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The Impact of Quality-Driven Development

When the development and QA teams work independently of each other, there can be some duplication of test efforts—which results in wasted time. The solution: quality-driven development, with QA-implemented automation run in the development environment. This is the story of one team's venture into this new process.

Praveena Ramakrishnan's picture Praveena Ramakrishnan
6 Tips for Software Testers on Asking Questions

Asking questions plays an important role in software testing. It isn’t easy—actually, it may be one of the most difficult skills to master—but it’s worth the effort because the more you ask, the more you learn. Here are six tips on asking questions to help you get answers that will guide your testing beyond the superficial.

Thanh Huynh's picture Thanh Huynh
4 Steps to Level Up Your Testing Game and Advance Your Career

As more businesses are adopting DevOps and demanding continuous delivery, it's important for testers to constantly upgrade their skills. By leveraging the right resources, including developer and application performance management tools, you can play a bigger and more collaborative role in producing higher-quality output.

Andreas Grabner's picture Andreas Grabner
To Move Forward in Your Test Planning, Try Going Backward

A different perspective can give you a whole new approach to work. Here, László Szegedi suggests that the next time you need to plan something, you think backward—visualize your goal, then reverse-plan to map the whole process that leads to that result. He gives examples for simple tasks and for higher-level test planning.

Laszlo Szegedi's picture Laszlo Szegedi
The Collaboration of Unit Testing

Unit testing can be one of those polarizing topics in software development. But Joe DeMeyer says good unit testing allows you to explore products deeper, lowers your estimate, improves quality, and maintains productivity pace. Here, he talks about how you can get your developers and business team on board.

Joe DeMeyer's picture Joe DeMeyer
Testing Usability for Mobile Applications

Mobile usability goes a long way in enhancing end-user app acceptance. But usability starts with the user, and users differ in terms of knowledge, interests, goals, and so on. This article discusses some core usability characteristics that matter to customers, and how test engineers can understand and achieve them.

Mukesh Sharma's picture Mukesh Sharma
Site of the Living Dead: Defending against Zombie Data

The dead walk among us. Both humans and data declared digitally deceased are actually alive, and the information saying otherwise is doing continued harm. These are the harrowing tales of zombie data, where death takes on a twisted meaning and what is dead may not stay dead. Spooky!

Lanette  Creamer's picture Lanette Creamer
Testing Wearables: The Human Experience

When a networked device is physically attached to us and works with us and through us, the more personal, even emotional, the interaction is. With wearables, the user becomes a part of the Internet of Things. Gerie Owen realized that consequently, a human user must be an integral part of testing wearables. Here, she details this human experience testing.

Gerie Owen's picture Gerie Owen
Seven Signs of Great Agile Leadership

Agile teams are self-organizing, which means they do not need supervisors—at least in theory. But they do need leaders to create a shared vision of what the product will be. And having an agile team means that anyone can step up … including you. Lanette Creamer outlines seven qualities possessed by great agile leaders.

Lanette  Creamer's picture Lanette Creamer
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


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