By George Wilson
The front page of the Telegraph this week carried a story on DIY online retailer, Screwfix.com. Shoppers couldn’t believe their luck when the retailer – selling everything from sheds to pricey power tools – cut all its prices to £34.99. Word of mouth meant people piled on to the site eager to snap up a bargain.
Most IT executives agree that any company that is able to rapidly deliver software applications of a consistently high quality within minimum budgets will enjoy significant competitive advantage. However, despite this, it is generally accepted that the challenges surrounding software quality remain untouched. Testing is still perceived as a huge bottleneck.
Software failures are costing companies significant amounts of money and damage to their brand, people are losing jobs and in some cases their liberty because of avoidable software failures!
Times are tough. You know it, I know it, your competition knows it and your boss definitely knows it.
It’s always amazing how every year the month of January sparks the desire in many people to reflect on past promises, challenges and successes. Once the moment has gone, a sense of clarity and a surge of determination takes root, and a new list of promises kick-starts a change and a passion to do well for the new year ahead.
Although this helps set about many good changes, trying to stick to these promises can sometimes prove quite a challenge! How many of you can relate to the the goal of, “I shall join the gym and get fit and healthy”?
Microsoft shot themselves in the foot with this embarrassing blunder that has definitely qualified for a spot in our Software Testing Hall of Shame!
A Microsoft antivirus definition file was the cause behind Google Chrome’s browser to disappear from users’ PCs!
Scores of users reported the deletion of the Google Chrome browser from their PC after running Microsoft’s Security Essentials.
There comes a time in every Software Tester’s career when test automation seems desirable. A QA utopia of shorter testing cycles and applications delivered on time! But unfortunately for most, that dream of application quality, as a result of more efficient testing through automation, has become more of a burden than a helping hand.
The news on CIO’s website of Tesco Bank having to issue emergency guidelines for Internet Explorer 9 users, made me chuckle.
Either testing on multiple browsers wasn’t carried out in full or the testing technology being used didn’t support IE9. Either way, Tesco Bank will be entering our ‘Software Testing Hall of Shame’ this week.
Our very own Colin Armitage, CEO at Original Software, took to the stage along with HP, IBM and Microsoft to discuss the latest trends and innovations in the world of software testing. Topics under discussion included manual testing, agile testing and how test automation can be improved. Listen to the podcast here.
How can today’s IT Leaders tackle the application quality challenges they face?
Our Software Testing Hall of Shame hosts a gallery of software glitches all serving to illustrate the importance of testing software. The latest addition comes from the London Stock Exchange where, billions of pounds worth of share trades were lost after the London Stock Exchange’s main trading system ground to a halt shortly after the market opened last month.
Dealers were left twiddling their thumbs and angry after the LSE officially called a halt to all trading on its electronic order-driven system.