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Two Approaches to Test Automation Architectures

I’ve yet to see two development environments that are alike. But even if there is no cookie cutter approach to software delivery, there are standard approaches, and methodologies that are consistent throughout modern software development and that frame nearly all environments. Because there is a big move in software testing to go from purely manual testing (a non-technical process) to a [...]

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 [...]

Implied Testing

Implied Testing is a way to write a test that indicates other parts of your workflow are working as you try to accomplish a goal. Make use of Implied Testing to minimize the amount of documentation and testing artifacts on a project. According to the Manifesto for Agile Software Development, we should favor working software over comprehensive documentation. While this sounds good in theory, all [...]

Fragile Automation

User Interface (UI) Testing. The idea is simple — automate some UI tests to ensure your application is still behaving as expected. Usually your first set of tests — running green, no doubt — make you all cheer and pat yourselves on the back. Then you open up the framework to more people. Despite the reviews (so many reviews), the failures start to come, and they don’t [...]

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 [...]

A Two-Minute BDD Overview
Posted by Ashley Hunsberger in AgileBest PracticesGuest Blog PostsSoftware Development & Testing

Behavior Driven Development, or BDD, can help get your teams building the RIGHT product. Although I’ve heard the term used interchangeably with Test Driven Development (TDD), I personally see it as an extension of TDD to help your team focus on the business’ goals. While TDD provides tests that drive development, those tests may or may not be helping you meet those goals. The WHY [...]

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