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April 2011

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Quality Development - A few best practices for distributed teams

Chris Pattinson – In the past month I’ve been helping a very large, worldwide distributed project (not RAD for those wondering - something new you’ll see soon) with several systems, focus on both quality and scope to a release date.  The team is passionate; it’s one of the things I love about ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Chris Pattinson @ 2011-04-07 00:36

January 2011

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Embarcadero Automated Test Model

Chris Pattinson – One ongoing goal of the QA organization is to keep test cycles as quick as possible, break down the tests into logical priorities to provide faster feedback, and provide concise and informative reports on test changes between builds.  While most teams already have some or all parts of such a system, ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Chris Pattinson @ 2011-01-26 22:45
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Embarcadero Annual RAD Studio/Delphi/C++Builder Quality Survey

Chris Pattinson – At Embarcadero, we take quality of our products VERY seriously, and are always seeking to focus efforts to providing the best tools to help you succeed in your work.  One of our methods to assess how we did is to collect information from our customers in an annual quality focused survey. Earlier ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Chris Pattinson @ 2011-01-21 20:15
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Automated Testing?

Chris Pattinson – Recently I’ve been reading up on posts from various QA boards and newsgroups, and often I see newer Software QA engineers making comments about automated testing and wondering why management is pushing so hard for "more automation". I’d like to share a few thoughts from my own experience ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Chris Pattinson @ 2011-01-06 22:35

December 2010

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Quality Assurance - Christmas Cookie Analogy

Chris Pattinson – Tis the season to don my chef hat and bake up a storm.  At this time of year I’m usually doing at least 4 types of cookies, and typically a pumpkin cheesecake for the family. This morning while driving in, I started to think how the art of baking cookies relates to software development. ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Chris Pattinson @ 2010-12-21 17:09
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A Tester is for Life - interesting blog post

Chris Pattinson – Recently I’ve been joining QA and Test related groups found on LinkedIn to try and extend my view of "what’s going on" in the rest of the industry.  One is simply called "Software Testing and QA" and has had some really interested content in the past month. One of them is this post: ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Chris Pattinson @ 2010-12-17 17:05
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Quality Standards

Chris Pattinson – Every so often, I am asked how Embarcadero leverages the many popular standards such as ISO, IEEE, CMMI and Six Sigma. These are really great resources, and I’d like to spend a few minutes introducing them, and talking about how we apply the concepts and principles at Embarcadero. IEEE ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Chris Pattinson @ 2010-12-01 23:31

November 2010

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Delphi Code Analysis - in RAD XE?

Chris Pattinson – Possibly one of the less known "really cool" features in Delphi XE and RAD XE are the built in audits and metrics allowing a developer to do code analysis. There are at least couple great sources describing this -  RAD Studio XE and Code Reviews: Moving from Subjective to Objective in Seconds! ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Chris Pattinson @ 2010-11-13 01:37
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Good read: "Making Software"

Chris Pattinson – Michael Froh, one of the R&D managers at Embarcadero suggested a fairly new book called "Making Software" a couple weeks ago. He knows I’m quite interested in continuous improvement, and even more so - studies and data on what other companies have found worked for them. Like component re- ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Chris Pattinson @ 2010-11-10 00:24

October 2010

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Embarcadero product certification testing

Chris Pattinson – Looking through our testing reference materials, I realized it’s hard to get a picture of all the activities that go into the release certification process.  I put together the following diagram showing primary categories of testing, to help in the high level planning for a release. The tasks ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Chris Pattinson @ 2010-10-14 00:40
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Delphi XE, C++Builder XE and RAD XE - older versions included!

Chris Pattinson – This might not be common knowledge, so it’s worth getting the word out - when you buy the XE versions of RAD Studio, Delphi, C++Builder or Delphi Prism you get a number of older versions with them. It’s great for current teams who need to add new licenses anyways, and enjoy both the ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Chris Pattinson @ 2010-10-01 01:54

September 2010

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RAD Studio XE, Delphi XE and C++Builder XE Review - Beta Tester Feedback Report

Chris Pattinson – We typically ask our beta testers for their final feedback on a release. For RAD XE, we have some of the best feedback we’ve ever seen and I definitely think it’s worth sharing. For a frame of reference, we had several hundred of our historically best beta testers in XE. We invited those ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Chris Pattinson @ 2010-09-10 17:46

August 2010

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RADStudio XE - Quality Review and Metrics

Chris Pattinson – Quality is always on our mind. For XE, quality has always been a major focus, and I’d like to share some of the data we look at internally to KNOW we’re on the right track.   Senior VP of Development Tony De La Lama presented the company focus on quality at Delphi Live at the morning opening ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Chris Pattinson @ 2010-08-27 19:33
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Embarcadero - Quality Central

Chris Pattinson – One of the advantages Embarcadero has in achieving great quality in it’s products is the Quality Central system. http://qc.embarcadero.com/wc/qcmain.aspx Quality Central is a public facing defect and feature request management system, that allows a strong tie between Embarcadero engineering ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Chris Pattinson @ 2010-08-10 19:23

July 2010

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Embarcadero Quality Review - 2009 to 2010

Chris Pattinson – It’s been a while since I’ve blogged, mainly since I’ve been working with many of the QA managers at Embarcadero in the past year to define, implement and improve on software development practices across the organization - and with some really great successes! Now is a great time ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Chris Pattinson @ 2010-07-30 00:29
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