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My first Prezi - Axioms of Testing

It seems like Prezi is all the rage. As a frequent presenter, I thought I'd have a play. So I took some of the early text from the Tester's Pocketbook and created my first Prezi. Not half bad. I'm not sure it's a revolution, but sometimes, anything is better than Powerpoint.

Anti-Regression Approaches: Anti-Regression Strategy - Making it Work

The first four articles in this series have set out the main approaches to combating regression in changing software systems. From a business and technical viewpoint, we have considered both pre-change regression prevention (impact analysis) and post-change regression detection (regression testing). In this final article of the series, we’ll consider three emerging approaches that promise to reduce the regression threat and present some considerations of an effective anti-regression strategy with a recap of the main messages of the article series.

Re-Thinking System-Level Testing – A Vision

In the first essay in this series, I set out the challenges of system-level testing in environments where requirements documents define the business need and pre-scripted tests drive demonstrations that business needs are met. These challenges are not being met in most systems development projects.

In this second essay, I’d like to set out a vision for how organizations could increase confidence in requirements and the solutions they describe and to regard them as artifacts that are worth keeping and maintaining. Creating examples that supplement requirements will provide a better definition of the proposed solution for system developers and a source of knowledge for testing that aligns with the business need.

I need to provide some justification.

Re-Thinking System-Level Testing - Introduction

This is the first in a series of short essays in which I will set out an approach to test design, preparation and execution that involves testers earlier, increases their influence in projects, improves baseline documents and stability, reduces rework and increases the quality of system and acceptance testing. The approach needs automated support and the architecture for the next generation of test management tools will be proposed. I hope that doesn’t sound too good to be true and that you’ll bear with me.

Some scene-setting needs to be done...

How to get to number one on Google

I'm glad you asked that.

If you're as lucky as me, you get regular invitations to avail yourself of the services of a SEO (Search Engine Optimisation) company who promise a range of fantastic benefits:

  • Attract More Customers!
  • Get to be number 1 on Google!
  • Increase your hit rate!
  • We make it easier to find you!
  • etcetera etcetera...

So imagine how pleased I am to say that Testela, our new test management tool has a website that ranks number one on Google...

Gerrard Consulting Merges with WMHL Consulting

Gerrard Consulting is delighted to announce its merger with WMHL Consulting.

After 25 years of successful trading, we are scaling our business with the aim of becoming a significant industry player. WMHL and Susan Windsor bring extensive experience in business development and service delivery. Steve Purchase, having 40 years as an IT professional with business and service experience joins the board as Non-Exec Director.

We will continue to provide our testing assurance and consultancy services but we will offer an exciting portfolio of new services starting with Tested Trusted Requirements and Improved Business Acceptance.

Susan says “I’m really passionate and excited about our new services and to be involved in scaling a service company once again”. Steve commented “In my view, requirements are the key to ensure that software fully meets user expectations, too often projects are late or functionality is somehow missed or watered down”.

WMHL brings us marketing, business development and leadership capability that complements Gerrard Consulting's reputation for innovation in the testing industry. We will market services to support businesses wishing to improve the way they manage systems, suppliers and software acceptance. These services are founded on our new Business Story Method and are supported by our test tool, Testela. This is an exciting time for the new company.

The full news release can be found here

Anti-Regression Approaches: Impact Analysis and Regression Testing Compared and Combined: Part IV: Automated Regression Testing

The fourth in a series of articles on Anti-Regression Approaches has been posted here: Part IV: Automated Regression Testing

Part I: Introduction & Impact Analysis can be found here.

Part II: Regression Prevention and Detection Using Static Techniques can be found here.

Part III: Regression Testing csan be found here.

The final article will cover management of anti-regression and sumarise the messages in this article series.

Anti-Regression Approaches: Impact Analysis and Regression Testing Compared and Combined: Part III: Regression Testing

The third in a series of articles on Anti-Regression Approaches has been posted here: Part III: Regression Testing

Part I: Introduction & Impact Analysis can be found here.

Part II: Regression Prevention and Detection Using Static Techniques can be found here.

The next article will focus on Test Automation.

Anti-Regression Approaches - Part II: Regression Prevention and Detection Using Static Techniques

Anti-Regression Approaches: Impact Analysis and Regression Testing Compared/Combined - Part I: Introduction & Impact Analysis

I was asked by the Eurostar team to write up a series of articles on regression, impact analysis and regression testing. The first appears here: Part I: Introduction and Impact Analysis

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