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FAQ: What Should I Do When My Bug Gets Rejected?

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

Dawn Haynes's picture Dawn Haynes
A Look Behind the Curtain: Debunking 12 Myths of Agile Development

When it comes to agile development, Allan Kelly has noticed a lot of misinformation being passed off as fact. In this article, he takes a closer look at twelve of the most common agile myths he has encountered while training new agile teams.

Allan Kelly's picture Allan Kelly
The $440 Million Software Bug

In August, Knight Capital Group lost $440 million in one day. But there weren’t any traders to blame—at least no human ones. The loss was the result of a software system upgrade gone awry. What can we learn from this and other software catastrophes in the financial sector, and how can we prevent them in the future?

FAQ: What Questions Should Software Tester Certification Students Be Able to Answer?

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

Ed Weller's picture Ed Weller
A Major Award

You may remember the "major award" from the film A Christmas Story as "that gaudy leg lamp." But, for Ralphie's Old Man, it’s "indescribably beautiful." Sometimes, the meaning of an award is more important than the award itself.

Lisa Crispin's picture Lisa Crispin
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


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