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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Make It or Break It: Allotting Ample Time for Software Testing is Critical.

It’s a classic case of racing to market without sufficient software testing. That’s the real conundrum that escalated the HealthCare.gov rollout on a tumultuous downward spiral. A flawed procurement process resulted in a feeble start of what should have been a seamless deliverable for millions of Americans.

 

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) spent months investigating and found the crux of the problem was “lack of effective planning or oversight practices” for the development of HealthCare.gov, the online portal to coverage for millions of America’s uninsured. GAO concluded that:

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Software Testing Automation ROI Calculator

 ROI ButtonSoftware Testing Automation is a practice that makes absolute theoretical sense to all C-level executives because it hits the perfect three-part harmony of higher quality in reduced cycle time for decreased cost, music to any C-level’s ears, regardless of her/his favorite genre! Like any initiative, putting Software Testing Automation theory into practice is easier said than done and the difficult thing to predict is the size and timing of the ROI, which you really need to know BEFORE you take the plunge.

There are a bunch of CAPEX and OPEX items to consider and balance against the age old manual testing effort including.

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Test Automation Example using FIFA.com web site

Alex Chaves, revisits his test automation example using the FIFA.com website. Follow his audio explanation here!

 

Alex is a team lead Quality Assurance at GlobalNow and shows how he uses his teams capability and tools to provide test automation.

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Test Automation Example Using FIFA.com

Alex Chaves, team lead Quality Assurance, shows how he uses some of his teams capability and tools to provide test automation. We have been using these techniques (a combination of Selenium, Eclipse and some customization) to automatically perform regression testing for clients web and mobile platforms; and since the world cup is upon us, Alex thought it would be fun to show a basic demonstration using the FIFA site. Enjoy!
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GlobalNow Costa Rica Welcomes Technology Growth

Costa RicaGlobalNow, Inc., a Dallas-based IT software and services company, has enjoyed a strong global presence for years in key high tech locations within the U.S., LATAM, Asia and Eastern Europe, successfully engaging talented teams to meet client requirements. Opening GlobalNow Costa Rica in 2013, further extended their presence and ability to deliver high quality IT and quality assurance solutions.

 

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Gaming Fervor Accelerates Development and Challenges Software Testing

ProjectMobile technology is just the latest part of the computer gaming industry’s relatively rapid evolution. Early computers were too slow for data needed for realistic images, sound and special effects. Now, fast smartphones and other mobile devices are chipping away at the market share. Can developers develop fast enough? Can testers keep up? What are the biggest challenges?

 

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See how automated testing works – using the World Cup website FIFA.com!

Alex Chaves, team lead Quality Assurance, shows how he uses some of his teams capability and tools to provide test automation. We have been using these techniques (a combination of Selenium, Eclipse and some customization) to automatically perform regression testing for clients web and mobile platforms; and since the world cup is upon us, Alex thought it would be fun to show a basic demonstration of automated testing using the FIFA site. Enjoy!
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Software Developers and Software Testers: Different Mindsets; One Goal.

TeamworkMost people agree that locating and fixing defects early in the System Development Life Cycle (SDLC) will result in higher quality software and lower costs. Moving more testing into an automated process means problems can be corrected earlier. But the need for balance between developers and testers is crucial. Both Software Developers and Software Testers have a fundamentally different mindset, but ultimately one goal – to deliver top quality products and services that meet or exceed the customers’ needs.

 

A developer’s job is to build. A tester’s job is to tear down. Opposite ends of the spectrum, yet interdependent. The challenge for developers testing their own work, rather than handing it off to a tester, is the possibility they might overlook errors, forget to make changes, or generally feel too optimistic. Because a tester’s job is to look for snags, the work will be scrutinized objectively.

 

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Mobile Device Diversity: Developers’ Gargantuan Challenge

http://www.dreamstime.com/royalty-free-stock-photography-smart-phone-internet-image25842587With the smartphone market more crowded than ever (56% of American adults are smartphone owners) and the demand for mobile device apps at an all-time high, total quality software testing is in unprecedented demand. Mobile software testing must be comprehensively executed, with test cases performed across the devices that largely encompass your target market. And identifying your target market can be an overwhelming challenge in and of itself.

 

Considering the fact that 55% of the world’s cell phone owners say their main source of Internet access is their mobile device, the voracious need for quality mobile device apps and testing leaves developers reeling.

 

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