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  • The end of test cases

    Test cases have served teams well as a tool to enable measures of quality over time, over many runs of those test cases, so the team knows (or should) roughly whether quality is getting better, worse, … more

  • Example: Fixing the Shopping Cart False Positive

    Last month I posted here about the false positive problem.

    Here is a specific example that I learned from a friend at Microsoft, where the false positive caused a defect escape:

    Imagine a shopping … more

  • The differences: Manual Test vs. quality automation

    In my last post I describe out the two kinds of automation that fit in the quality automation space.

    People who do quality automation (at least, the part of quality automation that drives and … more

  • The two halves of quality automation

    Quality automation is the domain (or problem space) of driving the SUT, measuring and recording data on SUT behavior and communicating that data to the business. I also use “quality automation” to … more

  • Fixing the false negative problem

    False negatives happen when these three things happen in order:

    Operations (ops) promotes the software to the next level, or ships it to end-users

    Someone (or, some automated process) discovers a … more

  • Fixing the false positive problem

    With all the quality automation that is your responsibility, a run of a check failed. It is your job to check it out.

    After 30 minutes or so of investigation, you find that the failure happened … more

  • To find a better solution, look to the bigger picture

    Last week I contributed at the annual global patterns conference, aka Pattern Languages of Problems or PLoP.

    The site is here

    We met this year in Portland Oregon. … more

  • No respect for QA … how to fix that!

    Three years ago, I overhead this in the hallway at a STARWEST conference:

    “I want to know why the QA team wasn’t represented in the go-no-go meeting this morning!”

    I was disappointed, but not … more

  • Don’t pick up Maslow’s Hammer

    There are some interesting memes bouncing around the software quality space.

    For example, the idea that analytics obviates verification; some people think that with good analytics, there’s no need … more

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