Paul Gerrard's blog
I've been very quiet on the blog front for some time. Here's the reason why...
Last week we launched TWO new tools offered as Software as a Service (SaaS). You can see details of Maelscrum here: http://maelscrum.com and Business Story Manager here: http://businessstorymanager.com. (The paint on these websites is still wet - we're building video tutorials for the tools right now.)
Good news! The European Testing and Finance conference is coming to London on 16-17 May 2012. It has run very successfully in Germany since 2005 and the organisers, Diaz & Hilterscheid, are promoting this to be a pan-European event and basing it in London. The website is http://testingfinance.com.
We are delighted to say we have been asked to Programme Chair the conference and we are looking forward to creating a fantastic event with Jose Diaz and his team.
It seems to me that, to date, perceptions of exploration in communities that don't practice it have always been that it is appropriate only for document- and planning-free contexts. It's not been helped by the emphasis that is placed on these contexts by the folk who practice and advocate exploration. Needless to say, the certification schemes have made the same assumption and promote the same misconception.
Welcome to the Gerrard Consulting website. If you have visited us before you'll notice that the layout of the site has changed and that the links and some of the menu options have been moved downwards to the right of the page.
The same content is here, only the links have moved.
I am proud and honoured to have received the Eurostar European Testing Excellence award for 2010. I’m particularly grateful to Geoff Thompson who proposed me, Graham Thomas who encouraged Geoff to put the effort in and my business partner Susan Windsor for putting up with me. Of course, I would like to thank the friends, colleagues and customers who provided references for the submission. Needless to say, I also owe a huge debt to my wife Julia and family.
To be singled out for the award is very special but I want to emphasise that I am part of a large community of testers. It is an honour to be associated with such a group of people in the UK, Europe and worldwide who are so generous with their time to challenge and to share their knowledge. In this respect, Testers seem to me to be unique in the IT industry.
Thank-you all once again.
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.