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Articles

Test automation The Evolution of Test Automation, from Record and Playback to Object Mapping

In this culture of shorter time to market and release-ready sprints, it is vital for QA to keep pace by using test automation practices and tools. This article traces the shift from script-based testing with hard-coded data to automated frameworks, exploring the beginning of test automation and its evolution to where we are today—and possibly to where we will be.

Krishnan Govindarajan's picture Krishnan Govindarajan
Service virtualization Overcome Test Automation Plateaus with Service Virtualization

With complex enterprise test automation systems, at least some of the many required dependencies are commonly incomplete, unavailable, or operating incorrectly at the time of test execution. The result is timeouts, incomplete tests, false positives, and inaccurate results. Service virtualization can help you overcome this plateau and increase test automation rates.

Leader Tester-Driven Unit Testing: Taking an Active Role

Developers have so much to do that unit tests often fall by the wayside. One solution is to train testers to handle them. Testers get involved earlier in the development lifecycle, they can enhance their programming skills, and bugs are found and fixed quickly and easily, reducing the functional testing phase. Consider taking an active role in unit testing.

Test exercises Next-Generation Exercises for Software Testers

How often do we talk about what we actually do when we test? Many of the test exercises out there predate the Internet and aren't as relevant anymore. This article contains some software you can play around with and use in mock test scenarios. These exercises will make you think about not only what you do when you test, but all the other skills that also go into being a tester.

Matthew Heusser's picture Matthew Heusser

Better Software Magazine Articles

Testing as a Development Catalyst Testing as a Development Catalyst: Accelerate Project Delivery

Putting technical people together and hoping for success isn’t enough, according to Justin Rohrman. The testing team’s involvement can never be an afterthought.

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
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
Moving Teams toward Automation: Perils, Pitfalls, and Promise

There is no magic bullet to create an effective test automation environment. But Steve Gibson believes that creating a test automation vision, adopting metrics, and delivering value throughout a project lifecycle puts an organization on the right path.

Steve Gibson's picture Steve Gibson

Interviews

Jim Trentadue Enable Testers with a Better User Acceptance Testing Process: An Interview with Jim Trentadue
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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
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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
Huw Price The Value of Risk-Based Testing: An Interview with Huw Price
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In this interview, Huw Price of CA Technologies discusses the appeal of risk-based testing and how to actually do it within your testing team. Huw explains why issues arise when risk metrics are assigned arbitrarily, based on assumptions made about how a poorly understood system should work.

Jennifer Bonine's picture Jennifer Bonine
Jonathon Wright What Pokémon Go and Overwatch Can Teach Us about Scalability: An Interview with Jonathon Wright

In this on-site interview from STARWEST 2016, Jonathon Wright, the director of software engineering at CA Technologies and a speaker at the conference, joins Josiah Renaudin to discuss artificial intelligence, scaling for load, and virtual reality.

Josiah Renaudin's picture Josiah Renaudin

Conference Presentations

Collocated East Logo Solve Everyday IT Problems with DevOps
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Some believe that DevOps is only applicable to Internet-based companies with a desire to disrupt existing businesses. On the contrary, DevOps practices can dramatically reduce many everyday IT problems—defects, incidents, waste, bottlenecks, downtime, and infrastructure fragility. 

Sherry Chang
Collocated East Logo Fear and Loathing in Systems Administration
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Harold “Waldo” Grunenwald hears it all the time—DevOps doesn't work. Sometimes it's from people whose “DevOps transformation” consisted of a team rename or from operations people who scoff at the idea of letting development teams deploy to production frequently. Waldo demonstrates why...

Harold “Waldo” Grunenwald
Collocated East Logo Testing Transformation in the IoT Era
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In the next few years, when more than 20 billion devices will be connected to the Internet, many of us will be IoT testers—in one way or another. Jennifer Bonine explores new areas you will need to address in your testing, new testing skills for the IoT era, and how to innovate your...

Jennifer Bonine
STARCanada Logo Dell’s Journey to Achieve TMMi Level 3 Certification
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The Testing Maturity Model Integration (TMMi) is a model of testing best practices that can help organizations determine whether their testing processes are complete and effective. As a complementary model to the Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI), TMMi addresses those issues...

Mark Keating

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