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telescope Agile Trends to Watch in 2018

With 2018 well underway, it seems like a good time to look ahead and think about what we hope to accomplish this year. Find out which agile trends these software experts are most looking forward to in the coming months.

Heather Shanholtzer
Little green house Understanding Accessibility Testing: Think like a Dweller, Not a Builder

Digital accessibility aims to make any software usable by the widest possible audience. Assistive technology tools, such as screen readers, can help testers model interactions of users with special needs. But testing software design and implementation requires particular test techniques and a certain mindset: You need to think not like the builder of a house, but like the person who will make it their home.

Albert Gareev
Fraying rope Designing a Valuable Stress Test

If you're in a line of e-commerce that sometimes experiences site-crashing levels of volume, executing periodic stress tests is part of a good business plan. Nels Hoenig works for an electric company, so for his site, the main source of stress is power outages. Here, he details his search for a stress-testing tool, what he learned from the tests, and how he convinced others of the value of these tests.

Nels Hoenig
A pair of rubber ducks The Many Advantages of Pair Testing

Pair testing can be done with various disciplines within the software development lifecycle. It has many advantages, both for the quality of the product and the benefit of the testers, and it doesn’t require any special training. You only need two brains and two pairs of eyes. Would your team try pair testing?

Simon Schrijver
Sparkly "2017" sign Top 10 StickyMinds Articles of 2017

With the rise of technology like AI and practices like DevOps, teams everywhere are looking for ways to speed up testing without sacrificing quality. The articles in 2017 reflect that, with the most popular topics being test automation, testing machine learning systems, next-generation exercises, and the future of software testing. If you're looking for cutting-edge testing techniques, check out this roundup.

Heather Shanholtzer
Graphic of gears Complex, Critical Software System Testing: When Automation Is the Only Option

While some testers are unfamiliar with test execution automation, the growing trend into automation necessitates new skills for manual testers. Project test teams need to become aware of this trend, as automation represents not only business opportunities, but also increased quality and fewer risks in complex, safety-critical, and mission-dependent projects.

Jon Hagar
Flag that says "Explore," photo by Andrew Neel Using Tours to Structure Your Exploratory Testing

In testing, a tour is an exploration of a product that is organized around a theme. Tours bring structure and direction to exploration sessions, so they can be used as a fundamental tool for exploratory testing. They're excellent for surfacing a collection of ideas that you can then further explore in depth one at a time, and they help you become more familiar with a product—leading to better testing.

Nishi Grover Garg
Identical bugs under a magnifying glass When Testers Should Consider a Bug a Duplicate

When can a bug report be considered redundant because it is already reported in the bug management system? If you ask the developers, if two bugs are caused by the same mistake in the code, it’s enough to report one of them. But Michael Stahl has good arguments from a tester's perspective about why it's better to err on the side of over-reporting bugs.

Michael Stahl
Path breaking away from a road Learn More from Tests That Stray off the Happy Path

Unit tests exercise various paths through your codebase. Some are happy paths where everything you expect goes right. These tests are boring. The interesting tests are the ones where your code goes hurtling off the happy path. The trick is to capture the diversity of a multitude of unhappy paths without needlessly duplicating unit tests. Here's how you can improve the quality of your unit testing and fix it more effectively.

Steve Poling
Requirements model Requirements Mapping Using Business Function Test Suites

On this team, testers were overcommitted, avoidable defects were surfacing, and documentation was hard to find. Worse, trust and morale were low. Upgrading tools was out of the question, so the testers decided to take matters into their own hands and create incremental change themselves. Here's how a team added a new type of traceability to its requirement test case world.

Balazs Schaffhauser

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