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Evidence of software testing “How Was This Tested?” Providing Evidence of Your Testing

Many testers have a tendency to minimize the information they record when testing. The challenge comes when problems are found later, possibly after the software is in production. How do we remember what we did, and when? What records do we have to refer to? How do we, as testers, answer the question “How was this tested?”

Peter Walen's picture Peter Walen
Test Collaboration How Collaboration Changes the Way Testers Think

It can be easy for testers to get into the mindset that they are the “Quality Police” solely in charge of when a product gets released. But when you share responsibility, ask questions, and talk to developers, customers, and stakeholders, you can really expand as a tester. Lisa Crispin details how collaboration has helped her grow.

Lisa Crispin's picture Lisa Crispin
Better Tester Using Games to Make You a Better Tester

Games are useful for so much more than having fun. Types of games focused on testing skills are generally called tester games, and they can show you how the other members of your team think, make you think about how you think, and even help you change the way you approach testing.

Erik Davis's picture Erik Davis
Software Quality Being the Devil’s Advocate for Software Quality

What if someone were to say that most of the time, quality does not matter? That you should only aim for the minimal amount of investment in testing to get the product out the door to start making money? Here, Rob Cross takes the “devil’s advocate” position and provides some arguments against striving for quality. How would you refute them?

Rob Cross's picture Rob Cross
Criteria Plans Managing Acceptance Criteria Plans

Some of the hardest and most crucial instances in any project execution are the user acceptance test phases. But having a thorough and clearly documented process for evaluating acceptance and exit criteria that you previously agreed on with the end-user will help you handle expectations and plan on results.

Female Testers Why You Need Female Testers on Your Team

There is a great deal of conversation around the lack of female representation in Silicon Valley. While striving for more equal demographics within the IT world is a worthy cause in its own right, it is actually to our industry’s detriment when we fail to actively include women on testing teams. Read on to learn why.

Joseph Ours's picture Joseph Ours
A team of people around the globe 8 Simple Ways to Improve Distributed QA Teams

Geographically distributed QA teams and the challenges that they face are a common and ongoing topic in the software development world. In this article, Kevin Wilson focuses attention on eight simple solutions that can help maximize the effectiveness of your distributed QA team.

Kevin Wilson's picture Kevin Wilson
Ethics of a Testing The Ethics of a Testing Job Interview

When conducting a testing job interview, of course you want to ask questions to be sure the candidate has the skills necessary for the position. But what sorts of questions go too far? Is it ethical to ask a candidate to solve an actual problem your company is experiencing—even if you don't end up hiring him? This article explores some moral gray areas.

Jeremy Carey-Dressler's picture Jeremy Carey-Dressler
Traceable Tests Guide Your Agile Development with Traceable Tests

Testing professionals who are learning about agile often want to know how they can provide traceability among automated tests, features, and bugs and report on their testing progress. Here, Lisa Crispin gives an example of how her previous team worked together to integrate testing with coding and helped everyone see testing progress at a glance.

Lisa Crispin's picture Lisa Crispin
Performance Tester Avoid Becoming a Lonely Cowboy Performance Tester

In the Wild West movies, the cowboys do not typically have a lot of friends; they follow no rules but their own, and their way of settling an issue is by shooting each other. In the wild world of software performance testing, without the support from people around and above you, it will be impossible to get anything done. You don’t have to be a lonely cowboy.

Jun Zhuang's picture Jun Zhuang

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