Elections are somewhat like Test Regression cycles; they can be a good thing because they make you think, or one would hope they do! However, when you have been through a few, the risk is your target audience becomes inured to the whole process instead of trying to get the best possible outcome. Which is the former could be to listen, debate and help people make an informed choice. In the latter one is looking to fulfil the tests which you need to be performed in the quickest, most efficient way possible.
In both circumstances, careful thought is needed as to how to achieve this best.
Both require several key elements to optimize the outputs. First good individuals who can work both on their own initiative and collaboratively as part of a team. Secondly, a good toolset. In the case of political parties, the traditional way of communicating is gone, modernity in the form of YouTube and social media needs to be embraced. The same can be said for testing teams too. If you hang on to historical methods of testing – or at least do not re-evaluate whether they are still suitable and deliver the required outcome, then you will be at a distinct disadvantage to your competitors who most surely will have done.
In terms of regression testing, it naturally follows that you wish to confirm the stability of the code and that things have not become worse than before. Choosing the right tool is essential. Tools need to be flexible and allow real-time access by all involved. Selecting a product which can easily adapt to your needs is also critical. Regression test cycles can be like electoral campaigns too in that they are time-sensitive. Therefore the need to be able to measure progress and evaluate results quickly continually is paramount.
After all, just like a political campaign no-one wants to be caught with their pants down literally or figuratively!
That is what is so good about Original Software’s pre-eminent project management tool Qualify. It encapsulates all of these elements. Its function-rich capabilities allow complete project track control from inception to deployment in a fully customizable way. Couple that with the full true regression testing capabilities of TestDrive and you have a vote-winning combination.
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Adrian Rogers is a QA specialist at Original Software.
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