test automation

Articles

Smiling robot The Future of Software Testing

Many software testers have opinions about the future of their profession. Here, László Szegedi takes a look at how today's realities could shape tomorrow's possibilities for testers when it comes to new skills and technologies, roles and dynamics, and tools and devices. What could your job look like a decade or more from now?

László Szegedi's picture László Szegedi
Five pillars 5 Pillars of a Successful Test Automation Implementation

Discussions on what constitutes a “proper implementation” of test automation often focus on what tool you should use, but that is only one part of the equation. Bas Djikstra details four other things you should consider, how they contribute to the success of your test automation, and what risks are associated with failing to pay proper attention to each of them.

Bas Dijkstra's picture Bas Dijkstra
Continuous delivery Test Coverage in the Age of Continuous Delivery

Test coverage is a strategy to help us spend scarce testing time on the right priorities. When things were tested last, how much automation coverage we have, how often the customers use the feature, and how critical the feature is to application are all factors to consider. Here are some ideas for keeping quality high when you're transitioning to continuous delivery.

Matthew Heusser's picture Matthew Heusser
Problem-solving strategies Problem-Solving in Software Testing: A Conversation

How many times have you started to solve a particular problem and realized midway that the actual problem is not what you thought it was? Ajay Balamurugadas relates a conversation he had with a colleague in software testing about issues with test cases, and the lessons he learned from that problem-solving process. Here's what you should consider.

Ajay Balamurugadas's picture Ajay Balamurugadas

Better Software Magazine Articles

veggies and gems Alternate Testing Models: A Tale of Veggies and Precious Gems

As if working at Lego isn’t fun enough, Sherri Sobanski delights in finding new ways to test. Faced with a situation requiring a complete product redesign, she shares the route her team took to overhaul testing.

Sherri Sobanski's picture Sherri Sobanski
cucumber open source tool What Is Cucumber and Why Should I Care?

If there ever were a game changer to energize a development team, Cucumber just may be it. An open source tool, Cucumber helps in the running of automated customer acceptance tests. Matt Wynne, a cofounder of Cucumber Limited, delivers a brilliant introduction to this tool.

Matt Wynne's picture Matt Wynne
Test Automation: Now We Have To Get It Right

Never afraid to voice his opinion, Paul Gerrard suggests that in digital transformation projects, test automation may be the biggest challenge to success. He argues we have to get automation right this time and to do this, a new way of thinking about testing may be required.

Paul Gerrard's picture Paul Gerrard
People Should Think and Machines Should Test

Testers often develop programmatic tests that mimic manual test conditions. Harry Robinson and Doug Szabo use real programming examples to show how the computer can provide better test coverage than the test author conceived.

Harry Robinson's picture Harry Robinson Doug Szabo

Interviews

Melissa Benua How to Adapt to the New Age of Testing and Development: An Interview with Melissa Benua
Podcast

In this interview, Melissa Benua, a senior technical lead at mParticle and senior backend software engineer at PlayFab, explains how the speed of development and testing has changed, as well as how to adapt to the new era of software.

Josiah Renaudin's picture Josiah Renaudin
Adam Auerbach Testing as the Driving Force of DevOps: An Interview with Adam Auerbach
Podcast

In this interview, Adam Auerbach, vice president of quality and DevOps engineering at Lincoln Financial Group, explains how the role of testing has changed thanks to DevOps. He also talks about how testers can lead the DevOps movement through the power of automation.

Josiah Renaudin's picture Josiah Renaudin
Mike Faulise Why Testers Are Starting to Look More like Developers: An Interview with Mike Faulise
Video

In this interview, Mike Faulise, the founder and managing partner at tap|QA, explains how organizations are trying to move toward continuous integration and taking in automation. Consequently, he says, testers are cultivating more technical skill sets and starting to look more like developers.

Jennifer Bonine's picture Jennifer Bonine
Tariq King Improving Testing through Automation and AI: An Interview with Tariq King
Video

In this interview, Tariq King, the director of test engineering at Ultimate Software, discusses how we can innovate and make our testing better through smarter automation and the use of artificial intelligence.

Jennifer Bonine's picture Jennifer Bonine

Conference Presentations

Agile DevOps Scaling Automated Tests: Choosing an Appropriate Subset
Slideshow

Automated testing of an application with many dependent services can be challenging. Achieving continuous deployment across these services can be even more so. Managing, coordinating, and scaling deployments of services can become overwhelming and error prone over time. 

Manoj Pahuja
Agile DevOps Include Automated Testing in Your Definition of Done
Slideshow

Even though most teams appreciate the benefits of test automation, it is commonly viewed as too time-consuming to be included as part of an agile sprint. This results in automation being done in isolation, typically months after the user story has been completed. This can lead to several...

Angie Jones
Agile DevOps Why You Shouldn’t Automate – And Why You Will Anyway
Slideshow

Automation has been touted as a way to speed up release delivery, improve quality, and reduce testing costs. However, what if there is a different side to this story? Come hear an opposing view to automation—and why it may actually cost your organization time, resources, and even quality.

Kevin Pyles
STAREAST Testing Applying Agile Principles to Test Automation Development
Slideshow

Why do test automation implementations often result in budget and schedule overruns and often diverge from the test objectives they were meant to support? Because test automation is a form of software development—but rarely is treated as such. Lee Barnes discusses how the application of...

Lee Barnes

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