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News and events

2010

Welcome to our news archive for 2010.

Our news pages list stories chronologically, the most recent appearing at the top of the list below. Expand each story to read it in full by click the "More information" button below each headline.

nFocus and Microsoft Jointly Sponsor Test Management Summit 2011

07/12/2010

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nFocus and Microsoft will be jointly sponsoring this year’s Test Management Summit which is being held at the Institute of Directors, Pall Mall London on 26/01/2011.

The Test Management Summit is aimed at senior testing practitioners and managers looking at trends, futures and the big issues.

“The Test Management Forum is a networking group that exists to support the needs of Test Management Professionals. The Forum meets quarterly with an annual Summit event in January at the Institute of Directors. Founded in 2004, the Forum now has over 900 members and is well-established on the testing conference calendar. The TMF has been generously supported by a wide range of tool and service vendors which allows us to offer delegates free entry to the quarterly events. The price of the Annual Summit is far below comparable, for-profit conferences.”

What delegates have said about the event:

  • "What a refreshing event. The topics were relevant to today's challenges, the discussion was inclusive, lively and informed and there was sufficient time for informal networking too. A very rewarding way to spend an afternoon".
  • "I found it very useful in all aspects of content, presentation, membership etc. Many thanks again and I look forward to future meetings."

Please see related articles for the nFocus session and workshop at this year's Summit.

For ticket information, and to book your place please click here.

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Getting the Most Out of Test Within Visual Studio 2010, in the Azure Cloud!

04/10/2010

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With projects moving to more iterative approaches like agile, why should I tightly integrate testing into the application lifecycle, and how can I use Visual Studio 2010 to help me?

We have come a long way from the days of testing coming last, after report generation, within the development lifecycle. Agile development practices and tooling have reaped many benefits but how do we ensure that testing is integrated end-to-end throughout the lifecycle? How can testing benefit from the same high class tooling and become a first class citizen?

Session 1

"We want to be together", why is it important that test is integrated into the application lifecycle?

This session will take a historical view of testing to help look towards the future. It will look at how testing should be approached in today’s more agile development environments to help demonstrate the importance for testing to be integrated into the application lifecycle. This will of course investigate the importance of tools to help us achieve these high levels of integration.

Session 2

Demo… A day in the life of a tester and a developer in the world of Visual Studio 2010, in the Azure Cloud.

In this session we will demonstrate some of the most important features of Visual Studio 2010 in a cloud environment. We will also take a light-hearted look from both the tester and developer perspective at the full application lifecycle; from building the test plan right through to accepting and deploying the build. These are some of the features with VS2010 that we will examine:

  • Test Manager
  • Test Impact Collector
  • Rich, editable bugs
  • Using Visual Studio 2010 in the Azure Cloud
  • And more...

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New September Software Testing Strategy Workshop Date Announced!

02/08/2010

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Software Testing Strategy Workshop: September

Date:28/09/2010
Time: 09:30 - 17:00
Course Leader: Sam Clarke, Principal Consultant, nFocus Ltd
Venue: Intellect Conference Suite, Russell Square House,10-12 Russell Square, London WC1B 5EE
In association with: Intellect

Who is it for?

Senior personnel in a growing software development or services company who have an active interest in implementing more predictable, pragmatic, cost effective and efficient testing of their product set.

What is it about?

Are you confident that the new release of your product or service continues to meet the expectations of your clients? Are your key people increasingly tied up with testing? Do your clients ask how your product is tested? Do you have issues with cost of rework due to defects in your product?

A Software Development company’s success is often driven by the sale of an innovative or niche solution to a business problem. The reliability of the first release of the product will generally be high due to tenacious testing by the core team of developers, manual writers, sales and marketers. However this success will bring with it customer demands for changes to the product; examples include improvements to functionality, security, scalability and diversity of operating environment to name but a few. With change comes the risk of adversely impacting the quality of the product or service.

