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A Real-World intro to SAFe - Scaled Agile Framework - Part 3

Posted by Paul Raybould on 24/11/2020

Paul Raybould is back with the final section of 'A Real-World intro to SAFe - Scaled Agile Framework' series. 

Hello everyone!

Here’s the last part in my series on Scaled Agile Framework. In this last part, I cover a range of topics including Inspect and Adapt, Measuring Flow and other useful principles to consider. If you haven’t read the first two parts, do check out part 1 and part 2 before reading on.

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Topics: Agile,, Software Testing, DevOps and Testing

UAT: Ring Fencing Resources

Posted by Renée Elizabeth Mineart on 18/11/2020

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

There are many, many challenges in developing and delivering a successful application. That’s what makes it interesting, if you ask me. One of the greatest of these challenges, in my experience, is time management (apart from a planet wide pandemic of course!).

Not your time as a developer, not my time as a manager. That comes part and parcel with the project. However, getting your userbase to set aside time in their busy schedule to test the project you’re developing, now that is a challenge. Also, negotiating that time with your userbase’s manager can be a hurdle.

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Topics: Software Testing, User Acceptance Testing, Resourcing

Mobile Testing

Posted by Jane Kelly on 13/10/2020

Today, I’d like to blog about mobile testing. Like many of you out there, I am a frequent mobile user and I would feel considerably inconvenienced were I to be without it for even just a few hours! 

 

The market is flooded with mobile hand-held devices, and we rely so heavily on them for so many reasons- communication, diary bookings, notes, reminders, security and protection, emergencies, socialising, learning, entertainment, sleep, relaxation and so on.

 

 

It would be extremely time consuming to test each function on every make, model and operating system combination. As a result, regression testing can become a blocker to putting new releases live. Mancompanies limit their testing of new products, fixes, and changes to a defined list of the most popular supported device makes and models. Some companies work with Testing Services Providers to support a robust testing process, often using test automation, with advice on choosing, introduction, implementationmaintenance, monitoring and management of tools that are tailored to suite the organisational needs of budget, timescales and strategic targets.  

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Topics: Software Testing, test automation, Mobile App Testing

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

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

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

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

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