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So, summer is
ending and fall is here (for those of us north of the equator, anyway).
This is the usual signal for us to roll up our sleeves and get back to work, and
that's what's happening at RBCS, too.
To help you get
back to work, we have some resources available in this newsletter. If
you're considering instituting--or improving--a test metrics program, we have
the third in a four-part series of articles on metrics. Remember, what
gets measured, gets done.
Our free webinar
series continues to grow, with over 1,600 registrants for the last webinar on
test estimation. If you've missed a webinar or want to let colleagues hear
one that you did attend, we'll show you how, below.
We also have some
new books to mention. One is on technical testing, while the other is the
first book in Spanish to cover the ISTQB Foundation.
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you'd like to discuss with me? Check out the RBCS blog.
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I hope this
newsletter gives you some good ideas that help make you a more effective and
efficient tester or test manager this fall.
miss the free September Webinar, "Test Estimation"? Check out
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attendees are automatically entered into a drawing to win their choice of
an e-learning course. Visit our training page to see the
complete webinar schedule, or just look on this email, sign up for a webinar,
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you're sure to learn something.
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Metrics for Software Testing: Managing with Facts
Part 3: Project Metrics
In the previous article in
this series, we moved from general observations about metrics to a specific
discussion about how metrics can help you manage processes. We talked about the
use of metrics to understand and improve test and development process capability
with facts. We covered the proper development of process metrics, starting with
objectives for the metrics and ultimately setting industry-based goals for those
metrics. We looked at how to recognize a good set of process metrics, and
trade-offs for those metrics.
In this and the next
article in the series, we'll look at two more specific types of metrics.
In this article, we turn from process to project metrics. Project metrics
can help us understand our status in terms of the progress of testing and
quality on a project. Understanding current project status is a
pre-requisite to rational, fact-driven project management decisions. In
this article, you'll learn how to develop, understand, and respond to good
The Uses of Process Metrics
As I wrote above, project metrics
help us understand progress in terms of project objectives. Project
metrics provide a means of measuring where we stand on the project and how close
we are to achieving project objectives. They give the project team
insights that can help them guide the project toward these objectives if current
status and trends indicate that the project team might not achieve these
objectives within project constraints. (Typical constraints include
schedule, cost, and features to be delivered). As mentioned in the first
article in this series, we can talk about metrics as relevant to effectiveness,
efficiency, and elegance.
To read this complete article,
visit our articles page today!
on the Bookshelf
We have a couple of new books to add to your library!
Fundamentos de Pruebas de Software
The first book regarding preparation for the ISTQB Certified
Tester Foundation Level exam in Spanish! The book covers fundamentals of
testing, testing throughout the software lifecycle, static techniques, test
design techniques, test management, tool support for testing, tools and general
software acquisitions in an organization, more than 200 sample exam questions
with solutions, practical exercises and solutions for each topic covered,
a real case study resolved throughout the book, two mock exams, software
standards, and an excellent bibliography.
Visit our store, RBCS Testing Resources,
to purchase the book for US$ 59.99 and to see the
complete description in Spanish and English! Also, watch for news on the
eBook release in the coming weeks.
Advanced Software Testing - Vol. 3: Guide to the ISTQB
Advanced Certification as an Advanced Technical Test
This book will help you prepare for the ISTQB Advanced Technical
Test Analyst exam. Included are sample exam questions at the appropriate
level of difficulty, for most of the learning objectives covered by the ISTQB
Advanced Level syllabus. Learn how to analyze the system, taking into
account the technical aspects and quality characteristics. Additionally,
learn how to evaluate system requirements and designs as part of formal and
informal reviews, using an understanding of the underlying technology. You
will be able to analyze, design, implement, and execute tests, using risk
considerations to determine the appropriate effort and priority for tests.
You will also learn how to report on testing progress and provide necessary
evidence to support your evaluations of system quality.
This book was released in August and was previously announced,
however, we have just learned from the publisher, that the book will be
available as an eBook through major distributors at the end of September!
Until then, purchase your hard copy at RBCS Testing Resources
for US$ 49.95.
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I took the Foundation level exam, and passed (97%). In my view,
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course Rex and RBCS created, as well as following up by
reading the book he
co-authored. I went in feeling well-prepared and
surprised at how well it went.....A job "well done" by Rex and your
Foundation Level E-learning course registrant
training initiative, I have never had this kind of support."
Arnold, CNO Inc.
far as feedback on the RBCS online course goes, there's not much I can suggest
to improve it. I'm already aware of the high
quality of RBCS' work from my previous training......Thanks once
again for your generosity at giving me access to your resources at such short
notice and at such a reasonable price. It's been a real privilege to deal with
an organisation of your calibre."
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