This section provides a snapshot of testing problems found during a variety of consulting assignments throughout the United Kingdom and Northern Europe.
Composite TPI chart from a number of clients,2005–2008
Over an eighteen-month period I’ve been fortunate to have worked closely with the senior IT management of leading companies in a variety of sectors including investment banking, travel, mobile telecommunications,on-lineretail, and utilities(gas,electricity). This work includes assignments done in association with a wellknown London test house and one in Ireland.
The methodologies employed were a mix of agile, fragile andtraditional. Typically the technologies in use were mainly Microsoft-based,including Visual Studio Team System(VSTS),Team Foundation Server(TFS),SQL Server,Windows XP,and .NET with some use ofUNIX/Linux, Oracle databases,and Citrix Metaframe.Most engagements involved the ubiquitous test management tool–HP Quality Centre.
As I worked with these many companies,a pattern of behavior emerged as depicted in the composite test process improvement (TPI)chart. Essentially, where organizational and process maturity is relatively low, significantly more effort is needed to make agile methods work in practice.My observations over the past few years will probably not be a surprise to anyone working in the software testing field:
In summary, many of the agile projects I have been exposed to have suffered from
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