Month: January 2015

Are You Testing Early Enough Into The Development Life Cycle?

Early testing

The earlier in development you can identify defects and design problems in your software, the easier, and potentially cheaper, it is to fix them. If something is going to fail, you want to know about it as soon as possible. That way you can find a new solution and not waste any more time going in the wrong direction. When waterfall was the dominant methodology, testing always came towards the end of development. The vast majority of companies have now made the shift to agile. However, elements of testing are often left until late in development and seen as an individual activity. If you don’t start testing early, you are missing out on many potential benefits. Leverage tester’s skills If you really want to get the best value from QA, testers should be in the software development life cycle right from the start. Experienced testers will do their homework and try to understand what key stakeholders and end users expect to see in the finished product. An early presence will also foster a greater understanding of the aims of your software and how development is being conducted. Tester input can be enormously useful in the early stages when the design is still […]

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Advice for Upcoming Grads: How to Land a Job in Software

job in software

Despite the recent economic downturn, technology remains one of the strongest growth industries across the world. In the US alone, IT jobs are set to increase by over 20% through 2020 — more than double the average for all other occupations. That’s not to say, however, that landing a job in software is easy. For those studying in an IT-related discipline and hoping to enter the job market soon, here are a few tips that will give you a leg up on the competition. Gain practical experience Your degree is proof that you’re a good study. What employers want to know is whether you can apply those skills to the work environment. This can come in the form of part-time work, volunteer work, internships or even a university project. Try to get as much practical experience as you can while you’re still in school. Ask professors if they know of any good internships available, take up a job over the summer or put in some volunteer hours, if you can. It will all help to show that you’re responsible, reliable and ready to land a job in software. Don’t be afraid to apply for jobs One of the biggest mistakes a fledgling […]

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