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Rope fraying Your Load Test Model Is Broken: How to Understand and Correct the Data

When conducting load testing, if all you do is run the same tests and then examine data such as average response time, you could be missing some red flags. Load test models usually aren't analogous to the real world, so you may have disappointed users you don't even know about. It's our responsibility to understand what our tools do as well as what the results mean.

Jeremy Carey-Dressler's picture Jeremy Carey-Dressler
DevOps You Can’t Buy DevOps

There are organizations that want to “buy DevOps,” like it is a plugin to add to the development process. They often create a new role, team, department, or infrastructure. But you can't buy DevOps, and it's not a designated team, either. It is the idea of people working together. Here are some approaches to get you there.

Matthew Heusser's picture Matthew Heusser
man looking at arrows DevOps: Changing the Software Testing Game

The DevOps movement promises to be as influential as project management and good requirements ever were in programming and testing. By combining ops (deploys, monitoring) with programming (automated builds, automated virtual servers) and testing (risk management), we get something that is more than the sum of its parts.

Matthew Heusser's picture Matthew Heusser
value highlighted in dictionary Get Smart about Your Regression Tests’ Value

If you aren’t measuring the coverage your regression tests provide, you may be spending too much time for little benefit. Consider the value of your regression tests as you create and manage them. You need to be smart about the regression tests you maintain in order to gain the maximum value from the work put into creating, running, and analyzing their results.

Leanne Howard's picture Leanne Howard
embedded software Accountability in Testing Embedded and IoT Software Systems

Take a look at the critical systems in the world today and you’ll find software. From water, power, and utilities to nuclear plants, factories, and cars, pretty much everything has become integrated with digital devices and the internet. We need to do testing from a risk-based perspective and be accountable to the public by acknowledging what is tested and what is not.

Jon Hagar's picture Jon Hagar
stacked containers Containers: A Tester's Friend or Foe?

Containers support the timely delivery of a quality software application. However, the change to a DevOps process involving containers will require testers to adapt to this new, more agile environment. What does that mean for testers and the work they do? Here's how testers can embrace these changes, containers, and DevOps.

Kevin Dunne's picture Kevin Dunne
DevOps diagram Testers: An Integral Part of the DevOps Team

Building innovative software faster and better is imperative to an organization’s success, so it makes sense to take advantage of DevOps. But what some teams fail to consider is that testing is a crucial part of the process. Without a “test early and often” mentality, DevOps would only be able to release software faster—not better.

Renato Quedas's picture Renato Quedas
laboratory beakers Our Experiment in Exploratory Testing: A Case Study

Many testers use exploratory testing techniques daily in their normal work. Doron Bar's team wanted to go all in and see if they should make it part of their official procedure. Here, he talks about how they prepared and conducted an experiment comparing exploratory testing to their usual scripted testing. Read on to see the results.

Doron Bar's picture Doron Bar
scale Using Key Performance Indicators in the Transition from Legacy Systems

Switching from a legacy system to a composite application can be tricky: The transition will require a lot of restructuring. To be sure you’re conducting the most streamlined, complete transfer possible, focus on key performance indicators. Defining KPIs can help prioritize objectives and create an efficient new workflow.

Jessica Paddock's picture Jessica Paddock
computer connected to everything IoT, Mobile, and Tech Curve Disillusionment: Moving beyond the Hype

The hype around the Internet of Things is at its peak. Should you bother learning the skills developers and testers require in this new field, or will it soon become just another trend that's fallen out of favor? Jon Hagar makes a strong case for why the IoT will be relevant even after the clamor dies down, and why its associated skills will serve you well no matter what.

Jon Hagar's picture Jon Hagar

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