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.

April 20, 2017
In Turkey, software testing takes center stage

Philip Lew delivers a keynote address in Istanbul on his agile software testing process. Will Turkey be the next wellspring of quality assurance innovation? Istanbul is home to TestIstanbul, an international tech conference that focuses on quality assurance and testing. TestInstanbul attracts entrepreneurs and engineers from around the world to share what they have learned about agile software testing practices. Philip Lew, XBOSoft founder and CEO, delivered the closing keynote presentation for the 2017 conference. A packed audience heard Lew’s signature speech: “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Agile Testing.” Lew has been influenced in his career and [...]

Understanding Risks in Managing Agile Software Projects

Have you ever needed to complete a software project, but kept running into issues or hitting walls so you couldn't move forward? Later this evening, our very own CEO Philip Lew is presenting to the Atlanta Quality Assurance Association (AQAA) on managing agile software projects. Managing Agile Software Projects Under Uncertainty: applying the right thinking and techniques to understand and curtail risk.

Exploding IoT market could drive opportunities for software testers

We asked Jon Hagar, our guest on Monday’s webinar, to give us a preview of his remarks. Here’s what he had to say. Jon: There is much hype, and there may even be quite a bit of money, around the IoT market.  IoT merges several technology lines, such as Mobile, Cloud, Communication, Big Data, and Embedded software.  Many aspects of IoT will be familiar. There are challenges, to be sure, for testers as the IoT market reveals its full potential. But these are really opportunities for testers who decide to get engaged in the IoT market.  These include:

3 Fatal Flaws of Project and Program Frameworks

QA expert and author Johanna Rothman asks in a recent article whether managers in agile testing should "scale" agile to help multiple teams deliver products. Her answer: an emphatic "No." Why?

Johanna Rothman

"Scaling process leads to bloat. Instead of scaling process, scale collaboration."

Agile Team Characteristics

I had the pleasure of attending the keynote talk of my colleague and friend, Michael Mah, at the recent PSQT conference in San Diego in August. Michael, as usual, was very entertaining and passionate about his ideas and research. In his talk, he discussed a case study in which one of his clients has achieved and continues to achieve great results in implementing XP. He also drew an analogy of their Agile team characteristics as compared to other high performing teams. No, he wasn't talking about the Golden State Warriors. Michael's passion is saving the oceans, so he was sharing his experience in working with the Sea Shepherds. The Sea Shepherds work together with passion and purpose and Michael's story could motivate anyone to stop going to SeaWorld and join the fight in saving the oceans and the life within them. 

Big Data Risks – Big Mistakes

Everyone talks about how great Big Data is, and how it will revolutionize our world. They also talk about Big Data Risks in terms of security and privacy. I know I often discuss them in my tutorials and talks (most recently at Better Software East on Privacy, Security, and Trust in the Mobile Age, but that may be the least of our worries when it comes to Big Data Risks. The real danger of Big Data that I was able to glean from a recent Keynote (by Malcolm Gladwell) at the Blackline User Conference #InTheBlack15 was that acquiring masses of data does not really help us to make better decisions.

Big Data Risks - Confidence is Dangerous

Malcolm Gladwell on Big Data Risks -- Confidence is Dangerous

Developer-to-Tester Ratio – It Depends!

From our webinar last December with Greg Burns and Ron Ben Yosef from BlackLine Systems on agile challenges that they’ve faced and how they got through them, there were several questions from the audience that we had no time to answer. We sat down with Ron and Greg and discussed the classic question of the recommended Developer-to-Tester Ratio.

 

Total Unexpected Work – Agile Metrics

Yet another question during our Agile Webinar. This one on Total Unexpected Work. Q: Question on Total Unexpected Work: Is that Metric for total work done in # of hours, and what is work? A: Work can be classified as any tasks that you do. This could be understanding requirements, design, defect fixing, working on new features, and meetings. Each of these work types should be classified into buckets or categories that make sense for your organization. You don't want to be too detailed because then data doesn't accumulate into meaningful amounts. Regarding measurement units, work can be measured in

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