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nFocus at WPC10

22/07/2010

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nFocus was lucky enough to attend the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference in Washington DC this year and there was loads of great keynotes, sessions and networking. We were even treated to a keynote by President Bill Clinton at the Verizon Center

Brad Brooks (Corporate Vice President, Windows Consumer Marketing) introduced some of the Personal cloud stuff and I have to say it sounds great. All your consumer devices interconnected with your own personal cloud, syncing seamlessly, it’s like live mesh on steroids! They demo’d Kinect™ for Xbox 360 which went down a storm with the audience but I’m glad I have mine on pre-order, can’t wait for November, this device really rocks!!

Brad Books - Personal Cloud photo

Brad Books – Personal Cloud

Well, we managed to find one chat on Software testing by the one and only Brian Keller (Technical Evangelist for Microsoft Visual Studio), he demo’d Visual Studio 2010 testing tools in a rather small room with a poxy little screen but still managed to pull it off – I just had to get a photo with him :)

Brian Keller from Channel 9 photo
Brian Keller from Channel 9

My personal fav, Kevin Turner COO for Microsoft, I always love this guy and this time round he did not disappoint. He attacked their competitors Apple, VMware, Linux, Oracle and Google and painted a picture of how Microsoft's strategy for mobile, desktop and cloud will allow them to beat their top competitors. Turner also described market share gains against Google, VMware and even Apple (picture below taken on my Apple iPhone 4)!

Kevin Turner COO for Microsoft

Kevin Turner COO for Microsoft

I have to say one of the highlights for me was the UK party, a much sought after event with people from all over the world trying to gatecrash (they did let Jon Roskill in though). It was a 007 Casino Royal theme and everyone had a great night although I wasn’t to sure why they had a Dame Edna Everage impersonator roaming round, that was somewhat surreal!

Danny Crone and Jon Roskill at the UK Bond Party

Danny Crone (Technical Director for nFocus) and Jon Roskill (Corporate Vice President for the Worldwide Partner Group) having a good time at the UK Bond Party.

So roll on WPC11 which is due to be hosted in Los Angeles…

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nFocus to facilitate Intellect Software Testing Strategy Workshop: April 2010

25/02/2010

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"Reduce risk and increase your confidence that the quality of your software product is at a known quantifiable level."

Senior personnel in a growing software development or services company who have an active interest in implementing more predictable, pragmatic, cost effective and efficient testing of their product set.

Who is it for?

Senior personnel in a growing software development or services company who have an active interest in implementing more predictable, pragmatic, cost effective and efficient testing of their product set.

What is it about?

Are you confident that the new release of your product or service continues to meet the expectations of your clients? Are your key people increasingly tied up with testing? Do your clients ask how your product is tested? Do you have issues with cost of rework due to defects in your product? A Software Development company’s success is often driven by the sale of an innovative or niche solution to a business problem. The reliability of the first release of the product will generally be high due to tenacious testing by the core team of developers, manual writers, sales and marketers. However this success will bring with it customer demands for changes to the product; examples include improvements to functionality, security, scalability and diversity of operating environment to name but a few. With change comes the risk of adversely impacting the quality of the product or service.

The challenge is to continue to respond to market demands in order to retain and grow market share whilst not compromising the reliability of new and existing function; therefore testing becomes a critical success factor putting a strain on limited resources.

Industry standard test strategies, processes and procedures are often seen to be too costly and unwieldy for the smaller organisation. However these sound testing principles can be adapted and applied by using a scaled down approach.

This course takes you through the key aspects of forming a test policy and strategy allowing you to establish your weak and strong points and a plan of action. In essence a process of “getting to know what you don’t know” so that informed decisions can be taken on appropriate investment in testing.

The workshop approach allows interaction between attendees establishing common issues and their solutions. The class will be run as a sequence of short talks each followed by an interactive session allowing delegates to focus on areas of common concern. In addition to class material the key discussion points from the day will also be documented and circulated to the attendees.

How do you benefit?

