• September 29, 2009 29 Sep'09

    How software project managers can react to recessionary trends

    Project management (PM) consultant Michelle LaBrosse shared some quick tips for PM strategies in recessionary times with me recently. These ideas gelled during an interview with Carey Earle, ...

  • September 29, 2009 29 Sep'09

    At the movies: Exploratory, performance, security testing a kiosk

    Whenever I walk into a movie theater, I remember when I tested a self-service ticket machine. No one was paying me to test the kiosk. I was just killing time, waiting at a theater for someone to ...

  • September 28, 2009 28 Sep'09

    Questions to help clarify test status

    When I lead testing teams, the teams are typically doing session-based exploratory testing. A big part of session-based exploratory testing is the debrief. When testers complete a testing session ...

  • September 28, 2009 28 Sep'09

    Tips for figuring out test coverage

    Determining testing coverage is about figuring out what you're going to test in the application. When I start this process, I start with a coverage outline. And while I like to develop coverage ...

  • September 28, 2009 28 Sep'09

    Classic inspiration for modern software test problems in QA

    Robert Sabourin is president of AmiBug.Com Inc., a Montreal-based international management consulting firm helping organizations develop quality software solutions in a timely and cost-effective manner. ...

  • September 23, 2009 23 Sep'09

    Getting a jump start on software test collaboration

    Having tested software during many projects, I've seen that the most effective testers are the ones who start early -- and I don't mean the ones who start testing early. I'll explain what I mean ...

  • September 23, 2009 23 Sep'09

    The case for software tester, analyst partnerships

    Richard Bender of Bender RBT Inc., experts in Requirements Based Testing (RBT), has over 40 years of experience in software, with a primary focus on quality assurance and testing. He has consulted internationally to large and small corporations, ...

  • September 21, 2009 21 Sep'09

    Start with a software test plan template, then throw it away

    There's nothing more intimidating than a blank sheet of paper. Writers know this to be true, but so do test managers. The easy way out is to pull out a template and to start filling in the various ...

  • September 21, 2009 21 Sep'09

    CA's APM solution helps JN Data address performance issues

    JN Data is a "wall to wall IT operations provider" that aims to offer the development of financial applications and a variety of security solutions to business infrastructure.

  • September 16, 2009 16 Sep'09

    Proactive testing, or "this app can break"

    Before Windows Vista came along and ruined it all, I previously used a bug in Windows Notepad to illustrate a problem testers often face. Vista ruined it by fixing the bug. If you have a version of ...

  • September 16, 2009 16 Sep'09

    The effects of not isolating bugs and tips for nailing them down

    Recently, fellow expert David Christiansen shared his post about experiences with testing ruts that he gets into and what he does to stay out of those ruts. What resonated ...

  • September 16, 2009 16 Sep'09

    Ajax Experience speakers: Push cross-platform advantages further

    The topic of cross-platform usability came up in several sessions at this year's Ajax Experience in Boston Massachusetts. Naturally, Ajax is so popular because its open standards model is supported ...

  • September 15, 2009 15 Sep'09

    Watch for three common, hard-to-find software concurrency defects

    Concurrency defects in multi-core or multi-threaded applications are probably the source of more troublesome problems than other defects in recent history, Coverity’s Mark Donsky told me recently. ...

  • September 15, 2009 15 Sep'09

    Ajax Experience speaker: Back-end focus key to site performance boosts

    Steve Souders, author and respected authority on page performance, issued a call to arms for software users, developers and testers to improve the performance and power of web sites. At The Ajax ...

  • September 09, 2009 09 Sep'09

    Pick a movie: Understanding software testers' oracle problem

    In college, I knew two guys who tested DVD players. Their job was to watch movies. Even better, they got to pick the movies! What a sweet deal right? Who wouldn't want that testing gig? Well, ...