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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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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 […]

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QA First Not Last

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Today’s customer has no patience for mediocre products or services, they remain loyal to the company that delivers on promises. Companies that consistently produce quality products remain in the race. As projects become more complex companies find it more and more difficult to strike the right balance between processes and progress and lose sight of the […]

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Software Waste and the Cost of Rework

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So many times it has been said: ‘To err is human’. ‘It is acceptable to make errors because we are only human’. Yes I agree this is true as long as we don’t have to pay for the mess. I once challenged the person who voiced this saying in a talk I delivered asking him […]

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How do you measure the cost of Quality?

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Smart software managers understand that testing is an investment in quality. Smart Test managers have learned how to manage that investment wisely. The chosen test strategy needs to produce a positive return that fits within the project timeline, deliver quantifiable findings, fit within the organisation culture, policies and processes and contribute to meeting stakeholders objectives. […]

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Test Case Design and Quality

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When we engage with clients, a lot of effort and time is spent estimating and planning projects, getting the strategy right, getting the test data and environments set up and in place, ensuring users have access to systems and all the other tasks that the project requires to enable the testing to take place. But […]

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Why we need Software Testing

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Software testing is often regarded as an after-thought against the excitement and adventure of development. The glamour of building the next big thing outweighs the more mundane task of ensuring that the latest brainwave actually works. However, in a world controlled by software can we really afford to take an ad hoc approach to testing […]