21 Dec

SAP Regression Testing

During your SAP implementation the test manager should be thinking a fair bit about regression testing. It’s reasonable to assume that there will be some changes to your system in the future, as a result of:

  • rollouts to additional parts of the business
  • change requests and incident fixes
  • service packs and upgrades

In order to ensure the existing system is not impacted by these changes you’ll need an effective regression testing strategy. For the purposes of this blog post we’ll assume that you know how to create an effective test strategy in a general sense, and also that you are aware of the purpose of regression testing and that it is necessary in your system (in other words, that a charter for setting up a regression test project exists).
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27 Mar

Five Tips for Test Management With Distributed Teams

It’s a bit of a clickbait title. Sorry about that.

Most of my work deals with distributed teams. The project team tends to be located in a central location (or at least in one or two buildings), while the testers tend to be located elsewhere: either as part of an offshore model, or simply located in the factories, warehouses, and offices of the client.

Managing a distributed team has it’s own challenges, and these are my top five tips for managing distributed teams in a test project:

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21 Jun

Mindmaps in SAP Test Planning

I find mindmaps an awesome way to visualise and document ideas.  There’s a whole page dedicated to listing out the various ways that mindmaps can be used in general testing on the Ministry of Testing website here, but I thought I’d share a few of the ways that I use mindmaps in SAP test planning and preparation.

I use XMind as my application of choice (the free version has the features I need and it’s very user-friendly).

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19 Jun

Data Migration for SAP

In most projects test data is obtained from a dedicated data migration team, extracting from legacy systems, transforming to SAP fields, and loading into SAP.

Christian Bergeron (http://christian.bergeron.voila.net/EN.htm) has written a great guide to planning and executing SAP Data Migration, and while most SAP Test Managers won’t need to get their hands dirty in the actual ETL process, it’s important to know and understand the data migration process for a number of reasons:

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