test design

Articles

Code on a computer screen Testing a Software Rewrite

Suppose we’re looking at a system rewrite where the stakeholders have none of the original engineering documentation. (This isn't surprising; documentation becomes obsolete—or even misleading—as the system changes, and corresponding docs don't get updated.) What can we do? Here are some tactics to use—and risks to anticipate—when testing a system rewrite.

Steve Poling
Cursor hovering over a question mark button Keeping Accessibility in Mind: Cognition, Memory, and Attention

Digital accessibility refers to assistive technologies as well as to accessibility of web and mobile applications and electronic documents. But there are crucial aspects to accessibility beyond syntactical correctness of the HTML code and supporting a range of browsers and devices. Software testers must have knowledge of accessibility patterns and use a variety of tools to understand the experiences of people with disabilities.

Albert Gareev
Graph showing boundary values Using Equivalence Partitioning and Boundary Value Analysis in Black Box Testing

Equivalence partitioning and boundary value analysis are two specification-based techniques that are useful in black box testing. This article defines each of these techniques and describes, with examples, how you can use them together to create better test cases. You can save time and reduce the number of test cases required to effectively test inputs, outputs, and values.

Josh Giller
Illustration of a computer with gears showing web test automation Getting Your New Web Test Automation Up and Running

So you have the responsibility of a new team and getting an entirely new web automation test infrastructure up and running. Here are the hurdles, pitfalls, and successes one QA director encountered, along with the milestones the team defined to measure success, how they migrated their existing manual tests, and the path they took to establish the new web test automation initiative.

Daniel Garay

Better Software Magazine Articles

QA Is More Than Being a Tester QA Is More Than Being a Tester

QA testers often take on more of a role than just testing software code. When the team needs help, QA should lend a hand in assisting with business analysis, customer communication, user experience, and user advocacy.

Amanda Perkins
The Unspoken Truth about IoT Test Automation The Unspoken Truth about IoT Test Automation

The internet of things (IoT) continues to proliferate as connected smart devices become critical for individuals and businesses. Even with test automation, performing comprehensive testing can be quite a challenge.

Rama Anem
Test-Driven Service Virtualization Test-Driven Service Virtualization

Because enterprise applications are highly interconnected, development in stages puts a strain on the implementation and execution of automated testing. Service virtualization can be introduced to validate work in progress while reducing the dependencies on components and third-party technologies still under development.

Alexander Mohr
testing Adopt an Innovative Quality Approach to Testing

How much testing is really enough? Given resources, budget, and time, the goal of comprehensive testing seems impossible to achieve. It’s time to rethink your test strategy and start innovating.

Rajini Padmanaban

Interviews

Michael Bolton The Inaccurate Nomenclature of Manual and Automated Testers: An Interview with Michael Bolton
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Michael Bolton, principal at DevelopSense, explains why there should not be the perceived division between manual and automated testing. He says they are both just tools in a tester's toolkit, and we should use the tools appropriate to the job at hand.

Jennifer Bonine
Jeff Payne Security Testing for Test Professionals: An Interview with Jeff Payne
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Jeff Payne, CEO and founder of Coveros Inc., discusses the need for testers to incorporate security testing into development from the beginning. He also details some of the open source and commercial tools available for finding and resolving security problems.

Jennifer Bonine
Kenneth Merkel Testing Use Service Virtualization to Increase Test Coverage and Improve Quality: An Interview with Kenneth Merkel
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In this interview, Kenneth Merkel of CA Technologies explains how service virtualization has changed the way organizations handle their testing. He also details how improved coverage can lead to better quality, a happier QA team, and remove any blockers preventing you from release.

Jennifer Bonine
Artificial intelligence brain Why Testers Should Take Control of the AI Narrative: An Interview with Tariq King and Jason Arbon
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In this interview, Tariq King, the senior director and engineering fellow for quality and performance at Ultimate Software, and Jason Arbon, the CEO of test.ai, explain the role artificial intelligence plays in modern testing and why you should establish a foundation right now.

Jennifer Bonine

Conference Presentations

Better Software West 2018, Agile Dev West 2018, DevOps West 2018 Engineering Productivity and Enterprise Quality at Scale
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Over the past two years, PayPal has been on a journey to modernize its internal development and test systems, from test environments, implementing enterprise continuous integration and code propagation into the development pipeline, to release processes and production code validation. Jose Buraschi and Nir Szilagyi will talk about transforming the code of 5,000 developers across 350 teams and how it required social “magic” to influence behaviors and motivate engagement. This modernization of PayPal's development practices has involved creating reliable integrated test environments, continuous integration, automated code propagation, and automated validation before each deployment. Instead of asking for a list of things developers need to do differently, Jose and Nir asked for simple changes that, through side effects, led to the desired results.

Nir Szilagyi
Better Software West 2018, Agile Dev West 2018, DevOps West 2018 Mobbing for Test Design: Connecting with Your Colleagues’ Test Ideas
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Do you have trouble generating test ideas? Are there bugs that are getting through because you missed certain tests? This workshop will teach you mob test design techniques to help you generate test ideas around your features and products. Join James Fogarty and Jeff MacBane to learn the benefits of mob test design and understand the value your colleagues bring to test design. First, they will explain how mob test design sessions work and why you need to be doing them. Next, they will explore a heuristic test strategy model they’ve developed to help organize a mob test design session based on the model. Next, James and Jeff will demonstrate how to use the test ideas generated from the mob test design workshop to build test scenarios and cases. And finally, they'll share their tips and experiences for making mob test design sessions effective.

James Fogarty
Agile Dev West 2018, Better Software West 2018, DevOps West 2018 Faster Food and a Better Place to Sleep: Applying Agile Outside Software
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Agile methods aren’t just for software anymore—actually, they haven’t been for quite a while. Agile's collaborative, iterative, incremental approaches to work have caused it to go mainstream. But can we apply team-based agile straight out of the box in a nonsoftware context? Although most of the principles and patterns apply, sometimes the practices and frameworks need modification for a particular context. Mike Cottmeyer will explore two case studies of agile journeys: an international hotel chain going through a major rebranding initiative, and a well-known fast food restaurant looking to optimize its kitchen production capacity. These are two totally different companies in two totally different industries, both trying to use agile to solve their problems. We’ll look at the challenges each faced, what they had in common, and the patterns, tools, and techniques they are using.

Mike Cottmeyer
STAREAST 2018 Devices and Desires: How Do Humans Experience Software?
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We consume and still we desire more—more devices, more apps, more data, more bandwidth, more connectivity. The more we have, the more we want. We assume that to be true—those of us who work in the software industry. But is that true? To understand what is really required of our products, we need to design and test a pyramid of interlocking quality attributes that, together, make for an optimum experience. Isabel Evans discusses why and how we can evaluate UX and what is takes to deliver better UX to our customers. Isabel looks at the needs of the individual software user in conjunction with pressures from the commercial imperatives from the business and external forces from government, the environment, and the needs of society. To test the UX and thus deliver a good experience, we first need to understand the humans who use our products and match their needs and desires to the software’s user experience.

Isabel Evans

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