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Test Consultant's Experience of Measuring Software Test Success

Posted by Jane Kelly on 22/08/2023

From the Inside Out - Measuring Software Test Success 

Welcome to my blog about measuring the success of software testing. This is an important topic because it directly puts cost benefit analysis under the spotlight. Cost control is at the forefront of everything we do, so spending needs to be closely managed and justified.

The sub-header, ‘From The Inside Out’, is written from inside the delivery lifecycle and from more than two decades of testing experience, observations and perspective of a Test Consultant.

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Topics: Software Testing, Software Testing Consultancy, success

Prioritisation, Impact Analysis & Dependency

Posted by Jane Kelly on 27/07/2023

How to Utilise Impact Analysis & Dependency for Maximum Benefit

Hello everyone, I wanted to share a few musings around prioritisation, impact analysis and dependency in testing. This topic is of great interest to me because it affects so much of our lives, we do it naturally with varying success; depending upon our core values and many other variables. These includes aspirations, age, upbringing, genetics, level of responsibilities, consequences and experience. We are all consumers and users subconsciously testing the products available on the market, prioritising those which are important to us and our perception of how much value is to be received in using those carefully selected products.

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Topics: Software Testing, Software Test Process

Reduce Test Documentation: Strategies for Success

Posted by Tony Simms on 27/07/2023

Expert Tips on Reducing Documentation 

As a test manager, for many years, my life has revolved around paper... requirements, documents and reports. I even had the poster!

I must admit I found comfort in my templates and checklists but then came agile! In an agile world, the focus is on delivering working software quickly and efficiently.  Agile methodologies encourage collaboration and communication between team members, including End Users, Testers, Developers and Product Owners. One of the key principles of agile is to value working software over comprehensive documentation. 

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Topics: Software Testing, Testing Techniques, Test Requirements

Mastering Mobile Device Testing for Seamless User Experiences

Posted by Jess Ward on 22/06/2023

Mobile Device Testing: What You Need to Know

This blog was a collaborative effort, bringing together diverse perspectives and expertise to create a comprehensive piece. We extend a special thank you to all the contributors including Jessica Ward and Jane Kelly who generously shared their knowledge and insights.

Hi fellow readers! I’d like to share an insight into my experience with mobile testing, the compatibility issues across a range of mobile devices and its benefits. I’ve conducted testing for many years and find the same topics being debated: time, cost, money, quality and compatibility. 

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Topics: Software Testing, Mobile App Testing

Cracking the Code

Posted by Richard Turrall on 22/06/2023

Exploring the Essential Skills SDET’s need to become a Good Communicator

After reading a previous blog that covered important basics for a career in software testing, ‘What makes an Effective Test Consultant?’; it felt to me that a more detailed look at one of these areas was needed to help illustrate how important soft skills are for people starting out in this space.

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Topics: Software Testing, Test Teams, SDET

Technical Testing 'Show & Tell'

Posted by Renée Elizabeth Mineart on 9/05/2023

Overview of Technical Testing

This week's blog comes from our guest writer, Renée Mineart.

One of the first lessons taught in every writing class I’ve ever taken is the concept of “show, don’t tell”. 

When writing a bit of prose, you always want to show the reader what is happening in a scene as opposed to a short summary telling them what happened. “Bob fell out of the tree” isn’t nearly as impactful as “Bob put his full body weight on the branch beneath his hand as he planned the next stage of his climb but the branch was unable to support his weight."

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Topics: Software Testing, Test Teams, communication

Inclusive Workplace & Deaf Awareness

Posted by Eve Lister on 2/05/2023

Insights from Eve Lister: Perspectives on Inclusive Workplace Practices

This week’s national awareness week is one that I feel passionate about and one that involves me directly. Deaf Awareness Week celebrates the achievements of people with a hearing loss but also promotes greater understanding of the barriers and challenges that people who are deaf face in society. As people are starting to talk openly about their experiences, it made me think about my own journey.

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Topics: Test Teams, Workplace Diversity, Inclusion

Importance of Software Quality - What Does ‘Quality’ Mean?

Posted by Tony Simms on 17/04/2023

Introduction: Exploring the Significance of Software Quality

We talk about 'quality' quite a bit in our line of work, we talk about:

  • Quality assurance
  • QA & Test
  • Improving quality
  • Ensuring quality
  • The quality of the software
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Topics: Software Testing, Quality Assurance, Test Teams

Testing Time: Thinking Beyond the Obvious & Time Travel in Test

Posted by Richard Turrall on 14/03/2023

Leveraging Time-Travel Techniques in Testing

I am often asked what are the biggest mistakes that companies, projects or testing teams make in execution. Well, aside from hiring me to do the testing in the first place, there is one area that does keep cropping up as being missed… thinking about and testing beyond the initial or obvious journey.

There are many labels attached to this – one of the best I’ve heard though is 3-dimensional testing. So, what do we mean by that?

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Topics: Software Testing, Temporal Testing, Time Travel Testing

Software Quality Challenges: What could be raised as a red flag?

Posted by Renée Elizabeth Mineart on 7/03/2023

Introduction to Software Quality Challenges

This week's blog comes from our guest writer, Renee Mineart. 

I am often (far too often if you ask me) heard saying to my colleagues the phrase, ‘should is my favourite IT word’. 

I normally say this right after someone in development or on a technical team says to me, ‘we’re going to apply this patch and everything should be fine. The customers should not experience any issues.’ or when saying ‘once we’ve installed this new software, the users will just need to reboot and everything should work better than before.’

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Topics: Software Testing, Software Failures, Software Test Process

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