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Two gears coming together Start Trusting Your Test Automation Again

The more you rely on feedback from your automated tests, the more you need to be able to rely on the quality and defect-detection power of these tests. Unfortunately, instead of being the stable and reliable guardians of application quality they should be, automated tests regularly are a source of deceit, frustration, and confusion. Here's how you can start trusting your automated tests again.

Bas Dijkstra's picture Bas Dijkstra
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
Legos 100 Percent Unit Test Coverage Is Not Enough

Many people equate 100 percent unit test coverage with high code quality, but that is not enough. Code coverage tools only measure whether the tests execute the code; they make no judgment on the effectiveness of the tests. Testers should review unit tests, even if they have high coverage levels, and either help improve the tests or supplement them with extra tests where necessary.

John Ruberto's picture John Ruberto
Green lightsaber Strategies for Testing a Lightsaber (That Don’t Include the Force)

In the Star Wars saga, those in tune with the Force wield lightsabers. Lightsabers are self-built, so each one is unique and a reflection of the personality of its creator. As a tester, I found it intriguing to think about how we would test lightsabers in our own galaxy. Let’s explore how the techniques we might use for testing lightsabers can inform our real-world testing.

Michael Mak's picture Michael Mak

Better Software Magazine Articles

Test Artifacts The Reality of Test Artifacts

To perform a validation of a software product, you need test plans. But by the time you begin testing, are those plans still valid? There has to be a better way than translating requirements into a useless test document.

Justin Rohrman's picture Justin Rohrman
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
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

Lee Hawkins A Day in the Life of a Test Architect: An Interview with Lee Hawkins
Video

In this interview, Lee Hawkins, the principal test architect for Dell Software, explains the modern role of a test architect. He details how he works out the ways that Dell should do testing by figuring out new testing techniques and advocating for them across the entire organization.

Jennifer Bonine's picture Jennifer Bonine
Randy Rice Overcoming the Challenges of Test Strategy Creation: An Interview with Randy Rice
Podcast

In this interview, Randy Rice, an author, speaker, and consultant in software testing and software quality, explains how you should navigate the nuances of detailed test strategy creation. He covers why a test strategy may seem good at first, but once the testing begins, it can fail.

Josiah Renaudin's picture Josiah Renaudin
Jim Trentadue Enable Testers with a Better User Acceptance Testing Process: An Interview with Jim Trentadue
Video

In this interview, Jim Trentadue from Original Software talks about how to balance user acceptance testing with your IT organization and your business. He discusses how to get relevant and repeatable user acceptance tests, capturing test processes in real time, and how quickly tools are evolving.

Jennifer Bonine's picture Jennifer Bonine
Stacy Kirk A Comprehensive Full Stack Testing Strategy with Node.js: An Interview with Stacy Kirk
Video

In this interview, software agile coach Stacy Kirk explains the reasons for the increasing popularity of Node.js, what full stack testing means, and why Node.js can make it easier. Stacy discusses the best testing practices, processes, and modules to develop Node.js applications.

Jennifer Bonine's picture Jennifer Bonine

Conference Presentations

STAREAST Testing Effective Test Estimation
Slideshow

We have experience with testing projects, both large and small. Sometimes our test estimates are accurate—and sometimes they’re not. We often miss deadlines because there are no defined criteria used to create our estimates. Sometimes we miss our schedules due to crunched testing timelines.

Shyam Sunder
STAREAST Testing The Lost Art of Acceptance Testing
Slideshow

Acceptance testing is often thought of as the little brother of system testing and, in many projects, it ends up as a little phase at the end. Having worked in system testing for most of her testing career, Bettina Faldborg found it was a bigger jump than you might think to move to...

Bettina Faldborg
Mobile Dev Test Ensuring the Happy Path: Automated Developer Testing for Mobile Apps
Slideshow

Is there anything worse than trying to fix that one small bug, declaring it fixed, and then realizing “the fix” caused another bug somewhere else in your app? And there it is, one more bug and you are at it again. The small voice in your head says if only you had automated tests. We know...

Josiah Mory
Collocated East Logo Conquer the Murky Waters of Test Automation
Slideshow

A solid test automation implementation is key to any foray into continuous delivery. Although the test automation waters may look peaceful and pristine, anyone who has jumped in to automate testing complex systems has found the waters to be troubled and murky. Tests take too long to run...

Brian Saylor

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