What ive learned about agile testing

В рубриках: Automobile | Автор: admin 23.12.2011

What Ive learned about Agile Testing

I started on an agile team last August. In the past few months, I’ve be exposed to a wide range of agile-ness as we have learned to adapt it for different projects and struggled to make it work for us. I have found great worth in some of its practices, and unfinished mess in others. As a team, the company has had to switch practices and courses a few times. The cool thing is that we are able to. No one is so stuck on procedure as to not admit that it could use tweaking. And where procedure was too lax, people have asked for more.

Here is what I’ve learned as the QA department has grown up and around the development teams:

- Agile doesn’t mean “No Processes” it just means flexible processes

- Documentation is more a struggle. Shortcuts made in the name of agileness and flexiblity have been huge road blocks in my testing effort. We are still sorting out the right place for them. Something that allows for creativity and adjustments, but still leaves us with a solid document to test against.

- Trying to keep meetings short by cutting out discussion is pointless and unhelpful. Structuring meetings to allow for quick agendas and then discussion time is priceless.

- Transparency between departments and code reviews are QA’s best friend, even if it takes more time at first.

- Short iterations mean quick test cycles. This means you need to have as much ready before had as possible – test plans, test suites – both automated an manual, report templates etc can all help keep you on track.

- Managing an agile team means knowing when to step back. The team is responsible to each other, not to you.

- Be flexible. This should be obvious, and maybe it is to some. But in my experience, learning agile meant learning to contort your testing efforts to the time and space available. That doesnt mean you should let your team get pushed around, but it means that you have to be willing to do the agile dance along with everyone else.

- QA needs to make its needs known. Don’t let yourself get deadlines pushed back and back until you are the one left struggling to pick up all the slack. Just because deadlines can change mid cycle now, doesn’t mean that your team has to sacrifice thoroughness in the name of changing requirements and speed.

- Communication is even more important – with things changing and people having so much freedom with their work, if you have a bad communicator, your whole project is at risk.

I am sure this list will grow in the coming months. For those of you who are new to Agile testing- what have you learned? Was it what you expected? Have there been any roadblocks on your project?

Alabama salvage yard recycling

В рубриках: Automobile | Автор: admin 12.12.2011

Alabama Salvage Yard Recycling

A salvage yard is an establishment used to store old, or non-functioning vehicles. These unused automobiles may be used for scrap metal or for their parts that may be resold if they are still in good working condition. Many auto recycling plants today do not operate as they did in the past, instead they are better organized and may often have grand showrooms so that customers may view the available parts that are put on display. Some salvage yards also employ sophisticated technology which includes  the use of a coding system. Special codes are placed on all automobiles and then stored in a computer database. This allows salvage yards that implement this technique in a state like Alabama to connect via a network with other salvage yards nationwide.

There are multiple salvage yards that specialize in the resourceful recycling of parts. However before this can be carried out there are special licensing requirements that are needed before the parts can be sold for profit. This sort of licensing practice is not limited to Alabama but is also necessary in other states across the nation. Licensing guarantees that certain standards and codes of conduct that govern the storage and resale of parts are met. To locate salvage yards in Alabama you may use the internet which has numerous listings of  salvage yards in the  state. You may also use a local directory.

Once you are  in the market for parts  it is wise to do a lot of comparison  shopping. You may need to  call  many salvage yards to get the best deals. However if you own an autmobile that is not commonly driven in the United States then you may experience some difficulties  searching for the corresponding parts. Most people who use salvage yards have found that the prices are fairly reasonable and worth the extra effort.

