If you want to be a millionaire – phone a friend

  I was asked to quote for a job recently on some testing in an area that I had little experience in. After confidently replying to the customer “no problem, I’ll have a quote to you by the end of the day…”, I started googling furiously, trying to gain some understanding of at least what […]

Celebrate your wins in software testing

Dont wait until someone ‘discovers’ how great your testing is or until you have proper metrics in place. Use whatever it takes to promote your work to your colleagues.

6th Software Test Managers Forum

One of my goals this year is networking and freshing up my software testing skills. So, I decided to go along to the 6th Software Test Manager’s Forum sponsored by K.J Ross and Associates What a great success this event was. I thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to meet up with test managers to discuss problems […]

Get Success to drive your software testing consultancy

If you want your software testing consultancy to succeed, first ask what sort of success you want. You probably have some ideas on this. For example, you may want to run an exclusive software consultancy with a reputation for excellence, or make a million before your 30, or as I do, you want to work […]

How I setup a software testing consultancy

One question that keeps popping up into my inbox is …..I want to setup a software testing consultancy…any advice? Ohhh yes. Heaps of advice. I don’t know if it will do anyone any good, but I have heaps of advice. However before I start down that path, I thought a far better and honest approach […]

Freelance Testers – a smarter, cost effective way for startups

ITnews had an article recently on startups. It examines what to look for in a startup, and also how to minimise the risks. Here’s an excerpt: ‘A startup’s immaturity will be reflected in the quality and capabilities of its product. As you would when considering an established vendor, a CIO must conduct technical due diligence….You […]

How to kickstart a freelance software testing project

Starting a freelance software testing project is similar in many ways to any other project. It requires rigorous planning, well thought out tests, and excellent communication. As a freelancer however, you may feel more responsible in making sure that your client is happy with your work. This way, you have a better chance of getting […]

Reality bites

Who doesn’t love the internet? As a small business owner of a software testing consultancy, its a great way to promote myself along side the bigger companies. However, I’m discovering the major minus side to promoting on the internet. That is, its too absorbing. I can’t resist reading those cursed google stats every day. I […]