The fact that cloud computing has to fulfil some pretty strict preconditions is now understood by just about everyone: process maps, responsibilities, SLAs, KPIs and so on. The BSOA conference, held inCologne end of 2011, brought additional transparency in this respect, in particular in relation to service-oriented architectures. But one aspect of using cloud computing was not addressed: the ad-hoc use of it by users, without a strategy, without a concept and without a safety net. And the more people use cloud computing on an ad-hoc basis, the more untested services will make their way into business-critical areas!
A recent discussion within the SQS Agile testing community considered an agile perspective on the V-Model – was it relevant to agile or a legacy of waterfall models. The following response struck me as a very clever way of viewing the underlying value of the V-Model, and is relevant whatever delivery model is employed. Both [...]
The most successful testers are those who have cultivated a support network, and who are able to maintain and refresh this network throughout their career. This network is not just other testers; it needs to be broad and deep, encompassing experts from throughout the application lifecycle who can provide the advice and guidance needed to [...]
Owning a regression test suite is a serious responsibility – they are very exciting when you first get them, bouncing around, exciting and playful, but soon become hard work. As a regression suite owner you have to play a number of roles in order to ensure that your regression suite has a long and healthy [...]
Are you a Test Manager? a Tester? In either case can you confidently explain which test case specification technique you have chosen and why? Bug hunting is similar to a battle – the enemy (defects) will soon learn to avoid repeated routes of attack – a good general, and a good soldier will vary their [...]
Google hits for the term TEST POLICY number almost 150,000, and they are often referenced in test strategies, test management training courses and various test methodologies, yet so few of them seem to exist. Why this disparity ? As part of the Delivery Assurance reviews that we have been undertaking we have seen a few [...]
There are three questions that every test manager should be able to answer, and by default the people who employ test managers should also have an opinion on the answers provided. If these questions can be answered well they provide a potential framework for measuring and reporting the performance levels within a testing function. Often [...]
Away from the provision of IT applications we tend to have an instinctive feel for the value of independence. Who would buy a car without a test drive, whatever the assurances of the salesman? Yet too often in the world of IT there is insufficient quality delivered into production as a direct result of a [...]