Regression Testing – Types and Considerations

By: Alex Chaves – GlobalNow QA Team Lead

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automated-testingAs a QA Team Leader who helps our DevOps automation solutions, I’m often asked by various stakeholders to explain the nature and purpose of regression testing. There is much discussion these days about leaning left with continuous integration to improve system delivery throughput and quality and regression testing is a major component of these solutions. Below is a basic description of how I view the various types of regression testing and their primary purpose.   Next week, we’ll post a brief summary explaining the typical steps used to implement these regression solutions.

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Managing Burnout in a Continuous Environment

dreamstime_xs_35919178DevOps has been touted as the next big answer to all of our problems. But as with the answers that came before, there is a cost involved. Burnout rates are high and the collateral damage of perpetual integration is taking a toll on the guys in the trenches.

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Creating Value in Nearshore Arrangements

Costa-RicaI greatly enjoyed the Nearshore Nexus 2015 conference held at the Alexandria center in New York last week.   It included great insight provided by our nearshore solution provider peers and clients of nearshore oriented solutions.

It seemed one of the common themes discussed by both clients and solution providers is the emphasis on creating “value” originated outsourcing arrangements; and the occasional frustration experienced by both parties when attempting to implement this type of relationship. Often customers want more value from their outsourcing relationships, but have a difficult time relinquishing the control that comes from a typical staffing arrangement in a way that will allow the flexibility necessary for a value based arrangement. We heard several times from the client presenters, that typical SLAs are just table stakes and not enough, and if providers can’t meet the basics, they will not even be considered (or they will be replaced). In addition to the proven collaboration benefits of being nearshore, most parties said establishing and maintaining TRUST is one of key to a more successful values based engagement.

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The SPIRIT of DevOps

Global Software ServicesOver the last several weeks, as we internally have discussed the concepts and techniques of DevOps (we consider ourselves a DevOps oriented team), several of our “younger’ team members made a comment that went something like “but this is what we always do, what is different”.  And they weren’t just referring to our own internal practice, but to their previous experiences as well.   At first, I thought – “don’t you get it?”   But it quickly dawned on me that we were operating under a completely different point of reference.

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Managing Omni Channel Fulfillment for Entertainment Clients

omni-channelIn the retail world, Omni-channel marketing and sales integrates the shopping, purchase and fulfillment experience for a consumer, managing all consumer ingress across the various endpoints to provide a seamless shopping and acquisition experience. But when applied to the entertainment market, fulfillment (getting the physical product to the consumer), is replaced by content consumption, which we discovered is a different type of problem to solve.

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Cross Channel Management through a Custom Content Management System

omni-channelOmni-channel and cross platform delivery is all the rage. Retailers, entertainment companies, and enterprises from multiple industries are realizing the tangible benefits of delivering content across multiple channels while tracking customers across those multiple touch points.

 

Delivery of consistent web, tablet, TV, gaming and mobile experiences are critical. To do this successfully however,
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Cross Channel Management through a Custom Content Management System

Omni-channel and cross platform delivery is all the rage. Retailers, entertainment companies, and enterprises from multiple industries are realizing the tangible benefits of delivering content across multiple channels while tracking customers across those multiple touch points.

 

Delivery of consistent web, tablet, TV, gaming and mobile experiences are critical. To do this successfully however, a method for effectively integrating and delivering multiple types of content to these multiple devices is most critical.

 
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Lead with Quality

To do quality assurance or not do quality assurance? Is that really the question?

 

Many business unit leaders soliloquize this question as they struggle to determine the value of quality. Lack of accountability in monitoring and controlling the business case ROI is a driver to this struggle. For example, portfolio manager’s goals and incentives are designed to release the “current” year’s initiatives as quick as they can and as cheap as they can. This pressure along with poorly delivered and understood requirements causes squeezed schedules resulting in quality becoming low priority. QA is the first “expense” to cut. At project completion, the initiative can be checked off the list as we happily head toward completing our portfolio goal. The danger here is true project costs can get hidden or ignored especially when resources are scheduled back to fix quality issues after a release. This then causes resource allocation and capacity challenges for new initiatives creating an out of sync inefficient delivery system. This scenario unfortunately plays out daily because of the poor decisions around the perception…quality is expensive and slow.

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Ultimate Mobile Security: Devices that Self-Destruct

The biggest concern the federal government has about mobile computing is the risk that a device could fall into the wrong hands. Lost or stolen mobile devices account for about one quarter of a million dollars annually, a material loss as well as a security issue. The technology exists that can remotely lock or wipe lost and stolen devices, but what about a new generation of devices that do even more, such as – simply disappear.

 

It’s called ‘transient electronics technology’ and it may be the next big thing in mobile security at its most invisible.

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Omni-channel and Responsive Design Drive Engagement

omni-channelOmni-channel, the buzzword that has overtaken multi-channel, is the concept of integrated touch points that together create an uninterrupted, immersive experience that is channel and device agnostic.

 

Omini-channel drives engagement, purchase and loyalty. That’s because the cross platform approach integrates customer experience regardless of which channel or device your customer is using. The customer-centric benefits of omni-channel are best experienced using responsive design. ­It creates the optimal viewing experience across multiple devices providing easy navigation with minimal changes. It’s, flexible, adaptable and the best way to test, learn and iterate often.

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