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CAST 2014 – Day 2 Retrospective

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A day after taking a deep dive into the art of performance testing, I was curious to explore some of the intellectual underpinnings surrounding the craft. After all, if one assumes testing is more than just a predefined series of motions designed to accomplish a specific … [Read more...]

CAST 2014 – Day 1 Retrospective

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A small contingent of SmartBears are down in the heart of New York attending CAST 2014 - the annual meeting of The Association for Software Testing. A sold-out crowd of about 250 testers from around the world have piled into the Kimmel Center, right in the middle of … [Read more...]

On the Reusability of Test Scripts

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Automating your testing efforts is paramount to agile and expedient software delivery. However, the implementation details of automating tests diverge very quickly down paths defined by what level of testing you’re performing. Developers have unit tests in IDEs, QA testers … [Read more...]

Why DevOps Makes Your Test Role Even More Important

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DevOps is one of the latest software development movements. If you aren’t familiar with it, the high level summary is that it’s essentially the integration of IT Operations with the development process. This requires significantly more than just inviting Ops to your … [Read more...]

Best Practices of Context-Driven Testing

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First of all, before anyone’s head explodes, let me explain what I mean by “Best Practices.” I know that, particularly in the realm of context-driven testing, this term is looked upon as a major misnomer that is only spewed by the ignorant and uneducated. But I don’t think … [Read more...]

Testers Should Enable Projects and Empower Developers

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In this video, Dawn Haynes, Principal Trainer and Consultant at PerfTestPlus, Inc., explains why it is crucial for testers to give both positive and negative feedback constructively and gives advice for testing teams  who are trying to avoid being "project boat … [Read more...]

Hiring Successful Testers

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In this video, Keith Klain, COO at Doran Jones, explains the mindset he looks for when he interviews potential candidates for his testing team. See also: Software Testing is a People Problem Let It Go (Software Edition)  Hunt for Information, Not … [Read more...]

Uncovering Programming Talent through Gamification

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Sometimes the only way to find the right person for a job is to lay down the gauntlet and make each candidate prove his or her worth. This has clearly become the thinking at many of today’s leading tech companies when it comes to distinguishing contenders from pretenders in … [Read more...]

Hunt for Information, Not Bugs

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In this video, Dawn Haynes explains why it is so important for testers to focus on understanding the context of a project and providing useful information to stakeholders rather than spending countless hours attempting to track down every single bug they possibly … [Read more...]

Writing Testable Code through Fault Injection

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Every testing team out there has their own methods for achieving maximum efficiency in their testing processes. It's really all about what works for your particular team, on any particular project. Where one school of thought may promote the use of specific methods or tools, … [Read more...]