Dream Crushing Mistakes: The importance of testing and quality assurance

A few weeks ago, Carnegie Mellon University released a statement that one of their programs mistakenly sent acceptance letters via email to about 800 applicants. What department would make such an error? None other than the Computer Science Department. We operate in a world where automation, speed, and ease are characteristics we want to apply to our daily work.…

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One Important Lesson from J.C. Penney

Earlier this week, J.C. Penney decided to bring Ron Johnson’s reign as CEO to an end after only 17 months on the job. This certainly wasn’t surprising based on their 2012 results – revenue down $4.3B, loss of nearly $1B, and a 50% drop in stock price. In all of the coverage of his downfall, one quote caught my attention from Bill Ackman, accomplished hedge fund manager who helped...

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Leveraging user experience design elements to improve software testing

Software tests are the final checkpoint for projects before clients and end-users of the system get a chance to take the application for a spin. As seasoned professionals in the field, we try to exploit every possible opportunity to improve test efficiency. Many different models, approaches and strategies have been tried – some with relatively better results than others.…

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