Archive for December, 2011

Top 10 Software Failures of 2011

We came across an interesting blog this week. Its content gives the folks at Original Software a multiple number of examples that make it to our “Software Testing Hall of Shame” as 2011 draws to a close.

Phil Codd, Managing Director at SQS, lists ten software failures, as voted by Consultants. We think it’s great as it highlights the damaging effects of inadequate software testing and the ramifications on the company at fault.

So go on folks, have a read and make sure you make application quality a number 1 priority for your application delivery team in 2012!  “Top Ten Software Failures of 2011″

Have a happy holiday season everyone and may 2012 be risk free and healthy for both you and your software.


A Testers Winter Tale How the Grinch Stole Scripting!

Every Tester in Testville liked testing a lot.
But the Grinch, who sat north of Development – did not.
The Grinch was a Tester and he hated the whole damn lot!
Now, please don’t ask why; no one quite knows the reason.
It could be, perhaps, that his shoes were too tight.
Or it could be that his head wasn’t screwed on just right.
But I think that the most likely reason of all,
May have been that he sat alone near the wall,
Testing all night!
He looked such a fright!
Throwing quality away as the changes came again.
And there it sat on the shelf collecting dust.
Test Automation, “Oh what a fuss!”
How it failed to deliver him from his testing damnation.
So he finished his email with a large exclamation: “No not another software release!”
Staring down at his desk in QA with a sour grinchy frown,
He observed busy Testville and its Testers in town.
For he knew that every Software Tester was busy right now, testing the winter release.
Would there ever be peace!

With a focus on test automation software, we have published a seasonal Original Insight, aimed primarily at QA Management, that borrows the story of the Grinch* and highlights the challenges of software testing and the damage that can be done if the business gambles with software quality. It attempts to outline the main benefits of test automation in conjunction with pragmatic advice on software testing, whilst illustrating the negative impact that current dominating testing tools have had in the application quality lifecycle.

If you have a good sense of humour and believe that software testing does not need to be dull, this Original Insight is one for you to read! :)

The paper can be downloded as a PDF at:

I hope you enjoy reading this paper and let us know your thoughts!

*Originally from the children’s story by author Dr. Seuss, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas”.

Agile is Difficult and for Life, Not Just for Christmas!

Agile testing can be a challenging process for anyone who is either new or experienced with agile methodologies. Our research shows that some companies are true Agile (with a big ‘A’) and some have chosen to adopt a hybrid approach of agile and waterfall. There are even some that have given up on agile all together due to the challenges faced. We say: “Don’t give up on agile!”

Join Original Software for a quick webinar, just before the holiday season begins in earnest, where you will learn how to get the most from your software testing in an agile environment. George Wilson will give pragmatic advice to ensure that application quality isn’t compromised in agile. He will also offer ways to make sure that your manual agile testing is effective and actually assists in your ultimate move to agile test automation utopia!

Register today to secure your place. Even if you can’t make it, it is still worth registering so you can view the webinar recording at your leisure.


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