I have been reflecting on the ethical standards in our industry, not those of sales and marketing but those of development teams serving business. What prompted this was hearing someone celebrate success last week when they were talking about a product that required emergency fixes in the first week in live and was riddled with errors and poor design.
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The term “Test Driven Development” appears far more widely than the term “Requirements Driven Development”. However, I argue that it is the latter which should often be the driving force. That is, unless the project is extremely agile and requirements only emerge through trial and error. T.D.D. seems to be a great approach to unit testing, but for the higher level test phases I argue that we should be looking to elaborate test cases through the exploration of requirements and it is the linkage between successful tests and requirements which ultimately prove the worth of the development.
Yesterday I attended the Test Managers Forum in London; and was suitably shamed into attempting to give back a little and use the Blog that is supplied when registering with TMF. I apologise if your reading this as the last thing I've blogged; and it's 2012. I never was good at keeping a diary and terrible at writing papers. Could be why I took the practical route to the industry and not the academic. I couldn't face having to write a 1000 page thesis on holography in a two dimensional broadcasting world.
The discussions I attended shared a common theme:
This was that the focus of testing needs to be on business goals rather than narrow requirements. The best requirements are those that have examples or tell a business story. However, we do need robust stories – throwaway stories do not serve this purpose.
When documenting our tests we can then keep in step with these examples along with our test data.
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We are using HP Quality Center for our test management tool, and all of our manual tests are created and executed in this. For test automation our vendor test specialists use QTP with a proprietary framework, that integrates with Quality Center.
1 Manual test creation productivity is 10 tests/person/day.
2.Automated test creation productivity is 1 test / person / day, using QTP with the framework. Is this a reasonable productivity level? - What would you expect it to be?
3.Are there any open source frameworks that could be used with QTP and QC to improve productivity?
c0re Magazine is the first free Polish magazine for IT Experts in the field of Software Quality. It is a project of independent Testers and Quality Experts with the support of SJSI and gasq.
Our aim is to have a successful free magazine with interesting articles for QA community.
Together with c0re Polish, there will be also c0re English. c0re English will be available soon - planned release date is set to 15 of October 2010. It will be dedicated for a global community.
Call for papers:
We are looking for authors interesting in writing for c0re English.
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London Tester Gathering - 15th July - New Venue
The next LTG is on the 15th July 2010 and will be at: The Shooting Star. 125-129 Middlesex Street
0207 929 6818
Closest tube is Liverpool St
The plan: We have the function room from 5pm onwards.
The Software Testing Club and Stuart Taylor/Trader Media Grp are chipping in and part sponsoring the evening.
I'm about to set up a two day test automation event week of 11th October with an expert from Europe however rather than try and second guess what people want to learn about test automation I thought I would ask the community and the UK TMF is my first port of call since I think I'll get some sensible suggestions.
Please add your suggestions to this forum or contact me directly.
Here are my thoughts & ideas:
Do you need to learn how to make a business case for tools?