Posts Categorized: Beta Testing

When a Good Bug Becomes a Bad Bug

Everyone knows that the role of QA is to find bugs in software.  But what happens when the bug details are inadequately communicated to the dev team?  We are here to tell you that chaos ensues.  All you have to do is spend some time speaking with a developer who is frustrated because he can’t… Read more »

Public Beta Testing vs. Professional QA

To the optimist, the glass is half full.  To the pessimist, the glass is half empty.  To the professional tester, the glass is twice as big as it needs to be… …and that is an example of the difference between public beta testing and professional quality assurance services.  Public beta testers start as people who… Read more »

Why Beta Testing is Essential

Recently, several automobile companies have had to recall their cars, trucks and SUVs because something was wrong with their vehicles that could lead to fatalities. The cost to fix the problems is astronomical, as you can imagine, and it doesn’t bode well for these companies’ reputations. These days, most people work (and play) on computers… Read more »

No Money and No Time, but Test Anyway…

We’re often faced with the task of providing software quality assurance for a product that, by the time it has been handed to us, is over budget and behind schedule. Diatribes about the importance of thorough testing fall on deaf ears (often those deaf ears belong to “number crunchers” who are too short-sighted to realize… Read more »