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Articles

Get Smart about Your Regression Tests’ Value

If you aren’t measuring the coverage your regression tests provide, you may be spending too much time for little benefit. Consider the value of your regression tests as you create and manage them. You need to be smart about the regression tests you maintain in order to gain the maximum value from the work put into creating, running, and analyzing their results.

Leanne Howard's picture Leanne Howard
Defining Acceptance Criteria for Agile Requirements

Acceptance criteria can be helpful in expanding on user stories in order to capture requirements for agile projects. However, acceptance criteria should not be a route back to long, detailed documents, and they are not a substitute for a conversation. This article tells you how and when acceptance criteria should be written and employed.

Allan Kelly's picture Allan Kelly
Test Automation in the Agile World

After decades of talking about test automation, the agile movement suddenly seems to be taking it seriously. You might be wondering what all the buzz is about. Sanjay Zalavadia talks about why test tooling is suddenly so critical, when teams should think of automating, and how to bring the change so that your team will embrace it.

Sanjay Zalavadia's picture Sanjay Zalavadia
Guide Your Agile Development with Traceable Tests

Testing professionals who are learning about agile often want to know how they can provide traceability among automated tests, features, and bugs and report on their testing progress. Here, Lisa Crispin gives an example of how her previous team worked together to integrate testing with coding and helped everyone see testing progress at a glance.

Lisa Crispin's picture Lisa Crispin

Better Software Magazine Articles

People Should Think and Machines Should Test

Testers often develop programmatic tests that mimic manual test conditions. Harry Robinson and Doug Szabo use real programming examples to show how the computer can provide better test coverage than the test author conceived.

Harry Robinson's picture Harry Robinson Doug Szabo
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.

Interviews

Better Test Automation, Metrics, and Measurement: An Interview with Mike Sowers
Podcast

In this interview, TechWell CIO and consultant Mike Sowers details key metrics that test managers employ to determine software quality, how to know a piece of software's readiness, and guidelines for developing a successful test measurement program.

Josiah Renaudin's picture Josiah Renaudin
Organize Test Activities under a Test Center of Excellence: STARWEST 2015 Interview with Wim Demey
Video

In this interview, TechWell speaks with Wim Demey, a solution architect working for CTG Belgium. At STARWEST, he gave a presentation titled "Take Your Test Center of Excellence to the Next Level with ITIL."

Jennifer Bonine's picture Jennifer Bonine
The Test Lab: STARWEST 2015 Interview with Bart Knaack and Wade Wachs
Video

In this interview, TechWell speaks with Bart Knaack, test advisor at Professional Testing, and his partner at the Test Lab, Wade Wachs. Bart gave a keynote at STARWEST titled "The Survival Guide for Testers and Test Managers."

Jennifer Bonine's picture Jennifer Bonine
DevOps: Find Solutions, Not More Defects: STARWEST 2015 Interview with Andreas Grabner
Video

In this interview, TechWell speaks with Andreas Grabner, a performance engineer who has been working in this field for the past fifteen years. At STARWEST 2015, he presented DevOps: Find Solutions, Not More Defects.

Josiah Renaudin's picture Josiah Renaudin

Conference Presentations

The Evolution of a Software Tester: From Novice to Practitioner
Video

Once upon a time, Dawn Haynes was a software tester. Now she’s most often found in the classroom, helping others tackle the same day-to-day challenges that she has encountered on projects for the past thirty years. Dawn now recognizes that, although she had great instincts about testing...

Dawn Haynes
Combine Test Automation Code with Product Code: The Good, the Bad, and the Lessons Learned
Slideshow

At STAREAST 2015, Chris Loder spoke about the automation framework that he and his team built at Halogen Software. At the time, they had just moved the test automation code into the development code base so that everyone in R&D was able to use it. One year later, Chris returns to...

Chris Loder
Evolve or Die: What Testers Need to Do to Survive and Thrive
Slideshow

With the advent of new technologies, agile methodologies, innovative tools, and a global workforce, the tester’s role is rapidly changing. Those who can adapt to the changing environment get the best jobs and assignments, and others get left behind. As the discipline of testing evolves...

Michael Cooper
Fostering Long-Term Test Automation Success
Slideshow

In today’s environment of plummeting software delivery cycle times, test automation becomes a more critical and strategic necessity.  How can we possibly keep up with software delivery's explosive pace while retaining satisfactory test coverage?  How do we keep the reins on costs...

Carl Nagle

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