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Coins falling Where Your Money Is Lost in Testing

Companies that want to reduce testing costs usually try working with fewer people, or even cutting back on the amount of testing done. But with those approaches, quality usually suffers. Releasing a critical bug and suffering the subsequent pain usually costs multiple times what testing would. There are better ways to save money, and it can be done just by being smarter about our test cases and their structure.

Maximilian Bauer's picture Maximilian Bauer
Tester and developer shaking hands across a table How to Collaborate on a Brand-New QA Team

As a quality analyst, when you raise a bug, developers sometimes react as if you were personally attacking their job. The situation can be even more difficult if you are starting a new QA team, where you will work with people who have never had the quality assurance component. Here is some advice for ways you can be effective when you’re starting on a team that has never worked with quality analysts before.

Juan Pablo Aguirre's picture Juan Pablo Aguirre
Man training a dog to sit How Humans and Bots Can Work Together to Test Software

We’ve all heard about AI for software testing from some seriously smart people, but there has been a lot of confusion about the idea. This article tackles some of the questions you might be asking: Do I need to be a genius to use AI for software testing? Is AI going to replace me as a tester? Where does AI fit into my testing strategy? With a simple analogy of training a dog, learn how AI fits into testing.

Janna Loeffler's picture Janna Loeffler
Rubik's cube being solved A Tester's Role in AIOps

“AIOps” stands for “artificial intelligence in IT operations,” or using machine learning and data science to solve IT problems. AI can help with many IT functions, including detecting and remediating outages, monitoring availability and performance, and IT service management. Like with DevOps, a tester plays an important part with AIOps—they just have to determine what that is.

Bhavani Ramasubbu's picture Bhavani Ramasubbu
Person looking at a bar graph for information Information Loss in Software Testing

The higher you climb in the organization, the less information you get: An executive might only see red, yellow, and green for a project. Any time different teams need to communicate complex information, there is bound to be some information loss, and maybe some information control. We just need to understand where and why that happens, and—hopefully—how we can mitigate it.

Matthew Heusser's picture Matthew Heusser
QA professionals performing continuous testing How Continuous Testing Is Done in DevOps

DevOps does speed up your processes and make them more efficient, but companies must focus on quality as well as speed. QA should not live outside the DevOps environment; it should be a fundamental part. If your DevOps ambitions have started with only the development and operations teams, it’s not too late to loop in testing. You must integrate QA into the lifecycle in order to truly achieve DevOps benefits.

Junaid Ahmed's picture Junaid Ahmed
Woman wearing a hard hat and working with a machine Blending Machine Learning and Hands-on Testing

As your QA team grows, manual testing can lose the ability to focus on likely problem areas and instead turn into an inefficient checkbox process. Using machine learning can bring back the insights of a small team of experienced testers. By defining certain scenarios, machine learning can determine the probability that a change has a serious defect, so you can evaluate risk and know where to focus your efforts.

James Farrier's picture James Farrier
Car dashboard with various meters and dials 5 Key Elements for Designing a Successful Dashboard

When you’re designing a dashboard to track and display metrics, it is important to consider the needs and expectations of the users of the dashboard and the information that is available. There are several aspects to consider when creating a new dashboard in order to make it a useful tool. For a mnemonic device to help you easily remember the qualities that make a good dashboard, just remember the acronym “VITAL.”

Nels Hoenig's picture Nels Hoenig
Cards and chips at a casino Risk Coverage: A New Currency for Testing

In the era of agile and DevOps, release decisions need to be made rapidly—preferably, even automatically and instantaneously. Test results that focus solely on the number of test cases leave you with a huge blind spot. If you want fast, accurate assessments of the risks associated with promoting the latest release candidate to production, you need a new currency in testing: Risk coverage needs to replace test coverage.

Wolfgang Platz's picture Wolfgang Platz
Dozens of workshop tools laid out in an orderly fashion Transforming a Test Automation Maintenance Nightmare into Success

Best practices for test automation emphasize reliability, portability, reusability, readability, maintainability, and more. But how can your existing automated test suite adopt these qualities? Should you address these issues with your current tests, or create an entirely new set of tests? Here are some questions that will help you determine if your test automation maintenance program is operating as it should be.

Vinay Shah's picture Vinay Shah

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