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Team Engagement - Project Manager Roles and Responsibilities

Posted by Renée Martin on 28/06/2022

Team Engagement - Project Manager Roles and Responsibilities

When should you engage with the testing team on waterfall projects?

I appreciate that most software development these days is done using the 'agile methodology' or a variation thereof. With agile, the testing team is (or at least should be) heavily involved with every sprint.

However, many organisations also deliver other types of projects that don’t have a continuous development path. These are one-and-done projects like bringing in or patching a 3rd Party’s software; upgrading or replacing hardware or a whole range of changes that can impact your user base.


As with everything in your IT Infrastructure, these changes should be thoroughly tested before going live. The depth of testing undertaken should reflect the level of risk your organisation is willing to take and the impact of getting It wrong.

Often, a Project Manager isn’t fully aware of everything a good testing team does or how much time they require to carry out their work.

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Topics: Software Testing, Test Teams, Agile Testing

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

Don't be a Mob Boss: A Safe Environment for Failure

Posted by Renée Martin on 18/08/2020

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

In my previous blog on this topic, I introduced a few ideas that might improve your communication with your UAT testers and how to set expectations on what you want them to do.

I’d now like to expand on this and explore the ways you can provide a safe environment for failure in order to promote success. To do this, I’d like to take you back in time to 1990.

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Topics: softwaretesting, communication, success, failure

Version 2.0 Part 2: Hey, let’s Talk about how we Talk

Posted by Renée Martin on 14/07/2020

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

Welcome back to my series on how to successfully deliver a failed project. If you’ve not read the introductory blog post yet, it can be found here. We left off talking about communication and I’d like to dive a bit deeper into this topic if I may.

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Topics: Software Testing, UAT

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