It’s interesting to note that the section on specification-based test design techniques went from 2 pages in the 2007 ISTQB Advanced Test Analyst Syllabus to 9 pages in the 2012 Syllabus. The ISTQB have expanded on each of these techniques: Equivalence Partitioning (EP), Boundary Value Analysi…
UAT stands for User Acceptance Testing, and in my opinion the hardest type of testing of all to do!Why is it so hard? Well there are a myriad of reasons and I am going to explain to you why I think that UAT is like testing with all your arms and legs tied tight behind your back!First your right…
In the last part of this blog series, we looked at some of the challenges and potential pitfalls software vendors face when moving to an Agile delivery environment – this next part is now concerned with taking this forward into establishing a product / project vision and project charter to guide…
As Agile methodologies are becoming more popular, many organisations are looking to deliver all projects using incremental and iterative delivery approaches – not least of all those organisations looking to thrive in the highly competitive field of delivering software development services. This i…
While Agile methodologies are gaining in popularity worldwide, there is also an increasing number of organisations whose Agile Transformation has left them believing Agile is a four-letter word. It doesn’t seem all that long ago that the word “Agile” in an organisational context only elicited…
During STANZ in Auckland, I had the opportunity to listen to Alan Kan as he spoke on “How to Make Your Testing More Agile”. Why does testing need to be Agile? Because testing needs to respond to the shorter and shorter delivery cycle that is the norm these days but testing still has to balance…
During STANZ in Christchurch, I had the opportunity to attend Sharon Robson’s “Leading The Way – From the Back of the Room”. This session discussed what leadership entailed – more than just managing but guiding and empowering others to do their job well. Leadership involved:  Learning from the past…
Have you ever been testing on a project and the test execution phase is squeezed until you end up not being able to run all the tests originally planned? You test as much as you can fit in but how do you know which areas to focus your test efforts on? How do you know which bits to test first?A risk…
It was amazing!! Taking this year’s STANZ conference on the road added some spice to give it a slightly different flavour. The first stop was Christchurch where fancy dress was optional in the medieval setting of The Chateau (with moat included). Even the toilets were labelled ‘Lords’ and ‘Ladies’…
Last week the APN Auckland chapter hosted a talk by Dave Snowden titled “Agile: good practice, poor theory”. Snowden has a long history in adaptive software development and was one of the original designers of DSDM (Dynamic Systems Development Methodology) which is considered to be one of the first…
Last week I was able to attend the Agile 2012 conference in Dallas, Texas, USA.   It was a great event and I came away energised and exhausted in equal measure. The stats about the conference are impressive: Nearly 1600 people attended from countries all around the world Over 300 sessions covering…
As testers, we often forget about firewalls and their potential impact on our testing so I thought I’d write this blog as a refresher on firewalls. A firewall restricts the network traffic through them. It does this pretty much like a security guard screens people entering an exclusive Hollywood…


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