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Independent Verification & Validation

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Difference between Verification and Validation Although these two terms are often used interchangeably in practice, they have distinct meanings. This is defined by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).   Verification “The evaluation of whether or not a product, service, or system complies with a regulation, requirement, specification, or imposed condition.”  In other […]

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Black Friday and the Increasing Importance of Mobile Testing

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Christmas shopping season has well and truly started. Stats from Black Friday show that more consumers are skipping bricks and mortar stores for shopping online. We’ve talked about the importance of making sure a site can handle the increase in traffic that Black Friday brings, but we also need to talk about the importance of […]

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How much do you plan to invest in QA?

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According to the 2016 State of Testing Report, 66% of IT organisations report that Quality Assurance Budgeting is a challenge for them. The biggest challenge I hear is: “how much should I allocate for testing/QA?”. My usual response to this (based on my 20 years of experience successfully managing hundreds of QA efforts) is plan to invest […]

A word from our Boss

A word from our CEO

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Hello It’s hard to believe we are in the final quarter of 2016.  We have a couple of milestones to celebrate in Q4:   Celtic Testing’s 3rd anniversary in November. We are the first QA & Testing consultancy in Ireland to achieve Silver Partnership with the International Software Testing Qualifications Board (ISTQB). We are also delighted […]

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The Cost of Defects

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QA / Testing has two purposes: Find Defects. Prove to Stakeholders that their product functions/performs as designed and meets an acceptable ‘level’ of quality. This ‘level’ is defined in the clients or projects test strategy and is dictated by the client’s appetite for ‘Risk’. In a waterfall SDLC project, functional end to end defects are […]

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7 Signs that you need to invest in your QA and Testing

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1. Defects in Production Finding critical defects, post deployment in a live environment, indicates that the testing carried out hasn’t tested the project requirements correctly.  This results in your Operations (Ops) team spending a large portion of their time and budget resolving or working around the defects. Applying hot fixes to a live environment is […]

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Black Friday is Coming

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What does Black Friday mean for your company and its quality assurance? Black Friday is a critical e-commerce day which always leaves casualties in it’s wake. Huge numbers of customer visits to a website result in the website crashing. There is a relatively simple solution to this one problem; when conducting your load testing before […]

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Software Testing Trends 2016

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Software Quality Assurance must evolve to keep up with changing software development requirements. These are driven by increased customer expectations, constant product evolution, increased competitive pressure and legislative changes. Gartner predicts that the worldwide software testing market spending is to be increased by 14% Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) with product testing growing at the […]