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A pile of documents Slim Down Your Test Plan Documentation

Test plans are essential for communicating intent and requirements for testing efforts, but excessive documentation creates confusion—or just goes unread. Try the 5W2H method. The name comes from the seven questions you ask: why, what, where, when, who, how, and how much. That's all you need to provide valuable feedback and develop a sufficient plan of action.

László Szegedi's picture László Szegedi
Infinity symbol Has Continuous Deployment Become a New Worst Practice?

Software development has been moving toward progressively smaller and faster development cycles, and continuous integration and continuous deployment are compressing delivery times even further. But is this actually good for businesses or their users? Just because you can deploy to production quickly and frequently, should you?

John Tyson's picture John Tyson
Digital wrench and gears Methods and Tools for Data-Driven API Testing

Data-driven API testing can enable feedback much sooner and more often during development while being just as comprehensive as classic functional black-box testing. There are many methods of API testing, but that shouldn't intimidate you. Testers looking to advance their careers should consider learning some coding in order to test their programs at the API level.

Albert Gareev's picture Albert Gareev
A touchscreen with connected IoT devices IoT Security Should Start with the UI Setup

IoT security is a large and changing topic, but there is one basic starting point where device security can be improved during development and testing: the user interface. The UI should be the first line of defense, but it’s currently weak in most IoT devices. Implementing better practices during the initial UI setup will go a long way toward improving security.

Jon Hagar's picture Jon Hagar
Touchscreen phone with handset Test Techniques for Today’s Telephones

Telephones look very different today from when they were first invented, and their many capabilities and components make for some interesting test cases. Krishnan Govindarajan details his team's recent experience testing a phone, including its splitter, cloud backup, voicemail and answering machine, and VoIP, and gives some techniques to use when testing modern telephones.

Krishnan Govindarajan's picture Krishnan Govindarajan
Keyboard buttons depicting accessibility concerns Accessibility Testing 101: Getting Started and Catching Up

As with any other quality attribute, it is ideal for accessibility to be incorporated in the early stages of design and engineering. But organizations that didn’t initially take accessibility into account can still address it now—it’s better late than never. Here are the main attributes you should consider from the design, development, and testing angles, whether you're building accessibility in from the beginning or adding it now.

Rajini  Padmanaban's picture Rajini Padmanaban
Two gears coming together Start Trusting Your Test Automation Again

The more you rely on feedback from your automated tests, the more you need to be able to rely on the quality and defect-detection power of these tests. Unfortunately, instead of being the stable and reliable guardians of application quality they should be, automated tests regularly are a source of deceit, frustration, and confusion. Here's how you can start trusting your automated tests again.

Bas Dijkstra's picture Bas Dijkstra
Mobile device lab Reduce Regression Issues by Establishing a Mobile Automation Lab

If you have a spotty test automation strategy, you may get lots of regression issues every time you have a new release for your mobile app. A mobile device lab to run regular regression tests could be the key. Here's a plan to get a mobile automation lab up and running, as well as some practices that can help reduce the number of regression issues and improve your overall app test strategy.

Saurabh  Arora's picture Saurabh Arora
Toolkit full of tools What Testers Need in Their Accessibility Testing Toolkits

A software tester’s accessibility testing toolkit should contain various tools, both to help testers “walk in the shoes” of their users and to quickly flag obvious problems and expose accessibility features (or a lack of them). High performance is only achievable with human skill, but these tools will help you uncover potential issues and make your product a better user experience for a wider audience.

Albert Gareev's picture Albert Gareev
A line of identical rubber ducks The Unspoken Requirement: Testing for Consistency

It's easy to see that style consistency is important when discussing the user interface. But there are other areas where being consistent is just as important, even though they are not as visible. Consistency is one of the quality attributes of a product—any product—even if it is not stated clearly in the requirements documents, and testers have a responsibility to check for it.

Michael Stahl's picture Michael Stahl

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