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Retail Industry Transformation and the Need for Retail Integration Testing

Adaptability to a changing environment is the key to survival, so said my father. More recently, brick and mortar has come under siege from the online retailers, What is dramatically different about today, is these online retailers are not really retailers, they are software companies, focused on retail. The backbone of today’s retail business model is ...

Agile Objectives – What’s Holding You Back

We've given many workshops and webinars on Agile Metrics and how to connect your agile objectives to measure and improve the agile process. In Rex Black's talk on "Stupid Metrics Tricks" in 2016 at the Pacific Northwest Software Quality Conference, he discussed some of the ways people manipulate and use metrics for their own personal gain, how to that, and how to use them in a productive way.  The important thing to remember is that when developing your agile objectives, velocity can be one objective but needs to be balanced with others. And we all need to recognize that...

Testing Accounting Software – IFRS Validation and Verification

This blog discusses some of the issues in testing accounting software and in particular when validating and verifying International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS), set by the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB). In a nutshell, IFRS is concerned with the preparation of financial statements. While GAAP ensures ....  

Agile Testing Principle #7: Think Long Term

As software engineers and testers, we are so deep into the “Agile” transformation movement, that we often forget that Agile is also an adjective. Habit #7 is understanding that you must always maintain a "long term view" on your goals and efforts to implement Agile effectively.  

By |January 4th, 2018|Agile Testing|

XBO Thoughts on Software QA Standards and Certifications

There are several industry affiliations or certifications in the quality, software quality and software testing domains, but who the software QA certifications really for? Do they benefit you? or your client? the end user? ISO 9000 applies to product and process quality usually for manufacturing applications although some have applied them to software development. On the other hand, CMMI has specific certifications for software development processes as well as some service oriented processes. Most of the larger software companies do not comply with these certifications and they mostly exist for large government procurement or for software service providers to check a box as part of an RFP process.

Mobile Security Testing – Your Vulnerabilities Are On the Move

With the “Digital Transformation” gaining influence in our lives and making software even more prevalent as the driver of change, you can’t help but think of the mobile platform as the key enabler. With this in mind, it’s critical to understand the infrastructure that supports your mobile app and the components that may be exposed to vulnerabilities. And with this understanding, identify potential threats and assess what the impact will be. This blog steps through some of the key points you need to consider when embarking on a mobile security testing effort.

Understanding What You’re Testing and Why

By understanding where you are vulnerable...  

The Software Economy and Structured QA

The economy and software are now integrated so tightly that we can’t disconnect them. As software continues to grow in functionality and integration, i.e. televisions, computers, mobile apps; our lives will continue to morph as this software is also intertwined with related services. As Nassim Taleb put it, our lives are becoming more fragile due to all these dependencies as well. Could we survive without software? That's why you need to make sure...

By |October 26th, 2017|Security Testing|

Overcoming Agile Virtual Team Challenges

Agile is everywhere. Software development companies can’t seem to live without it – no Scrum, no glory. But Scrum as an agile implementation is no recipe for a guaranteed success: it may even be the opposite. While it´s tempting to go Agile “all the way”, you might want to think twice before doing so and ask yourself what is it you want to achieve through applying it. In this webinar, catch up with Heidi Araya, our guest speaker, who will discuss agile virtual team challenges and how to alleviate some of the inconveniences of working in an agile remote environment.

Test Management with TFS+VS+MTM

These days, many companies are developing on the .Net platform with Visual Studio. What some don’t realize is that together with TFS (Team Foundation Server) and MTM (Microsoft Test Manager), they can manage the entire testing life cycles seamlessly including task assignment> test case design > test execution >result track. This blog gives a brief introduction on how to make this happen including both manual test activities and automation test activities. The precondition is: TFS is setup, and Visual Studio is installed. Here, we use TFS 2012 and Visual Studio 2012 for our example. For setting up TFS and Visual Studio, please see MSFT online.

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