test design


Mug of beer A Tester Walks into a Bar: Reviewing Test Techniques

A tester walks into a bar and orders a beer. Then he orders ten beers, negative one beer, zero beers ... There are many variations of this joke. So let's try to think of every variation! Continuing the scenario of ordering beers at a bar, let's build test cases for how we would test the beer-ordering process as though it were software.

László Szegedi
Car steering wheel photo by Nicolai Berntsen A Case for Test-First Development

You may feel you don't have time to write unit tests, but you really don't have time not to. Steve Poling makes the case that writing tests first not only will yield better code, but will help you get that code working right sooner. Here's how using a test-first approach changes your thinking about coding, lets you see mistakes immediately, and helps you create more testable code.

Steve Poling
Shovel digging into dirt Uncovering Hidden Boundary Values in Testing

Boundary value analysis is a stable of test design, but sometimes the boundaries are not so obvious to the black-box tester. These are called hidden boundaries. This article provides several examples of hidden boundaries, along with some tips to design your test plan in order to reveal hidden boundaries.

John Ruberto
Little green house Understanding Accessibility Testing: Think like a Dweller, Not a Builder

Digital accessibility aims to make any software usable by the widest possible audience. Assistive technology tools, such as screen readers, can help testers model interactions of users with special needs. But testing software design and implementation requires particular test techniques and a certain mindset: You need to think not like the builder of a house, but like the person who will make it their home.

Albert Gareev

Better Software Magazine Articles

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
The New Normal for Software Development and Testing The New Normal for Software Development and Testing

Customers expect fast-paced, quality product releases. To meet these demands, you must consider test automation, testing in production, and the extensive use of data and analytics.

Michael Sowers
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
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


Hans Buwalda The Tester’s Mindset versus the Developer’s Mindset: An Interview with Hans Buwalda

In this interview, Hans Buwalda, the CTO at LogiGear, explains how software developers have the mindset of creation while software testers are more concerned with how things might be destroyed. He details why testers don’t always need to code and why UI and API automation matters.

Jennifer Bonine
Daria Mehra Machine Learning and Artisanal Testing: An Interview with Daria Mehra

In this interview, Daria Mehra, the director of quality engineering at Quid, explains how people can use machine learning to better contextualize data, details the complexity of test automation and how to be sure you have enough test coverage, and defines the term “artisanal testing.”

Jennifer Bonine
Alon Eizenman Testing with the Lights On: An Interview with Alon Eizenman

In this interview, Alon Eizenman, the CTO and cofounder at SeaLights Technologies, discusses his many experiences with startup companies, how software teams are adapting to the current demand for speed, and why you need data before you take testing actions.

Jennifer Bonine
Randy Rice Test Strategies and the Importance of Security: An Interview with Randy Rice

In this interview, Randy Rice, a leading author, speaker, and consultant in software testing and software quality, details the importance of being able to articulate your test strategy. He also explains why you need to have security at the top of your mind when dealing with software.

Jennifer Bonine

Conference Presentations

BSE Testing Keep Engagement High in Difficult Projects

Aggressive timelines, scope creep, changing requirements, development delays, and the imperative to finish on the imposed timeline … how can you keep your team motivated and engaged when everything seems to go wrong? Larissa Rosochansky describes the major factors of team...

Larissa Rosochansky
BSE Testing Word Smatter: Exploring Semantics, Testers, and Problems

ers [do|don’t] (help) [prevent|detect] problems.” Throughout his career, Damian Synadinos has encountered many variations of this phrase, which uses just a few small words to express many big ideas. It is important to understand what each word means individually to better understand the...

Damian Synadinos
STARCANADA Testing The Three Pillars Approach to an Agile Testing Strategy

Far too often, organizations focus solely on the development teams and their technical practices as their agile adoption strategy. And then there’s the near constant focus on acquiring development tools. Often the testing activity and the testing teams are left behind in agile adoption...

Bob Galen
STARCANADA Testing Amp Up Your Testing by Harnessing Test Data

The data tsunami is coming—or maybe it’s already here. Data science, big data, and machine learning are the buzzwords of the day. Data is changing our products and the way we build them, so we should also change the way we verify our products. In a world of increasing connectivity and...

Steve Rowe

StickyMinds is a TechWell community.

Through conferences, training, consulting, and online resources, TechWell helps you develop and deliver great software every day.