When Business Decisions Trump Technical Performance Scores

I recently decided to go through an exercise with our webmaster to ensure the best performance for the end user experience on our web site. The results are fascinating as the technical person in me wrestles with the business person in me.

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World Quality Report Review

CapGemini has released the 5th edition of their World Quality Report. This blog gives a high level overviews with come commentary.

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Northway Interviews Perfbyte’s James Pulley

Many people in the IT world know James Pulley as a thought leader regarding performance testing. We recently had a chance to catch up with James and ask him some questions about his views on the performance testing industry, as well as his involvement in the online show Perfbytes.

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The Music Business Can Teach IT About Survival

Those who are surviving in the consulting world of testing software do so for the same reasons as with the music industry. They have embraced the latest technology trends and have found ways to make it work to their advantage. They bring years of experience and best practices to get great results in shorter periods of time than those learning on someone’s dime. They are using social networking to connect with people, and are great communicators. And they will survive.

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Web Analytics Won’t Tell You Enough About Your Customers

Recently I found out what web site analytics couldn’t expose about a customer when they contacted me. I had to ask myself, “What makes Northway different?” Are we really that good at what we do, or is it just that everyone else sucks?

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HP QTP Training – Learn QTP/UFT from the Best HP Certified Instructors

In order to properly learn QTP/UFT and best practices around test automation, it is important to attend a well-constructed, formal HP QTP training class. A structured education can provide you with the foundational knowledge that is critical to automation success, and formal training will teach you the best practices needed to get the most ROI out of the tools.

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Preparing Applications For Heavy Load (online webinar replay)

The video replay and slide deck presentation for our 8/22/13 webinar on “Preparing Applications For Heavy Load” is now available via this blog posting. In this webinar we reviewed the importance of Performance Test planning and strategies to reduce the risk of your application failing under “point load” – expected or unexpected.

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Performance Testing 101: A Performance Testing Questionnaire

This is the seventh and final installment in a multi-part series to address the basics of performance testing applications. In this segment, we talk about compiling a performance testing questionnaire to help identify and meet the needs of the business.

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Agile vs Fragile: Strategies for breaking down the façade

Undoubtedly, some of you have made the determination that your team is not Agile, but is indeed Fragile. Some of you knew it before you even read any of the blog, but now are even more convinced. But what are you willing to do about it? Are you ready to break down that façade and begin the journey to changing from Fragile to Agile? If your answer to this question is yes, then I recommend the following strategies that can help you achieve that goal. This is not an exhaustive list that when followed will ensure with absolute certainty that you will transform your organization, but these strategies have been proven to help begin that transformation.

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Agile vs Fragile: Do testing tools have a place in Agile development?

In the traditional development space we are all very familiar with the testing tools that are available. We know about industry leaders such as HP Quality Center, QuickTest Professional and Performance Center. We understand the value they add to large projects and how they are essential to ensuring that the testing process is well managed and delivered. But what about Agile? Do these same tools have a place in the agile framework? Does the speed of Agile even allow for the use of testing tools? The answer to all of these questions is a resounding YES!

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