Globalization of the Testing Process -- World-Ready Software from the QA Perspective
Rostislav Shabalin - Microsoft Corporation
For a product to be world-ready, the whole design, development, and QA process must be globalized. Consequently, QA will need to modify its processes, requiring that all design documents, practices, and procedures be world-ready. This paper describes how the challenges of globalization can be addressed by a test team, at the organizational level and in the way basic functionality is verified. Proper organization of the test process will help to produce software that can be simultaneously released on multiple language markets and localized to many languages. The solution that builds a single process for creation of multiple language versions of a product include:
This approach was successfully used by several teams at Microsoft, raging in size from tiny to gigantic. This makes us think the solution may be applicable to almost any software product.
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