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"Computers make excellent and efficient servants, but I have no wish to serve under them."
"Computers make excellent and efficient servants, but I have no wish to serve under them."

The quote above is attributed to Spock from the original Star Trek Series. 

When looking at the churn that occurs on some projects some people can feel they are serving computers rather than the opposite. Because there is no forward thinking or planning, the project becomes a scramble for the answer that will work in the remaining time we have. Instead of making the machines serve the purposes of the project, the people are serving the machines in an effort to make them work.  Ultimately the machines do the work, but it is a long and avoidable struggle to get there.

If you or your organization is interested in a methodology that makes the machines serve us and not the opposite, send us an email or give us a call. 

There is still time to register and attend the Essentials of Test Leadership next week.  Call 416-809-5539.

 

Comunication Issues Solved
Development in one city and Quality Assurance in another with a language issue and conflict.  Sound familiar?  Many people have these issues when either Development or Quality Assurance is offshored.  There is a lack of communication; little time at either end of the day to communicate and frequent misunderstandings as to roles or what is being said.

The difference here was the cities were only about 3 hours apart by car, less than an hour by airplane and the languages were French and English.  Clearly an internal Canadian issue.

However, the problems were similar to many others:
  • Development felt that Quality Assurance was blocking items.  
  • Quality Assurance felt ignored.
The solution was to do the following:
  1. Get the two groups (or subsets of them) into the same room.
  2. Understand the issues (in case there were any underlying ones that we did not know about).
  3. Resolve the issues.
  4. Set up a communication process and expectation.
We have not heard anything negative since.  Visit our Consulting Page to learn more.
 
2016 Courses  See the schedule at our Events Calendar

There is still time to register for Essentials of Test Leadership next week ( April 27 - 28, 2016).  Call 416-809-5539 for information.

Courses to June 2016
  • Test Leadership
  • Bootcamp for Software Quality
  • Test Planning
  • Foundations of Test Automation
  • Web Application Security Testing
Don't see the Quality Assurance Course you need?  Give us a call and we will schedule one to suit your needs.

2016 QAI LVC Courses - Online - Instructor Lead 
LVC (Live Virtual Courses) available anywhere you have a connection to the Internet!
 
Session 2 - starts March 29, 2016.
CSTE Exam Preparation Course:  Prepare yourself for the CSTE Exam with this course covering all 10 Skill Sets and providing exam examples. Based on the 2014 STBOK.
CSQA Exam Preparation Course: 1 Prepare yourself for the CSQA Exam with this course covering all 10 Skill Sets and providing exam examples. Based on the CBOK.
CAST Exam Preparation Course: .  Prepare yourself for the CAST Exam with this course covering all 10 Skill Sets and providing exam examples. Based on the 2014 STBOK.
EMST - Essential Methods of Software Testing   Beginner and mid career testers can gain valuable information for better testing.

Visit the Training Schedule or Contact Neil Price-Jones.

 
Quality Assurance Solutions
 
Consulting

Quality Assurance Consulting is used to find problems, provide solutions and then a Road Map to get there.  We supply a custom solution tailored for each need, not a 'one size fits all' solution.  Consulting means exactly what it says in our definition.  We consult to provide the required solution and then a methodology to get you there.

NVP’s Consultants provide guidance to improve your processes and the quality of your software.

Benefits:

  1. More efficient IT service saving money.
  2. More effective IT service saving money.
  3. Resolves client dissatisfaction resulting in more business.
  4. Fixes where current processes are not working.

We know what to ask and what to do with the answers.  Contact us to improve your ROI.
NVP Blog
 
Current Blog Series':

Quality Assurance Assessments 



Testing Processes
 
Strategic Partnerships 

NVP Software Solutions partners with organizations that provide complementary services.

Contact us if you have a complementary service that would help both your clients and ours.
NVP Upcoming Presentations

We are presenting at ISACA on Thursday April 21, 2016   - Management of a Quality Assurance in an Agile Project

We will be at Project World/Business Analyst World on May 9, 10, 2016.
 April 2016 - Events, Meetings & Conferences    
 
Can't remember when the next meeting is.  Bookmark our Events Page and we will keep you up to date. 
 
KWSQA Monthly Meeting - next meeting is April 27, 2016

TASSQ Monthly Meeting - next meeting is April 26, 2016

London Tech Alliance  Peer-To-Peer
- TBD .   Contact us for further information.
 
2016 Conferences  
 
QAI QUEST - April 2016
KWSQA Software Quality Conference - September 2016
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