Delegates attending the workshop will take away knowledge and information which can immediately be used to commence development of a pragmatic test policy and strategy covering:

Project related activities

  • Objectives of testing
  • Development and test process including Agile and Scrum
  • Scope of testing
  • Constraints
  • Dependencies
  • Management of risk, quality, dependencies and assumptions

Test Approach

  • Test strategy, analysis, preparation and execution
  • Test environments and data
  • Use of tools, roles and responsibilities
  • Deliverables

Test Management

  • Assets
  • Test incidents
  • Priorities and focus
  • Reporting
  • Quality management
  • How does your company benefit?

    • Saves research time and money by enabling you to quickly understand the strengths and weaknesses of your testing and what to improve
    • Faster time to market by applying integrated, consistent, efficient and effective testing supported by objective information
    • Establish market differentiator by having the ability to demonstrate to clients that testing is an integrated key process
    • Improved project discipline leading to less risk of missing deadlines and cost overruns
    • Reduced dependence on key skilled staff for testing
    • Lays the foundation for employing the latest testing processes, tools and techniques

    Date:28/04/2010
    Time: 09:30 - 17:00
    Course Leader: Sam Clarke, Principal Consultant, nFocus Ltd
    In association with: Intellect
    Venue: Intellect Conference Suite, Russell Square House,10-12 Russell Square, London WC1B 5EE

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nFocus and Microsoft to facilitate session at Test Management Summit 2010

12/01/2010

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"It’s testing Jim but not as we know it..."

The challenges of applying test discipline in the world of agile projects continues to be problematic. Sam Clarke, nFocus Principal Consultant, will explore how tightly integrating testing into the application lifecycle can protect the reputation of the business. This approach will be demonstrated using a state of the art Application Lifecycle Management tool which supports development and testing in a dynamic changing environment.

Giles Davies, Development tools technical specialist from Microsoft, will be running through some of the key testing features in Visual Studio 2010 to demonstrate how testing can be tightly integrated into the application lifecycle.

Date: 27/01/2010
Time: 09:00-18:30 plus the option of dinner
Location: Institute of Directors at 116 Pall Mall, London
Price: Summit £75 plus vat, Dinner £35 plus vat

For more information on this year's Test Management Summit, and for booking information, please click here.

Sam Clarke Bio

Sam has 40 years experience in IT. He specialises in IT related testing and has a proven record of defining, implementing and managing testing strategies for proprietary software development, banking, insurance, utilities, manufacturing, retail, and telecommunications. He uses his consulting experience to review and report on an organisation’s testing processes giving options for improvement where necessary. Sam is skilled in facilitation of workshops covering project definition, project risks, test strategy, problem solving and quality improvement. Now a Principal Consultant at nFocus, his background includes consultancy and test management at IBM Global Services and IBM Product Development. He’s a popular and well known speaker having presented at several UK, European and international testing and quality conferences.

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Testing Specialist nFocus Ltd Joins Microsoft Inner Circle Partner Program

07/01/2010

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nFocus Limited announced today that it has joined the Microsoft Visual Studio Inner Circle partner program. With almost 270 partners, the Visual Studio Inner Circle partner program provides technical and marketing support to partners who have developed consulting service lines based on Visual Studio.

Ross Lister, managing director of nFocus Ltd. explains, “As a testing specialist, nFocus is very excited about the Visual Studio 2010 launch and also Microsoft’s focus around Application Lifecycle Management (ALM). The powerful new integrated testing tools in Visual Studio 2010 will ensure that our clients’ applications are tested from the outset, which we have learned saves time, money and possibly a few reputations in the long run.

Lister continues, “This new level of partnership will allow nFocus’ to be sure that its clients build the right application the right way using manual and automated testing tools, which are now an integrated pillar of ALM.

“nFocus has a unique set of software and systems testing services that will help our customers focus on business requirements and increasing productivity,” said Tom Honeybone, senior director of Marketing and Business Development at Microsoft Corp. “Microsoft is delighted to add nFocus to the Visual Studio Inner Circle partner program.”

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