Perhaps at some conferences the last day of sessions may be the "What do we do with this one?" type of session scheduling, but not in the Quality Management and Testing track at Innovate 2013. Thursday promises a level of quality sessions equal to those already delivered across the week.
The 4th day starts off with two sessions on Service Virtualization. The Service Virtualization for Dummies® session will net out the content from our new book . Definitely a must attend for all service... [More]
Wow time certainly does fly - 10 days until approx. 4000 people will arrive in Orlando for a week of enablement, fellowship and fun at Innovate 2013.
And for those interested in what's happening in the Quality Management and Testing track, read on as I share a brief overview and "tips" for Day 3.
Starting things off with a "Shift Left" in Room 1, this session shares insight on how to begin performance testing earlier simulating "real world" scenarios to improve... [More]
Are you thinking about what to do about mobile testing? Everyone is talking about device fragmentation, but how do you manage to test and keep track of what’s different on each device type? We’re going to talk about ways to increase your reuse of manual or automated test scripts by leveraging a single multichannel approach to your automation on Tuesday, June 4 th at 1:45 PM in my Innovate 2013 called “Multichannel Testing - From Web to Mobile and Beyond.” If you haven’t signed up for Innovate,... [More]
I have always loved that subtitle on Dr. Strangelove – “ How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb” I have recently been thinking that better, faster, cheaper with continuous delivery and continuous testing means we really have to stop worrying about every defect. Which led me to Dr. Strangelove . It’s equally mind bending in some ways … so many years of looking under every rock for those defects. The worst possible thing was an “escape” to production and its requisite... [More]
I’m putting the finishing touches on my presentation for Innovate 2013 called " What’s the Real Deal with Testing? " My session will be Wednesday, June 5 th at 11:15 am. We’re going to have 90 minutes to talk about the real problems facing testers. Like what is this “continuous testing” thing? How much time do you spend setting up test environments and what’s the hardest part? Are you doing unattended testing? Do you want to? Join me for these topics and much, much more! If you... [More]
First off and as I am Canadian eh, I have to apologize for my tardiness between posts. Don't really know why I am apologizing - it is just something we Canadians seem to do. However, I know many are probably wondering what is going on at Innovate so here is a little insight aboot day 2 in the Quality Management and Testing track.
First off, let's talk a little about Service Virtualization. For those who don't know what this means, "Service Virtualization is the ability to simulate the... [More]
A colleague shared this article with me and much of the thinking aligns with where I’ve been landing on the topic of continuous testing. Of course, when reading the article, one thing jumps right out …. When the author, Marnie Hutcheson, expressed concerns about being able to complete the testing in the time frame specified (30 hours of testing, twice, over a weekend), she was, um, fired.
Felt to me as abrupt as hearing “you’re fired” on a certain television show. And the most... [More]
I’m still thinking about what the right content should be for continuous testing. My previous blog was about thinking about what test content matters. But there’s also the consideration of how much content and considering avoiding waste of building too much automation. I’ve had the experience several times of too much success (amazing, right?) in building automation. In those days, it was actually great to have a robust test automation suite that took 12-18 hours to run. We actually measured our success at... [More]
The Agile Manifesto guiding principles says,
“Our highest priority is to satisfy the customer through early and continuous delivery of valuable software.” (emphasis mine)
So as teams have adopted agile development practices, we have rapidly hit the delivery wall. The current conventional wisdom says to reduce risk, deliver more frequently and to make sure you’re not changing very much. I mean really, how much can you screw up in a day (or even a week)? So, if you can’t really screw much up AND... [More]
Hopefully you have already read the first TheRationalTester blog posting sharing what is going on in the quality management and testing (QM&T) track across the entire week at Innovate 2013. If you haven't, you can read about it here. This time let's dive a little deeper into Day 1.
