Monthly Archives: October 2010

LogiGear Magazine – October 2010

LogiGear Magazine – October 2010


Letter From The Editor – October 2010

Hello everyone – I’m hoping each one of us is having a great October. This time of the year is always my favorite, with the changing of the seasons, Fall was always my favorite time of year; it signified change and renewal – but I don’t want to digress to much from what’s going on here at LogiGear Magazine.


Does Agile development need specialists?

Agile is to software development what poetry is to literature.
It is 
very difficult to do well, very easy to do poorly,
and most people 
don’t understand
why a good poem is good and a bad poem isn’t…”
– from the web

The REAL Costs/Benefits of Test Automation

Are you frustrated with vendors of test automation tools that do not tell you the whole story about what it takes to automate testing? Are you tired of trying to implement test automation without breaking the bank and without overloading yourself with work? I experienced first hand why people find test automation difficult, and I developed useful ways to cut testing costs. We must focus on simple tools that produce results. Testing is like systems development. If you want quality results, start with quality requirements. You should not start with test automation; you start with an organized approach to QA testing that will facilitate test automation. This paper explains how you can succeed when you address the REAL Costs/Benefits of Test Automation.


Testing in Agile Part 4: SKILLS /TRAINING

Michael Hackett, Senior Vice President, LogiGear Corporation


Agile teams need training!

One of the missing links in the implementation of Agile development methods is the lack of training for teams. I noticed in our recent survey on Agile that only 47% of the respondents answered “Yes” that they had been trained in the Agile development process, with over half responding “No.” This number is way too high. The “No” respondents should be closer to 0%!

Have you been trained in Agile development? Percent answered
Yes 47.8%
No 52.2%


VISTACON 2010 Keynote – The Future of Testing by BJ Rollison

VISTACON 2010 – Keynote: The future of testing


BJ Rollison – Test Architect at Microsoft

VISTACON 2010 – Keynote


BJ Rollison, Software Test Architect for Microsoft.
Mr. Rollison started working for Microsoft in 1994, becoming one of the leading experts of test architecture and execution at Microsoft. He also teaches software testing courses for the University of Washington, and sits on the advisory board for testing certification at the University of Washington, the University of California Extension Santa Cruz, and Lake Washington Technical College.

Book review – Happy About Global Software Test Automation: A Discussion of Software Testing for Executives

“Happy About Global Software Test Automation: A Discussion of Software Testing for Executives”

Author: Hung Q. Nguyen, Michael Hackett, and Brent K. Whitlock
Publisher: Happy About (August 1, 2006)

Finally, a testing book for executives!, November 17, 2006
By Scott BarberChief Technologist, PerfTestPlus

Happy About Global Software Test Automation: A Discussion of Software Testing for Executives is an absolute must read for any executive in a company that develops, customizes or implements software.


Book Review – Testing Applications on the web

“Testing Applications on the web” – 2nd Edition
Authors: Hung Q. Nguyen, Bob Johnson, Michael Hackett
Publisher: Wiley; edition (May 16, 2003)

This is good book. If you test web apps, you should buy it!, April 20, 2001
By Dr. Cem Kaner – Director of Florida Institute of Technology’s Center for Software Testing Education & Research

Book Reviews at Amazon

Great book – everything you need to know about web testing.

This book is excellent for learning about “testing applications on the web


Computer Scientist – D. Richard Kuhn will provide some insights on how to become a software tester and shares his interest in combinatorial testing.

D. Richard Kuhn Computer Scientist, National Institute of Standards & Technology

LogiGear: How did you get into software testing? What did you find interesting about it?

Mr. Kuhn: About 10 years ago Dolores Wallace and I were investigating the causes of software failures in medical devices, using 15 years of data from the FDA. About that time, Raghu Kacker, in NIST’s math division, introduced me to some work that his colleague at Bell Labs, Sid Dalal, had done on pairwise and interaction testing for software. The idea behind these methods is that some failures only occur as a result of interaction between some components. For example, a system may correctly produce error messages when file space is exhausted or user input exceeds some limit, but crashes only when these two conditions are both true at the same time.