Churn, Churn, Churn
“Churn, Churn, Churn"

Is your project in churn mode?
Are you spinning your wheels without getting anywhere?
Is your Quality Control (Software Testing) entering panic mode (again)?

Many will recognise the reference here as taken from the song: Turn, Turn, Turn (To Everything There is a Season) which was popularized by The Byrds in 1965.  For those more familiar with food production, churn of course refers to the production of butter.

Either way, the problem of Churn in a project, whether it refers to constant change with little forward motion or how slippery the project has become is a common problem. And it tends to come to a peak at the time of Quality Control (Software Testing). Although anticipated and well known to the project team, the fact that there is almost no time left to complete the project and a lot still to do, causes a sudden concentration on the necessary items, accompanied by panic, late nights, the blame game, and sometimes the Project Saviour wearing a cape and tights.

Few like it and even fewer want to fund it.  In the current world economy, which still seems a little shaky, almost no one can afford to fund churn.  

Churn is easy to avoid and a colleague of mine did it quite successfully with support projects. He refused to fund the extra time required by churn until Quality Assurance techniques had been applied throughout the software development process.  The end result, after application of Quality Assurance techniques, was that the need for extra funding went away and many people saw their homes during daylight hours for the first time in many years.  

Even in small parts of the project which are supporting other pieces, churn can have large ripple effect and make the whole project late.


2015 Courses

Are you still working on your training budget or trying to determine what would be best in Quality Assurance and Testing?  Give us a call and see what is available.  We offer a lot of flexible options to suit any schedule along with a variety of instructors.

Summer 2015

We have a had a couple of requests for a CSTE Course to be held in either Toronto or Waterloo this summer.  If you have an interest in participating, please let us know immediately.  We need a couple more people to make it worthwhile and get it scheduled.

2015 QAI LVC Courses - Online - Instructor Lead 

LVC (Live Virtual Courses) available anywhere you have a connection to the Internet!
Plan your fall training now and get certified before the end of the year.
Session 3:
September 8, 2015 - November 24, 2015
CSTE Exam Preparation Course: 11pm - 12:30pm EST. 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: 12:30pm - 2pm EST. 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: 2:30pm - 3:30pm (First 6 weeks).  Prepare yourself for the CAST Exam with this course covering all 10 Skill Sets and providing exam examples. Based on the 2014 STBOK.
CMST Exam Preparation Course: 3:30pm - 4:30pm (First 6 weeks).  Prepare yourself for the CMST Exam with reading and then this course.  Based on the 2014 STBOK
EMST - Essential Methods of Software Testing -  2pm - 4pm (2pm - 5pm, first week only) (Last 6 weeks of Session 3).  Beginner and mid career testers can gain valuable information for better testing.

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Quality Assurance

Our last blog series involved  Quality Assurance for Startups.  This is the best and cheapest time to implement some initial Quality Assurance processes as discussed in the various blog posts.

Starting Quality Assurance
Starting Quality Assurance - Part 2

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NVP Software Solutions partners with organizations providing complementary services or products to aid in improving Quality Assurance and Quality Control activities.

We have been addressing Churn somewhere!  More in a short while.
NVP Upcoming Presentations

KWSQA Targeting Quality Conference

Friday, October 9 

Crowne Plaza, Kitchener, Ontario

Topic - Communications In Testing

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  September 2015 - Events, Meetings & Conferences    
KWSQA Monthly Meeting - next meeting is September 30, 2015
TASSQ Monthly Meeting - next meeting is September 29, 2015

2015 Conferences 

KWSQA - Kitchener/Waterloo - October 8 & 9 2015
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