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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

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

Digital Change - Implementing Digital Transformation

Posted by Phil Edwards on 22/01/2020

Change is amongst us, we must embrace the new Digital era and rather than see change as a challenge, reverse those views and see it as an opportunity to grow and expand. It’s a fact that Digital Transformation (DX) is at the top of every companies to do list. Whether that be a partial or full DX change, companies today are facing a dilemma; don’t change the way we work and the infrastructure we use or be left behind in a fast-changing world. Today we face a couple of big challenges, staying ahead and on top of new technologies but at the same time provide outstanding customer experience. To be clear, DX is the process of using new or modified business processes to meet the changing business and market requirements by the use of new and advanced technology.

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Topics: Digital Transformation

What Is Digital Transformation – And Where Does it Fit Into Testing?

Posted by Scott Summers on 22/10/2019

The glib answer to the question “where does testing fit into your Digital Transformation project?” is “to get a high-quality product and the expected business outcomes, testing needs to feature highly in your digital transformation – as it does with any IT project.“

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Topics: Software Testing, Digital Transformation

The Importance of Having a Digital Assurance Framework

Posted by Phil Edwards on 11/09/2019

You’ll be fully aware that Digital Transformation is at the top of every IT Directors list of things to do. Companies today are facing a couple of big challenges, staying ahead and on top of new technologies and at the same time providing outstanding customer experience. To be clear, Digital Transformation is the process of using new or modified business processes and customer experiences to meet changing business and market requirements by use of new and advanced technology.

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Topics: Software Testing, Digital Transformation, Digital Assurance Framework

The Top 10 Challenges to Testing When Embarking on a Digital Transformation Journey

Posted by The nFocus Team on 2/08/2019

When embarking on a Digital Transformation (DX) project, you would expect a few risk items to be on your radar, but only with actual experience of DX projects does it prepare you for the reality and true extent of the challenges you expect to experience.

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Topics: Software Testing, Digital Transformation

How to Look After Business as Usual When Embarking on a Digital Transformation Project

Posted by The nFocus Team on 31/07/2019

The business as usual (BAU) team play a pivotal part of any Digital Transformation (DX) project. Not only do they keep the wheels turning whilst your company embarks on a digital upgrade, but also continue business essential projects whilst DX takes place. The person creating the DX Test Strategy must understand the ongoing goals of the BAU projects and be acutely aware of what is happening and when; this is to ensure and to allow the appropriate approach to be taken to capture changes to core and downstream applications before they are migrated to the new platform. Additionally, detailing the level of risk required to deliver the project to quality, time and cost should also be considered and mitigated.

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Topics: Software Testing, Digital Transformation

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

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