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Human Teams Lessons from Optimizing Computer Systems Applied to Human Teams

Payson Hall learned some lessons from optimizing data system performance that could relate to human team management and leadership. For instance, if a system is overworked, it can't be any more productive beyond a certain point; the same is true for people. Both also can get more done by minimizing multitasking and prioritizing jobs. Read on to learn more from machines.

Payson Hall's picture Payson Hall
Global Software Testing How to Think Globally about Software Testing

The global reach of your software could be stalled because of improper design or late detection of bugs. To release software to be used in more than one country successfully, you should try some tactics you might not usually employ. Consider these special approaches to keep a global mindset when testing.

Anuj Magazine's picture Anuj Magazine
Testing Requirements Redistributed Testing: A Shift to Refine Requirements

In short, redistributed testing is a shift in the emphasis and responsibility for testing. Testers are reassigned to work closer to the business with users or business analysts or are embedded in the development team.By being involved in story and scenario writing, the testers help to refine requirements and improve their quality. How could your systems benefit from redistributed testing?

Paul Gerrard's picture Paul Gerrard
Exploratory Testing Exploring Together: Shared Understanding Through Paired Exploratory Testing

As a ScrumMaster, Claire Moss is responsible for removing obstacles for her team. In this article, she describes her experience teaching everyone on the team—testers and non-testers—exploratory testing skills through pairing.

Claire Moss's picture Claire Moss
Software Product Discovery How a Software Tester Helps During Product Discovery

A software tester can begin testing early—very early—before the software has even been built. Karen Johnson explains that one of the best times to start testing a product is in the product-discovery phase.

Karen N. Johnson's picture Karen N. Johnson
Business Metrics How Depersonalizing Work and Managing Flow Can Humanize the Workplace

Using metrics such as cumulative flow to monitor throughput and quantitative thinking may not seem very humanistic, but by depersonalizing the work being done, we can focus our energies on solving actual problems instead of conducting a daily witch-hunt and shaming people into high performance.

Adam Yuret's picture Adam Yuret
Fixing the Brittleness Problem with GUI Tests

One common complaint about test automation is that it’s too brittle. Small changes in the system can cause lots of rework during the automated checks. In this article, Clint Hoagland shows a way to fix “the brittleness problem” by using the right abstractions in your automation design.

Clint Hoagland's picture Clint Hoagland
How to Maintain a Compatible User Experience How to Maintain a Compatible User Experience

Tara Nicholson explains why it's important to take into account compatibility, which refers to the ability of a software system to function across a variety of client software (browsers), operating systems, and hardware combinations. In this article, Tara shares some helpful strategies for you to consider when maintaining a compatible user experience.

Tara Nicholson's picture Tara Nicholson
Speaking to Your Business Using Measurements Speaking to Your Business Using Measurements

Justin Rohrman writes that measurement is one of the biggest problems he's experienced in test management. How do we measure quality, how do we know those measurements are good, and how do we use them to tell a story to executives? In this article, Justin explains how to speak to your business using measurements.

Justin Rohrman's picture Justin Rohrman
Helpful Tips When Implementing Test Automation Helpful Tips When Implementing Test Automation

Greg Paskal presents a list of helpful tips for when you are performing test automation. A smart plan for your automation endeavors will make a significant difference in its usefulness, adoption, and maintainability over the long haul.

Greg Paskal's picture Greg Paskal

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