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I’ve Got a Feeling: Emotions in Testing

There are people who believe that emotions have no place in software testing when, in fact, the opposite is true. Decisions about quality are always emotional. If you want to be a better tester, get in touch with your feelings.

Michael Bolton's picture Michael Bolton
Software Testing Is a Game

Skilled testing—an important part of creating valuable technology—is under attack. We need to rethink the problem, analyze why people resist testing, and create approaches to make it more engaging. Gamification provides one model to help us improve our approach.

Jonathan Kohl's picture Jonathan Kohl
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
Reports of the Death of Testing Have Been Greatly Exaggerated

Some say testing is dead. Others argue that it's indispensable. Lee Copeland says that both sides are valid—if you keep their contexts in mind.

Lee Copeland's picture Lee Copeland
7 Core Practices of Agile Test Automation

Software test automation has been around for a while, but it faces some specific challenges in an agile environment. Here are seven practices that will help you get the most out of your test automation within agile's short development cycles.

Rajini Padmanaban's picture Rajini Padmanaban
Gain Greater Testing Precision Through Adaptive Test Methods

Brooke Bowie explains how "adaptive" software testing provides nimble, high-value software test solutions that bend and shift with the changing needs of the market or the environment. High-value testing does not mean that you need to perform all end-to-end testing or run the full suite of tests; this can potentially create a bottleneck and dampen the velocity. Adaptive tests are always targeted at the most relevant business and quality goals.

Brooke Bowie's picture Brooke Bowie
Which Visual Models Do You Recommend for Test Design?

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

Robert Sabourin's picture Robert Sabourin
Practical Security Testing for Web Applications

It seems like every week the press has yet another story about security breaches or stolen data at some of the world’s largest companies or government agencies. Sometimes the responsibility for ensuring thorough security resides with an IT security group, and other times it gets outsourced altogether. The responsibility seldom falls to testing teams. However, this is changing. Having trained and experienced testers hunt for security bugs will make web applications safer from hackers and will further protect consumers, corporate assets, and brands.. Scott Aziz offers some practical techniques that will help you get started.

Scott Aziz's picture Scott Aziz
Why Is Extrapolation of Results in Performance Testing a Bad Idea?

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

Dale Perry's picture Dale Perry
Selecting the Right Mobile Testing Solution

The mobile market dynamics are extreme, unpredictable, and fragmented. There are numerous operating systems and a multitude of platform versions, networks, hardware, and form factors making it a challenge to maintain mobile application quality. Find out how to adjust to the shift from traditional to mobile development—which additional elements are a must and which ones can be maintained.

Yoram Mizrachi's picture Yoram Mizrachi

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