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Why is Manual QA Still So Prevalent?

This past week I casually heard comments alluding to the imminent death of the QA Analyst or Manual Tester. (To be clear, I am not referring to the QA Automation Engineer, who builds test automation.) Not only does the function not seem to be going away, recruiters are still out their hunting testers down. Out of curiosity I did my own review of randomly selected job posts from Monster and Indeed [...]

Mobile vs. Web: Which is Harder to Test?

Have you ever worked on a web-based test team and switched to a mobile team and wondered if your life is about to get easier or harder? There are significant differences between testing mobile vs. web, and yes, one is MUCH harder than the other. Want to guess which one? Read on and see if you guessed correctly. Let’s Compare The table below shows the different facets of testing and where [...]

Test Faster and Smarter by Testing in Production

You may dread the term testing in production (TiP). The thought of potential loss of data, downtime, and a damaged reputation to organizations can be daunting. But things need not be that way. In fact, today, testing in production is used by some of the biggest organizations with much success. But can it become a reality for your team? Accident or Intentional? Testing in production is not a [...]

Waiting for Green
Posted by Ashley Hunsberger in Best PracticesGuest Blog PostsQAQuality AssuranceQuality Engineering

Every now and then, you may encounter a time when you need to stabilize your automated UI tests (for myself, that time is now). Although you don’t want to add to a framework that you are stabilizing, you probably don’t want to halt development on new features. (Warning — telling your leadership team no one is allowed to add more tests until everything goes green might not go [...]

3 Simple Strategies to Get Started With Automation

If your test automation team’s directive is to automate X amount of tests, and you have no strategy as to which tests they should focus on, you are wasting your time. Before you begin writing your first line of automation code, make sure you have a strategy in place. Otherwise, you will have a ton of ineffective tests to maintain. Don’t Choose a Random Goal How many times have you [...]

Women In QA
Posted by Ashley Hunsberger in Guest Blog PostsQAQuality Assurance

I’ve been in QA a little over a decade now, and there is so much to learn as the field constantly evolves. To stay current, I have to carve time to learn, read, and see how others are adapting to our changing world. With so much material available, let me point you to some of the people I like to keep up with. And since next month is Women’s History Month, let’s take a look at [...]

Paired Testing: Two Is Better Than One

Paired programming brings two developers together to produce higher quality code compared to those same two engineers coding separately. Just as paired programming has someone writing code while another person reviews the code as it is being written, paired testing has someone doing the testing while another person takes notes, asks questions, and spots/reports bugs. I’ve personally found [...]

A Functional Tester Looks at Performance
Posted by Ashley Hunsberger in Best PracticesGuest Blog PostsQAQuality Assurance

Even if you aren’t directly responsible for performance, it is important to consider it under the umbrella of quality. As a tester, how do you move forward and help drive performance quality (especially when you are new to this area, like me)? What are the ramifications of not considering performance within QA? Let’s take a look at what performance is, the questions QA can ask during [...]

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