6 Questions To Ask Before Releasing Software – Idexcel Testing Roundup

1. 6 Questions To Ask Before Releasing Software

Your team has been working hard, iterating on designs, and spending countless hours developing new features. The day has come and they’re finally ready to ship. But are things really ready?

How do you know when the software is ready to be released? Who gives the final thumbs up? And what exactly needs to be done prior to the release?

Just as you’re always working to improve your product, you should always be working to improve and optimize your release process. [Continue Reading…]

2. What is a QA Engineer?

ou may have noticed on your neighborhood software development team a few people where coding the product isn’t their main role. They aren’t artists, so you know they aren’t web designers on the User Experience team designing the user interface. They don’t usually gather the initial business requirements, so they aren’t business analysts. And every other word they talk about contains the word “test”: Test Matrix, browser testing, test strategies, test cases, test scripts, regression testing.

They are the Software Quality Assurance Engineers. [Continue Reading…]

3. Where Do Software Bugs Come From?

I was discussing the new program to guarantee bug-free software with a friend, an agile coach I respect. He pointed out that there are basically two places bugs come from: either a programmer screwed up, or there are missing, misunderstood, or misinterpreted requirements. According to my friend, the first group can be driven to near zero with modern techniques, while the second is “always ten years away.” [Continue Reading…]

4. 10 Critical Activities to Test Security of Mobile Applications

3G and 4G network enabled smart phones are today being used more and more for accessing the Internet, for performing financial, business, and social transactions, and for media consumption. However, the safety of the data being consumed by the end user using the apps distributed via mobile application stores, poses a big security issue.

To add to this, Gartner predicts that almost 25% of organizations will launch their own apps by 2017. [Continue Reading…]

10 Reasons You Should Use Staffing Firms

We live in an age that thrives on competition. Companies compete with one another in recruiting the best and the top talents. In the perseverance of finding the right talent, companies are increasing their use of staffing agencies. Placement firms are often sought after to find the right candidate be it temporary, contract or permanent because the companies do not have the time for the complete candidate vetting process. Yet another reason for the businesses and companies to seek staffing firms is that these firms give them flexibility to be fully staffed during times of work over-load and special projects that require additional expertise. In addition, temporary staff may reduce overhead costs such as overtime for regular full time employees. Staffing agencies provide employees in a wide variety of discipline to meet all needs of the business, they can cover the vacation or maternity leave of a regular employee, they can be recruited on a few hours a week or on a full-time basis.

Here are the top 10 reasons for any company to use staffing agencies

Staffing firms find talent fast

These firms find both active and passive talents and place them in the talent pool. An active talent is ready to take up the job immediately and the firm is ‘actively’ seeking an individual. At the same time, there are people who are currently employed but may be looking out for better opportunities. These passive talents are also looked at through online resumes, LinkedIn and other sources. Hence they can raise the overall quality level of every new hire.

Lower new employee overhead

The vetting process of finding a new candidate is both tedious and costly. Hiring a full time employee requires start-up costs, training, on boarding and various other hidden costs like figuring out if the employee is a good fit after being hired. Staffing firms absorb most of the initial hire costs like background checks, criminal checks and sometimes training costs too. And under cases of the hire not fitting in to the company, staffing firms guarantee an immediate replacement thus ensuring the company finds the right candidate with minimal costs.

An advantage over corporate recruiters

Top passive candidates especially with more years of experience seek the best third-party recruiters to keep themselves aware of the best opportunities; whereas corporate recruiters stick to the company that they represent. This acts as a huge advantage in finding top talents.

A very good quality of hire

Staffing firms utilize a talent pool ranging in thousands to find the perfect candidate to fit in the qualifications of a certain position. They are dedicated to finding the best match between the candidate’s job needs and that of the professional, thus ensuring a perfect fit.

Responsible for meeting all position qualifications with selected candidates

When a candidate is sent across on a temporary or contract basis, the company can train them him to suit its needs and decide whether the candidate is fit enough to be offered a permanent position. But if the company chooses to change the employee or terminate the contract altogether, a staffing firm alleviates the burden of un-employment claims too.

Understand real job needs and so will hire people who can take off smoothly and steadily

Staffing firms are well trained in understanding real job needs as well as the needs of the hiring managers. While corporate trainers rely on skills, experience and compensation to filter candidates, staffing company can filter high potential and diverse candidates with better expertise.

More time to source passive candidates

Due to their extensive networking and talent pool, external recruiters can find and convince passive candidates for better opportunities. While corporate recruiters spend bulk of their time in recruiting someone who is anxious to leave, staffing firms entice passive candidates with better opportunities.

Credibility with hiring managers

Staffing firms and external recruiters work more closely and more often with the same hiring managers. This develops a trust factor and an essential partnership. The firms are clear about the needs of the job and provide the right candidates and the hiring managers on the other hand can rely on these firms constantly.

