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8 November 2017
Influencing the Testing Process
Lewis Thomson, Test Analyst at Edge Testing
Having 100% control of a task that you are directly involved in is obviously a desirable situation to be in. Professionals within the testing industry are specialists, and as such have differing ideas of what the best method to approach a problem is. However realistically in a team, it is not feasible to instill a dictatorship, with only yourself pushing forward. Aside from the overt negative implications from this, having a sole person influencing the direction of a project will lack the perspective that a unified team can offer. Hence, the importance of a collaborative effort, where every member has a say and the potential to make decisions with a positive impact on a project.
25 October 2017
The Risk Mitigation Business
Alister Aitken, Senior Test Consultant at Edge Testing
So, what exactly is a “Risk”? In the context of software development that pre-emptive action is often what we like to call TESTING. The testing team/function become, and are correctly proud to be known as, part of the Risk Mitigation Business.
11 October 2017
The Importance of a Test Environment
Jordan Brown, Test Analyst at Edge Testing
The Test Environment is an essential part of any tester’s working day, it’s the virtual office that is far more important than any desk, beanbag or bed where the Tester might find themselves working. With a well-built Test Environment, it is possible to simulate the conditions that any system will experience when the testing has been completed and moved into production. Many projects will pass code through several test environments before any code reaches live usage (hopefully).
27 September 2017
The Risks of Releasing Software With Known Defects
Stuart Dougans - Test Analyst, Edge Testing
In the modern world, with the technologies and experience that software companies have at their disposal, you might assume that a company would be able to create and release new software that works 100% of the time. However, this is almost never the case. It is one thing for software to be released and later a fault is found within the system, but another to have knowledge that a problem exists and still go ahead with a live launch. Yet this is the case for so many software companies.
13 September 2017
Top Tips for Writing a Great Test Case
Gillian Galloway and Cecile Robb - Test Analysts, Edge Testing
Having well written test cases (sometimes referred to as test scripts or test requirements) is vital in ensuring that testing is as efficient and effective as possible.
30 August 2017
Collaboration not Competition
Duncan Small, Test Manager at Edge Testing
In a previous blog I introduced the concept of the ‘Keeping Things Simple’ approach (May 2017), an element of which was that of Collaboration. In this blog, how collaboration can aid projects to run more smoothly is expanded upon.