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Risk-based Testing and Mobile Apps

Some good information from the ASTQB here in their quarterly newsletter, including a short article from me on one of my favorite topics, risk-based testing. In this article, I explain how to apply it to mobile testing:

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Just What Is It You Do?

Why did the wild turkey cross the pathway? "To get to the other side"​ just doesn't feel like a very satisfying answer, does it?

Unclear about what exactly you and your fellow testers or QA team members do? That's bad. In my assessments with clients around the world, I've found that many problems for many test groups, more frequent and serious than problems caused by lack of core competencies, were due to bad expectations about what testing and QA were doing and what they could accomplish. These bad expectations were held either within the team, by others about the team, or (usually) both.

Fortunately, there's a straightforward way to fix this issue. By working collaboratively with the test team and with key test and quality stakeholders, it's possible to clearly define the objectives for testing. With the objectives defined, success criteria (yes, metrics) can be devised and used as test process health monitors. The questions of what testing does and whether it is working are thus answered.

If you need help solving this problem, contact us. We have solved this problem for other companies around the world, and we can help you solve it, too.

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Game Testing Is Serious Business

Is gaming bigger business than movies? There's a lively debate about the topic, and it comes down to how your count the money. Read about the controversy, and the big bucks involved, here. (As you can see, this brings us back to metrics, another theme I've covered a lot recently in this space.)

Either way, gaming is serious business. And we've been helping gaming companies deliver better games for over a decade. Check out my short video here.

We're serious about game testing and quality. Contact us for more on how we can help.

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Secure Your Systems and Applications

We've already announced our ISTQB Advanced Security Tester boot camps earlier this year. Ready to get even more secure? We're ready to help. In the next few days, we'll announce another option for those who want help preparing for the Advanced Security Tester exam. Stay tuned.

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TDD Perspectives: Learn One that Even Caught the CIA's Eye

Considering test-driven development? There's certainly a lot of hype out there, but what's the reality? In the webinar here, I explain what I'm actually seeing with clients. I also introduce a contrarian view from James Coplien.

Ready for the full contrarian view? Read Cope's article here. Yep, this is the one that attracted huge social media attention when we first published it, and even made it into the CIA archives (and from there into Wikileaks). Want more? Ready Cope's second installment here.

Before you jump into TDD, get the unvarnished low-down. If you want help looking at your whole bug filter funnel, from TDD to system testing and beyond, contact us.

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Avoid Dangerous Metrics Mistakes

Take a look at the photo below. How is item A like item B?

That's right, both the pistol and the metric are dangerous when misused, and you can hurt yourself or others with them. But they are also both useful tools when applied by skilled professionals. You can get some hints on stupid metrics tricks to avoid in my keynote from PNSQC 2016.

Don't shoot yourself in the foot with bad metrics. Contact us for help. Whether a one-day off-site metrics evaluation, a one-week on-site metrics development engagement, or hands-on help building a sophisticated test and quality dashboard, we can help you.

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Metrics Made Simple

Four keys to successful test metrics:

  1. Who are the quality and testing stakeholders?
  2. What do they need from testing?
  3. How can you measure whether you’re doing that?
  4. What constitutes success for each of those metrics?

If you can use these keys, you can unlock successful metrics. If you need more help to institute a successful testing and/or quality metrics program, contact us.

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Write the Right Requirements and User Stories, and Write 'em Right!

We've long offered training for business analysts, product owners, and testers who need to write or collaborate on requirements and users stories. Now that training is IQBBA accredited, a first in the United States. Better yet, high-quality ASTQB exams are available! Listen to this quick video from Rex Black to learn a bit more, then contact us for more details, or to schedule a live on-site class, purchase e-learning, or sign up for a virtual class or virtual bootcamp.

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Risk Based Test Triage

Do you ever find yourself with more tests to run than you have time to run them? Of course you do, that's a universal tester conundrum. Risk based testing can help you deal with that, in a transparent way. Check out how in this short video.

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Mobile Software Gets Around--and So Do Its Bugs

Are you testing mobile apps? If not, you probably will be soon. As measured in terms of hourly interaction, mobile app usage has overtaken PC usage, and is on an exponential growth path. Get ready for mobile testing by becoming an ASTQB Certified Mobile Tester. We can help you prepare. Contact us today. Watch Rex explain how.

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