I am pleased to announce the publication of my first article in Smashing Magazine. It is entitled Web Quality Assurance: From User Requirements To Web Risk Management ». It’s the story of a 20 year journey that took me from quality management in a wine lab to web user requirements, the creation of the VPTCS model, the production of Opquast checklists, the analysis of web project risks, and finally the hypothesis of the emergence of integrated management approaches for the web.
Since a few months, we have made available Opquast contents in English. This concerns the checklist and the 240 cards, the training contents and the certification. Now we have to make it known. This is what we have been doing for some time now with the publication of several articles in English and contacts with many English-speaking schools and companies.
That being said, we have to be realistic, all the work we have done over the last twenty years is still relatively unknown to English speakers.
So I decided to contact the Smashing Magazine team through Rémi Parmentier – huge thanks to him by the way – and with the green light from the magazine’s team, I immediately got started.
The main difficulties were to present the whole of our work without turning it into a promotional article and also to come up with a logical progression of what has been done since 2000.
Under the merciless gaze of Smashing magazine’s editors, notably Alma Hoffmann and Vitaly Friedman, and with the help of my favorite American – Sarah Marcellin-Edwards and my favorite Englishman – Paul Houston, I had to produce many versions and make hundreds of changes in the plan and in the article.
I can’t say it was easy, but I am very proud of the result. I’ve never had to explain so clearly what I’ve done in the last 20 years. I am also very proud to have been able to publish an article in such a prestigious magazine.
To tell you the truth, I’ve reread it at least a dozen times since it was published, and I think it’s absolutely excellent 😁. So that’s at least two already with my mom. I hope you enjoy it as much as we do.