testing

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Kevin Pyles The Joy AI Brings: An Interview with Kevin Pyles

Kevin Pyles, director of QA at Domo Inc., discusses his keynote presentation, “From Zero to AI Hero.” He advises to start small with automation and Python, expanding as you discover how AI can add value to your job. He also talks about getting his hands dirty with AI and building internal tools without being afraid, saying that as a tester, you cannot be fearful of technology—you need to embrace the fun in it.

Jennifer Bonine's picture Jennifer Bonine
Person holding sparkler with New Year's fireworks in the background Top 10 StickyMinds Articles of 2019

Teams everywhere are looking to speed up testing without sacrificing quality, so once again, some of the top articles last year were about continuous integration, machine learning, and—of course—how to best implement and use test automation. But readers were also interested in what they shouldn't be doing, with two high-ranking articles about test practices we should stop and a tool you may be misusing.

Beth Romanik's picture Beth Romanik
Laptop screen showing test data analytics Applying Data Analytics to Test Automation

Testers gather lots of metrics about defect count, test case execution classification, and test velocity—but this information doesn't necessarily answer questions around product quality or how much money test efforts have saved. Testers can better deliver business value by combining test automation with regression analysis, and using visual analytics tools to process the data and see what patterns emerge.

Harsh Vardhan's picture Harsh Vardhan
what if test case fails for 95% test data due to environment issue?

Environment issue is due to data not sync between 2 applications and this is on test environment. I managed to get 2-3 records for which code is working correct.

Rohit Kumar
Test data shown on a dashboard Improving Test Data Collection and Management

There is much published about the data we generate to assess product quality. There is less discussion about the data testers generate for our own use that can help us improve our work—and even less is said about recommended practices for data collection. Test data collection, management, and use all call for upfront planning and ongoing maintenance. Here's how testers can improve these practices.

Michael Stahl's picture Michael Stahl
Stacy Kirk From QA Champion to Testing Hero: An Interview with Stacy Kirk

Stacy Kirk, CEO at QualityWorks Consulting Group, discusses how testers can go from champions of quality to true QA heroes. She says people in testing are the unspoken heroes of software, and details what needs to change so they can find their voices to step up and lead. Stacy also talks about how far women in tech have come and how much value they bring, as well as discusses the challenges she has faced as a female CEO and how much it has taught her, both in and out of the tech world.

Jennifer Bonine's picture Jennifer Bonine
Computer showing data analysis Rookie Mistakes in Data Analytics

It's easy to make simple mistakes in data analysis. But these little mistakes can result in rework, errors, and—in the worst case—incorrect conclusions that lead you down the wrong path. Making small process changes can help you steer clear of these mistakes and end up having a real impact, both in the amount of time you spend and in your results. Here are some tips for avoiding rookie mistakes in data analytics.

Nels Hoenig's picture Nels Hoenig
Janna Loeffler Getting Testers Out of Their Comfort Zone: An Interview with Janna Loeffler

Janna Loeffler, manager of quality engineering at Ultimate Software, discusses the importance of detailing a test strategy, along with the most crucial aspect: communication. She talks about how testers are often not comfortable saying “I don’t know,” and about how they should get out of their comfort zone to ask for help. She also gives insight into strategies people can take to admit they don’t know without fear, and seeking answers and conversations from others in the testing community.

Owen Gotimer's picture Owen Gotimer
Person playing chess Separating Automation Tooling from Automation Strategy

When people do not have good luck with automation, it is hardly ever because of the tool being used, but almost always because of the wrong automation strategy, wrong expectations, and wrong adoption of automation. Automation tools only answer the “how” of automation, while having an automation strategy gives answers to who, where, when, what, and why. Here's why it's so important to have a test automation strategy.

Akash Bhatia's picture Akash Bhatia
Selenium test tool logo Sponsored Article: Enhancing Your Selenium Testing

Selenium has widespread adoption as a test automation tool, but it comes with some challenges. We talked to some experts in the test automation industry about Selenium’s reign as the tool of choice for UI testing, whether that crown is warranted, and what they think is important for teams to focus on when it comes to their test automation efforts. Then, Parasoft talks about how teams can solve UI testing challenges and make Selenium more maintainable with its new product, Parasoft Selenic.

Beth Romanik's picture Beth Romanik

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