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Articles

Rebuilding 4 Steps to Rebuilding a Testing Team: Bringing Stability to Chaos

When you join a new project, sometimes you’re brought on to clean up the mess, rebuild the process, and bring stability to the team. Raj Subramanian has been in this situation several times, and he’s noticed four steps you can immediately follow to reduce disruption and get the project on track. Here’s how you can bring order to team chaos.

Raj Subramanian's picture Raj Subramanian
Service virtualization containers Leverage Containers to Create Simulated Test Environments on Demand

Adopting service virtualization can allow organizations to achieve more effective software development and testing by removing traditional test environment bottlenecks. Integrating service virtualization within the continuous delivery pipeline using containerization helps teams reach the level of flexibility required by today's competitive markets.

Bas Dijkstra's picture Bas Dijkstra
Liberal arts globe and books Software Testing and Liberal Arts: Rediscover the Tools of Learning

While having a computer science degree will surely help with a career in programming or testing, a background in liberal arts may end up helping you more than you know, too. The liberal arts teach logic, rhetoric, and how to see the big picture, which comes in handy when you're trying to make connections in complex systems. A well-rounded education helps anyone, but particularly testers.

Tom Sullivan's picture Tom Sullivan
Data—binary code The Value of Making Your Data Sources Reusable across Test Automation Tools

Many automation tools have a mechanism for storing data used in their test scripts. Typically, the specifics of this mechanism is different across tools, making it difficult to use this data outside the tool itself. Using an external, reusable data source allows organizations to avoid the cost of migrating or duplicating existing data, thereby future-proofing their frameworks.

Paul Grizzaffi's picture Paul Grizzaffi

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
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
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

TJ Usiyan How Ideas and Assumptions Impact Applications: An Interview with TJ Usiyan
Podcast

In this interview, TJ Usiyan, an instructor with Iron Yard, talks about whether development and testing teams need to be on the same page. He also explains how subjectivity influences our systems and applications and why teams overlook subjectivity.

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
Hans Buwalda Bigger and Better Test Design through Automation: An Interview with Hans Buwalda
Video

In this interview, LogiGear's Hans Buwalda explains how better test design can lead to improved test automation and can make the difference between automation success and failure. He details why successful automated testing is a test design challenge, not a technical challenge.

Jennifer Bonine's picture Jennifer Bonine
Gene Gotimer Testing Faster, Better, and Cheaper with Continuous Delivery: An Interview with Gene Gotimer
Video

In this interview, Gene Gotimer, the senior architect at Coveros, explains how you can test better, deploy features into production faster with continuous delivery, and arrange your tests so each round provides just enough testing to give you confidence.

Josiah Renaudin's picture Josiah Renaudin

Conference Presentations

Agile East Transform Organizational Culture for DevOps Success
Slideshow

An organization’s ability to adopt a DevOps approach for software delivery often hinges on a cultural transformation that may be more difficult than technology issues. The keys to success are change supported from the top down, combined with people on the front line who are willing to...

Al Wagner
Agile East Demystifying DevOps: Capital One’s Journey toward Continuous Delivery
Slideshow

Many companies are either talking about DevOps or already working toward adoption. Books and conferences around DevOps abound, and it seems that everyone is hiring DevOps engineers. What impact does adopting DevOps have on a company and its people? What does DevOps look like from the...

Adam Auerbach
Agile East Agile Requirements—From Breadth to Depth
Slideshow

Requirements elicitation and documentation can be frustrating in an agile process. Some interpret the Agile Manifesto statement “working software over comprehensive documentation” to mean that no requirements documentation is warranted because the code documents the requirements. Others...

Ken Pugh
Agile East The Lean Agile Portfolio
Slideshow

Agile practices continue to improve as organizations move forward with adoption and adaption. However, as they move forward, they often run into daunting challenges—coordinating projects with highly complex requirements and interdependencies; navigating highly political environments...

Jamie Mades

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