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Big Data’s Relationship with Business Intelligence and Data Warehousing

You’ve probably heard the buzz about big data and business intelligence data warehouses. Both deal with collecting information for analysis, but how are they different? When should you use one or the other? This article explains these two data solutions in a user-friendly way with real-world examples.

Nels Hoenig's picture Nels Hoenig
Deploy Automated Testing to Create Better Software

Receiving feedback on your testing results should yield dividends in quality. And the sooner you get that feedback, the quicker you can start seeing improved and consistent quality and faster time to market. So the question becomes, why wait to jump on the automated testing bandwagon?

Viktor Clerc's picture Viktor Clerc
Crowdtesting: A Personal Account

When you have a project with a lot of moving parts but not a lot of time, crowdsourced testing may be the way to go. But how do you manage many people in varied locations when you haven't even met them? Yaron Kottler gives his account of finding and leading eighty testers for an international campaign—the challenges and his solutions.

Yaron Kottler's picture Yaron Kottler
5 Ways Testers Can Mitigate Practical Risks in an Agile Team

Testers who analyze quality in every aspect of the team’s deliverables also have a responsibility to mitigate risks and practical issues that are bound to come up, and help the team succeed in their product as well as at being agile. Here are five such issues that testers can help the team alleviate or avoid.

Nishi Grover's picture Nishi Grover
In the Process of Testing, Change Is Good

In testing, as in life, it’s easy to get stuck in an old, outdated process that no longer works for you and your team. To avoid this trap, you have to be flexible enough to adopt the mantra “Change is good.” But that’s rarely easy. Leah Coates shows how the willingness to make changes can have an enormous impact on the effectiveness of your team.

Leah Coates's picture Leah Coates
Why Every Software Tester Should Watch Pulp Fiction

The 1994 movie Pulp Fiction is a modern classic. And its eclectic dialogue, groundbreaking cinematography, and dramatic flair actually provide good inspiration to talk about a few things every tester has probably experienced in his or her career. Here’s how plot points and film techniques in Pulp Fiction mirror some experiences in software testing.

Laszlo Szegedi's picture Laszlo Szegedi
The User and the Algorithm

When testing, it's easy to call problems with how you'd use the software out of scope, dismissing them as "-ities," like usability, scalability, or security. Some test teams explicitly carve off all these concerns and say they are only dealing with functional testing. Yet the questions raised by this sort of thinking can lead directly to high value for customers.

Matthew Heusser's picture Matthew Heusser
Time-Tested Practices for a Successful Test Effort

Testing in software development is changing incredibly quickly. Test effort varies across projects, teams, and organizations, each having its unique identity in delivering a quality product. However, certain core testing practices never change and continue to drive successful test efforts. Mukesh Sharma details some that he sees standing the test of time.

Mukesh Sharma's picture Mukesh Sharma
The Power of Continuous Performance Testing

Continuous performance testing gives your development teams a fighting chance against hard-to-diagnose performance and load-handling bugs, as well as quickly identifying major functional bugs. Due to its combination of flexibility, coverage, and effectiveness, performance tests are powerful candidates for continuous testing.

Don Prather's picture Don Prather
Test Automation in the Agile World

After decades of talking about test automation, the agile movement suddenly seems to be taking it seriously. You might be wondering what all the buzz is about. Sanjay Zalavadia talks about why test tooling is suddenly so critical, when teams should think of automating, and how to bring the change so that your team will embrace it.

Sanjay Zalavadia's picture Sanjay Zalavadia


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