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Thread: Why test?

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    Why test?

    I have to do a presentation, proposal is a necessary fast-track approach. I've been asked to include as first (Powerpoint) slide one titled, WHY TEST? I need six or seven really pertinent bullet points and the obvious quality assured things apart, am stumped (not like me!). Any bright ideas for short, snappy bullet points?
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    Re: Why test?

    I did a presentation once, and rather than take the "Why Test" approach, I had a slide titled "Why we should omit testing this release" (or something like that).

    It was a long time ago, but the bullet points were along the lines of:

    - No one here ever makes any mistakes
    - Our customers don't really mind finding bugs for us
    - This release isn't really important anyway
    - No one likes perfection
    - The Customer Support phones aren't busy enough
    - Emergency Patch releases are more fun
    - We'll ship much faster if we don't have to waste time fixing bugs
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    Re: Why test?

    jstrazzere:

    Really liked your bullet items, but some of the flaky managers I have seen may agree with most or all of them.
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    Re: Why test?

    If your approach is fast-track, I might include:

    - Ensure major functionality is operational,
    suitable, and stable prior to production
    - Provide clear picture of the state of the
    system prior to management go/no go decisions
    (risk management)
    - Assist development staff to locate/fix critical
    errors prior to production
    - Assist customer support/production support by
    providing list of known bugs/workarounds prior
    to production
    - Reduce project costs associated with fixing
    errors found in production (can run up to
    200% more than errors fixed in earlier stages)
    - Increase user satisfaction and confidence


    - Linda

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    Re: Why test?

    Goldrush

    I assume you are presenting to a less quality enlightened group, so I suggest you express it in their terms.

    1. Crediability with customers
    2. Minimise re-work
    3. Minimise revenue Leakage
    4. Maximise Customer Satisfaction
    5. Minimise support calls
    6. Reduce cost of delivery of customer service

    Many of the responses above are preaching to the converted, its others in an organisation that usually need the convincing and in a language that they understand ! You need to look outside of your own area and see what is important to the organisation and show how quality improvements add real value !
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    Re: Why test?

    Originally posted by rtehve:
    I assume you are presenting to a less quality enlightened group, so I suggest you express it in their terms.

    1. Credability with customers
    2. Minimise re-work
    3. Minimise revenue Leakage
    4. Maximise Customer Satisfaction
    5. Minimise support calls
    6. Reduce cost of delivery of customer service

    Its others in an organisation that usually need the convincing and in a language that they understand! You need to look outside of your own area and see what is important to the organisation and show how quality improvements add real value!
    <font size="2" face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica">This is exactly what needs to be relayed to the management. Put it in dollars and cents (or pounds or whatever monetary denomination). Also, do not sell it as cost savings, but cost containment. Good luck [img]images/icons/cool.gif[/img]

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