Metodologías TPI NEXT ® y Agile

Las empresas que quieren aplicar métodos ágiles han crecido exponencialmente en los últimos años. Por un lado, hay empresas que aplican el cambio de una forma híbrida para integrar modelos o para transformar su modelo hacia uno ágil (lo cual combina actividades del proyecto u organización en los dos métodos) y, por otro lado, están las empresas como “start-ups” que ya se crean con el método ágil. Read more

TPI NEXT®, estructurando los procesos de mejora

Cuando pensamos en una empresa que quiere mejorar sus procesos pruebas lo primero que se nos viene a la cabeza es la creación de un equipo de pruebas. Muchas veces estamos en lo cierto ya que, junto a la metodología, es el núcleo duro de nuestras actividades. Pero el éxito o fracaso de ese equipo depende de muchos otros factores. Aquí es donde entra en juego TPI NEXT®. Read more

PLAYING THE BLAME GAME

gro-septFrom time to time the testers (feel that they) get the blame for delays in projects. The impression is that we have not tested well enough and/or are delayed. Sometimes it is true – we are not prepared before the test period. Maybe we “guestimated” and not estimated the work needed to be done by the testers, and then copied old (not updated) test scripts with the approach test everything all over again. Quite often we even try to test systems with poor quality until (hopefully) the quality improves, and that can be a rather expensive approach (with low success rate). Read more

Agile Test Improvement: contradiction or two sides of a coin?

How valuable is thinking about test process improvement in a time and age where Agile is rapidly becoming the dominant mindset for software development? Are we evolving so fast that an approach towards test process improvement like TPI NEXT®, which was successfully launched in 2009, has become all but obsolete 4 years later? I think not. Read more

Testing is dead, long live the Tester

For many years Testing has struggled to become recognized as an IT competence in its own right. And we were successful, as indicated by for instance the number of dedicated testing vacancies or well attended test conferences. And for a long time the main focus was on the methodological side of Testing: TMap, TPI, ISTQB and many other methods or approaches were developed and refined. But with the advent of Agile development it became clear that the testing community needed to broaden its focus, methodology alone isn’t enough anymore. One of the aspects that is still in its infancy is ‘the human factor’ (in TMap terms, this means that we need to pay more attention to one of the essentials, namely ‘adaptivity’ … but now I’m taking a methodological approach once more!). Read more