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Sorry, did you say puppies?! An Alternative Intro to Testing

Posted by Jane Kelly on 11/11/2020

Today we welcome back nFocus’ Jane Kelly with a blog on software testing and puppies!

Rather an odd combination isn’t it? The idea came about as my young daughter asked me what a blog was, and then what I was writing about. She suggested that someone should write a blog about testing and puppies, as she has been puppy crazy since a toddler.

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Topics: User Acceptance Testing, softwaretesting

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

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

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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