3 Approaches to Reporting Test Status to The Business

Imagine this... You are walking into work and happen to catch the same elevator as the CTO going up to the office. You have 12 floors to go and it feels like time is moving in reverse. Your CTO looks over at you and asks how the latest release is coming along. Your … [Read more...]

The Hidden Time-Saving Benefits of Code Reviews

Physical labor is one of the most strangely enduring mental models for knowledge work. Directors and managers of software development the world over reactively employ it when nudged out of their comfort zones, for instance. "What do you mean 'pair programming' -- we'll … [Read more...]

Debugging an API Performance Problem from the Real World

I see companies that survive with too few customers, then fall apart precisely when apparent success arrives: paying users start to depend on a product, response times wobble and stumble, and suddenly things become slow, ugly, and out-of-control. True life examples … [Read more...]

6 Tips for Testers to Help an API Refactoring Succeed

When the development team refactors an API, it's purely an implementation matter, and therefore of no significance to testing, right? Wrong, even triply wrong: testing expertise is crucial to a successful roll out, however sincerely the programmers believe its … [Read more...]

A Guide to Improving Code Quality and Collaboration on Your Development Team

Earlier this year, SmartBear Software released our State of Code Quality 2016 report. The goal of the report was to determine how software teams are building and maintaining code quality in a world where teams are being asked to move faster than ever before. The report … [Read more...]

How Testing Teams Can Achieve End-to-End Traceability

A few years ago, at a test design course, I overheard someone complaining that the course did not offer advice for "requirements traceability." When I asked her what that meant, she pulled out an excel spreadsheet — the test cases were columns and the requirements rows. … [Read more...]

How to Actually Reduce Software Defects

As an IT management consultant, the most frequent question I hear is some variant of “how can we get our defect count down?” Developers may want this as a matter of professional pride, but it’s the managers and project managers that truly burn to improve on this metric. … [Read more...]

STAREAST Recap: Dot Graham on Test Automation Patterns, Testing Challenges, and Zombie Tests

We had the privilege to catch up with Dorothy (Dot) Graham at this year’s STAREAST Software Testing Conference. With more than 40 years of experience in the software testing industry, Dot has a deep understanding of the challenges and opportunities that exist for software … [Read more...]

STAREAST Recap: Fostering Long-Term Test Automation Success

This week, we are sharing our favorite interviews from the STAREAST Software Testing Conference, which took place May 2-6 in Orlando, Florida. In today’s video interview, we caught up with Carl Nagle, principal software developer at SAS Institute. Carl discusses how the … [Read more...]

Continuous Performance Improvement in an Agile World

Modern organizations have moved from serial development of monolithic applications — assembling and releasing once or twice a year — to an agile, DevOps, and CI-CD motion, where applications are developed and deployed often and in smaller blocks. We’ve all heard about the … [Read more...]

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