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The Agile Manifesto Let the Agile Manifesto Guide Your Software Testing

Although its values are commonly associated with agile software development, the Agile Manifesto applies to all people and teams following the agile mindset, including testers. This article examines the four main values of the Agile Manifesto and reveals how they can bring agility to test efforts—improving quality for your team and your customers.

Nishi Grover Garg's picture Nishi Grover Garg
Test documents 5 Ways to Overcome Your Hatred of Test Documentation

Writing test documents is a good practice to have: It enforces an orderly thought process, explains what you’re planning, and improves the test strategy. But knowing it's useful doesn't make it any more fun. Michael Stahl knows this, so he has five tips to help make the idea of test documentation a little easier—or at least a little more difficult to hate.

Michael Stahl's picture Michael Stahl
Development, operations, and QA DevOps: Collaboration with a Purpose

Development, operations, and QA have long recognized the importance of coexistence, but they've still had weak or unbalanced relationships. DevOps emphasizes collaboration, rejecting the "us versus them" mentality. Every department needs information, feedback, and support from every other department, helping everyone see how they enable each other.

Douglas Fink's picture Douglas Fink
Test exercises Next-Generation Exercises for Software Testers

How often do we talk about what we actually do when we test? Many of the test exercises out there predate the Internet and aren't as relevant anymore. This article contains some software you can play around with and use in mock test scenarios. These exercises will make you think about not only what you do when you test, but all the other skills that also go into being a tester.

Matthew Heusser's picture Matthew Heusser
man working with template TEMPLATE: Create a Comprehensive Test Strategy

Developing a coherent test strategy for a new software product or for major changes to an existing product can be challenging. This is especially true for the new test engineer for whom this template was developed. This template is a basic guide to help the user through the discovery thought processes necessary to create a sound test strategy for a project.

Craig Kam's picture Craig Kam
User analytics Focus Your Testing by Understanding How Customers Use Your Product

If you're uncertain about where to focus your testing or what kind of testing you should be doing, look at what your users are telling you. Understanding the analytics of how your customers use your application can help you improve your test efforts. This article explores instances of how this data can inform user interface automation, compatibility testing, and web services tests.

John Ruberto's picture John Ruberto
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
Checkers game Teach DevOps Software Development with a Game

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

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