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Moving Teams toward Automation: Perils, Pitfalls, and Promise

There is no magic bullet to create an effective test automation environment. But Steve Gibson believes that creating a test automation vision, adopting metrics, and delivering value throughout a project lifecycle puts an organization on the right path.

Steve Gibson's picture Steve Gibson
Improve Agile Quality—Three Pillars at a Time

A key component to being agile is the adoption of testing from the very inception of the project. According to Bob Galen, to achieve a high degree of quality assurance, there needs to be a careful balance among development and test automation, software testing, and cross-functional team practices.

Bob Galen's picture Bob Galen
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
The Lean Test Canvas

Taking lessons from the lean business model, Matt Heusser explains how a tester can present different values and properly set expectations with the team using the lean test canvas. His approach starts with defining who  the customer is and ends with key qualitative measures that will be used to ensure success.

Matthew Heusser's picture Matthew Heusser
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
Leveraging Automated Testing to Improve Product Quality

Improving product quality is often a very difficult task for even the best software development organizations. Rajini says the additional benefits of automation include benchmarking, code scanning analysis, end-to-end test cases, and compatibility validation.

Rajini  Padmanaban's picture Rajini Padmanaban
Traditional Test Engineering, Your Days Are Numbered

In the first installment of this article, Dr. James Whittaker discussed turning testing on its head—to revitalize and improve the value of late-stage testing. James also discussed ideas behind empowering your dogfooders, testers, and the crowd to significantly and efficiently improve software quality. In part two, Jason Arbon discusses the research and engineering experimentation behind realizing these ideas into new tools and processes.

Jason Arbon's picture Jason Arbon
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

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