Lessons Learned: Testing Keys from James

The world of testing can be a minefield in regards to how difficult, stressful, and frustrating a project can be. This is due to certain projects having more documentation, organization, and planning than others. With support not only from your colleagues, but from your client, team members, and management, a challenging project can run much smoother. With that in mind, I have put together some lessons learned that I have gained throughout my experience as a tester.

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Up and Running With the Problems Step Recorder Tool

Hidden within Windows you will find an application called Problems Steps Recorder (PSR). PSR automatically captures the steps you have taken on your computer. After the steps are recorded, a file will be created that includes a text description of where you clicked along with a screen shot of the window during each click.

This tool is useful in the defect creation process because it can inform interested parties exactly what steps are taken to produce a defect.

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Quality Assurance Considerations

My experience as a Quality Assurance professional with many different projects in various business domains has helped me to develop several points for establishing a Quality Assurance process within an organization:

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Olenick at Big Data Week Belfast

Olenick is proud and happy to announce that they are a sponsor of The 2015 Belfast Big Data Conference being held in the Titanic Building on April 23, 2015.

This year, Big Data Week is aiming to bring together 40,000 participants from four continents with the purpose of inspiring more individuals and SMEs to start data projects and tap into the immense potential that is big data.

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LoadRunner 12.02: Under The Hood

At the tail end of last year, HP made the announcement that the latest and greatest version of LoadRunner was now available as a general release, 12.02.  So, I thought I’d take this opportunity to show some of the highlights from this release as they have included some pretty cool stuff that is sure to improve even more with later releases.

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Your Agile Team Explored

Teams Have Always Been, and Will Always Be, the Reason for Success
It’s all about the TEAM!

There are four stages of a team which require four different skills of a Scrum Master: Forming, Storming, Norming, and Performing. Below you will find a table of skills required for each stage of the team based on my experience. Please download as a complement to this post.

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The Impacts of Lack of Testing Process

As I wrap up my series on ‘Lack of Process’ I wanted to call attention to, of course, LACK OF TESTING PROCESS.

As a Test Manager at Olenick & Associates, I’ve had the pleasure of working on projects where processes were followed and the learning experience of working on projects where there was not much in the way of processes, or processes were not followed.

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Web Content Accessibility

More often than not the term web accessibility is used to describe how people with disabilities, including visual, auditory, physical, speech, cognitive, and neurological disabilities can access the web. However, with the average age of web users going up every year we need to keep in mind that an aging population will generally start to exhibit issues such as loss of eyesight, manual dexterity, concentration levels, and short-term memory, thus web accessibility is also important in this context.

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The Impacts of Lack of Development Process

The Development Process is the foundation for the final deliverable and is what your customers will be receiving.

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Scrum Master Shares Lessons of Success

“The best way to reduce cost and time is to improve quality” – Deming

Four years ago, I decided to go for it and become a Certified Scrum Master (CSM). Over the next couple of weeks I’d like to share some basic learned lessons from the course, along with advice generated from my professional experience.

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