach to Testing

It is common for testing to be given constraints around schedule, budget, team members/skills, and even tools. So, when you are asked to step out of this box and propose what you think is needed for the next project, a … 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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Accessibility Testing: Four Tips for Doing It Right

If you are feeling a little overwhelmed by the extra effort involved in delivering accessible software, don’t be dismayed. Here are some helpful tips to keep in mind. 1. Embed Accessibility Testing The purpose of the first round of guideline … 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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Finding Bugs Under Software Rocks – Exploratory Testing as a Bug Hunt

One aspect of software testing is trying to find as many of the bugs in the software under test as possible and, in that sense, software testing can be viewed as a “Bug Hunt”. As a metric for evaluating the … Continue reading

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Shorter Interval Projects Are Trending, But What Does That Mean For Testers?

I find it interesting that software development projects are generally being planned and executed with shorter time frames than before. Software development projects that were once taken on as a single large project are now being broken down into smaller … 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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Write a Test Strategy – What Choice(s) Do I Have?

Project Manager: “Your test strategy looks good.”         Test Lead: “Great. I will get started on the next steps. Do you have the finalized delivery schedule?” Project Manager: “I will send it to you shortly.”     … Continue reading

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The Science of Testing

The best way to approach a problem is typically to look at it from different angles, to turn it over and to discuss it until a solution can be found.  Similarly, it is important to try to bring different perspectives … Continue reading

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When To Get Serious About Testing

Some years back, I taught a course on software configuration management. In that course, we discussed the benefits and drawbacks to integrating change control within the software development process considering that the software is being actively developed or matured during … Continue reading

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