Toyota dealership near augusta ga information

В рубриках: Automobile | Автор: admin 09.11.2011

Toyota Dealership Near Augusta Ga Information
Toyota Dealership Augusta GA
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As far as the autos that we provide, for both new and used cars, they are something you will definitely enjoy and trust. For new cars, we provide Solaras, Corollas, Camry Hybrids, FJ Cruisers, Tundra Double taxis, and even Scions. We offer used automobiles also plenty of which should do the same job for a less expensive cost. The numerous cars tat we offer to our shoppers have been pre-checked before we display them. You’ve got nothing to fret about when it comes to the automobile that you buy, and if something goes belly up, we will be able to fix it.
Have you heard about a shopper service that only tries to essentially help the customer? We have. At this Toyota Dealership in Augusta GA, we’ll do our best to help you in every way that we can. The services that we offer include full service repair [*COMMA] oil changes, and we even offer a method to hire a automobile from us.
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Virtual world virtual car dealerships buy online through car finder services and save money

В рубриках: Automobile | Автор: admin 09.10.2011

Virtual World, Virtual Car Dealerships – Buy Online Through Car Finder Services And Save Money

Everyday, the world of the virtual marketplace gets more real. Dealers, owners, salespeople and services around the world are learning the value of putting their stores online. The automotive manufacturing, marketing and dealership sectors have a greater reliance and expertise in knowledge management than any other industry. This extends to viable E-commerce and cutting-edge online presentation of value-added products. In October of 2005, the New York Times reported that according to the National Automobile Dealers Association, 94% of the dealers in the US have websites with many of them registered through car finder services. The monthly average customers that visited any given dealer site were 230, as compared to a monthly average of 116 in 2004. Consumers are not just window-shopping or researching possible on-lot purchases, they are buying online at a dramatically increasing rate. Typical dealer sales conducted entirely online have increased from an average of 4.9 to 7.5 monthly in just two short years. 1.6 million people a month now buy their vehicles online. This is a staggering statistic. However, given the outstanding customer service and convenience provided by virtual car dealerships, it’s no surprise. This is part of a worldwide upward trend in auto related site traffic and business. Although site traffic numbers are higher in Germany, Sweden, and Holland, online sales are 60% higher in the USA than the world average.

One of the advantages of the online marketplace and virtual dealership sites is the fact that comparison-shopping is more convenient and less confusing for the consumer. For example, you are more times than not looking at a limited selection of make, model and inventory when you visit your local dealer. The price is approximately whatever the salesperson says it is. Knowing that auto sales are always negotiable, and that most salespersons work from commission, you are immediately put on notice that if you want a good deal, you will have to haggle. Offers and counter-offers then ensue. The salesperson plays the “good cop” role as he shuffles off with offers to a mysteriously absent manager or “bad cop” that is, of course, reportedly inflexible and steadfast. You, on the other hand, sit and twiddle your thumbs for hours on end waiting for a reasonable counter-offer. Usually eight or ten hours later, you are tired, confused, stressed out, and just plain exasperated. You may or may not have worked out a deal. Many car-buyers consider this a frustrating experience, not a satisfying or pleasurable one. Thanks to advancing IT technology and online virtual dealer showrooms, the scenario described above is becoming less common all the time.

The online marketplace allows you to select from an entire world of inventory and options. All makes and all models are available. MSRP and invoice cost are available and price quotes are yours for the asking. Many dealership sites will provide you with a complete detailed list of options and specifications on any make and model that may have caught your interest. Multiple views and zoom features are available for new and some late model vehicles. Some more advanced virtual showrooms can even provide three hundred and sixty degree interior scans. Do you want to hear what your new high performance vehicle sounds like? Yes, you can hear it online in some virtual showrooms. You can access financial worksheets that will calculate your monthly payments right down to the penny. You can do everything short of kicking the tires and taking the test drive. Online, there are no grandiose showrooms, in-your-face sales promotions, prizes, colorful d?cor, or overdressed salespersons to drive the dealer’s overhead off the chart. There are no mysteries. On car finder sites like, you can provide a description of exactly what type of vehicle you are looking for and your zip code. You receive a prompt reply from a trusted in-network dealer in your area. This is not an auto-reply with a generic message. You receive a phone call from an actual local salesperson with all the information you need. This includes the availability, the value-added price, and answers to any questions you might have. In addition, there is no cost or obligation to use many of these services.

