SharePoint 2010 Performance Testing Tips and Tricks

On Wednesday, January 25th I will be doing a session on Performance Testing SharePoint 2010.  This free session is online with a 20 minute presentation and demo and then Q & A starting at 12:25pm. Join us if you are available and can attend. Contact Denise Faustino for information on how to log into the session.

Denise's contact info.

Email dfaustino@objectsharp.com

Toll Free: 1-877-So-Sharp

Local: 416-649-3690

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Test Scribe for Test Manager–how to change template

Shai Raiten has posted a blog on how to change the Test Scribe template. Test Scribe is a tool for turning your Test Plan in to a document. The default template can be changed to include or exclude information that meets your needs.

Check out Shai’s blog for instructions – How to change the Test Scribe template.

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Microsoft Impact award given to ObjectSharp

It was a great evening for ObjectSharp Consulting last night. At the Microsoft Impact awards ObjectSharp partners Dave Lloyd, Barry Gervin and Mike Green accepted the

 Partner of the Year award for Application Lifecycle Management.

Congratulations to Objectsharp and the Sharpe's.

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Microsoft TFS and QTP integration

If you do not have a profile on LinkedIn it is time to join. There are amazing groups that are sharing information, posting questions & getting answers for a lot of different topics.

On the Visual Studio ALM User Group Anna shared a blog she posted  “How to integration TFS and QTP

Other LinkedIn groups related to TFS are:

  • Visual Studi0 2010 Testing
  • Microsoft Visual Studio ALM + Team Foundation Server (Team System)
  • Microsoft TFS/VST Customization Experts
  • Microsoft Testing Visual Studio 2010
  • Microsoft Coded UI

There are also Agile groups:

  • Agile Testing
  • Agile Toronto

This in no way is a compete list.

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Exploratory Testing Blog by Anutthara

Anutthara is the Program Manager in the Visual Studio ALM Test Tools group at Microsoft. She is doing a series blog on Exploratory Testing. Anu's team does exploratory testing on all their projects and is well versed on the topic. Follow Anu's Exploratory Testing series by clicking here.

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Ladies learning code ….

It is amazing what a twit can do. Back in June 2011 Heather Payne twitted about a group of ladies in California that get together to learn how to code. The response was unbelievable. The first meeting to just talk about the idea rallied 85 people. The first session in Sept was sold out. The Ladies are learning how to code from scratch, no experience necessary by volunteers will to spend time training.

Did you know there is a 12% to 88% mix of women to men in the IT industry?

Ladies Learning Code website

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Agile with Microsoft Visual Studio

Sam Guckenheimer is the Product Owner of Microsoft Visual Studio product line. He has 30 years' experience as architect, developer, tester, product manager, project manager and general manager in the software industry worldwide.

Sam’s new book “Agile Software Engineering with Visual Studio: From Concept to Continuous Feedback” is a must for all to read. Available in paperback and kindle from Amazon.

Sam recently did a webcast for TesTrek 2011 in Toronto which is also well worth watching. Sam talks about Getting Agile with Testing.

“Testing is central to the success or failure of any organization adopting the Agile Consensus. A modern testing approach can be a great enabler of value flow, transparency and the reduction of waste. An outmoded testing approach can be a huge impediment and source of unending conflict. As testers, it's important that we be on the right side of the consensus and be the enablers. The alternative is untenable. In this session, we will explore fundamental principles of agile project delivery and discuss the impact on the QA lifecycle. “

If your in Toronto the week of November 7th sign up for TesTrek 2011 Conference where Sam is the keynote speaker. Dave Lloyd and I will be doing a hands on workshop on Exploratory Testing. There is lots happening this year at TesTrek check it out.

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The 10 Minute Test Plan by Jim Whittaker

Jim Whittaker recently wrote an article called The 10 Minute Test Plan. It is a must to read. If you’ve been in testing where you had to write a Test Plan you will be grinning as you read and nodding you head.

To get your interest here is the first 2 paragraphs of Jim’s article:

Anything in software development that takes ten minutes or less to perform is either trivial or is not worth doing in the first place. If you take this rule of thumb at face value, where do you place test planning? Certainly it takes more than 10 minutes. In my capacity as Test Director at Google I presided over teams that wrote a large number of test plans and every time I asked how long one would take I was told “tomorrow” or “the end of the week” and a few times, early in the day, I was promised one “by the end of the day.” So I’ll establish the task of test planning to be of the hours-to-days duration.

As to whether it is worth doing, well, that is another story entirely. Every time I look at any of the dozens of test plans my teams have written, I see dead test plans. Plans written, reviewed, referred to a few times and then cast aside as the project moves in directions not documented in the plan. This begs the question: if a plan isn’t worth bothering to update, is it worth creating in the first place?'

The Ten Minute Test Plan

The nice thing about using Microsoft Test Manager is my test plan is built in and I can update it as things change. I can use Test Scribe to output it to a word document is anyone does want to really read it.

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The Testing Planet– The Evil Tester Question Time

Just released the July edition of The Testing Planet.

The Testing Planet - Issue 5 - July 2011

Available for your Kindle

Testa … enjoy reading about testing by testers.

TesTrek 2011 in Toronto – Nov. 7th to 10th

Sign up for an Object Sharp workshop on Exploratory Testing at TesTrek 2011 in Toronto, Ontario on November 11th at 1:30pm. Myself and Dave Lloyd will be presenting plus giving you hands on experience doing exploratory testing. See how to overcome the challenges of tracking the steps you took, reporting bugs and retesting exploratory bugs.

Experience and Overcome the Challenges of Exploratory Testing

In 1983, the term Exploratory Testing was introduced. Prior to that, we called it ad-hoc testing. Exploratory testing is said to be a mindset, a way of thinking, freestyle testing that liberates the tester to explore. Testers, through experience, know their applications inside out; they are the users in reality. Freeing testers to explore and use the application has been proven to identify more bugs then traditional scripted testing. However, there are obstacles and challenges related to this freestyle testing. Join this workshop to explore those obstacles hands on and learn how we can overcome them. Explore an application with known bugs and see if you can find them.

  • Experience exploratory testing using the Microsoft Test Manager Tool.
  • Do your own exploratory testing on a Virtual Machine in the cloud.
  • Discover the difficulties of exploratory testing, how to track the steps, report the bug, and perform retesting.
  • Participate in idea generation for overcoming the issues of exploratory testing.

Sign up for the first TesTrek hands-on workshop.

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