ASQ Section 0511 June 2022 Meeting Announcement

Quality Matters Round Table: Test

Wednesday, 8 June 2022

Moderated by

Muzaffar Zaffar
ASQ Section 0511 Education Chair

Short Narrative/Description:

ASQ Section 0511 is a community of quality professionals of Northern Virginia, with tremendous cumulative experience across multiple industries, companies, and government agencies. Any single one of you in our ASQ Section is a formidable source of takes, opinions, and lessons on a number of Quality Matters.

The 8 June 2022 Section 0511 meeting is a Round Table Discussion on one of the 26 Quality Matters topics that you voted for in our June 2021 poll, namely: Test.

Previous Round Table Discussions were:

Quality Matters: Questions on ASQ Sections

The following questions on the topic of ASQ Sections will be up for discussion at the 8 June 2022 Section 0511 Round Table:

  1. Definition of Test.  What is Test?  Test vs. Quality Assurance vs. Quality Control — Is it the same thing?  Why is a test team often called a "QA Team" if test and quality assurance are not the same thing?
  2. Injection of Defects vs. Detection of Defects.  Is test an inferior activity because it defers to finding defects later?  Isn't it better to focus on preventing defects instead?  How realistic is it to reduce the defect injection in hopes of reducing the amount of test needed?
  3. Testing for Software, Products, and Industries.  What is common and what is different between testing software, testing non-software products, or in different industries (such as web, banking, e-commerce, mainframe, or health care)?  In your work, does your product require separate test of the software components vs. test of the non-software components?
  4. Test vs. Inspections (Peer Reviews).  Verification can be done in one of two (2) key ways: by looking at the product (inspection) and (2) by making it work (test).  What should be the balance between these two approaches?  How do you find that balance in your work?
  5. Test Teams.  Should test be a team separate from the developers?  If yes, then what about Agile's emphasis that the team should test its own product?  In your work, do you have different tests performed by different teams such as unit test, integration test, system (functional) test, performance (stress, load) test, user acceptance test, smoke test?
  6. The Role of Test.  What is the role of test in assuring quality?  Is it just finding defects?  Should testers work with upstream teams?  How early should the testers engage with other teams — should they participate in requirements definition, design, construction, integration?
  7. Test Timeliness and Entrance Criteria.  When should the testing begin - when the product is available? when the schedule says to start testing?  Do you use a Test Readiness Checklist?  What do you do if the test readiness criteria are not met?
  8. Test Cases vs. Ad-hoc Testing.  What portion of test do you conduct by test cases?  How detailed are your test cases?  Do you trace your test cases to requirements or to design?  Is there value in an ad-hoc test not driven by test cases?
  9. Black Box vs. White Box.  Should testers have insight into how the product works?  If yes, are they expected to have technical skills to understand the product inner construction (such as code or design)?  Does your answer depend on the type of testing (such as unit, integration, functional, performance, or user acceptance test)?  Does Agile change this?
  10. Regression Testing.  Do you distinguish between test of new functionality and regression test?  How much of regression testing do you do?
  11. Test Automation.  Do you automate your test?  Is test automation worth it?  Do you try to automate new test, or do you limit test automation to regression test?  Do you have additional personnel skilled in automating the test, or do your regular testers automate the test?
  12. Test Coverage.  Does test coverage matter?  Do you measure test coverage and how?  Is it okay not to test some parts of the product?  How do you decide not to test them?  Do you prioritize the test coverage if test does not have enough time?
  13. Test Metrics.  What metrics do you use to know how much test has been completed to-date and how much test is still left?  What metrics do you use to describe the test results?  Do you have predictions for defects to be found?  What decisions does your management make based on those metrics?
  14. Test Sufficiency and Exit Criteria.  How much test is enough?  Do you use Test Exit Criteria?  If yes, what do your exit criteria include?  What do you do if your test criteria have not been met but you are out of test time?  Do you consider your test successful if it has found a lot of defects?
  15. Great Product.  What if the product is great and the test finds no defects?  In your work, is it the developers or the testers whose assures the lack of defects?  Should test be reduced or eliminated when the product is already great?

Read these questions now and become familiar with them.  The questions discussed at the 8 Jun 2022 Round Table may be slightly modified from the above in case good improvements to those questions are received through our poll; however, they will not differ significantly from the above, if at all.

You Speak Up, I Moderate:

At the June 2022 meeting, YOU are the speaker:

Moderator Background:

Muzaffar Zaffar is a Quality Professional with extensive experience in both software development and pharmacology.  He is the Lead SQA Engineer at US Pharmacopeial (USP) in Rockville, which is an independent, scientific non-profit organization focused on building trust in the supply of safe, quality medicine.  His expertise includes developing testing plans, implementing risk mitigation strategies, communicating process improvements across teams, resolving conflict between teams, and ensuring that product and software adhere to the organization and industry standards.  He also has vast experience developing new SQA teams for offshore offices.

Muzaffar is an ASQ Certified Software Quality Engineer (CSQE) since 2011.  He also holds multiple IT Infrastructure Library (ITIL) certifications and is a Certified Specialist in IT Management Leadership.  He has served as the Section's Certification Exam Proctor since 2014 and its Education Chair since 2016.  Outside of work, he is a day tracker and hiker, having hiked the world's three (3) tallest mountain ranges: Himalaya, Karakoram, and the Hindu Kush.

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