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Articles

Volkwagen car emissions What IoT and Embedded Device Testers Can Learn from the Volkswagen Emissions Scandal

In 2015, it was discovered that Volkswagen had equipped millions of its cars with software to cheat on diesel emissions tests. It was a team of independent testers that uncovered the fraud. Jon Hagar tells testers what they can take away from the scandal and gives some recommendations to consider in order to improve the test industry for IoT and embedded systems.

Jon Hagar's picture Jon Hagar
Testing on mobile devices Demystifying Mobile Testing: Critical Thinking Prevails

There are so many testers who think mobile testing is completely different from other types of testing. But there is no need to totally shift their testing paradigm and strategy; mobile testing is not that different after all. This article details the commonalities and differences in testing mobile applications and how lessons learned from testing other applications can be applied to mobile as well.

Raj Subramanian's picture Raj Subramanian
Test automation frameworks Heresy! Automation Does Not Require Test Cases

Traditionally, automated scripts are derived from existing test cases. But if we divorce the notion of “automation” from the notions of “test cases” and “test scripts,” we can think of automation as a judicious use of technology to help humans do their jobs. This broadens our world to include different tools that can help testers increase coverage, test faster, and detect trends.

Paul Grizzaffi's picture Paul Grizzaffi
laboratory beakers Our Experiment in Exploratory Testing: A Case Study

Many testers use exploratory testing techniques daily in their normal work. Doron Bar's team wanted to go all in and see if they should make it part of their official procedure. Here, he talks about how they prepared and conducted an experiment comparing exploratory testing to their usual scripted testing. Read on to see the results.

Doron Bar's picture Doron Bar

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
Embracing The Top Trends in Software Testing

As user needs change for software apps expanding into IoT, mobile, and the cloud, testing approaches need to change. Shyam Ramanathan discusses eleven of the most important testing trends you should incorporate.

Shyam Ramanathan's picture Shyam Ramanathan
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

Keith Klain The Viability of Context-Driven Testing: An Interview with Keith Klain
Podcast

In this interview, Keith Klain, a software testing and quality management professional, discusses all the lessons he's learned from selling software testing. He also explains why context-driven testing is viable, as well as how to discern between wants and needs.

Josiah Renaudin's picture Josiah Renaudin
Matt Heusser discusses Lean Software Testing STAREAST 2015 Interview with Matt Heusser on Lean Software Testing
Video

In this interview, Matt Heusser covers how most organizations test now, presents ways you can improve your company's approach to lean, and demonstrates lean tools that can help you understand software development and test flow in a different way.

Jennifer Bonine's picture Jennifer Bonine
Janet Gregory discusses software testing I Don’t Want to Talk about Bugs: Let’s Change the Conversation: An Interview with Janet Gregory

In this interview, Janet Gregory discusses changing the testing conversation from bugs to solutions, why testers need to focus on the actual business, and simple methods that teams can employ right now to measure value and to focus on the positives rather than the negatives.

Josiah Renaudin's picture Josiah Renaudin
Liana Gevorgyan discusses Measuring Software Quality STAREAST 2015 Interview with Liana Gevorgyan on Measuring Quality
Video

In this STAREAST interview, Liana Gevorgyan discusses how to measure software quality, different testing trends, what following "best" practices really means today, and what trends your company might want to follow.

Jennifer Bonine's picture Jennifer Bonine

Conference Presentations

Bring Team Interaction into the Living Room
Slideshow

The people behind Peloton Cycle recognized a paradox in modern fitness. Many people want to get fit at home and balk at joining a sports team or gym. Yet home fitness routines are notoriously less successful—precisely because they lack social interaction. So with the creation of the...

Yony Feng and Manish Mathuria
Future Perspective: Cloud Connectivity in an IoT World
Slideshow

In the Internet of Things (IoT) world, you need to understand and exploit opportunities in the rapidly evolving core connectivity domain. To ensure that products will realize IoT benefits, plans and roadmaps must include connectivity requirements, activities, and projected costs. Steven...

Steven Woodward
Virtualize APIs for Better Application Testing
Slideshow

In today’s interconnected world, APIs are the glue that allows software components, devices, and applications to work together. Unfortunately, many testers don’t have direct access to manipulate the APIs during testing and must rely on either testing the API separately from the application...

Lorinda Brandon, SmartBear Software
Testing Hyper-Complex Systems: What Can We Know? What Can We Claim?
Slideshow

Throughout history, people have built systems of dramatically increasing complexity. In simpler systems, defects at the micro level are mitigated by the macro level structure. In complex systems, failures at the micro level cannot be compensated for at a higher level, often with...

Lee Copeland, Software Quality Engineering

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