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Topic Teasers Vol. 20: QA, QC and Testers

by Barbee Davis, MA, PHR, PMP, PMI-ACP

Question: I’m so confused. I was a Quality Tester at my last job, but here the employees seem to use the titles Quality Assurance, Quality Control and Testing interchangeably. I started out in a more traditional organization, but now I’m a tried and true agile believer. Since I have no job description, what are my responsibilities?

A. The three concepts are often used interchangeably. Ask what it means in your new organization and accept that as your role in your workplace reality despite the real definition.
B. Find the specific meanings for each term from a university professor in the town where you work. Use that information to correct the organization so that they use proper terminology.
C. Once you learn your job description from Human Resources, create a new title for yourself so that others can understand what you do. Perhaps Defect Engineer would be apt.
D. Since agile teams work without formal processes or documentation, there is no need to answer to a particular title. Everyone on the team is merely a team member.

Topic Teasers Vol. 19: More than Devices

by Barbee Davis, MA, PHR, PMP, PMI-ACP

Question: Amazingly, my team and I have come up with the idea for a very clever, innovative product and have secured time with the board to present it for potential production by our employer. We would get a cut of the profits. What do I need to consider in order to present the most professional case for getting this produced?

A. Why take a percentage of the profits when you could have it all? Find an entrepreneur to back you, quit and make a fortune.
B. Check with other organizations with similar production facilities to see what costs will be and where it is best to buy raw materials; then you have a realistic selling price to present.
C. Use social media to begin to build demand for this item. If you can show the board a high number of Twitter, Facebook and YouTube hits, they will be convinced to support you.
D. Think beyond the product itself to other considerations from the corporation’s point of view. Bring in information on more than your design, and show you would be valuable business partners.

Ready, Set, Go...and Ready Again: Planning to Groom the Backlog

by Andy Berner

For an agile project to progress smoothly, the backlog must be groomed and ready for each sprint. That work must be included in your project plan. This article gives you five points to consider when planning that work.

When Estimates Go Wrong

by George Dinwiddie

Custom software development is notoriously difficult to estimate. We start with vague ideas of what we want, expecting to fill in the details later. We’re usually doing something a little different than what we’ve done before, or completely different. How can we act more productively?

Do You Really Need a Requirement Management Tool?

by Michelle Stronach

Have you realized that your organization is not putting enough attention on requirements? Wondering what types of tools are out there and how much they cost? Do you even need a tool? And if so, what kind?

Don’t Go Chasing Waterfalls: 2 Reasons to Avoid Waterfall, and 3 Better Approaches

by Rob Saxon

The waterfall methodology for projects is aptly named, because it is equally painful to try to go back to prior phases of a project once the effort has advanced to the next phase. This article will outline two reasons to avoid waterfall, and three ways to approach software projects that are more useful.

What You Should Know About Kanban (Part 3)

by Don Kim

If Kanban works well on specific software projects, can it be scaled to facilitate Lean throughout an organization? Here we look at how Kanban can be thought of as a general purpose change management approach for your organization.

Phased-Based Governance

by Rob Saxon

Governance happens in projects all the time, and a well thought-out governance process can be a powerful project tool. In this article, we will examine why governance is necessary, where governance is most effective and how we as project and program managers can use governance to powerful effect.

Testing Tools Evaluation Form

PREMIUM deliverable

This Testing Tools Evaluation Form details a complete description of the expected level of service and performance to be provided by prospective testing tools.

Project Schedule Quality Control

PREMIUM deliverable

Use this quality control checklist to identify all the ingredients of a healthy, flexible and dependable project schedule.

Test Sign-Off Form

deliverable

Has your system been properly tested by phase (unit, integration, user acceptance), and do you have the formal sign-off of approval to proceed?

Quality Management Systems Procedures Testing

PREMIUM deliverable

This procedure describes the process of testing software code or products by the test team. It documents the procedure for the entire testing cycle: generating test plans, scheduling tests, conducting tests and reporting test results. This procedure applies to new development, as well as major and minor releases, including customized solutions delivered to customers.

Software Testing Principles Checklist

checklist

Do you know how to thoroughly and efficiently test the software product you have so painstakingly built? Don't risk delivering a faulty software product due to insufficient or unfocused testing. Use this list to check whether you are testing smart--or just testing!

Package Evaluation Test Report

deliverable

What is involved in conducting an evaluation test for an application package? Here's a guide for reporting the test requirements, procedures and results.

Performance Testing

PREMIUM project plan

Defining and measuring software quality attributes is critical to the success of any distributed application, and performance is no exception. Distributed applications must demonstrate performance in order to assure immediacy. Use this project plan to stay on top of your Performance Testing.

The Project Testing Environment

PREMIUM presentation

The key to any successful testing effort is creating a suitable test environment in which testing can occur.

Project Testing

PREMIUM presentation

How to develop a complete testing plan and schedule.

Testing Tool Selection Form

deliverable

Selecting the right testing tool means you must look at a myriad of factors and how well each candidate tool meets your application's testing requirements. This form will help you evaluate the candidates and select the best testing tool for your app.

Testing Services Review Form

PREMIUM deliverable

This Testing Services Review Form outlines major factors to consider when testing software, middleware or Web-based applications.

Business Process: A Lesson in Anatomy

by Michael Wood

In an attempt to help those of you struggling with Business Process Improvement and Business Process Analysis, our expert presents these “anatomical components” in terms of a series of rules so that you can use them in your efforts.

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