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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.

The Agile Manifesto Let the Agile Manifesto Guide Your Software Testing

Although its values are commonly associated with agile software development, the Agile Manifesto applies to all people and teams following the agile mindset, including testers. This article examines the four main values of the Agile Manifesto and reveals how they can bring agility to test efforts—improving quality for your team and your customers.

Nishi Grover Garg's picture Nishi Grover Garg
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
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
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

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
Alan Crouch Test Outside the Box by Rooting Your Devices: An Interview with Alan Crouch
Podcast

In this interview, Alan Crouch, a director of mobile testing at Coveros, explains how rooting can help you look at mobile testing differently. He talks about the concepts behind rooting, how to pick the right mobile testing tool, and why experimentation in testing is key.

Josiah Renaudin's picture Josiah Renaudin
Isabel Evans and Julian Harty Test Tools, IT Projects, and User Experience: An Interview with Isabel Evans and Julian Harty
Video

In this interview, Isabel Evans and Julian Harty reveal the area of software where we're ignoring the user experience. They cover how we're not thinking strongly enough about the tool sets used by IT projects, and dig into why test tools are often put on the shelf.

Jennifer Bonine's picture Jennifer Bonine

Conference Presentations

Collocated East Logo Testing and Measurement in DevOps: Find Solutions—Not More Problems
Slideshow

The promise of DevOps is to deliver new features faster following today’s best practices. However, blindly automating the delivery pipeline by installing Jenkins, Chef, and Docker without adapting test approaches will cause a great number of deployments to fail. While the tester’s role...

Andreas Grabner
Collocated East Logo Lead Teams that Deliver the Goods
Slideshow

In software development—and in many life activities—success often depends on how well we collaborate with our team and our stakeholders. Yet getting a group of people to truly work in partnership—let alone self-organize—is a daunting challenge. And we’re often left with lingering...

Andy Kaufman
Collocated East Logo The Past, Present, and Future of Scrum
Slideshow

In the past two decades, Scrum has become the standard for agile development, used in some form today by 90 percent of agile teams. As Scrum starts its third decade, it’s not the fresh-faced process framework it once was. Yes, it has met—and dealt with—commercial, technical, philosophical...

Dave West
Collocated East Logo 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

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