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Machine learning Testing a Moving Target: How Do We Test Machine Learning Systems?

Most machine learning systems are based on neural networks, or sets of layered algorithms whose variables can be adjusted via a learning process. These types of systems don’t produce an exact result; in fact, sometimes they can produce an obviously incorrect result. So, how do you test them? Peter Varhol tells you what you should consider when evaluating machine learning systems.

Peter Varhol's picture Peter Varhol
Mob testing group Amplified Learning with Mob Testing

Just like with mob programming, mob testing is all about a group of testers coming together and collaborating. A lot of our testing knowledge is tacit—it’s in our heads, built from our years of experience. With the combined experience of everyone in the group, we get the best possible approaches to the testing task at hand.

Maaret Pyhäjärvi's picture Maaret Pyhäjärvi
Data security Test Data Privacy: Start Now to Comply with New Regulations

The key for test data privacy is fulfilling testers’ needs for efficiency, speed, and the most accurate representations of data and application behavior in the production environment, while ensuring privacy and protecting testers from unintentional hazards. Here are some tips for getting started on a test data privacy project to comply with the EU’s coming General Data Protection Regulation.

Marcin Grabinski's picture Marcin Grabinski
Test automation button What Software Testers Need to Know about Automation

Even if you're currently only using manual testing, it's still important to know about what's going on in the world of automation. Whatever your role is, your day-to-day job will probably be enhanced by using at least some of the approaches in this article. Here, learn what some common terms mean and some examples of how they might be used in a software development shop.

Josh Grant's picture Josh Grant

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
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
Improve Agile Quality—Three Pillars at a Time

A key component to being agile is the adoption of testing from the very inception of the project. According to Bob Galen, to achieve a high degree of quality assurance, there needs to be a careful balance among development and test automation, software testing, and cross-functional team practices.

Bob Galen's picture Bob Galen

Interviews

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
Melissa Benua discusses continuous integration Employ Continuous Integration Processes to Make Your Code Work: An Interview with Melissa Benua
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In this interview, Melissa Benua, senior backend engineer for PlayFab, explains the new way of life that continuous integration brings. She imparts practical advice for creating builds and running automation on the fly without spending hundreds of hours or thousands of dollars.

Jennifer Bonine's picture Jennifer Bonine
Jared Richardson give advice on advancing your software testing career Break Through Your Major Testing Barriers: An Interview with Jared Richardson
Podcast

In this interview, Jared Richardson, the principal consultant at Agile Artisans, explains how to take charge of your testing career. He details why most testers hit a development wall, how to learn new skills while you're on the job, and how the rest of the team can benefit.

Josiah Renaudin's picture Josiah Renaudin

Conference Presentations

Agile East 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
Agile East Fear and Loathing in Systems Administration
Slideshow

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
Agile East 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
IoT and Embedded Testing: A Roku Case Study
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With big hitters like Time Warner and HBO selectively testing Roku releases, testing these little boxes of joy is becoming more of a necessity in the IoT tester’s playbook. Join Rick Faulise as he shares the secrets of testing on a Roku device including how to get into the Roku interface...

Rick Faulise

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