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Testing a developer’s patience

Posted in Software testing by testing in London on April 30, 2011

I read a press release on the importance of software testing. You;d think it would be hard to disagree with the story here. But I must admit that amongst all the software testing promotion I did find this:

If you are a software development firm then you should know that carrying out software testing services can take a while so you should wait for the results patiently. There are so many details to be taken care of that the software testing company will take some time putting your software through several testing phases.

Now on the surface this may sound sensible. But why should the software developers be patient. I think they should be impatient and loud about it too. It is not unreasonable to expect test preparation to begin before the software product under test is ready for testing. It’s not unreasonable to expect that components of the software product can be tested early. There are lots of value a software testing company can add without forcing the developers to test their own patience.

Acceptance criteria

Posted in Acceptance testing by testing in London on April 29, 2011

This extract is from Chapter 25 of a book that I found online. This chapter deals with acceptance testing in fact it starts by advising that acceptance testing should be like voting – do it early and do it often. I t then goes on to the role of eductating the customer on acceptance testing. The extract below is from the passage on acceptance criteria:

Remind the customer that she defined acceptance criteria in the acceptance tests. Anything that causes an acceptance criterion not to be met is a defect. This is why you invest time in making sure the acceptance tests are thorough and that the development team has clearly understood the customer’s requirements. The customer needs to understand that in spite of the best efforts and best XP practices of the team, some defects will probably be discovered by acceptance tests, andafew may even make it past both the unit and acceptance tests. Explain the options available for handling these defects.

IEEE unveil three testing standards for the Super Grid

Posted in Acceptance testing by testing in London on April 27, 2011

IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) is developing technical standards to assure an improvement in the performance of fibre optic elements in teh Smart Grid.

The “Standard for Testing and Performance of Hardware for Optical Groundwire (OPGW) ” covers the procedures & processes for construction and performance of hardware used with OPGW cables. It also includes the  testing requirements and the acceptance criteria to be used in acceptance testing hardware.

The “Standard for Testing and Performance of Hardware for All-Dielectric Self-Supporting (ADSS) Fiber Optic Cable” aims to simplify how product quality assurance and testing are performed to help procurement of ADSS systems.

 Finally “Standard for Qualifying Hardware for Helically-Applied Fiber Optic Cable Systems (WRAP Cable)” covers performance, testing requirements and the acceptance criteria for the acceptance test of WRAP ccable used in the Super Grid.

Remember to include QA & test your upgrade

Posted in Software testing by testing in London on April 26, 2011

From The Brainyard

Make sure your business case includes the necessary resources for you to QA and test your system upgrades. As you investigate your possible platforms, make sure to also estimate an upgrade release frequency as well as determine your community’s comfort level on the early adopter versus laggard scale. If you’ve done all of these things in advance of launching your community, your pool of potential community managers will understand that you’ve got their backs.

HP Security test tool

Posted in security testing,Software testing,testing tool by testing in London on April 24, 2011

HP have released a new real-time security testing application. This development is rooted in a combintion of the collatoral from recent acquisitions that HP have made of SPI Dynamics  (the Web Inspect technology) and Fortify (On Demand SaaS solutions). This is partly shown in the testing tool’s name: HP Fortify Real Time Hybrid Analysis.

The security testing application helps identify security vulnerabilities in real time and prioritse these weakness in the defect tracking system. It can detect security attacks while they are happening and categorise the type of attack. The testing tool can then locate the root cause through code analysis.

London 2012 Olympics test centre opened

Posted in Software testing by testing in London on April 23, 2011

From Computerworld

Gerry Pennell, chief information officer of London 2012, said: “Every single device, and there are thousands, must be properly configured, tested and prepared for deployment to the venues. The Equipment Deployment Centre is critical in these preparations and our joint team from London 2012, Atos Origin, Acer and BT will play an important role in ensuring everything is in the right place at the right time for the test events and the Games.”

The QA phase of better website development

Posted in Acceptance testing,Software testing by testing in London on April 22, 2011

From Zdnet

The testing phase of the methodology is intended to capture and resolve any issues, bugs or problems. If there is one overlooked aspect of website development, it is typically in the testing process. There are two stages of testing:

  • System Acceptance Testing – Using internal resources, begin the system testing phase by documenting specific test cases created using the business and functional requirements obtained during the Discovery Phase.
  • User Acceptance Testing – The final phase of activity before deployment is to conduct user acceptance testing. With the previous testing phase, you used IT developers and QA staff to do the testing and issue resolution activities. In this phase, you will use actual end-users to validate the site experience.

If you gave up testing for Lent, you can start again now

Posted in Mistakes by testing in London on April 21, 2011

From Evening Standard

Huge sections of London’s transport system will shut down over the four day Easter break.

Six of the 11 Tube lines will be part suspended. Sections of the Docklands Light Railway and London Overground will also be shut.

Line closures follow a week of mayhem on the Tube with hundreds of thousands of passengers suffering major disruption.

Microsoft put Office 365 up for beta testing

Posted in Events and improvement by testing in London on April 20, 2011

Microsoft have announced that they are now conducting beta testing on their business tool suite Office 365. This set of business applications includes Microsoft Office, Exchange and SharePoint. The beta release includes the opening of Microsofts online store for apps and services: Office 365 Marketplace.

Organisations that want to sign up for beta testing can do so here. There is both a small business (up to 25 users) and an Enterprise version available

New Smartbear QA tools release

Posted in testing tool by testing in London on April 19, 2011

Smartbear has made a new release of ALMComplete, QAComplete and DevComplete. It has features to hep teams collaborate and build better software.

The main features it offers are:

  • New Task Board helps improve the awareness, management, and reporting of critical activities
  • Enhanced defect tracking to capture issues directly from your customers
  • New Installation Wizards accelerates and simplifies enterprise installations
  • Improved dashboards and reporting provide better visibility to track team progress; new report schedule capabilities for on-premises clients
  • Automated test scheduling and reporting improves test coverage and saves time
  • Deeper support for Active Directory for on-premises clients
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