Phil Edwards

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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App Usability Testing - The Core Components

Posted by Phil Edwards on 6/11/2018

It goes without saying that all apps whether they be native, web or hybrid must make a great first impression on the end user when it comes to their functionality and usability. In the real world however, extensive testing and the usability of the app is often overlooked. Not only does this lead to apps that don’t really satisfy the needs of the target audience but sometimes means the app isn’t able to fulfil its purpose.

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Topics: Software Testing, App Usability Testing, Mobile App Testing

The Different Phases of Software Testing

Posted by Phil Edwards on 17/10/2018

Testing quite simply is the backbone of every project, it’s not hard to state that testing has a place in each part of the System Development Life Cycle (SDLC). 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 time.

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Topics: Software Testing

How An Agile Test Plan Can Lead England To Victory!

Posted by Phil Edwards on 20/06/2018

As England battled to victory against the Tunisian rugby team in their first fixture of the 2018 World Cup, many are praising the way in which the England manager Gareth Southgate has prepared his team. Team morale is at an all-time high, a team has been picked based on ability and potential and finally a formation/system that fits the players. Of course, this plan will need to change throughout the tournament – it will need to be Agile and adaptable to change. We can draw many parallels to the software development world and this article focuses on how an Agile Test Plan fits within the life-cycle of a project.

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Topics: Software Testing, Agile Test Plan

Business Assurance - Intelligent Testing

Posted by Phil Edwards on 4/06/2018

To be very clear, business assurance is about providing companies with increased confidence in their business environment; meaning that they maintain improved quality and efficiency of their business processes and ensuring a high calibre of assurance that they’re in control of their business at all times.

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Topics: Software Testing, Business Assurance

IoT Projects - Seven Testing Types

Posted by Phil Edwards on 1/05/2018

What is the Internet of Things (IoT)? Well to simplify, it’s anything that can be connected remotely without wires; like the connection of your Amazon Echo, printers, heating systems, some vehicles and other home devices, along with medical/office equipment and of course your dog cams! Basically, anything that can collect and exchange data and information between the device and user. This technology allows the user to control devices remotely over a network – simple.

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Topics: Software Testing, IoT Projects

Three Things To Consider When Creating Your Agile Test Strategy

Posted by Phil Edwards on 22/03/2018

The Agile manifesto states that you should value working software over comprehensive documentation, but as we all know, this does not mean no documentation. If you’re following an Agile approach for your programme of work or project then we would always recommend considering and documenting your Agile Test Strategy. Here are three things to consider when creating yours.

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Topics: Software Testing, Agile Test Strategy

How To Do A Software Test Plan For Waterfall, Agile and DevOps

Posted by Phil Edwards on 13/03/2018

Within every organisation there are a number of documents that have a hieratical order. When it comes to testing you would expect to find the Test Policy document at the top of the tree; this document is only a couple of pages long but does at executive level spell out the quality needs of the organisation and gives the vision of what is expected of every project. This document is owned by the CIO or IT Director and should be mandated to ensure every programme and project works to the same expected standards every time.

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Topics: Software Testing, Software Test Plan

Test Automation Approach In A DevOps World

Posted by Phil Edwards on 6/03/2018

Ever heard the expression ‘More speed, less haste’? Acting too quickly and without due diligence, focus and attention to detail will result in avoidable mistakes and thus require even more time to complete the task satisfactorily.

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Topics: Software Testing, Test Automation Approach

Regression Testing Checklist - Right Every Time

Posted by Phil Edwards on 7/02/2018

Even with the best will in the world, we all forget to do something at some point in time. Whether that be something trivial like putting out the bins to forgetting to pick up the kids after school…. Yep, that has happened…

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Topics: Software Testing, Regression Testing Checklist

Test Automation Frameworks - Follow The Recipe Or Freestyle It?

Posted by Phil Edwards on 30/01/2018

For all those budding chefs out there, the question will always be, do you follow a recipe for your meal or do you make it up as you go along? Now, creative and seasoned chefs will throw in the ingredients to produce delightful food, however for us less talented would-be-cooks, our results will be vastly different, and that’s the point. To get predicable results you’ll need to follow a process (recipe) to gain the greatest chance of success - just like adopting an automation test framework.

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Topics: Software Testing, Test Automation Frameworks

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