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A Real-World intro to SAFe - Scaled Agile Framework - Part 3

Posted by Paul Raybould on 24/11/2020

Paul Raybould is back with the final section of 'A Real-World intro to SAFe - Scaled Agile Framework' series. 

Hello everyone!

Here’s the last part in my series on Scaled Agile Framework. In this last part, I cover a range of topics including Inspect and Adapt, Measuring Flow and other useful principles to consider. If you haven’t read the first two parts, do check out part 1 and part 2 before reading on.

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Topics: Agile,, Software Testing, DevOps and Testing

UAT: Ring Fencing Resources

Posted by Renée Elizabeth Mineart on 18/11/2020

Today we welcome back our popular guest author, Renée Mineart.

There are many, many challenges in developing and delivering a successful application. That’s what makes it interesting, if you ask me. One of the greatest of these challenges, in my experience, is time management (apart from a planet wide pandemic of course!).

Not your time as a developer, not my time as a manager. That comes part and parcel with the project. However, getting your userbase to set aside time in their busy schedule to test the project you’re developing, now that is a challenge. Also, negotiating that time with your userbase’s manager can be a hurdle.

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Topics: Software Testing, User Acceptance Testing, Resourcing

Sorry, did you say puppies?! An alternative intro to Testing.

Posted by Jane Kelly on 11/11/2020

Today we welcome back nFocus’ Jane Kelly with a blog on software testing and puppies!

Rather an odd combination isn’t it? The idea came about as my young daughter asked me what a blog was, and then what I was writing about. She suggested that someone should write a blog about testing and puppies, as she has been puppy crazy since a toddler.

So here goes, an alternative look at the synergies with puppies and software testing!

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Topics: User Acceptance Testing, softwaretesting

Productivity in 2020

Posted by Scott Summers on 29/10/2020

Today we welcome back Scott Summers with his advice on maintaining productivity in 2020.

A question that I’m being asked a lot at the moment is “how can I maintain (or increase) the productivity of my test team when they are working from home”. The following are a few things that I've been considering recently and hope you find useful.

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Topics: Test Manager, productivity

Testing times? Musings on Working from Home

Posted by Kyla Rice on 27/10/2020

Today we welcome nFocus employee, Kyla Rice, with her musings on working from home. 

Like many of you I have found myself working from home since Lockdown began in March. Fortunately, this did not fill me with dread, as I was fortunate to already have the flexibility to work from home as needed.


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Topics: testing times

Mobile Testing

Posted by Jane Kelly on 13/10/2020

Today, I’d like to blog about mobile testing. Like many of you out there, I am a frequent mobile user and I would feel considerably inconvenienced were I to be without it for even just a few hours! 


The market is flooded with mobile hand-held devices, and we rely so heavily on them for so many reasons- communication, diary bookings, notes, reminders, security and protection, emergencies, socialising, learning, entertainment, sleep, relaxation and so on.



It would be extremely time consuming to test each function on every make, model and operating system combination. As a result, regression testing can become a blocker to putting new releases live. Mancompanies limit their testing of new products, fixes, and changes to a defined list of the most popular supported device makes and models. Some companies work with Testing Services Providers to support a robust testing process, often using test automation, with advice on choosing, introduction, implementationmaintenance, monitoring and management of tools that are tailored to suite the organisational needs of budget, timescales and strategic targets.  

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Topics: Software Testing, test automation, Mobile App Testing

Testing Room 101

Posted by Jane Kelly on 7/10/2020

Today’s blog is about pet computer experience hates, ’Better out than in!’ so, they say. Let's refer to it as my ‘Testing Room 101’ target list. 

The reality is these are experienced by people across the board and not just software testers of course! Perhaps the line of work of a software tester makes them more noticeable, or perhaps they subconsciously look for them.
There’s nothing like a good rant to get things off your chest when things are annoying, so here goes! How many of these are on your pet hate list?

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Topics: Software Testing, Peformance Testing, Software Failures, improve software testing

A Real-World intro to SAFe – Part 2

Posted by Paul Raybould on 29/09/2020

Welcome back to the second part in my blog series exploring real world SAFe. This second part picks up from where Part 1 finished so if you haven’t read that yet I’d recommend doing so before reading on.

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Topics: Agile,, Software Test Process, softwaretesting

User Acceptance Testing in a Virtual World

Posted by Renée Martin on 22/09/2020

Today we welcome back our popular guest author, Renée Elizabeth Mineart.

If I were asked to encapsulate what makes humans unique in a single sentence, I’d probably say: “our ability to achieve the impossible.” This trait is often best demonstrated when we are faced with adversity- a planet wide pandemic, for example.

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Topics: Software Testing, User Acceptance Testing

An Introduction to Testing and the Role of a QA Tester

Posted by Jane Kelly on 11/09/2020

Today we welcome back Jane Kelly, who writes about her experience as a QA Tester.

The role of a QA Tester is to review and analyse new or changed software applications, products, mobile devices, and more, and to look for defects, or issues so that these can be resolved before a software change delivery is released for operational use.

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Topics: Quality Assurance, softwaretesting, QA Testing

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