The value of the in-network dealer is obvious: They have made a commitment to provide consumers with the lowest possible price. A quote at rock bottom price results because the dealers’ cost to obtain you, as a customer is almost zero. These savings can then be passed on to you. We are talking about prices that are usually one percent over the dealer’s invoice. This is a huge bargain by anyone’s standards. There are a number of factors that are taken into consideration to determine pricing at this stage of the online buying experience. One of them, of course, is supply and demand. If a vehicle is in high demand, the price can be as high as the MSRP (Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price). However, the fact that you are dealing with an in-network dealer is going to carry more than adequate weight into the quote you receive. You get the lowest possible price and the best quality service available anywhere by using a car finder service online. You get the virtual royal treatment with this system.

Ferrari furious over fia verdict

В рубриках: Automobile | Автор: admin 12.08.2011

Ferrari Furious Over Fia Verdict

The spying scandal which Bernie Ecclestone called as ‘nonsense’ reached its climax as an emergency World Motor Sport Council was called by the FIA, the ruling body of Formula One. During the council, McLaren was asked to answer allegation that they have used Ferrari technical details to gain advantage over the Italian team. After the deliberation, McLaren was found guilty of having in possession secret Ferrari technical details.

“The WMSC is satisfied that Vodafone McLaren-Mercedes was in possession of confidential Ferrari information and is therefore in breach of article 151c of the International Sporting Code,” said FIA President Max Mosley. “However, there is insufficient evidence that this information was used in such a way as to interfere improperly with the FIA formula one world championship. We therefore impose no penalty.”

But while the team was found guilty of that charge, the team will not be punished by the FIA due to the fact that no evidence was presented to show that there is no shadow of a doubt that McLaren used the Ferrari technical specs on their cars. But the FIA pointed out that once evidence surfaced that shows that the British team is guilty of using Ferrari specs on the McLaren cars, the team can face tough punishments not only for the 2007 season but also for next year.

Scuderia Ferrari is obviously furious with the decision of the FIA not to punish McLaren. The team argues that the non-punishment of McLaren ‘legitimises dishonest behaviour in F1 and sets a very serious precedent’.

“The Vodafone McLaren Mercedes team has been found to be in breach of article 151c of the F1 Sporting Regulations and to have therefore behaved in ‘a fraudulent manner and therefore in a manner prejudicial to the interests of competition or motor sport in general,” a statement from Ferrari stated.

Ferrari would have become the leader in both constructors’ and drivers’ championships if McLaren was penalized for having the documents. Although McLaren denied that the data was seen by any team members except the suspended Coughlan, Ferrari asserted that the possession of the documents should have incurred punishment for the McLaren team.

According to the statement released by the Italian Formula One team: “Ferrari notes that Vodafone McLaren Mercedes has been found guilty by the FIA World Council. It therefore finds it incomprehensible that violating the fundamental principle of sporting honesty does not have, as a logical and inevitable consequence, the application of a sanction.”

The McLaren duo of Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso currently leads the Ferrari pair of Felipe Massa and Kimi Raikkonen. Hamilton and Alonso may have been expelled from the championship race if sufficient evidences were presented to the council. But since the FIA maintained that evidence is lacking, the McLaren drivers will continue their quests for the championship on their MP4-22 with Mercedes-Benz engine, the same makers of Mercedes-Benz clutches and other auto parts.

The pair is obviously relieved by the turn of events. “Having only been part of McLaren for a few months I know how important today’s decision will be for everybody,” said Alonso on an interview after the release of the verdict. “I am looking forward to an exciting second half of the season now and to continue our battle for both World Championships.”

Championship leader Hamilton, meanwhile, has this to say: “Whilst it’s only my first season in Formula 1 with the team, I already know and appreciate the commitment and dedication of the people there. As a result I am pleased with today’s decision and can’t wait for the rest of the season.”