What You Need to Know About Automated Testing

Mark Bentsen, a friend and fellow software QA enthusiast, recently posted on LinkedIn, “The number one reason QA Managers lose their jobs is from failed automation initiatives. Is automation important? Absolutely! Don’t make a rookie mistake and waste your budget only to get negative ROI.” I've seen it first hand. I'd say there are 7 big mistakes that can undermine any automation effort:

User Acceptance Testing (UAT) Best Practices – The Missing Link in Agile Practices

In Agile, developers, testers and business analysts build a working product through a series of short iterations. At the end of each iteration, the product owner accepts the software as working or not, and the team moves forward to the next iteration. This kind of acceptance is not the same as the User Acceptance Testing (UAT) traditionally done at the end of the development effort (Waterfall) by business users or end users who have the knowledge of the product to check it’s functionality and ensure that it can support them in their daily tasks on the job.UAT is still seen by most as a critical step in assuring quality software and that it meets the needs of end users, however, UAT does not fit neatly into Agile. For those implementing Agile, this often represents a missing link that causes significant pain. In this blog, we discuss how to solve this problem.

The Seven Samurai of Outsourcing and Why They Make Sense

Why outsource anything be it a service or production? Why not keep every aspect of the business in house? Two hundred years ago, that approach probably made sense. Today, in the modern economy, globalization and technological advancements have made outsourcing a strategic imperative for all businesses. One question on every CEO’s, VP’s, or even a Managers plate with skin in the game “What need or challenge to our business can be better handled through outsourcing?”This blog addresses seven important reasons why outsourcing software QA & testing makes sense.... 

Cloud communications software provider Mitel benefits from testing expertise

Cloud communications software provider Mitel was experiencing various difficulties with new software releases due to lack of sufficient testers on staff. XBOSoft was hired to provide the needed manpower. Over time, XBOSoft's range of services has expanded, with ever greater satisfaction on the part of the customer.