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How Much Test Automation is Right in DevOps

Posted by Scott Summers on 14/08/2019

Successful DevOps needs automated processes throughout the software delivery life cycle. It relies on a culture and environment where building, testing and releasing software can happen rapidly, frequently and reliably.

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Topics: Software Testing, test automation, DevOps, Testing in DevOps

3 Risks To Consider When Implementing QA On Your Digital Transformation Journey

Posted by Scott Summers on 21/06/2019

I often find many of the high-level risks have repeated themselves on the projects I’ve worked on. However, the risk profile, risk appetite, detail of the risk, how it gets managed, mitigated and controlled varies massively.

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Topics: Software Testing, Security Testing, Digital Transformation, Performance Testing

How to Manage Stakeholder Expectations of Quality During a Digital Transformation Project

Posted by Scott Summers on 13/05/2019

It’s possible to keep your stakeholders happy, even if quality is not great, simply by managing their expectations from start to finish.

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Topics: Software Testing, Quality Assurance, Digital Transformation

How To Build A Test Team For A Digital Transformation Project

Posted by Scott Summers on 9/04/2019

Building a high performing team is never an easy undertaking. Building the test team for a Digital Transformation project is no different.

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Topics: Software Testing, Digital Transformation, Test Teams

The Need For Automated Security Testing

Posted by Scott Summers on 5/03/2019

IT teams and testers have been challenged by automated testing for decades now.  It seems to me that many organisations haven’t really cracked the nut yet with regards to functional automation and many (too many) automated testing efforts fail to meet their objectives, budget and stakeholders’ expectations. Expectations seem to be lower for load and performance testing. I’m not sure if this is because it’s perceived to be more difficult or the risk is perceived to be lower or both. Either way I don’t think that’s true, but that’s for another post. There isn’t much conversation happening yet about automated security testing - yet. I find this strange considering 47% of companies surveyed for this year’s World Quality Report said that enhancing security is part of their IT Strategy. The number of security breaches is increasing – the 2018 Cyber Security Breaches Survey shows 43% of businesses in the UK experienced a security breach in the past year.

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Topics: Software Testing, Security Testing Strategy, Security Testing

Performance and Load Testing Best Practices Guide

Posted by Scott Summers on 30/10/2018

Whether a system is to be used internally by your work force or externally by your customers, it’s stability and performance directly correlates with your success.

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Topics: Software Testing, Load and Performance Testing

The Benefits of Quality Assurance of Requirements Definition

Posted by Scott Summers on 26/09/2018

In Scrum, quality is defined as “The ability of the completed product or deliverables to meet the Acceptance Criteria and achieve the business value expected by the customer”

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Topics: Software Testing, Quality Assurance

A Performance Test Plan Template

Posted by Scott Summers on 12/07/2018

I hope you find this Performance Test Plan template helpful. Please use it wisely. You see, I have mixed feelings about template test plans – performance or otherwise.

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Topics: Software Testing, test plan template, Load and Performance Testing

Web Application Penetration Testing

Posted by Scott Summers on 11/06/2018

If the Pentagon and the Whitehouse can both be hacked, then so can you. Now, please don’t think for a second that I think the members of the Pentagon and Whitehouse are in any way more intelligent or better than you (I’m convinced of quite the opposite – without even meeting you), but I am assuming they have pretty good cyber security.

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Topics: Software Testing, Security Testing

How To Get Started With Performance Engineering

Posted by Scott Summers on 15/05/2018

High user expectations and the risk of putting poorly performing code live makes performance engineering more important than it has even been. Fortunately, incremental change makes it easier to engineer system performance and build a workable process. For those doing DevOps, having administrators and technical subject matter experts as part of the delivery team have a much better ecosystem within which to deliver effective performance engineering.

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Topics: Software Testing, Performance Engineering

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