Building software is not an easy process. There are many obstacles that can get in the way of delivering a great product in a timely manner. The intent of this paper is to share one companyâ€™s experiences with getting better software out the door. This paper does not give you the silver bullet, instead it will provide ideas that you can take away for your shop. We do not formally subscribe to any one methodology, but we endeavor to use Agile processes, and we are tweaking the process as we learn from each subsequent release that we work on.
While we have had some great results, the focus of this paper is on the little things that gets us those results. The ideas in the paper are presented in more of a cookbook style where the results are more about the preparation and ingredients, rather than sticking to any pre-determined step-by-step process. The execution of the process is an important step, but without good ingredients, sometimes you get less than stellar results. We are still tweaking the final concoction, but our base recipe is fully cooked. Think of this presentation as family favorite recipe for which you can add your own flair.
Alan Ark is the QA Manager at Compli, in Portland, Oregon. Alan has gained tremendous experience working for Unircu, Switchboard.com, and Thomson Financial – First Call. While at Thomson, Mr. Ark presented â€œEuro: An Automated Solution to Currency Conversionâ€ at Quality Week â€˜99, detailing how an automated test suite written in Perl was used to save the company great embarrassment. Currently, Alan is teaching his staff Ruby to speed up the test process.
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