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19 July 2018
The Defect Dichotomy (A whimsical look at the mind of a tester)
Tommy Cowan, Test Consultant, Edge Testing
Every project has deadlines and milestones. I think I readily endeavour to understand 'The Big Picture'. Swept up in the wave of optimism that is surely prevalent at the start of all projects, I always seem to embark with the mindset that deadlines are paramount and achievable. In my mind as a tester, there exists a war. The opposing factions: “The Deadliner” versus “The Perfectionist”...
29 May 2018
Impacts of GDPR on Software Testing
Rohini Bhat, Test Consultant at Edge Testing
The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came into effect on 25th May 2018. The GDPR assures data protection and privacy to all individuals within the European Union and aims to give people more control over how their personal data is being used by organisations. So how does GDPR affect testing and what processes should companies have in place to adhere to the stringent rules that GDPR introduces?
26 April 2018
Fussy Hornets – Legacy is alive and well and still stinging!
R.Mort (Old CICS Cobol Programmer) a.k.a. New Business Director
Legacy demands greater, stronger test discipline. If you get a web test wrong the worst that happens is typically a tweak of the test script and a retest – all possibly achieved in a few minutes. Get it wrong in a legacy batch run and you’ve potentially lost a day! That means understanding the system from both technical and business angles (with potentially out of date documentation), understanding how the data behaves, working out where and when within the system you will get measurable results, a greater focus on starting point data and a strong understanding of the (usual) scores of interfaces sitting behind the scenes. What’s not to like?
21 March 2018
How Much Testing is Enough?
Cameron Farooq, Test Analyst at Edge Testing
Technology has evolved and is continuing to evolve in such a way that we are becoming increasingly dependent on it for our day to day lives. Software Code is now present in almost all devices we use, such as games, mobile phone apps and electronic control modules in cars.
7 March 2018
How to Train Your Testers
Emma Fitzpartick and Charlotte Moss, Test Analysts at Edge Testing
When you think about being in a classroom situation, what do you imagine? School? College? University lectures? Being subjected to hours of one teacher reading out slides in monotone, sounding more bored than you feel? Well our last classroom experience was very different.
21 February 2018
Mike Tindal, Test Analyst at Edge Testing
When you were young, failure was something obvious, quantifiable: Failing an exam, failing to run laps round the school. And when you got older this turns into being a financial, social, sexual or moral failure. With the shift into more serious territory one thing remains the same: the rigorous, finite and binary distinction of pass or fail; good or bad.