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Articles

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

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

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
Huw Price The Value of Risk-Based Testing: An Interview with Huw Price
Video

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 Don't Ask "Can You Hear Me Now?" Start Listening Instead
Slideshow

Most of us believe we are good listeners. However, we often overestimate this skill and are hard-wired to short change it by making assumptions, providing answers, and jumping in when we think we know what people are trying to say. In doing so, we rob ourselves of the chance to encourage...

Judith Mills
Collocated East Logo Testing Transformation in the IoT Era
Slideshow

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
Collocated East Logo Build Adaptable Teams: The Marine Corps Way
Slideshow

Shrinking budgets, increased workloads, and ever-changing demands challenge today’s product teams to adapt and learn to do more with less. Since its birth in 1775, the United States Marine Corps has faced similar trials. The key to the Corps’ survival—not unlike that of a product team—has...

Anne Steiner
Collocated East Logo Build Fail-Proof Tests in Any Browser with Selenium
Slideshow

What happens when you have thousands of tests that run beautifully in Chrome but many of them fail in Internet Explorer? Unfortunately, this scenario is all too common for testers and remains a major sore point for teams tasked with getting software to work in any browser. Kevin Berg...

Kevin Berg

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