If you’ve used test case management tools before, you’ll understand that
there are a range of products on the market. There are old standards that
have been around since before the dawn of the World Wide Web, and there are
relative market newcomers that offer different levels of sophistication. Here
are the factors that make the difference between test case management tools
that help and those that hinder.
Test Case Management Tools Should Cooperate with Issue Management Tools
Your test case management tools should integrate with any and every tool your
organization uses to track both software development and software quality. If
your developers and project managers are using Atlassian to track feature
development, your test case management tools should be able to read data and
link between the various tools, such as Jira and Confluence.
Your test case management tool... (more)
Production Deployments Don't Have to Be a High Wire Act
By Dalibor Siroky
It's 3 am in California, and you are still awake trying to sort through a
release process that has been delayed by several hours. The deployment to the
main application cluster took several extra hours due to an unanticipated
problem with the servers, and now everyone is waiting on the lead database
administrator to call into a conference bridge so you can all move on to Step
53.5b of the deployment. Your production deployments always seem to be
problematic and this one might be the worst you've experienced... (more)
Six Roles Key to Enterprise Release Management Success
By Dalibor Siroky
Large organizations engaged in enterprise release management seldom have a
single "enterprise release manager." Instead of a single, "enterprise-wide"
responsibility, most large, decentralized organizations assign responsibility
for more strategic, release management functions to several existing roles.
An enterprise release management practice supports and is supported by the
following enterprise release management roles:
IT Portfolio Management - An efficient ERM practice provides portfolio
managers greate... (more)
When I talk to people about environment management I’m surprised by the
number of people who don’t understand how much they cost. In a large
it isn’t immediately obvious just how much a particular environment
costs. It isn’t like people announce how much a VM costs every time
someone spins one up to support a QA test. People using these environments:
the developers developing code and the QA testers checking features are
almost never thinking about the fact that a large staging environment has a
hefty price tag.
If you are an environment manager dealing with a 3rd... (more)
If your organization has moved to a public or private cloud you’ve had the
conversation about the scope of development environments. Should every
developer get an environment in the cloud?
Traditional test environment management has focused on QA and staging
environments for the qualification of software for release. Your development
velocity is a function of how quickly you can build and deliver software to
QA environments. Your release quality is a function of how accurately your
staging environments reproduce production.
The new question is this: do development environments fa... (more)