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Slashing Risks with User Experience Engineering

by Dmitri Khanine

What is UX, and why should you pay attention? This article will help you steer clear of common pitfalls. You'll understand the key UX activities, their goals, deliverables and what kind of outcomes you should be expecting to receive. We will also look at the degree at which each of these activities are affecting your risk breakdown structure and your schedule, their typical durations and typical manpower requirements.

The Benefits Test Case

by Arpad Feraji

If you are serious about projects delivering value to the business, make sure your test plan is validated against the business case.

The Risk-based Testing Strategy

by Patti Gilchrist, PMP

What can you do when schedules slip and there is pressure to still deliver on time? Risk-based testing starts early in the project. You should begin identifying risks to quality early--and use that awareness to guide your testing strategy.

What We Are Still Getting Wrong About Quality

by Mark Mullaly, Ph.D., PMP

We’re getting quality more wrong than we are right. Which is fascinating, when you get down to it, because quality is the foundation on which project management is built. Why is this a problem? When everything is a constraint, nothing is.

Improving Testing Integration

by Andy Jordan

Test functions are often viewed as independent, somewhat isolated parts of the project execution environments. It doesn’t have to be that way…in fact, it shouldn’t be.

Testing Issues and Opportunities

by Kevin Coleman

Testing has been seen as an unavoidable evil. But as we change and adapt, we must test all of those changes to help ensure they work properly, work as designed, meet the organization’s needs and are secure.

How to Resolve Stakeholder Disagreements During Defect Reviews

by Joe Wynne

When stakeholders disagree over which defects must be fixed during the project, it can cause schedule or scope changes near the project end date. Avoid such changes--or at least justify them for a change request--by using these tactics to understand and work through disagreements efficiently.

5 Things You Should Tell Your Testers

by Elizabeth Harrin

The testing team forms a small sub-group within your project team. They’ll be looking to you for guidance on what to expect--and how you expect them to go about it. Here are five things to remember to tell your testers before they get started.

Say Bye to Testing Metrics in Agile Teams

by Paul Carvalho

Stop counting test cases and bug reports in development! They aren’t as helpful as you might think, and there is no direct correlation between these counts and delivered value or quality.

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
by Luc K. Richard

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.

Preventing the Squeeze

by Andy Jordan

Anyone who has been involved in application development projects is familiar with the testing squeeze--the compression of time available for testing. How do we manage to prevent it?

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