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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
4 Ways to Boost Your Test Process with Service Virtualization

One of the major challenges in software development is ensuring that all the software components needed to do integration and end-to-end testing are available in the test environment. Implementing service virtualization can remove environment setup as a blocking condition—and enable project teams to release better software, faster.

Bas Dijkstra's picture Bas Dijkstra
One Experience with Ubertesters, a Mobile Test Management Platform

Many companies creating mobile apps struggle to find the time to test on a variety of devices, organize bug reports, and resolve issues efficiently. Andrew White’s organization tried Ubertesters, a platform that provides a team of mobile testers and a set of features for feedback. This is his account of how it affected their test process.

Andrew White's picture Andrew White
Want More Innovative Testing? Put on a Different Thinking Cap

Testers commonly face challenges around one-dimensional thinking, limited ideas, and communication issues. Sometimes, all you need to break out of a comfort zone or come up with better approaches is a fresh perspective. Putting on a different “thinking cap” can help you innovate solutions in a whole new way.

Rajini  Padmanaban's picture Rajini Padmanaban
How Testers Can Add Value Earlier in the Development Lifecycle

Before you can achieve continuous delivery, you need to first start implementing continuous integration. Some say CI is just for developers, but testers also play their own important roles. This article describes solutions that will help you add value to the development lifecycle—whether you work in an agile, DevOps, or traditional context.

Antoin Boerboom's picture Antoin Boerboom
Overcoming Cognitive Friction to Engineer Better Software

The problems customers face are difficult to anticipate while developing software. However, looking at support issues can give a clearer idea about how to look for defects in the future. Sometimes users don’t know how to find certain information; other times, software doesn’t work as expected. In both cases, cognitive friction is at play.

Nilanjan Bhattacharya's picture Nilanjan Bhattacharya
Modern Application Performance Testing

In order to understand if performance matches needs, testing is a necessity. While there are many areas that help define testing parameters, three overarching testing concepts must be addressed in order to provide appropriate performance for modern applications: your users, your data, and your environment.

Terri Calderone's picture Terri Calderone
Usability and User Experience: A Usable Explanation

"User experience" and "usability" are often used synonymously, but they are actually different concepts. This article examines both terms and explains the components of each, investigating what contributes to a "good user experience," the different ways that can be judged, and how designers can attempt to achieve it.

Oleksandr Berchenko 's picture Oleksandr Berchenko

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