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My grandma did not test your OS

December 28, 2011 3 comments

About the title, I was inspired by Alexis Ohanians talk at this years Öredev, Only your mom wants to use your website. And just to point out, the story below is not strictly chronological.

My grandma is not very much of a technician. Yet she uses her computer and Internet every day, all day long. To do what? Listen to the Icelandic web radio of course, sharing her digital photos through email and play hearts, spider and winmine amongst other things. Any of these tasks must be enabled in the least amount of scripted steps to achieve as there is no room for exploration when grandma uses her computer. I have to do the exploration. Read more…

Developers exploratory testing – Expanding its value

December 17, 2011 6 comments

This post was also published on my company blog.

There is a common practice in our company to perform Developers Exploratory Testing sessions, explained by my colleague Davor here. The cool thing is that this way of performing higher level testing has actually become accepted by our developers, and they really enjoy it.

In my current work of developing our organization wide practices for quality, I have made a deep dive into how DET is carried out on a regular basis. What I have seen is that DET is accepted and acknowledged as a valuable practice, however it is not really carried out in its full potential. There are many details and aspects of it to work on, especially regarding reporting and follow-up.

The other day I was asked to help one of our teams with a DET session. Read more…

Organization wide test strategy – Step1 – Deriving our quality values

December 1, 2011 Leave a comment

This post is originally posted on our company blog, any feedback is greatly appreciated.

Our company has moved more from delivering individual consultant services to taking whole in-house product commitments delivered as a service to our customers. During the last months we have also been in a process of re-evaluating the core company values. Through this values work it has been clear that we want to feel proud about the quality delivered to our customers.

The transition in itself has evolved in a good agile manner, where a bigger quality initiative was a natural step forward. My first task was to investigate the current (not explicitly stated) quality values and propose an organization wide quality vision which has been lacking. This post will explain what I have done so far and the further work on it. The further work consists of defining models and activities to use in an implementation of our values.

Since quality covers many aspects of software development, it was clear at an early stage that our present status was not always that the product itself was of bad quality. Sometimes the development team think the quality is bad but the customer is happy, and sometimes the other way around. It actually goes down to managing the expectations of all stakeholders (team, customers, end users etc) and maximize the perceived quality accordingly.

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