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Yearly Archives: 2005

Effective Management of Test Automation Failures

Hung Q. Nguyen, CEO, President, and Founder, LogiGear Corporation

In recent years, much attention has been paid to setting up test automation frameworks which are effective, easy to maintain, and allow the whole testing team to contribute to the testing effort. In doing so, we often leave out one of the most critical considerations of test automation: What do we do when the test automation doesn’t work correctly?

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Tactics for Successfully Leading Offshore Testing

Michael Hackett, Vice President, LogiGear Corporation

Test Leads and Test Managers very rarely make the decision to offshore. It is typically not a choice, but rather a mandate from company executives who look to offshoring for significant cost reduction. Among US leads and managers responsible for offshore teams, management and oversight of the offshore teams is now cited as their largest source of job stress.

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Capitalizing Testware as an Asset

Hans Buwalda, Chief Architect, LogiGear Corporation

Companies generally consider the software they own, whether it is created in-house or acquired, as an asset (something that could appear on the balance sheet). The production of software impacts the profit and loss accounts for the year it is produced: The resources used to produce the software result in costs; methods, tools or practices that reduce those costs are considered profitable.

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Top Ten Risks When Leading an Offshore Test Team (Part 2)

Michael Hackett, VP of Business Operations, LogiGear Corporation

In part 1 of this article, we explored the first five of the top ten risks, including:

  1. Offshore work can be difficult to measure or quantify, leading to lack of confidence in the offshore effort
  2. Lack of visibility into day-to-day work
  3. Lack of a competent lead/point-of-contact
  4. Lack of contingency plans for downtime
  5. Offshore teams lose access to onshore servers and applications

The second five risks are based on the communication and cultural problems that exist between distributed teams, as well as the business climate in popular offshoring locations.

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Top Ten Risks When Leading an Offshore Test Team (Part 1)

Michael Hackett, VP of Business Operations, LogiGear Corporation

Today many test team leaders must continue to successfully ensure the quality of their applications under test (AUT) while dealing with the increased challenge of having some or even all of their team members located offshore. This article, part 1 of a two-part discussion, will take a look at the unique risks faced by a test lead when dealing with offshore teams, and how those risks can be mitigated.

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Bonus Bugs

Hans Buwalda, Chief Architect, LogiGear Corporation

One of the most dreaded kinds of bugs are the ones caused by fixes of other bugs or by code changes due to feature requests. I like to call these the ‘bonus bugs’, since they come on top on the bug load you already have to deal with.

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