We wanted to understand if the principles of effective automation, as published in our previous book, Software Test Automation, are still relevant and what other principles now apply, so we began gathering information about real-world test automation implementations. This led us to a rather pleasant discovery: Over the past 10 years, many people have had good success with software test automation, many of them using our book. Of course, we are not the only ones to have described or discovered good automation practices, yet successful and lasting automation still seems to be an elusive achievement today.
We hope the stories in this book will help many more people to succeed in their test automation efforts. This book brings together contemporary automation stories. The technology of test automation has progressed significantly since our last book on automation was published in 1999. We wanted to find out what approaches have been successful, what types of applications are now being tested using test automation and how test automation has changed in recent years. Different people have solved automation problems in different ways—we wanted to know what can be learned from their experiences and where and how test automation is being applied in new ways. Keep reading..
Case Study about Social Media Use in the City of Ottawa
Background: The City of Ottawa started to experiment with the use of social media tools during the spring of 2008. The initiative is being led by the E-Media team within the Corporate Communications Branch, in partnership with the Information Technology Services (ITS) Department. The first efforts focused on R&D and some fundamental information sharing using RSS.
Innovation: Using social media tools is really not about the tools. The tools are innovative, new, and different from other tools used in the past, but they are still just tools/technologies. The fundamental innovation is in the approach to work – pooling the knowledge, expertise, and skills of employees from across the organization to work jointly on shared goals and objectives and to conduct their business in an open and transparent manner that is subject to the scrutiny of others. Keep reading…
Case studies about Strategic Approaches to Community Led Health Improvement
Summary: As part of the Meeting the Shared Challenge programme we have carried out five case studies of the overall approaches that have been taken to community-led health improvement in local areas. They show the variety of approaches that can be taken to planning for and supporting community-led health. The role of the Meeting the Shared Challenge programme itself is mentioned only where relevant.We map the overall approach taken in each area. In each case we focus on one or two distinctive features that are likely to be of wider interest, describe these in more detail, and outline learning points that can be drawn from the local experience.
Introduction: The Meeting the Shared Challenge programme is a national support programme which aims to promote and develop a community-led approach to health improvement. It is delivered by the Scottish Community Development Centre (SCDC) and the Community Health Exchange (CHEX). The programme aims to influence people in all sectors and support local partnerships to strengthen the ways in which community-led health improvement is understood, planned for and supported, as part of their overall approach to improving health and wellbeing.
In the many forms it can take, “a case study is generically a story; it presents the concrete narrative detail of actual, or at least realistic events, it has a plot, exposition, characters, and sometimes even dialogue” (Boehrer 1990). Generally, case study reports are extensively descriptive, with “the most problematic issue often referred to as being the determination of the right combination of description and analysis” (1990). Typically, authors address each step of the research process, and attempt to give the reader as much context as possible for the decisions made in the research design and for the conclusions drawn.
This contextualization usually includes a detailed explanation of the researchers’ theoretical positions, of how those theories drove the inquiry or led to the guiding research questions, of the participants’ backgrounds, of the processes of data collection, of the training and limitations of the coders, along with a strong attempt to make connections between the data and the conclusions evident. Click here to read more…
Business Issue: After years of being mislead as to how the company should deploy technology. This company had a fairly large environment for small business. They were suffering from multiple work inefficiencies and problematic technology solutions that were not industry standards. This led to a serious drain on company resources. They needed a plan to standardize the entire technology scope for their business, from the ground up, and they needed to do it over time due to limited financial resources.
Solution: A new server Dell Poweredge server was installed to replace the current servers that were performing poorly and not able to handle daily user tasks. A daily backup system was installed that included a new Quantum LTO2 tape drive and removable tapes were stored offsite for physical damage or theft protection. The custom made workstations that were very problematic were slowly phased out with workstations made by major manufacturers like Dell and Lenovo that included three year warranty
Case Study about Parenting Coordination and Court Reiteration
Abstract: This case study explores the degree to which the number of court motions changed 1 year after parenting coordination was implemented with high-conﬂict co-parenting couples and examines the parents’ demographic proﬁle. Findings indicate a reduction of approximately 75% in child-related court ﬁlings, as well as a 40% decrease in other motions, resulting in a decrease of 50% in all motions ﬁled, thus saving these once high-conﬂict couples, and the court, signiﬁcant time and resources. The diverse demographic proﬁle illuminates training and research implications regarding the use of parenting coordination as an intervention for high-conﬂict co-parenting couples.
Introduction: Although parental separation and divorce are prevalent in American society, the impact on children can be extremely stressful, traumatic, and damaging. Even parents who were never married beneﬁt from assistance that considers the entire family unit in addition to the needs of the individuals and allows for less adversarial alternatives to conﬂict resolution, rather than leaving the fate of the children to decisions of family court judges, attorneys, and custody evaluators. While it has been suggested that children typically survive parental separation and divorce, they cannot subsist unscathed when there is prolonged, chronic hostility between parents.
In 2006, with rising interest rates and declining house prices, the subprime mortgage borrowers in the US were seriously affected, with several of them failing to make payments on their mortgage loans. Over time, the crisis intensified, with increasing numbers of delinquencies leading to foreclosures, and ending up in repossessions.
The secondary mortgage market was also affected by the crisis, and with the contagion spreading beyond sub prime securities, liquidity in the credit market dried up as banks and other financial institutions, fearing counterparty risks, became increasingly reluctant to lend to each other. The case discusses the subprime mortgage crisis in the US and the circumstances that led to the crisis..
This case study has been produced to help others understand how the strategic planning process at the Social Security Administration (SSA) has evolved over the last 20 years, how our current process works, and what we will be doing in the near future to refine the process. The case study is structured to illustrate the iterative nature of SSA’s progress in planning, the successes we have achieved and the pitfalls we have encountered, and how the Agency’s strategic planning has led us to specific decisions at critical points in our history.
When the Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA) was passed in 1993, our Agency was gratified that what we had been striving to implement was being mandated throughout government. The most important lesson we have learned is that understanding the theory of strategic management, not easy in itself, is a “piece of cake” compared to the doing of the thing. Creating a strategic plan is a challenge. And the real challenge is creating the environment and the processes tha t support a culture of active strategic management..
The numerous investigations into the current sensational corporate failures will expose many of the same operations control weaknesses that led to the collapse of the Barings Bank of London. When the smoke finally clears from the recent corporate collapses, the image in the mirror may not be an Enron or a World Com but it could be the infamous shortfalls in operations risk management that appear not only to be at the core of the failures but are reminiscent of the factors leading to the Barings Bank debacle. Though the culprit in the Barings case, Nick Leeson, was several layers below the top executives in the recent catastrophes, poor operations risk controls allowed him to commit frauds similar to what we’re seeing today..
Requirement: Ridge Global was hired by the Connecticut Chapter of Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO) to design, develop and deliver an instructor-led, full-day, executive-level professional training session focused on corporate security. YPO is composed of thousands of today’s young corporate leaders. The Connecticut Chapter includes many of the state’s leading business executives.
Objective: The YPO web site highlights one of the key benefits of YPO membership: “Your ultimate leadership lab includes insider access to the world’s top experts.” Ridge Global was tasked with building and delivering a session for YPO that would: increase awareness related to corporate security, provide actionable information, and serve as a baseline for optimizing the corporate security posture of member’s firms..
Click here to read more on Executive-Level Corporate Security Training