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Puzzle pieces being put together to spell "Usability" Testing to the Usability Standards Our Customers Expect

Allowing minor defects to be included in releases impacts our customers’ perspective on software professionalism. We’ll never catch every weird, obscure bug, but there are some design elements where they tend to lurk. By focusing our testing efforts on these areas—or at least not neglecting them—we can catch more issues before our customers do.

Nels Hoenig's picture Nels Hoenig
Sparkly "2017" sign Top 10 StickyMinds Articles of 2017

With the rise of technology like AI and practices like DevOps, teams everywhere are looking for ways to speed up testing without sacrificing quality. The articles in 2017 reflect that, with the most popular topics being test automation, testing machine learning systems, next-generation exercises, and the future of software testing. If you're looking for cutting-edge testing techniques, check out this roundup.

Heather Shanholtzer's picture Heather Shanholtzer
Infinity symbol Has Continuous Deployment Become a New Worst Practice?

Software development has been moving toward progressively smaller and faster development cycles, and continuous integration and continuous deployment are compressing delivery times even further. But is this actually good for businesses or their users? Just because you can deploy to production quickly and frequently, should you?

John Tyson's picture John Tyson
A touchscreen with connected IoT devices IoT Security Should Start with the UI Setup

IoT security is a large and changing topic, but there is one basic starting point where device security can be improved during development and testing: the user interface. The UI should be the first line of defense, but it’s currently weak in most IoT devices. Implementing better practices during the initial UI setup will go a long way toward improving security.

Jon Hagar's picture Jon Hagar
Keyboard buttons depicting accessibility concerns Accessibility Testing 101: Getting Started and Catching Up

As with any other quality attribute, it is ideal for accessibility to be incorporated in the early stages of design and engineering. But organizations that didn’t initially take accessibility into account can still address it now—it’s better late than never. Here are the main attributes you should consider from the design, development, and testing angles, whether you're building accessibility in from the beginning or adding it now.

Rajini  Padmanaban's picture Rajini Padmanaban
Mobile device lab Reduce Regression Issues by Establishing a Mobile Automation Lab

If you have a spotty test automation strategy, you may get lots of regression issues every time you have a new release for your mobile app. A mobile device lab to run regular regression tests could be the key. Here's a plan to get a mobile automation lab up and running, as well as some practices that can help reduce the number of regression issues and improve your overall app test strategy.

Saurabh  Arora's picture Saurabh Arora
A line of identical rubber ducks The Unspoken Requirement: Testing for Consistency

It's easy to see that style consistency is important when discussing the user interface. But there are other areas where being consistent is just as important, even though they are not as visible. Consistency is one of the quality attributes of a product—any product—even if it is not stated clearly in the requirements documents, and testers have a responsibility to check for it.

Michael Stahl's picture Michael Stahl
Taking notes next to computer How Testers Can Start Thinking like Users

When it comes to what testers should focus on, people always say you have to think like a user. Aleksis Tulonen used to think he was good at doing that—until he started actually sitting next to his applications' users. Then he thought of all kinds of questions that testers should consider more often. He discusses what you can learn from your users.

Aleksis Tulonen's picture Aleksis Tulonen
User analytics Focus Your Testing by Understanding How Customers Use Your Product

If you're uncertain about where to focus your testing or what kind of testing you should be doing, look at what your users are telling you. Understanding the analytics of how your customers use your application can help you improve your test efforts. This article explores instances of how this data can inform user interface automation, compatibility testing, and web services tests.

John Ruberto's picture John Ruberto
A webpage with accessible sections through headings Advocating for the User in Accessibility Testing

So much of accessibility testing seems subjective. (What exactly does “visible” mean?) This article uses real websites to demonstrate examples of good—and poor—accessibility. It’s up to the tester to advocate for users, so it’s essential to know what elements need to be checked and how to confirm that they are promoting accessibility.

Albert Gareev's picture Albert Gareev

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