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Liberal arts globe and books Software Testing and Liberal Arts: Rediscover the Tools of Learning[article]

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
Hans Buwalda Bigger and Better Test Design through Automation: An Interview with Hans Buwalda[interview]
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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
overwhelmed at work Saying No to More Work[magazine]

We’ve all been placed in the situation where a boss asks you to perform more work than you can possibly handle. Johanna Rothman knows firsthand that there is a better way to respond that benefits you and your manager.

Johanna Rothman's picture Johanna Rothman
Checkers game Teach DevOps Software Development with a Game[article]

The core idea of DevOps is the various roles working together to create a stable software system. People can hear that, or read about it, or even observe it, but often, the best way for a team new to DevOps to understand it is to just do it. When you're starting out, that can lead to failures on a real system, so a simulation is a good idea. Try playing a game to introduce your team to DevOps.

Matthew Heusser's picture Matthew Heusser
Gene Gotimer Testing Faster, Better, and Cheaper with Continuous Delivery: An Interview with Gene Gotimer[interview]
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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
Testing as a Development Catalyst Testing as a Development Catalyst: Accelerate Project Delivery[magazine]

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
Data—binary code The Value of Making Your Data Sources Reusable across Test Automation Tools[article]

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
Huw Price The Value of Risk-Based Testing: An Interview with Huw Price[interview]
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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
veggies and gems Alternate Testing Models: A Tale of Veggies and Precious Gems[magazine]

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

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
Scaling Agile Helping Organizations Scale Agile across the Enterprise[magazine]

Transitioning a software organization to agile isn’t easy. Kirk Botula believes that incorporating an enterprise-wide performance improvement model strengthens the application of agile throughout your company.

Kirk Botula's picture Kirk Botula
Machine learning Testing a Moving Target: How Do We Test Machine Learning Systems?[article]

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
Mark Levy Transitioning from Waterfall to Agile Using DevOps: An Interview with Mark Levy[interview]

In this interview, Mark Levy, the director of strategy at Micro Focus, explains why DevOps is so important when making the move from waterfall to agile. He details speed versus quality when it comes to agile, why agile transformations take so long, and first steps you should take.

Josiah Renaudin's picture Josiah Renaudin
Failed system update Reducing the Risk of Failed System Updates[magazine]

As software applications become more powerful and complex, users are demanding seamless and automatic updates. There is nothing worse than a “bricked system” after a failed update. The selection of a reliable file system is a vital component of the software update process.

Thom Denholm's picture Thom Denholm
Mob testing group Amplified Learning with Mob Testing[article]

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

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