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The Testing Taxonomy: How to Make Sure QA Doesn’t Fall Through the Cracks

There comes a time in every PM's life when you're this close to a project launch and suddenly you and/or your colleagues have a moment:

No, you haven't forgotten this adorable little scamp:

You've forgotten testing. Or more charitably, testing has fallen through the cracks.

Last-minute scrambling ensues; frustration abounds; everyone feels like this:

Nobody wants to feel like that (I'd rather sleep in the same bed as Fuller). So how can we make sure testing stops falling through the cracks?

First we need to diagnose the real problem: I think testing frequently gets lost because everyone means something different when they say "testing" or "QA" or "UA" or "end-to-end testing" or "smoke testing."

This makes it tough to pin down what needs to be done, who is going to do it, and when.

The solution? I give you: A Testing Taxonomy!

By breaking down the fuzzy notion of "testing" into concrete types of testing, we can talk in specifics about what work actually needs to be done.

Now that you're hopefully fired up, let's dig into ... testing taxonomy nomenclature! Woo! Party!

Understanding SEO + SMO (Part 2): Specifics

This is the second of two posts that aim to provide a fundamental understanding of SEO (Search Engine Optimization) and SMO (Social Media Optimization). If you haven’t already, I’d recommend reading Part 1: Background first. Now for the specifics of how to do well on search and social media:

Relevant Content

Appropriate On-Page Tags

Intuitive Site IA (Information Architecture)

Capable Front End Design

Sturdy Back End Systems

Healthy Digital Presence

Understanding SEO + SMO (Part 1): Background

The worlds of SEO (Search Engine Optimization) and SMO (Social Media Optimization) are converging. We’re at a critical point where performing well in search and social media go hand in hand — the survival of your digital reputation requires a critical understanding of both. This series of articles provides a fundamental understanding of SEO and SMO, as well as specific instructions regarding what to focus (and not focus) on.


SEO Background
SMO Background


Before we jump into the nitty-gritty, let’s look at some background. At their core, SEO and SMO are about optimizing a digital entity — a person, idea, or organization —  to reach an audience. Consumers discover content on the web in a number of different ways, but the two most popular methods are via search engine, which is a very intentional form of consuming, and social media, which encompasses many platforms and tends to be more passive.

The Boulder DPM Meetup is Now the Rocky Mountain DPM Meetup

Image Credit: Steve Schoeffel

Exciting news from the (former) Boulder Digital Project Manager meetup! After a year and a half of holding monthly meetups primarily for Boulder digital project managers (PMs), we’ve decided to expand our gathering to surrounding communities. With so many pockets of project managers in the Denver/Boulder metro area, we’ve decided to start planning events that will appeal to PMs throughout the entire area, and we have the new name to prove it! The all new Rocky Mountain DPM (RMDPM) meetup will utilize new locations that are more conducive to PMs attending from other rocky mountain communities. Stay tuned in the coming weeks, as we’ll be announcing the first meetup in a non-Boulder area location -- it’s going to be a great one!

Staying Agile in an Agency Setting—A BDPM Meetup Wrap-up

Agile. It can be a loaded word, and despite having a written manifesto, a word with many interpretations. As a “Certified Scrum Master” I do feel relatively up to speed on what’s intended when someone wants to work in an agile fashion, but I’m not an expert, and I would never claim to be.