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Articles

A line of identical rubber ducks The Unspoken Requirement: Testing for Consistency

It's easy to see that style consistency is important when discussing the user interface. But there are other areas where being consistent is just as important, even though they are not as visible. Consistency is one of the quality attributes of a product—any product—even if it is not stated clearly in the requirements documents, and testers have a responsibility to check for it.

Michael Stahl's picture Michael Stahl
Legos 100 Percent Unit Test Coverage Is Not Enough

Many people equate 100 percent unit test coverage with high code quality, but that is not enough. Code coverage tools only measure whether the tests execute the code; they make no judgment on the effectiveness of the tests. Testers should review unit tests, even if they have high coverage levels, and either help improve the tests or supplement them with extra tests where necessary.

John Ruberto's picture John Ruberto
Smiling robot The Future of Software Testing

Many software testers have opinions about the future of their profession. Here, László Szegedi takes a look at how today's realities could shape tomorrow's possibilities for testers when it comes to new skills and technologies, roles and dynamics, and tools and devices. What could your job look like a decade or more from now?

László Szegedi's picture László Szegedi
Extract, transform, load Testing the Extract, Transform, and Load Process in Data Warehouses

Pulling data from a source system and putting it into a data warehouse is a process commonly known as extract, transform, and load, or ETL. Testing the process can be a chore—you need to be sure all appropriate data is extracted, that it is transformed correctly to match the data warehouse schema, and that it's all imported. Instead of testing the ETL process as a black box, you can pull it apart, testing each piece in isolation.

Matthew Heusser's picture Matthew Heusser

Better Software Magazine Articles

Test Artifacts The Reality of Test Artifacts

To perform a validation of a software product, you need test plans. But by the time you begin testing, are those plans still valid? There has to be a better way than translating requirements into a useless test document.

Justin Rohrman's picture Justin Rohrman
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
Getting Test to the Strategy Table

When the big decisions are made to fund and scope the project, are testers in the room? Matt Heusser presents compelling reasons for including QA as a key contributor during strategic planning, along with advice on how to get there.

Matthew Heusser's picture Matthew Heusser
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

Interviews

Melissa Benua How to Adapt to the New Age of Testing and Development: An Interview with Melissa Benua
Podcast

In this interview, Melissa Benua, a senior technical lead at mParticle and senior backend software engineer at PlayFab, explains how the speed of development and testing has changed, as well as how to adapt to the new era of software.

Josiah Renaudin's picture Josiah Renaudin
Adam Auerbach Testing as the Driving Force of DevOps: An Interview with Adam Auerbach
Podcast

In this interview, Adam Auerbach, vice president of quality and DevOps engineering at Lincoln Financial Group, explains how the role of testing has changed thanks to DevOps. He also talks about how testers can lead the DevOps movement through the power of automation.

Josiah Renaudin's picture Josiah Renaudin
Mike Faulise Why Testers Are Starting to Look More like Developers: An Interview with Mike Faulise
Video

In this interview, Mike Faulise, the founder and managing partner at tap|QA, explains how organizations are trying to move toward continuous integration and taking in automation. Consequently, he says, testers are cultivating more technical skill sets and starting to look more like developers.

Jennifer Bonine's picture Jennifer Bonine
Lee Hawkins A Day in the Life of a Test Architect: An Interview with Lee Hawkins
Video

In this interview, Lee Hawkins, the principal test architect for Dell Software, explains the modern role of a test architect. He details how he works out the ways that Dell should do testing by figuring out new testing techniques and advocating for them across the entire organization.

Jennifer Bonine's picture Jennifer Bonine

Conference Presentations

Agile DevOps The Agile Dojo: Shiny Toy or Best Idea Ever?
Slideshow

Remember your first two weeks on a scrum team? It was fantastic and miserable all at the same time. And when things got difficult, your team teetered on the edge of the waterfall. What if there were a way to help teams gel more quickly and accelerate their agile learning by immersing them...

Francie Van Wirkus
Agile DevOps Conference Transitioning to Agile Leadership
Slideshow

The key to helping your teams transform and be successful in an agile world is to know what skills you need to be effective—and in turn, help your team navigate change. Jennifer Bonine focuses on providing a toolkit for agile leadership. Explore your level of acceptance of change, how...

Jennifer Bonine
Agile DevOps Software Craftsmanship in an Agile Environment
Slideshow

In the past two decades agile has become the popular development methodology. Businesses have been rushing to adopt agile processes because it promises to save money and deliver working software more quickly. However, for many businesses, software quality has not improved—and...

Chris McKenzie
Agile DevOps Improv(e) Your Requirements
Slideshow

Improvisational comedy—sometimes called improv—is a form of theater in which the performance is created spontaneously, in the moment. Successful improvisers learn and use a variety of skills and techniques which allow them to better extract ideas, expand on them, and make them meaningful...

Damian Synadinos

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