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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How To Work With A Digital Transformation Supplier

Posted by Phil Edwards on 23/04/2019

If your organisation is embarking on a Digital Transformation project, then you’ll need to consider the prospect of working with suppliers to help ease the journey. Digital Transformation is the integration of digital technology into every areas of a business, significantly changing how your company operates and delivers value to customers.

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Topics: Software Testing, Digital Transformation

Digital Transformation - Top 5 Must Do's For Testing

Posted by Phil Edwards on 19/03/2019

Unless you’ve been hibernating for the past couple of years then you’ll be fully aware that Digital Transformation is at the top of every IT Directors list of things to do. Companies today are facing a couple of big challenges, staying ahead and on top of new technologies and at the same time providing outstanding customer experience. To be clear, Digital Transformation is the process of using new or modified business processes and customer experiences to meet changing business and market requirements by use of new and advanced technology.

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Topics: Agile,, Software Testing, test automation, Quality Assurance, Digital Transformation

The Robots Are Coming – You’ve Been Replaced…well not so fast R2D2

Posted by Phil Edwards on 19/02/2019

We’ve all seen sci-fi movies where robots take over the world, that is until Will Smith (or similar) steps in at the eleventh hour and saves the day. But like a lot of movies made, they do have a good knack of portraying what the future might hold, whether that’ll be a home robot for doing the daily chores to an all singing all dancing fully autonomous home.

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Topics: Software Testing, Test Automation Frameworks, Test Automation Approach

Tech and Testing Trends for 2019

Posted by Phil Edwards on 22/01/2019

As another year starts, we can look ahead to what will be trending in 2019. We all know that ankle gracing trousers, wearing brogues without socks, growing a hipster beard (again) and heading to Greggs for a vegan sausage roll will all make the headlines, but with tech trends it’s a little different. A few years ago, we predicted Multi-Cloud (now commonly called Connected Cloud), Big Data (Data Analytics), AR and Cyber Security would be prominent, which to be fair they are still front runners for making the top five, but the way in which they are adopted and implemented has somewhat changed due to other factors that complicate but enhance the IT landscape.

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Topics: Software Testing, Technology, 2019

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

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