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Why ISO 29119 Is a Flawed Quality Standard

Never afraid to voice his opinion, James Christie doesn't object to the adoption of any recommendations that improve software quality. He does, however, believe that ISO 29119 is fundamentally flawed.

James Christie's picture James Christie
Software Testers Should Know about ISO 29119

The ISO/IEC/IEEE 29119 has defined a set of requirements for testing software. As a member of the ISO working group, Jon Hagar wants you to know the basics and why testing teams should consider this recommendation.

Jon Hagar's picture Jon Hagar
Does Anyone Really Do All That Is Recommended by the ISTQB Tester Certifications?

In this FAQ column, Claire Lohr discusses the International Software Testing Qualifications Board's (ISTQB) syllabi for topics related to software testing and it's application and usage among those who perform some aspect of testing.

Claire Lohr's picture Claire Lohr
Understanding Test Automation Patterns

Automated testing is vital for every software development organization's quality assurance activities. Dorothy Graham and Seretta Gamba demonstrate how to classify issues that occur during test automation. The authors maintain that certain test results have root causes that can be categorized as patterns that require specific mitigation strategies.

What Are the Key Components of an Effective Test Strategy?

In this FAQ column, Lee Copeland defines a test strategy as a high-level plan to achieve specific test objectives and outlines the components an effective strategy should address.

Lee Copeland's picture Lee Copeland
Quality Assurance Is a Process, Not a Department

QA is often considered that lonely department of testers whose job is to find defects before the customer does. It's not always glamorous, but QA deserves to be recognized as a key cog in the testing  machine. To achieve business goals, it is Susan Bradley's view that the QA process needs to be embraced throughout the entire software development lifecycle.

Susan Bradley's picture Susan Bradley
How to Design a Test Strategy

Speaking from his experience with test-centered design projects, Jon Hagar explores some testing pitfalls that could have been avoided if the right test strategy had been chosen. You won't find a better, easier-to-understand explanation of a practical test strategy.

Jon Hagar's picture Jon Hagar
Quick, Before We Release

Matt Heusser presents ten key factors to establish a team cadence—the time between running tests and getting a product into production. The shorter the cadence, the less time spent in test/fix/retest land, and the more time spent working on new features.

Matthew Heusser's picture Matthew Heusser
You Can't be Agile Without Automated Unit Testing

Agile projects assume that test planning, test creation, and test execution take place throughout a project's lifecycle. So the need for unit testing (and especially automated unit testing) can't be ignored and should be considered as a key responsibility of the entire team—not just the software developers.

Gil Zilberfeld's picture Gil Zilberfeld
The Increasing Importance of E-Commerce in a Tester’s World

E-commerce and m-commerce industries continue to grow internationally, both in business opportunity and quality assurance requirements. Mukesh Sharma breaks down the core pieces of this technology you need to know in order to properly select the best tools and test approaches.

Mukesh Sharma's picture Mukesh Sharma


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