Last month, I started my ISTQB Test Manager Advanced course, and once again I ran into the fact that ISTQB defines Exploratory Testing (ET) as a technique. As always, I try to find arguments to explain why I think ET is not a technique. Continue reading
We all know testing is necessary in the life cycle of building an application or a system. Just like all other activities in the project life cycle, we can always improve the way we test. Several trainings are organized in order to know more and even become certified in testing, but every now and then we can use a more hands-on, practical learning experience. This is exactly what the Discussion Group Software Testing is offering.
Via workshops a selection of Belgian experts will explain you how to tackle certain test related items in the most efficient way.
The program looks very promising: we have a full day workshop about security testing and 4 half-a-day workshops in 2 separate tracks, one track about test automation and a track about test planning and designing. Attending this day is a major leap forward towards more seniority!
You are active in structured testing and you already gained some experiencce but still have some questions, you’re eager to learn from others and willing to compare with others how things get done.
The slides and training explanation will be in English. If all attendees speak the same language, then the explanation will be done in that language.
To keep it manageable and to give all trainers the possibility to personally follow every participant, the number of subscriptions per session is often limited (see program details).
5th of May 2011
Tel. +32 3 260 08 40
How to register?
Preferable via www.ti.kviv.be/crashcourse or by returning the registration form. On the registration form you can indicate which session/workshop you wish to attend.
The price for the one-day course is
€ 200 for members TI-KVIV
€ 150 for members TI-KVIV academics/civil servants / 65+
to be increased with 21% VAT
The registration fee will be reduced by 10% in case of a second registration from the same company for the complete course.
This fee includes participation of the seminar, the text book, a list of participants, lunch and coffeebreaks.
More information needed?
This is my proposal for the EuroSTAR2011 conference. Let’s hope that it gets accepted!
Acceptance testing at its best
End users, and more precisely end users involved in acceptance testing decide whether a new application or system will go live or not. Therefore it is very important they are in the same pursuit of quality as the rest of the project. End users are no dedicated testers, although sometimes we expect them to be. Just by looking at their available time for testing, we already know they are not. The fact that they are not trained to be testers, doesn’t make it easier. But are we really looking for dedicated testers here?
During this presentation, Erik will explain how you can involve end users in such a way that we optimize their added value during their testing activities. An error often made in projects is that end users are only involved during test execution. It’s by having them participate in the test process on regular, well selected moments that we can get the best out of acceptance testing.
By means of a case study, Erik points out these moments. To start with, the acceptance testers need to know the goal of their testing activities. Knowing that, the acceptance testers are already involved at the end of the analysis phase in order to help the writing and prioritisation of high level test scenarios together with setting up the entry criteria for starting the acceptance test phase. Consequently, the acceptance testers will get demos on a regular basis of the software already delivered. These demos deliver valuable information, both for the project team as for the end users. And finally, after having assessed the test readiness of the system through system testing, the end users will execute their test cases closely monitored by the test coordinator. While executing the tests, it is up to the test coordinator to make sure the end users are always updated on the defects.
The presentation will provide the audience with practical advice, examples and templates on how to set up their acceptance testing in a flexible way without drowning in administrative tasks.
- End users are involved in the full testing process, not just test execution
- The added value of acceptance testers lies mainly in their business knowledge, not their testing skills
- Acceptance testing can be organised without drowning in administration
Today, I had a twitter-conversation with @ard_kramer which led to a nice conclusion. It all started with a tweet on Exploratory testing. Continue reading
Nowadays, outsourcing and off shoring is the way to go. More and more companies are turning to off shore third party companies to perform part of their development activities.
First, let’s focus on outsourcing itself. According to Wikipedia, ‘Outsourcing became part of the business lexicon during the 1980s and often refers to the delegation of non-core operations from internal production to an external entity specializing in the management of that operation. The decision to outsource is often made in the interest of lowering firm costs, redirecting or conserving energy directed at the competencies of a particular business, or to make more efficient use of worldwide labour, capital, technology and resources.’
When looking at an outsourcing process with an offshore provider, six major phases can be distinguished. The process described below is assuming that the off shore partner has already been selected. The vendor selection process is a process in itself, and therefore not addressed in this article.
This article is focusing on the last phase of this process where the delivered code is assessed in order to determine whether it can be accepted into the in-house testing phase. Continue reading