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Phil Edwards

Phil has had a career in IT spanning over 20 years and has such worked at over 70 companies throughout the UK; 20 of which are FTSE 100 companies in many different business sectors including, Banking, Finance, Insurance, Technology, Retail, Logistics, Service Sector, Leisure, Construction and Gaming. He’s also been very lucky to have work around the world, for example he’s worked in the Channel Island (Lloyds, MPR), Ireland (Citi Bank), Switzerland (Deutsche Bank) and in America (PaySys international). Phil has been at nFocus over 3 years and holds he position of Managing Director. He specialises in Test Reviews, Testing Health checks and providing strategic direction. He has written articles on subjects such as: Output based Pricing, Agile, DevOps, Test Management, Automation, Performance Testing, along with advising on Test tooling solutions and choosing the right people for test roles. His published articles are now accessible to over 100,000 people directly. Outside of nFocus, Phil is married with two grown up children and two dogs, Dougal the part-poodle and Archie the Labrador who love nothing better than a good walk in the woods. In addition, Phil has a passion for cars and cooking.
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Regression Testing Advantages - Promoting Product Quality

Posted by Phil Edwards on 5/12/2017

It’s fair to say we’ve all been in a situation where we’ve encountered a regression issue; whether that be taking your Christmas lights out the box having not used them for a year, only to discover a tangle of wires, you unpick one tangle and that leads to another one forming, or when you tick the box for paperless bills from your well-known utility company only to still receive paper bills…. some two years later.

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Topics: Software Testing, regression testing advantages

Software Testing Life Cycle - The QA Process

Posted by Phil Edwards on 28/11/2017

When testing, there are specific project phases, these are all very well-known and well documented. However, software testing is not a single activity per se, but a concatenation of planned activities that need to be executed, along with the software development activities to ensure that a product is delivered to cost and time, without any errors. The following article aims to explain how testing fits within the life cycle of a project and the benefits of early testing and shifting left the quality as early as possible in the software testing life cycle. The following provides a high-level overview as how to plan your testing activities.

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Topics: Software Testing, software testing life cycle

Automated Regression Testing Blog

Posted by Phil Edwards on 14/11/2017

Adoption of new working practices and methodologies has meant that organisations are constantly challenging themselves to get products and services to market faster than ever and in doing so are now having to think very hard how this can be achieved. We all know that first to market gets the spoils, so there is a lot at stake getting the delivery model right. Test Automation is just one way of speeding up your project delivery and in doing so building up a regression pack of test scripts that can be run with little effort in a short amount of time.

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Topics: Software Testing, Automated regression testing

Software Disasters - A Collection of Software Halloween Horrors

Posted by Phil Edwards on 31/10/2017

Tis the season for scary stories. Halloween brings us plenty to be scared of, especially if you work in IT and especially if you’ve not taken testing seriously…..seriously..!!!

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Topics: Software Testing, software disasters, halloween

Software Disasters - It's Never Going To Happen To Me!

Posted by Phil Edwards on 14/09/2017

So, what exactly is a disaster? The word ‘Disaster’ is widely used in our modern-day language, Crystal Palace FC would use it to sum up their first four games of the 2017 season, people of America use it to report on Hurricane Irma and Bake Off would use it to describe a soggy bottom…. So, when we come to talk about software the same rules seem to apply. Whether a software bug disrupts an End Users ability to perform their everyday tasks, or a bug makes your online retail outlet fail to deliver goods, or worse still your data is compromised like what we have seen with the Equifax and their 143 million customers. In all cases these software disasters could have been prevented by better testing.

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Topics: Software Testing, software disasters

Software Testing Techniques - It's As Simple As Black & White

Posted by Phil Edwards on 24/08/2017

To explain the difference between Black Box Testing and White Box Testing, simply put, if you think about a car, you have two types of people, the driver (black box) and the mechanic (white box). The driver doesn’t really need to understand how the engine works to drive, just press a few buttons and levers and turn the wheel and you are off. The mechanic however, lifts the hood and tinkers with the engines to make the car go, looking at the internal mechanisms, following the flow of petrol into the engine right through to the output gases from the exhaust.

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Topics: Software Testing, Software Testing Techniques

Software Testing Techniques - Seven Of The Best

Posted by Phil Edwards on 17/08/2017

So, what is the best software testing technique for my project? Hmmm, tricky one to answer without looking more closely at your project. There are many factors that determine the software testing techniques you’ll need to employ.

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Topics: Software Testing, Software Testing Techniques

Requirements Validation - Language and Writing Style Guide

Posted by Phil Edwards on 27/06/2017

One of the most common causes of software failure and the reworking of code is poor requirements. Implementation of best practice for requirements analysis, specification and validation can have a major impact on application delivery schedule, budget and overall quality.

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Topics: Software Testing, Requirements Validation

Software Testing Assessment - The Core Objectives

Posted by Phil Edwards on 20/06/2017

How do you know if your testing is meeting your business objectives? Not having production incidents may be a success factor but that’s only a small part to testing. Conducting an assessment of your existing testing procedures and practices is key to establishing the actual current state of testing within your business. Doing this will provide you with a tangible roadmap for implementing recommendations to meet your company’s quality objectives.

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Topics: Software Testing, Software Testing Assessment

Testing Methodologies – Five Core Components of Testing

Posted by Phil Edwards on 6/06/2017

Testing quite simply is the backbone of every project, whether you agree or not it’s not hard to state that testing has a place in each part of the System Development Life-Cycle. Employing a poor testing methodology will lead to the production of an unstable product and most likely one that will cost you more money and development time. Whether you decide to go Waterfall, Agile or DevOps it is essential to have a plan, especially a test plan, in place to ensure that the product is delivered in a robust and stable state, on a predictable timeline.

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Topics: Software Testing, testing methodologies

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