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Some ruminations about the process of testing ERP software systems

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  • Blog Post: Automation Accuracy

    To help drive test quality improvements, Dynamics CRM, Dynamics AX, and Dynamics NAV are using a metric that indicates the percentage of all tests that are passing or which fail due to a product issue. This metric is called Automation Accuracy (although Dynamics NAV has used the term Test Reliability...
  • Blog Post: Making Code Coverage Useful

    [This is an updated version of a note that was first published to a Microsoft internal blog in November 2008] There are many opportunities to misuse code coverage (see Marick 1999 or Lamey 2010). Focusing solely on code coverage numbers can lead to some very bad behaviors, but it does not follow...
  • Blog Post: Test Automation as a Product

    Treating test automation as a product changes the way we design and implement test code and helps to ensure that the tests provide cost-effective feedback for their entire lifespan. The time a test spends being used for the verification of new functionality is relatively short, but the same tests must...
  • Blog Post: Test Quality Metrics: Diagnosing the Problem

    A key attribute of test quality is that the tests must be effective, that is, there must be a high probability that they will detect defects in the product. Conceptually this is simple, but it is more difficult to come up with simple metrics that can be used to determine how effective existing tests...
  • Blog Post: Testing Efficiency and Effectiveness

    Efficiency was a recurring sub-theme at the Ørdev software conference in Malmö, appearing explicitly in at least five of the presentation titles. However, most of the speakers were quick to point out that efficiency has little meaning without a focus on effectiveness. Scott Hanselman ( http://www.hanselman...
  • Blog Post: Welcome

    I am finally taking the plunge and starting an external blog on software testing. My views on software testing have been acquired on the job during 13 years of helping to test a number of ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) systems in the Microsoft Dynamics family of products. I have worked on Dynamics...
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