Software Quality Insights:

September, 2009

September 29, 2009  10:32 PM

How software project managers can react to recessionary trends

Jan Stafford Jan Stafford Profile: Jan Stafford

Project management (PM) consultant Michelle LaBrosse shared some quick tips for PM strategies in recessionary times with me recently. These ideas gelled during an interview with Carey Earle, president of Green Apple Marketing, on her syndicated radio program, Your World, Your Way. “We talked...

September 29, 2009  9:49 PM

At the movies: Exploratory, performance, security testing a kiosk

MichaelDKelly Michael Kelly Profile: MichaelDKelly

Whenever I walk into a movie theater, I remember when I tested a self-service ticket machine. No one was paying me to test the kiosk. I was just killing time, waiting at a theater for someone to join me to watch a movie. The machine looked and functioned similar to an ATM. You select your movie,...

September 28, 2009  4:31 PM

Questions to help clarify test status

MichaelDKelly Michael Kelly Profile: MichaelDKelly

When I lead testing teams, the teams are typically doing session-based exploratory testing. A big part of session-based exploratory testing is the debrief. When testers complete a testing session (a time boxed testing effort focused on a specific test mission) they debrief with me as the testing...

September 28, 2009  4:26 PM

Tips for figuring out test coverage

MichaelDKelly Michael Kelly Profile: MichaelDKelly

Determining testing coverage is about figuring out what you're going to test in the application. When I start this process, I start with a coverage outline. And while I like to develop coverage outlines in Excel, you can use just about any application you'd like. A lot of people use mind mapping...

September 23, 2009  2:31 PM

Getting a jump start on software test collaboration

MichaelDKelly Michael Kelly Profile: MichaelDKelly

Having tested software during many projects, I've seen that the most effective testers are the ones who start early -- and I don't mean the ones who start testing early. I'll explain what I mean with this step-by-step tour of a pattern I've noticed multiple times in software testing projects. 1....

September 21, 2009  1:48 PM

Start with a software test plan template, then throw it away

MichaelDKelly Michael Kelly Profile: MichaelDKelly

There's nothing more intimidating than a blank sheet of paper. Writers know this to be true, but so do test managers. The easy way out is to pull out a template and to start filling in the various "recommended" sections and details. An even easier approach is to pull out a past test plan and to...

September 16, 2009  6:08 PM

Proactive testing, or “this app can break”

MichaelDKelly Michael Kelly Profile: MichaelDKelly

Before Windows Vista came along and ruined it all, I previously used a bug in Windows Notepad to illustrate a problem testers often face. Vista ruined it by fixing the bug. If you have a version of Windows pre-Vista, you can still try this bug out. To reproduce the issue, open Notepad and type...

September 16, 2009  6:04 PM

The effects of not isolating bugs and tips for nailing them down

MichaelDKelly Michael Kelly Profile: MichaelDKelly

Recently, fellow expert David Christiansen shared his post about experiences with testing ruts that he gets into and what he does to stay out of those ruts. What resonated with me was his description of how he sometimes doesn't feel like working to isolate bugs: ...

September 16, 2009  5:41 PM

Ajax Experience speakers: Push cross-platform advantages further

Daniel Mondello Profile: Daniel Mondello

The topic of cross-platform usability came up in several sessions at this year's Ajax Experience in Boston Massachusetts. Naturally, Ajax is so popular because its open standards model is supported by many browsers and platforms. Speakers...

September 15, 2009  8:00 PM

Watch for three common, hard-to-find software concurrency defects

Jan Stafford Jan Stafford Profile: Jan Stafford

Concurrency defects in multi-core or multi-threaded applications are probably the source of more troublesome problems than other defects in recent history, Coverity’s Mark Donsky told me recently. These defects are tricky, because they are “virtually impossible to reduce reliably,” he said,...

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