I couldn't really find an exactly appropriate place to post a question like this, so I defaulted to the General Discussion forum.
Are there any forums that deal with QA in a given industry? I can see software geared towards the medical industry having specific concerns and challenges that are different from the financial industry, or a government project dealing with issues that a private software company wouldn't have to worry about.
I agree... but why only go as far as industry specific?
Every single project will have it's own specific concerns and challenges. But everyone can usually learn something from a project, no matter how different it may seem from their current project. That's my guess as to why there are no industry specific forums.
I agree with Nick,every project has its unique characteristics and even if we have forums for specific industry we are sure to miss out on something. Having said that I really like the idea of gathering domain specific knowledge and thats precisely the reason I have case studies section( http://www.testinggeek.com/casestudies.asp)in my website.
I am hoping that over a period of time this section will have sufficient information/guidelines for domain specific testing.
Most of my questions would be geared towards the financial industry.
I am beginning to establish a framework and testing guidelines in an organization that has undergone a similar situation to what happened in your TORG paper.
I'm just looking for financial industry software specific issues that need to be addressed from a testing viewpoint. I don't have any specific questions as of yet - that's why I posted the question in the General Discussion forum.
I agree with what everyone has said though, and I appreciate your comments.
I am currently working in the financial industry. However, the issues and software I deal with vary greatly from project to project. And my "financial industry" context is very different than most testers I've talked to that claim to be working in the "financial industry". I find more similarities in my current "financial industry" work to previous work in the "medical industry" than I find with others in the "financial industry".
While there are some things that may be common within an industry classification, most of the testing work I do has to be customized to the specific context of each project.
I don't see how a single set of guidelines or framework could be applied to something as broad as an "industry".
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I agree with Nick, every project has its unique characteristics and even if we have forums for specific industry we are sure to miss out on something.
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I'm not so sure. We do have a forum for Embedded Systems. Two other "specific" industries I've seen motioned in conferences are aviation and health care I assume because of their "regulations". I don't really know a lot about them, so I'm only guessing that a lot of (not all of course) their problems are not applicable to any other industry.
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I've worked on testing projects for 3 different finacial institutions, it seemed like the only common testing procedures across all 3 where regarding regulatory requirements and money laundering (which is probably a regulatory requirement).
I think you would find high-level process/practice commonality where discipline exists in terms of:
2) Requirements reviews, management and traceability
3) Design Reviews
4) Development standards and practices
5) Library and version control
... and so on.