“I Changed My Mind”

“I Want the Truth!" screamed Tom Cruise in A Few Good MenDo you value the truth? If we as a society and as individuals claim that we value the truth, why is it so difficult to change our minds? Why are we viewed as weak, out of integrity, or wishy-washy if we change our minds? I recently read this article on Persuasion and it reminded me of “stand your ground” which can also be said of maintaining your viewpoint or opinion after you’ve stated your position. For many decisions we make, changing your mind may be seen as admitting to a mistake. Let’s face it, people think you’re wishy-washy if you change your mind. Why not change your mind?

By |July 10th, 2020|Blogs|

Financial Software Testing – Best Practices

We’ve been working with a financial application that does account reconciliation for several years now. The financial software we test conforms to SAS70 (Statement on Auditing Standards No. 70), so all of the data and workflows are designed according SAS70. Although we aren’t accountants, certainly testing this type of software needs a more careful eye than ordinary UI testing, so I thought I’d share some of the best practices developed by our team over the last few years.

Agile Organizational Risk – Agile Sustainability

A few short weeks ago at the PSQT conference, I had the fortune of sitting in on Tom Cagley's session, titled Impact of Risk Management on Software Quality. One of the components that Tom mentioned as part of the Agile Risk Taxonomy is Agile Organizational Risk or People Risk. He describes it as the "impact of an environment populated by people." Some may think that this is the most nebulous risk, when compared to business or technical risk. I think it's probably one of the most important but, unfortunately, it's often swept under the rug.

Managing Testers & Retaining Talent

A happy tester is a more productive and effective tester, so how do you make sure your testers are happy with their jobs? Good salaries with great benefits and a lively work environment only go so far. Testers want job satisfaction – they want to feel like they are part of something and that their contributions are appreciated. If testers feel like their company invests in them, they will invest in the company. Here are a few tips for keeping your testers happy and making sure they feel like they’re doing more than just working for a paycheck.


By |May 3rd, 2016|Blogs|

Android Application Security Testing – Information Leakage

Smartphones have become part of our daily lives, but also more importantly, their storage capabilities and sensors have increased beyond our imagination. This could be due to the constant war between Apple and Android; but, when it comes down to it, Android has the largest OS market share despite Apple’s dominance in the smartphone market as a single software-hardware combination platform.  This gets me thinking about Android application security testing, since any of the apps can potentially access whatever data is on the phone.

Android Application Security Information Leakage

Android Application Security Information Leakage - What is Leaking out of your App?

GQM Questions: The Toughest Part is Asking the Right Questions

GQM (Goal Question Metric) is a methodology for aligning goals with metrics for a business process. Although used mostly in software development environments, GQM is also used in many business management environments. But the tough part is asking the right questions. With our upcoming half-day tutorial titled "Agile Metrics – It’s Not About Velocity" at QUEST 2016 in Chicago on April 19, I sat down with Phil Lew, our CEO, to discuss some key GQM questions that come to mind when using the paradigm in light of Agile. Here's just a sampling of some of the questions.

By |April 12th, 2016|Blogs|

Wearables Big Data and Privacy

Wearables Big Data and Privacy - What if my watch was hacked? Would I care? Depends on who I am!

With the latest generation of high tech wearables - smartwatches, some may be rejoicing in how much functionality they seem to be gaining. With my Apple Watch, I can do so many things! But wait, what data is being collected when I do all these things? Is Wearables Big Data secure? What if the FBI wants it? Let’s list out a few of the tasks and some of the possibilities.

IoT Value in our Everyday Lives: Use Cases and Roadblocks

Do you remember printing out directions only to find yourself trying to look at them in the dark and pulling over on the side of the road to read the map? Now that we have GPS on our smartphones and other devices, many of us can't live with at least one IoT device. In the age of Big Data, where all of these devices are collecting information, what good is it all? “Show me the IoT Value,” as Jerry Macguire would say.

IoT Issues: IoT Implementation Hurdles

IoT Issues - Apple Watch - Valuable or Not

IoT Issues - Does the Apple Watch Give you Instant value?

Recently at #CSV16 (Cornell Silicon Valley’s annual technical conference), there were several talks and presentations that either focused on IoT, partly on IoT, or connected to IoT in some way. Indeed, IoT means something different for everyone so its easy to see why IoT issues permeated the day’s talks:

  • Connected home and car
  • Drones and robots- “flying smartphones”
  • Connected Healthcare
  • Clothing
  • Consumer IoT

Key IoT Issues

Out of all the talks, I was able to boil it down a few key take-aways:

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