Customized Metrics Reporting

HP Quality Center / Application Lifecycle Management (QC/ALM) provides a Dashboard interface used to create basicstatus reports. If a simple report is needed for test teams or personal use, the Dashboard does a fine job; however, the interface does have certain limitations and can cause challenges while producing a complex report without extensive training.

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Reporting in HP Quality Center / Application Lifecycle Management (QC/ALM) using Open Test Architecture (OTA)

Let’s face it: reporting in HP Quality Center / Application Lifecycle Management (QC/ALM) has come a long way over the years, especially with the advent of the easier to use Dashboard interface.  Even with the Dashboard, the output is oftentimes large and it is difficult to get a summary view of the testing and defect results.  The solution here is typically Excel reporting in which you can define your own SQL calls and then utilize Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) to format the results of the report.  But still, we always expect more and have resorted to building custom reports outside of QC/ALM.  These reports tend to be Excel-based using SQL.  The pitfalls of this approach will be discussed in a separate blog in our QC/ALM series, stay tuned.

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Making a Smooth Transition to Agile: A Tester’s Perspective

Would you like to make a smooth, successful transition from testing a Waterfall project to testing an Agile one?  Here are a few insights that can help you achieve your goal.

Any change is going to come with some challenges and the move from Waterfall to Agile is no different. The Waterfall methodology traditionally places testing at the end of the project life cycle and should include very clear and precise documentation, Agile is different.

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AirDrop on iPhone FINALLY

We’ve all probably been in a situation where you captured a great picture/video with your iPhone, and someone with you asks you to send it to them. Maybe you caught the baby’s first smile or the game winning score. The fact remains that you have something to share. Up until now, you had to go about using some kind of “clunky” method. The popular ways of sharing include email, SMS text message, or a photo sharing site such as Flickr. It’s not really a big hassle to text it or email it but what happens when you don’t have the person’s email or phone number? Then you have to ask for their phone number or email (which you’ll probably mistype). You also might not want them to have your number or email. Pretty soon they’ll start sending you those emails with videos of cats playing the piano.

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Test Automation – Advantages & Limitations

What is Test Automation:

A set of automated test cases is (basically) a program intended to test another program. A variety of tools available in the market (such as Ranorex and SOASTA Test, which are Olenick partners) offer a number of features that emulate Mobile user behavior and validate usability aspects such as size of images & display, location of links and buttons, reaction to touch over screens and response time when performing certain actions – and many more of the kind.

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The Automation of Mobile Testing – Should We or Shouldn’t We

Test automation of applications has been around for many years. There are many of us in the automated testing field that started very early in the test automation phase, but the introduction of mobile devices has brought on a new angle in test automation of applications. Mobile device testing introduces new technical challenges along with new processes and testing tools.

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App Deployment Over the Air

In recent years, we have finally seen mobile devices disconnect from their bulky computer counterparts.  You no longer need a standalone computer to own an iPhone for instance.  In the early days of the iOS devices, you needed to connect your device to your computer.  You did this to sync all of your favorite music, photos, back up your device, etc.  That all changed when “Cloud” services arrived.  Now, there’s not much reason to connect your iPad to your desktop.  All of your files are now backed up in the cloud, ready for you to download whenever and where ever you want.  This disconnection from PCs has made its way into the app development world as well.

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Olenick Wins ILTA’s 2013 Innovative Consultant of the Year

Olenick & Associates attended the  ILTA conference in fabulous Las Vegas, Nevada last month. We enjoyed the opportunity to meet others in the industry and share a bit about our services while showcasing our new booth. 

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How Olenick Trained Employees for Mobile Testing

With the mobile industry booming organizations are finding a greater need to develop their apps and websites to be compatible and mobile-friendly.   This means that testers now have to verify these apps or sites on the various mobile devices available on the market.  As there are many mobile devices (phones and tablets), as well as various mobile tools available for testers to become familiar with, this can pose a challenge and may be initially overwhelming when testers are first introduced to the mobile testing concept.
To enable our employees to gain general understanding and knowledge of mobile testing and the various tools that can be used for testing in the mobile world, Olenick set up test projects using different sites and apps to train employees The end goal was to ensure that employees would gain understanding of the tools, and also the challenges of mobile testing.

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