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Decision Tables as Acceptance Criteria?

Lately, I’ve been working on an Agile project where all the requirements are written in the user story and acceptance criteria format. The acceptance criteria on this project are really the meat and potatoes of the requirements. They tell the developers what to develop and how the system should act …

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Don’t Begin UAT Until…

As projects run long and budgets get tight, the first thing that gets squeezed is testing. Even with the best of intentions, the planning, design, and development phases often go longer than expected. In order to meet that precious target rollout date, testing can get rushed. However, it is really …

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A Layman’s View of a Great Tester

Over the last six months our project has deployed 2 major releases and 2 minor releases. Depending on how your organization is structured, Requirements analysts may or may not be part of the testing efforts. I have been fortunate to work closely with the testing teams as we tested and …

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The Black Art of Predicting Defects

I was recently asked on my project to  help predict, based on project history, how many defects the team would find in the remainder of the release.  Almost every project plan I’ve been on includes a task to address outstanding defects found during testing–and I’ve even done the estimating myself …

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