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Feb 13

LinkedIn Top 10% Viewed Profile in 2012

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I received the seal for one of the Top 10% most viewed profiles in 2012 on LinkedIn!
Check me out at: www.linkedin.com/in/shawnloporto/

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Jul 12

Number of Working Days

Category: ASI General, Management, Tools | Comments Off on Number of Working Days

I’m recommending a great FREE simple web based tool that has been very useful in many calculations that I’ve had to do for testing, automation and management stats & reporting – it is called “Business day calculator in the USA” and it is found at http://www.workingdays.us/

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May 12

Test Metrics & Reports

Category: Management, Quality Center, Test Management | Comments Off on Test Metrics & Reports

“If you don’t measure it, how can you manage it?” is a great phrase that applies to test management.  In order to effectively manage a team, you need to track results and report on them if you expect to make meaningful decisions.  In software testing that means tracking testing progress and defects at a minimum.  […]

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Apr 12

Core Beliefs of Extraordinary Bosses

Category: Leadership, Management, Test Management | Comments Off on Core Beliefs of Extraordinary Bosses

I read a great article today on the Inc.com website.  The article was titled “8 Core Beliefs of Extraordinary Bosses” written  by Geoffrey James and was very true to the differences  between exceptional bosses that truly know how to manage and lead, versus the managers that really struggle with how to do it right. 

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Mar 12

How detailed should manual test cases be?

Category: Management, Quality Center, Software Testing, Test Management | Comments Off on How detailed should manual test cases be?

This topic came up recently and a lot of discussion was made on it but I think it can be summarized pretty simple based on my experience – write the test steps with enough detail that a person who knows nothing about the functionality can execute the test case and verify the requirement without having […]

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Oct 11

Quality Center Backup Strategy

If implemented properly, the Quality Center will become an incredible resource for all your testing information in your test team and become the core for your test strategy & methodology.  Because of this it is extremely important for you to protect this information with not only proper security but to backup this information in order […]

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Aug 11

Severity and Priority – Do we really need them?

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In an ideal environment all the defects found in a release would get fixed before the project went live in Production.  However with today’s fast paced businesses, projects are typically defined for a specifc delivery date with very little to no room for date extensions.  This is largely due to having to meet a business […]

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Feb 11

Embrace Change

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Recently the question “Are you scared of Change in Business?” was asked.  In my opinion, “Change” is a main ingredient to success; it is a very important and necessary component.  In order to be successful and advance with new technologies, economic variances and new industry requirements, regulations and/or transformations, a company and its leadership needs […]

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Jun 10

Top 10 Leadership Characteristics

Tips on Being a Great Leader – Part 1
“Top 10 Leadership Characteristics”
This is a topic that you could write a book on and there are in fact many books on leadership.  The idea of this blog is to create a short but concise blog series on this important topic.  As a manager in my professional […]

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Mar 10

The Tester Interview

The Tester Interview
I came across an interesting topic, it was a topic about what senior level QA Managers look for in hiring a software tester. I thought I would blog on this topic having numerous years of experience at the senior and executive levels (I have been a Director of QA, VP of QA, and […]

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