Architectures for Good Software Testing – Part Five (Production Environment)

The Production environment must be considered “sacred”. If the previous processes have been conducted thoughtfully and with a huge amount of dedication and hard work, the application that finds its home in production should make work easier for the end user. It must be remembered that the end user pays the bills. The value the

Architectures for Good Software Testing – Part Four (Staging Environment)

The Staging Environment serves as a place to hold tested applications until deployment schedules are established. It is possible some customers will not want a certain release. It is also possible that customers cannot accommodate a release as soon as it is available. The staging server is like a refrigerator where certified applications may wait

Architectures for Good Software Testing – Part Three (Quality Assurance Environment)

My father-in-law was a well known Slovenian metal sculptor. He would heat, pound, weld, pound, re-heat and re-pound his scrap mettle until it became an amazing work of art. I see quality assurance in much the same light. The QA team must “pound away” at the application until a master piece arises out of the

Architectures for Good Software Testing – Part Two (Development Environment)

One of the most important issues with development environments is “gold plating”. To put it simply, this is when the developer tries new technologies, or approaches to make his job more interesting or challenging. If the enterprise does not allow the individual developer to learn and expand their knowledge they will have an unacceptable high