Kicking things off is a pre-game or tailgate session. For the football fans in the US, I am sure you are very aware of what tailgating is all about. We occasionally do... [More]
Earlier this year, IBM hosted a webinar where we asked you, the customer, for feedback on Innovate. Well, the Quality Management and Testing Innovate team heard you loud and clear. For one, you said you wanted more sessions delivered by our customers and to hear the benefits they are realizing first hand. This year, we are offering more customer sessions than in years past. In fact two thirds of this year's agenda is being delivered by customers and our business partners. But we didn't stop there and believe we took this year's line... [More]
You may be hearing a lot about service virtualization lately and how it can help development organization overcome their testing challenges. Others may be wondering what the heck I am talking about when I when I use a phrase like service virtualization. In fact, during the recent IBM webcast Practical Tips to Successfully Test Complex Applications from the authors of "Service Virtualization For Dummies" , 65% of the attendees had no knowledge of service virtualization and another 18% had just begun the learning process by reading... [More]
Wikipedia defines ROI to be a
performance measure used to evaluate the efficiency of an investment or to
compare the efficiency of a number of different investments. And to justify
almost any spend today in IT, you must have a well-defined business case sharing how to get
to a positiveROI quickly.
With the increased focus on software quality, testing has
never been more critical. However, standing up today’s complex application test
environments is both expensive and a cause of project delays. This is why one investment... [More]
Many years ago, we used to talk to our customers about the
need for automated testing. Test teams built
long lists of manual tests and struggled to finish their testing on time, not
to mention the difficulty they had with managing these tests. These days however, software development organizations
do a reasonable job of automating their testing because there are has been a reemphasis
on the importance of quality. Unfortunately,
there are still other significant challenges being faced by testers.
The first major one is that... [More]
As our need to deliver software faster and meet market
demands has increased, something usually has to be cut. The old adage says that you can only deliver against
2 of the 3 mandates (cost, time frame, quality), so choose which one won’t
happen. However, that is no longer an acceptable answer. As an increasing number of organizations are
going “agile”, quality concerns are being raised yet again. But being “agile” does not have to mean
sacrificing quality. As a matter of fact,
with agility can come increased quality as more... [More]
Thanks to the many external and internal IBM speakers, the quality management and testing stream at Innovate 2012 was a tremendous success. And this year, we would like to make it even better. New content delivered using a variety of formats covering topics which matter to you - the quality practitioner. In saying that, leave a comment to this posting sharing suggestions on what topics you would like see presented at this year's Innovate 2013 - The IBM Technical Summit. Better yet, submit an abstract and share your ideas, experience and/or... [More]
Just wanted to let everyone know about some new and upcoming IBM sponsored webcasts to assist development teams in their pursuit of quality. At the StarWest 2012 conference in Anaheim, Peter Cole, Director for Quality Management, IBM Rational delivered a session on " Accelerating the Software Development Lifecycle Using Service Virtualization ". During this session Peter shared how, service virtualization can produce dramatic results including reducing cycle times, improving quality, and cutting costs. When coupled with the cloud,... [More]
IBM Rational has been participating at the StarWest conference for many years and this year is no different. I am really looking forward to another great conference and meeting new quality professionals with a focus on improving quality management and testing . So, here are 5 great reasons to visit the IBM booth while at the event. And if you are not able to attend, take advantage of the virtual conference listening to a number of great presentations including a session by IBM. Learn about Service Virtualization - Hear Peter Cole,... [More]
In an ideal world, Agile teams are collocated. A collaborative world with open dialog where everybody is on the same page working to achieve a common goal of quickly delivering quality software with confidence. However, for many, the reality is that Agile team members are distributed. There are independent test teams located miles away from the developers. Testing composite applications deployed on heterogeneous environments without the ability to openly discuss challenges with developers at the water cooler or during an informal discussion.... [More]
Finally back in my office with some time to reflect on the week at Innovate 2012. It was such a great conference, I am challenged picking which memory to highlight first as there are so many things to choose from. Sunday night, conference attendees showed a tremendous interest on the topic of service virtualization, Rational's new testing solutions, and Green Hat technology. Hundreds of people stopped by the Green Hat solution center booth to get their "Green Groove" on and see the future of testing - Rational Test Workbench &... [More]
At one time and for many development organizations, an
entire application was written in house. When development was finished and the
entire application was available in a test environment, the test team took over
validating that the business requirements were met. However, more often than
not, the delivery deadline was missed due to a lack of quality or required
functionality and projects requested more money to keep going or they simply
plunged over the waterfall meeting their demise.
