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The Benefits of Agile: Redefining Success Part 4

Posted by Renée Elizabeth Mineart on 1/09/2020

Today we welcome back our guest author Renee Mineart, for the final piece in her series on Redefining Success. If you’ve just come across this series, I would encourage you to start at the beginning, so here are links to the previous posts:

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Topics: Benefits of Agile, softwaretesting, communication

Building a Testing Centre of Excellence- Part 2

Posted by Scott Summers on 25/08/2020

In my last post, Building a Testing Centre of Excellence, I identified the first few steps needed to create a testing centre of excellence. These are:

  • Build the business case
  • Define and share your vision
  • Create the leadership team and
  • Define your operating and financial model.
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Topics: Software Testing Assessment, Digital Transformation, softwaretesting

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

A Real-World intro to SAFe – Scaled Agile Framework

Posted by Paul Raybould on 12/08/2020

What is SAFe?

SAFe is a framework which combines various pieces of different agile methodologies and principles such as Scrum, Kanban, Extreme Programming (XP), Lean and DevOps.

Why use SAFe?

The SAFe model of working is relevant to large organisations with multiple development teams delivering highly complex systems.

Should everyone adopt SAFe?

Adopting SAFe in smaller team structures with few cross-team dependencies would negatively impact the agility of these teams and affect delivery and velocity. The overheads of planning in particular would probably outweigh the benefits of adopting SAFe.

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Topics: Agile,, Software Testing, DevOps and Testing, Digital Transformation

Tracking, Tracing, Testing!

Posted by Jane Kelly on 29/07/2020

Today we welcome back Jane Kelly who dives into the fascinating world of Track & Trace.

Track & Trace has been heavily reported on in the news, and it has made me think about some of the synergies with Software Testing. Tracking can be thought of in terms of the emerging path of what is being analysed, where its current state is, and where it is likely to end up. Like testing, tracking requires many different measures to provide value.

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Topics: Software Testing, Software Testing Techniques, Digital Transformation

Building a Testing Centre of Excellence- A How to Guide

Posted by Scott Summers on 28/07/2020

In my previous two posts, I went into some detail about some of the benefits of implementing a Testing Centre of Excellence (TCOE).

The benefits can be summarised as:

  • Reduced costs
  • Increased efficiency and consistency
  • Maximised staff utilisation
  • Increased test maturity and promote innovation across the organisation
  • Increased adoption of best practices
  • Test policy and test strategies aligned with the business needs
  • Ensures availability of specialised testing services
  • Improved use of management information
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Topics: Digital Transformation, Test Teams, softwaretesting

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 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

Version 2.0: What to do when Version 1.0 hits the proverbial fan.

Posted by Renée Elizabeth Mineart on 7/07/2020

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

It has taken me a considerable amount of time to get my head around this topic. I’m not sure, even now as I place fingertips to keyboard, it is the right direction for this blog. But I think it’s an important topic to cover and is perhaps not talked about often enough. So, I ask you to please, bear with me as we broach the murky waters of … (queue dramatic music) … Project Failure. 

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Topics: Software Testing, Scrum, Quality Assurance, Developer Based Testing, Project Management

Benefits of a Testing Centre of Excellence - Part 2

Posted by Scott Summers on 24/06/2020

In my last post I discussed how a Testing Centre of Excellence can reduce cost and create efficiency in an organisation. In this post I will discuss some of the other benefits of a TCOE.

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Topics: Software Testing, Testing, Test Management, Test Manager, Test Teams, testingcentreofexcellence

Benefits of a Testing Centre of Excellence

Posted by Scott Summers on 23/06/2020

What is a Testing Centre of Excellence?
A Testing Centre of Excellence (TCOE) can be many different things with different objectives and its scale and reach will vary from company to company. Generally speaking, it’s an internal organisation that provides various testing and testing related services to its internal customers. Although internal, it can be set up and delivered by a third-party external organisation. The TCOE can be onshore or offshore and geographically dispersed but, by definition, will always be managed centrally. 

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Topics: Software Testing, testingcentreofexcellence

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