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Improve Your Test Environments with Service Virtualization

Want to save money and time, expand your testing environment’s capabilities, and still get high-quality releases? Service virtualization provides virtual replicas of physical environments and databases. Its earlier-lifecycle defect detection just might change your company’s reality.

Scott Aziz's picture Scott Aziz
The Software Testing Draft: Picking the Right Players for the Team

Like “Moneyball” indicated for baseball, the secret to building a great software team is not drafting superstars but rather hiring team members with solid, diverse skill sets and attitudes that keep the team moving forward to success. Success as a team is a balance of a variety of soft and hard skills found in the individuals on the team, inter-team relationships, leadership, hard work, and even a bit of luck.

Bonnie Bailey's picture Bonnie Bailey
Simplicity and Precision: Test Planning in Agile Projects

Test planning is often thought unnecessary in an agile project. However, if our mindset is on "planning" rather than "plans," we see that test-planning activities happen throughout the project, taking advantage of levels of precision, i.e., what is absolutely necessary at each level.

Janet Gregory's picture Janet Gregory
The Four Horsemen of the Testing Apocalypse

Much like the biblical horsemen of Pestilence, War, Famine, and Death, the "Four Horsemen of the Testing Apocalypse" ride into our lives and work bearing great challenges. If the software of tomorrow is to be better than the software of today, we must face these foes directly.

James Whittaker's picture James Whittaker
FAQ: How Can I Know When to Stop Testing?

In this installment of FAQ, SQE Trainer Rick Craig answers one of the questions students ask him most often.

Rick Craig's picture Rick Craig
Analyzing Code Coverage with C-Cover by Bullseye

C-Cover by Bullseye Testing Technology is a code coverage analyzer that gathers and displays run time coverage statistics of C and C++ source code. Its capabilities include instrumenting the source code, accumulating the code's run time data, and displaying the data in its browser. This article describes Peter Wlodarski's experience using the program.

Peter Wlodarski's picture Peter Wlodarski
A Sticky Situation: Low-Tech Test Tools to the Rescue

The testing craft is sometimes fascinated with high-tech, expensive tools that are intended to help managers keep up to date on what's going on. Yet, sometimes heavyweight tools aren't necessary. Michael Bolton describes how Paul Holland, a senior test manager, uses a decidedly low-tech approach to track and illustrate the testing story.

Michael Bolton's picture Michael Bolton
How Do You Write Good User Stories?

Expert answers to frequently asked questions. In this issue, David Hussman explains how to write good user stories.

David Hussman's picture David Hussman
FAQ: How can I deal with a compressed test schedule?

In this installment of FAQ, SQE Trainer Linda Hayes answers one of the questions students ask her most often.

Linda Hayes's picture Linda Hayes
The Weekend Testers

This is the true story of freedom from the monotonous work of checking. It is the story of what happened when a few passionate testers took responsibility for their own education and fun in testing. Explore how they test, learn, and contribute to the open source.


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