Then along came iterative development and... [More]
All my bags are packed and I am ready to go... Can you believe it? 8 days until Innovate 2012 starts on June 3rd! Seems that Innovate 2011 was not long ago but then again "That Was Yesterday" . If you want to learn more about integration testing and service virtualization it is "Urgent" that you attend Innovate 2012. But "Just Between You and Me" there are also quality management and testing sessions for those quality professionals with an interest in mobile application development, agile testing, and so much... [More]
I hope you are "Now" thinking about coming to
Innovate 2012. Why wouldn't you want to! How often do you get a chance to sun
yourself in Orlando, catch up with old friends or meet new people with similar
interests while learning about new innovative techniques, solutions and best practices to
help you do your job better and faster? And yes, have fun while doing it! Maybe you still haven't made up your mind, want to register but need assistance, or have already registered but want more information. Perhaps I can help. ... [More]
Couple of months back, IBM took recognizing technical thought leadership by announcing IBM Champion program . An IBM Champion is an IT professional, business leader, developer, or educator who influences and mentors others to help them make best use of IBM software, solutions, and services. The interesting part is IBM Champions are not IBMers! IBM Champions have gone above and beyond to share their knowledge for the benefit of a wider community through their participation in communities, articles, whitepapers and speaking assignments. Out... [More]
Another edition of IBM Rational's Software Development Conference comes to you this year with more interesting topics, sessions, workshops and what not... Innovate 2012 is from June 3 - June 7, 2012. We have 400+ sessions this year with more in depth sessions about IBM Rational products and business value to your team, project or organization. As you all know Innovate has always been a developer's conference by developers for developers!! We have many interesting sessions coming up in the domains of Agile, Cloud, Systems Engineering in... [More]
The world of developing and testing today's composite applications is becoming more and more complex as new innovative software and solutions are being built and deployed to meet the needs of the business. This complexity is driving up the cost of quality in terms of both labor and test lab costs. Today's approach of adding more testers to projects in order to validate new functionality and ensure the existing continues to work as expected is reaching it's practical end of life. In addition to increasing labor costs, the effort and hardware... [More]
Looking for ways to save time, reduce effort and cut costs while improving quality is something all development organizations should be concerned with as project teams deliver software releases at an accelerated pace to meet the growing demands of the business. While reducing cost to the project and cutting risk for the business are key measurements in quantifying business results, customer satisfaction and a successful end user experience significantly contributes to a business gaining market share and competitive advantage. Bottom line -... [More]
As the need to rapidly develop and deploy quality systems and software grows, the world of testing and approaches used to validate the quality of these deployments is changing. Development and testing roles are continuing to blur and there is more and more focus on automation to increase team productivity and efficiency. Teams, now more then ever, are looking to adopt reliable optimized, collaborative and integrated solutions allowing them to focus on executing their activities while relying on the chosen solution to automatically capture or... [More]
In today's world of software development where the end result is often measured as business results or return on investment, there is an increasing focus on reducing risk and cost while delivering on the needs of the business. Development teams now need to react rapidly to change while adopting more efficient and effective methods for releasing quality software to production more frequently. Test teams are not immune to these shortened delivery cycles and many are struggling with implementing test practice improvements allowing them to keep... [More]
Leading analysts like IDC, Gartner, Forrester, Hurwitz and Ovum stresses on the importance of software quality management across the lifecycle and managing requirements based on accurate, real-time information. Gartner's report on Application Lifecycle Management and its effect on quality rates IBM as the #1 market leader. (Access the report here ) The major benefits that IBM’s solution reaps are: 1. Improves collaboration between requirements analysts, developers and test teams across geographical boundaries 2. Makes it possible to view... [More]