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How To Build A Test Team For A Digital Transformation Project

Posted by Scott Summers on 9/04/2019

Building a high performing team is never an easy undertaking. Building the test team for a Digital Transformation project is no different.

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Topics: Software Testing, Digital Transformation, Test Teams

The Need For Automated Security Testing

Posted by Scott Summers on 5/03/2019

IT teams and testers have been challenged by automated testing for decades now.  It seems to me that many organisations haven’t really cracked the nut yet with regards to functional automation and many (too many) automated testing efforts fail to meet their objectives, budget and stakeholders’ expectations. Expectations seem to be lower for load and performance testing. I’m not sure if this is because it’s perceived to be more difficult or the risk is perceived to be lower or both. Either way I don’t think that’s true, but that’s for another post. There isn’t much conversation happening yet about automated security testing - yet. I find this strange considering 47% of companies surveyed for this year’s World Quality Report said that enhancing security is part of their IT Strategy. The number of security breaches is increasing – the 2018 Cyber Security Breaches Survey shows 43% of businesses in the UK experienced a security breach in the past year.

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Topics: Software Testing, Security Testing Strategy, Security Testing

Performance and Load Testing Best Practices Guide

Posted by Scott Summers on 30/10/2018

Whether a system is to be used internally by your work force or externally by your customers, it’s stability and performance directly correlates with your success.

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Topics: Software Testing, Load and Performance Testing

The Benefits of Quality Assurance of Requirements Definition

Posted by Scott Summers on 26/09/2018

In Scrum, quality is defined as “The ability of the completed product or deliverables to meet the Acceptance Criteria and achieve the business value expected by the customer”

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Topics: Software Testing, Quality Assurance

A Performance Test Plan Template

Posted by Scott Summers on 12/07/2018

I hope you find this Performance Test Plan template helpful. Please use it wisely. You see, I have mixed feelings about template test plans – performance or otherwise.

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Topics: Software Testing, test plan template, Load and Performance Testing

Web Application Penetration Testing

Posted by Scott Summers on 11/06/2018

If the Pentagon and the Whitehouse can both be hacked, then so can you. Now, please don’t think for a second that I think the members of the Pentagon and Whitehouse are in any way more intelligent or better than you (I’m convinced of quite the opposite – without even meeting you), but I am assuming they have pretty good cyber security.

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Topics: Software Testing, Security Testing

How To Get Started With Performance Engineering

Posted by Scott Summers on 15/05/2018

High user expectations and the risk of putting poorly performing code live makes performance engineering more important than it has even been. Fortunately, incremental change makes it easier to engineer system performance and build a workable process. For those doing DevOps, having administrators and technical subject matter experts as part of the delivery team have a much better ecosystem within which to deliver effective performance engineering.

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Topics: Software Testing, Performance Engineering

A Questionnaire To Help You Gather Your Non-Functional Requirements

Posted by Scott Summers on 10/04/2018

A functional requirement specifies a function that a system or system component must be able to perform. Probably the easiest way to explain ‘non-functional’ requirements is that they specify all the remaining requirements not covered by the functional requirements. Non-functional requirements specify the system’s ‘quality characteristics’ or ‘quality attributes’. Two products could have the same functions, but their attributes can make them entirely different products. A Rolls Royce has more or less the same functionality as a Lada but many different attributes!

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Topics: Software Testing, Non-Functional Requirements

Performance Testing Entry and Exit Criteria

Posted by Scott Summers on 27/02/2018

What if Entry Criteria for Load and Performance Testing are not met?
A little while ago I wrote a blog called ‘What are the entry criteria for Load Testing?’.

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Topics: Software Testing, Performance Testing Entry and Exit Criteria

The Top 4 Challenges Faced By Load and Performance Testing

Posted by Scott Summers on 23/01/2018

Lack of Appetite to Test
The most debilitating and possibly biggest challenge I face when it comes to load testing is the lack of appetite to load and performance test from the senior project stakeholders.

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Topics: Software Testing, Load and Performance Testing

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