The focus is mainly on placements ensuring the screening of the best candidates only

The best of external recruiters work with fewer high-quality candidates and manage the entire process from the beginning to the end. Due to this precise vetting in choosing the candidates, they need to present only three or four candidates for a placement in order for one to get hired.

The firms are more consultative rather than transactional

The best external recruiters focus on making candidates understand the long term career opportunities that come with the new job offer. This ensures that the hire will be more successful in the long run because the offer gets accepted based on actual job needs and upside growth opportunity, just not at the compensation package.

In conclusion, any company big or small benefits from using staffing firms. The process of screening becomes shorter which gives more time for productivity. The best of employees can be hired with little effort. Using high quality staffing firms that meet the above criteria should be a part of every company’s talent acquisition program. By paying their onetime fee, albeit a little on the higher side, the companies can ensure that they have hired the best people which is by itself a multi-investment that has excellent returns.

One Simple Way to Develop Vision

Visionary entrepreneurs, artists and notable figures are often perceived and described as geniuses. But are they? What they have, undeniably, is more vision than other people. Can you develop more vision? Yes.

A lot of posts promise that there’s a simple trick to doing something complicated. In this instance, however, it’s true.

Developing vision is pretty straightforward. It’s not about seeing. It’s about seeking.
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STPCon Spring 2016 | San Francisco, CA

Date : April 4-7, 2016

Location : San Francisco, CA

Venue : The Westin San Francisco Airport

The Leading Conference on Software Testing

Where Testers Come to Learn

The Software Test Professionals Conference is the leading event where test leadership, management and strategy converge. The hottest topics in the industry are covered including agile testing, performance testing, test automation, mobile application testing, and test team leadership and management. Attending this conference will help you meet your professional career goals and give you the opportunity to improve your software testing techniques; find the latest tools; discover emerging trends; develop new or improve existing processes; network and gather with other high-level professionals; and gain industry insight you won’t find anywhere else. [Know more about the Conference]

Where’s the heat in DevOps? – Idexcel DevOps Roundup

1. Analyst View: Where’s the heat in DevOps?

Consumers, empowered by rich software interactions with access to Internet resources, have never had more power or choices.

DevOps provides a set of practices and cultural changes—supported by complementary tools—that automates the software delivery pipeline, enabling organizations to win, serve, and retain these consumers better and faster than ever before.

Yet not everyone is ready for application delivery rates measured in minutes rather than hours, days or weeks. To understand DevOps adoption trends by industry and application type, Forrester looked at data from three distinct sources. [Continue Reading…]

2. Are You Ready for Your DevOps Transformation?

You’re done with missed release deadlines, long release cycles and risky releases. If your objectives are continuous application delivery to achieve fast feedback loops and reduced waste, DevOps practices provide the means to reach them.

DevOps is all about agile transformation, which reaches beyond agile development into production to achieve continuous delivery. DevOps practices provide help for the necessary next step after agile development to leverage the full potential of agile and avoid massive post-delivery changes through the development teams, but before they are ready to go into production. [Continue Reading…]

3. 2016 DevOps Predictions – Part 1

In the tradition of APMdigest’s annual list of APM predictions (link is external), DEVOPSdigest is hosting its first annual list of DevOps Predictions. DevOps experts — analysts and consultants, and the top vendors — offer thoughtful, insightful, often controversial and sometimes contradictory predictions on how DevOps and related technologies will evolve and impact business in 2016.

The predictions cover topics ranging from the evolving roles of dev and ops; to relationships within IT and with the business side; to the changing processes; to the innovative technologies that support them all. This is a vibrant list that reflects a growing movement with almost limitless possibilities.

Some of these predictions may actually come true in 2016, while others may be just as valid but take several years to be realized. Still others may be wishful thinking. But taken collectively, this list of predictions offers an insider’s look at what the DevOps experts are thinking about, planning, expecting and hoping for next year. [Continue Reading…]

4. 9 hidden Talents of Devops Ninjas

Devops is all about culture, with groups of teams working in concert toward a common goal. But as opposed to some workplace cultures, there are certain traits and talents all devops team members must have in common. You could be the best software developer or system administrator in the world, but if you don’t possess “devops talents” you’ll soon find that you stick out like a sore thumb and any devops shop worth its salt will likely give you the boot. [Continue Reading…]

5. Improve, automate, rinse and repeat: All aboard the starship DevOps

Steve Ballmer once famously ran around on stage screaming “developers, developers!” You never hear anyone jumping about shouting “sysadmins!” or “quality controllers!”. That’s because code conventional wisdom dictates that code trickles down from the ivory tower, while the boys in the engine room make like Scotty in Star Trek, doing their best to make it work.

That’s not going to fly any more, though.

As applications move online, people expect them to evolve at the same pace as consumer ones, putting development cycles under pressure. Phrases such as “continual improvement” are becoming commonplace. And one term more than any other underpins this movement: DevOps. [Continue Reading…]