Five Tips to Avoid Test Slippage

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No doubt about it, test environments are extremely expensive to run, especially when you have integrated environments that replicate production. You have the cost of licensing, infrastructure and resourcing. While virtualization has reduced the costs associated with infrastructure and time-to-market, the cost of application licensing and resourcing is going up.

Regardless of whether you work in the public or private sector, getting budget to spend on new environments is often not easy. This means managers need to be more innovative and do more with current environments. Implementing ideas from this slideshow should aid in your TEMS success.

Poor test environment management is often the common denominator when testing on large-scale projects or program slips from the test schedule. This is normally one of the high percentage root causes of slippage among the other usual causes, such as bad requirements, overly buggy code and resource constraints.

As organizations mature, their IT application suites grow, increasing integration points and data complexity. This always introduces end-to-end knowledge gaps around dependencies in both setting up and managing test environments. Here are five ways, identified by Sean Hamawi, product director at Plutora, that test environment managers can refine their processes to minimize environment down-time and improve their working relationships with test teams.


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