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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.

Thomas Sullivan's picture Thomas Sullivan
Data—binary code The Value of Making Your Data Sources Reusable across Test Automation Tools

Many automation tools have a mechanism for storing data used in their test scripts. Typically, the specifics of this mechanism is different across tools, making it difficult to use this data outside the tool itself. Using an external, reusable data source allows organizations to avoid the cost of migrating or duplicating existing data, thereby future-proofing their frameworks.

Paul Grizzaffi's picture Paul Grizzaffi
Top ten stickyminds articles in 2016 2016 Top 10 StickyMinds Articles

As 2016 draws to a close, we at TechWell took a look back at the topics that most interested our StickyMinds readers. We hope you enjoy this curated list of top-ranking articles and interviews covering everything in the software testing industry from Selenium and test automation to API testing, kanban, and the future of the software testing profession.

Heather Shanholtzer's picture Heather Shanholtzer
Test management tool Choosing a Test Management Tool that Will Scale with You

When choosing a test management tool, it’s important to select one that will scale with your company’s needs, allowing you to grow and expand based on your evolving challenges. This article describes the elements you should take into consideration when choosing your tool, including functionality, deployment method, customization, end-to-end coverage, and support.

Joel Montvelisky's picture Joel Montvelisky
Agile icon 5 Ways Agile Testing Is Different from Traditional Testing

It’s the distinctions between agile and traditional software development approaches, as well as the adaptability of testers in these very different environments, that makes agile testing different from traditional testing. Agile demands more from its testers, and, in turn, it values them more, too. Let’s look at five main things that make an agile tester’s life different from that of a traditional tester.

Nishi Grover Garg's picture Nishi Grover Garg
Job hunting Job Hunting for Software Testers: A Primer

As straightforward as most software testing and QA job postings seem, they may not actually tell you much about the job itself or the company that’s posting. How can you tell whether you’d be a good fit? If you are interested, how can you best approach the application process? László Szegedi's analysis will help you ask the right questions and prepare yourself to nail the interview.

László Szegedi's picture László Szegedi
Test automation frameworks Heresy! Automation Does Not Require Test Cases

Traditionally, automated scripts are derived from existing test cases. But if we divorce the notion of “automation” from the notions of “test cases” and “test scripts,” we can think of automation as a judicious use of technology to help humans do their jobs. This broadens our world to include different tools that can help testers increase coverage, test faster, and detect trends.

Paul Grizzaffi's picture Paul Grizzaffi
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
Managing for Happiness: Games, Tools, and Practices to Motivate Any Team Book Review: Managing for Happiness: Games, Tools, and Practices to Motivate Any Team

Jurgen Appelo’s useful and fun-to-read book Managing for Happiness: Games, Tools, and Practices to Motivate Any Team gives you concrete tools to identify ways to help your team be happier and to create environments where people can thrive and be more productive. Despite the word managing being in the title, the book is a beneficial read for anyone.

Steve Berczuk's picture Steve Berczuk
mobile phone Weighing the Costs and Benefits of Mobile Test Automation

Today’s market is teeming with attractive options for automating your mobile testing—each with a price tag. You may perceive mobile automation solutions as too expensive, but before you dismiss test automation as a viable solution for your business, let’s break down the benefits, options, and costs of automating your mobile QA process.

Michael W Cooper's picture Michael W Cooper

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