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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
two people with gears moving above heads Behavior-Driven Development and Automation: Establishing Order

Though automation is often mentioned in the same breath as behavior-driven development, they are not equally important. If you want to use behavior-driven development, do just that: Work on getting the approach right, and forget about the automation at first. Here's why you should think of automation as more of a bonus to the BDD process.

Paul Grizzaffi
functional testing Kanban chart Kanban for Software Testing Teams

Kanban, a highly effective agile framework, is based on the philosophy that everything can be improved. And it's not just for development teams. The QA team also can use kanban to organize tasks, identify bottlenecks, and make their processes clearer and more consistent.

Sofía Palamarchuk

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