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Shift Left? Shift Right? When Does It Matter?

A phrase we hear often in Software Testing circles and commentary is “shift left.” When we dig a little, we realize that “shift left” is talking about the idea that Software Testing is happening either too late in the process or it is not effective at the time it is being allocated. This dates back to an embrace, willingly or not, of the traditional Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC) and especially the Agile Waterfall (Agile Falls) methodology. In the waterfall methodology, each piece is completed (design, programming, testing, packaging, etc.) and the product moves through each of those cycles.

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Michael Larsen
Michael Larsen is a Senior Automation Engineer with LTG/PeopleFluent. Over the past three decades, he has been involved in software testing for a range of products and industries, including network routers & switches, virtual machines, capacitance touch devices, video games, and client/server, distributed database & web applications.

Michael is a Black Belt in the Miagi-Do School of Software Testing, helped start and facilitate the Americas chapter of Weekend Testing, is a former Chair of the Education Special Interest Group with the Association for Software Testing (AST), a lead instructor of the Black Box Software Testing courses through AST, and former Board Member and President of AST. Michael writes the TESTHEAD blog and can be found on Twitter at @mkltesthead. A list of books, articles, papers, and presentations can be seen at http://www.linkedin.com/in/mkltesthead.

How to Accelerate Your Transition to the Cloud: Pt 2

This article is a follow-up to How to Accelerate your Transition to the Cloud. In which we discuss the reasoning for migrating to the cloud, lift and considerations for moving, most notably lift and shift and if QA leaders need to be all in. It can be read online at LogiGear.com/blog 

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Michael Larsen
Michael Larsen is a Senior Automation Engineer with LTG/PeopleFluent. Over the past three decades, he has been involved in software testing for a range of products and industries, including network routers & switches, virtual machines, capacitance touch devices, video games, and client/server, distributed database & web applications.

Michael is a Black Belt in the Miagi-Do School of Software Testing, helped start and facilitate the Americas chapter of Weekend Testing, is a former Chair of the Education Special Interest Group with the Association for Software Testing (AST), a lead instructor of the Black Box Software Testing courses through AST, and former Board Member and President of AST. Michael writes the TESTHEAD blog and can be found on Twitter at @mkltesthead. A list of books, articles, papers, and presentations can be seen at http://www.linkedin.com/in/mkltesthead.

Mastering Jenkins Pipeline Across Multiple Cloud Environments

Jenkins is a popular build and scheduling tool used to create software for many organizations. As such, it is common to see it used in a variety of situations and configurations. While it is common to think that organizations all use the same build server and/or Jenkins environment, many organizations use a variety of Jenkins systems, some of which are configured to run in different environments. As time goes on, there is often a desire to simplify or merge systems. If that’s not an option, then the ability to get Jenkins to communicate with or transition pipelines to different environments becomes something to consider.

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Michael Larsen
Michael Larsen is a Senior Automation Engineer with LTG/PeopleFluent. Over the past three decades, he has been involved in software testing for a range of products and industries, including network routers & switches, virtual machines, capacitance touch devices, video games, and client/server, distributed database & web applications.

Michael is a Black Belt in the Miagi-Do School of Software Testing, helped start and facilitate the Americas chapter of Weekend Testing, is a former Chair of the Education Special Interest Group with the Association for Software Testing (AST), a lead instructor of the Black Box Software Testing courses through AST, and former Board Member and President of AST. Michael writes the TESTHEAD blog and can be found on Twitter at @mkltesthead. A list of books, articles, papers, and presentations can be seen at http://www.linkedin.com/in/mkltesthead.

Test Planning to Avoid Technical Debt

Technical debt is not something an organization intends to get into. As we get involved in a new venture, or we look to expand on or develop a new opportunity for a legacy market, we think we are making good choices or that we have covered our bases when it comes to development and testing initiatives. However, over time and as demands for time and attention grow, technical debt is a persistent issue. It is common but it doesn’t need to be inevitable. Additionally, technical debt is, like any other debt, something that can creep up on us if we are not aware or alert to its ramifications. 

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Michael Larsen
Michael Larsen is a Senior Automation Engineer with LTG/PeopleFluent. Over the past three decades, he has been involved in software testing for a range of products and industries, including network routers & switches, virtual machines, capacitance touch devices, video games, and client/server, distributed database & web applications.

Michael is a Black Belt in the Miagi-Do School of Software Testing, helped start and facilitate the Americas chapter of Weekend Testing, is a former Chair of the Education Special Interest Group with the Association for Software Testing (AST), a lead instructor of the Black Box Software Testing courses through AST, and former Board Member and President of AST. Michael writes the TESTHEAD blog and can be found on Twitter at @mkltesthead. A list of books, articles, papers, and presentations can be seen at http://www.linkedin.com/in/mkltesthead.