Why it Pays to be a Leader in Embedded Software Testing

Traditionally, or say 10 years ago, most organizations were functionally separated, and there was rarely cross-departmental integration between software engineers, test teams, and IT operations specialists. Departments usually had contradicting goals: developers sought new features, operations strived to ensure organizational stability, and testers wanted to minimize risks. However, the changing technology environment necessitates a change in the approach to the whole software development process. Continue reading

The Value of Agile and the Start of a New Blog Post Sub-series

Every now and then, I come across some useful bits of information related to software engineering and outsourcing. Although they may not be needed for anything immediately, at some point, you will find out that you need them to better plan your project, estimate ROI, or prove some point. I decided to publish them in this blog, making it easier for anybody, including myself, to find and use retrieved figures and other research results any time.  Continue reading

Case Study: Testing Framework for Complex Medical Software Products

Development and implementation of a complex testing framework for sophisticated critical care products for the worldwide leader in medical device manufacturing.

The key features of the project include:

  • Ÿ100% coverage of functional test cases
  • Ÿ100% coverage of regression automated tests scripts
  • ŸThe integration framework with automated testing tools protocols
  • ŸDefinition of the test specifications and manual test implementation
  • ŸDesign and implementation of complex automated testing frameworks based on Rational Robot and CppUnit unit testing library
  • ŸDesign and implementation of several debugging and inspecting tools
  • ŸImplementation of Unit tests in accordance with high-level component requirements
  • ŸIntegration of resulted products into Customers components environment

Tools and technologies: ŸС++; ŸXML; ŸMVS 2003; ŸCppUnit; ŸRational Robot; ŸTeam city; ŸSCRUM Works

You can download full version case-study via link

Agile and (Offshore) Outsourcing: Aspect #2 – Distributed Agile

This is Part #3 of the series of posts devoted to combining agile methodologies with software development outsourcing. You can find Parts #1 and #2 here and here.

One of the main challenges in agile outsourcing is organizing the agile process (e.g., Scrum) in a distributed team. Typically, the Product Owner is on the client side, while the development team is on the provider side, often several time zones away from the client. The Scrum Master is normally residing with the development team, though some clients insist on using their Scrum Master. But let’s leave the remote Scrum Master situation for somebody else to dissect and concentrate on the ever-present issue: the remote Product Owner (PO). Continue reading