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Does Domain Expertise Really Matter?

Many job descriptions include a requirement for domain expertise to filter candidates for testing jobs. But is expertise really necessary before joining a team? Does it ensure a good tester? Justin Rohrman digs into his experiences in difficult business domains, what expertise means, and how it applies to software testing.

Justin Rohrman's picture Justin Rohrman
What Flaky Tests Can Tell You

Flaky tests pass or fail unexpectedly for reasons that appear random. It can be easy to use flaky tests to discredit automated end-to-end testing, but they also can tell you things—about both the application and your team dynamic. Josh Grant gives some technical and human examples of times flaky tests helped his testing efforts.

Josh Grant's picture Josh Grant
Accepting the Tester into the DevOps Fold

Today’s tester has moved upstream, along with the test processes, where he is involved right from the product design stages. This can create great opportunities for the team to bond, but if not handled well, it can become a breeding ground for strained relations. Adopting DevOps means promoting collaboration.

Rajini  Padmanaban's picture Rajini Padmanaban
The Politics of Accessibility Testing

Web accessibility is often spoken about in terms of design, programming challenges, frameworks, and technical solutions, but there are also personal difficulties for the people involved. This article addresses some of the cases of initial resistance and provides a few practical ideas on how to minimize the challenges.

Albert Gareev's picture Albert Gareev
Selenium: The Open Source, the Myth, the Legend

Many people wonder what it means that Selenium is open source, and further, what the community element of that paradigm brings to the table. This article addresses some of the common misconceptions about that situation, as well as details some of the benefits of the community behind a product like Selenium.

Brian Van Stone's picture Brian Van Stone
Considering User Experience when Testing Push Notifications in Messaging Apps

The functionality of a messenger app's push notifications is expected to be the same regardless of the device or OS being used. This article discusses how testing these notifications involves keeping in mind the different states of the device and the app, and why the functional configuration audit is just as important as the physical.

Ritu Dhillon's picture Ritu Dhillon
Less Is More: Picking Your Test Automation Language

It's a classic dispute: Two test automation engineers can't agree on which programming language to use. In some contexts the strong points of a certain language definitively make it the right choice, but what do you do when either language could work well for a project? That's when it becomes a managerial decision.

Michael Stahl's picture Michael Stahl
Using the Silo Effect to Your Advantage

The silo effect refers to getting “stuck” in a small group with restricted options and a limited vision of the future. Silos are not all bad, though—there are positive aspects to being in a silo—you just need to be aware of their potential effects and realize how to overcome or work within them.

Jon Hagar's picture Jon Hagar
The Turing Test: From Star Wars to Modern Software Testing

Hadoop, Splunk, and other modern business intelligence tools and decision support systems all have something of the flavor of artificial intelligence—that is, you ask a question and get an answer. Testing these tools is a challenge, but it can also provide opportunities for testers to shine if they can correctly distinguish an inhuman response.

Michael Mak's picture Michael Mak
7 Performance Testing Fallacies Undermining Your Test Strategy

When you do the same thing many times, you can start to make false assumptions about your work process—and testing is no exception. Sofía Palamarchuk discusses some common fallacies about performance tests specifically, and how they can end up costing testers and developers significantly more than they should.

Sofía Palamarchuk's picture Sofía Palamarchuk

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