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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 of 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.

PI planning
So, we’ve completed our 4 Delivery sprints and we’ve got two days in our calendar for something called PI planning…and it’s offsite…and there’s names on the invite I don’t recognise?

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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 etc. 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

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:

Part 1: What to do when Version 1.0 hits the proverbial fan

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

Part 3: Don't be a Mob Boss: A Safe Environment for Failure

In this post, I’d like to delve into the heart of the topic and look at the benefits of Agile Testing and how to redefine and deliver a successful, failed project. 

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Topics: Benefits of Agile, softwaretesting, communication

Building a Testing Centre of Excellence - Part 2

Posted by The nFocus Team 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.
  • Define your operating and financial model.

Now that it’s so critical to success, I’ll just reiterate one thing, the TCOE must have control of its own budget and should not be funded entirely by projects.

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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.

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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 The nFocus Team on 28/07/2020

In my previous two blogs, I went into detail about some of the benefits of implementing a Testing Centre of Excellence (TCOE). Before you start reading, maybe take a look at the previous blogs of this series: 

The benefits can be summarised as:

  • Reduced costs
  • Increased efficiency and consistency
  • Maximised staff utilisation
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Topics: Digital Transformation, Test Teams, softwaretesting

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