White-Box Testing: The Only Way To Do QA?

No one in their right mind would say that white-box testing is the only way to test an application. However, in too many instances, black-box testing is, in fact, the only testing approach QA is empowered to use. Rightness of mind notwithstanding, I would argue that this is a mistake and that quality assurance engineers… Read more »


Software Engineering vs. Coding: What’s the Diff?

There is a lot of talk about the shortage of software development resources and what to do about it. Too often the discussion focuses around the need for “coders”, as though software development is a manufacturing process and simply about writing code. Well technically you can’t get your software developed without doing some coding, but… Read more »


Have No Fear: 3 Tips on How to Learn AngularJS

All software engineers have had to learn a new language or technology at some point. For seasoned developers, a new or changing project may require it; however, there is something different about being an entry-level developer and learning a language from the ground up. In my case, I needed to learn AngularJS with just a… Read more »



3 Steps to Selecting a Quality Assurance Management Tool

Like many of us, my email inbox is peppered with messages from software vendors who would like to “let me in” on an opportunity to purchase their product. These are not spam, necessarily. They come to me because some time ago, when I was on the hunt for a software testing tool, I hastily provided… Read more »


Three Years in a Row – Saturn Systems Named to List of “100 Best Companies to Work For”

Duluth, Minn., March 13, 2017 – Saturn Systems, a Duluth-based software engineering firm, has been named to the 2017 list of 100 Best Companies to Work For by Minnesota Business Magazine. This marks the company’s third consecutive year on the list. “Our success to date can be attributed to the outstanding quality of our staff,” said Jon Anderson, Director of… Read more »


7 Questions To Ask A Prospective Software Outsourcing Partner

Are you considering outsourcing for the development or support of a significant piece of software or have you in the past? Selecting the right partner is critical, but how do you know if you are asking the right questions? There are a number of considerations, some short term, some longer term that can affect the… Read more »


Evolving Beyond the Code Coverage Percentage Debate: Part 2 of 2

In my previous post, Evolving Beyond the Code Coverage Percentage Debate, Part 1 of 2, I recounted the “hypothetical” but all too familiar horrors of the great code coverage debate. I proposed that despite our best intentions in carrying on that debate, its caused us to become unfortunately fixated on code coverage instead of the… Read more »


Fitting the Part: Skill vs. Talent in Quality Assurance

Lately, I’ve been listening to Hugh Laurie’s pair of piano-driven blues albums “Let them Talk” and “Didn’t it Rain”. I find Laurie’s music both musically pleasing and utterly fascinating. “Fascinating” because, while I listen to his charming and expertly delivered take on some blues classics, I can’t stop thinking, “This isn’t even this guy’s day… Read more »


I Can See Clearly Now – The Importance Of Product Vision

Last year we lost a good project contract three weeks into the effort. It’s possible it could have been avoided, but perhaps it was inevitable. The project, a web-based rewrite of a successful desktop product with a very large feature set, was right up our alley. Straightforward, right? Migrate the feature set in phases while simplifying and improving… Read more »