Order takers are people who respond to a customer's needs when asked and respond exactly as stated, but do nothing more. If your products or services are complex, simply taking orders is risky because what customers request may not reflect what they really need—or what they could benefit by having.
In an attempt at streamlining, over the years the role of tester has changed. In some cases it's been downright eliminated, replaced by automated acceptance checks and unit tests that run constantly. The state of the traditional tester role is in flux, so it’s time to take a fresh look at testing.
The role of software testing and quality assurance is becoming increasingly important in a DevOps setup. This position has undergone a lot of change in the testing practices used, tools leveraged, and the shift in skill set and mindset of practitioners, and testers have a lot to learn from DevOps.
In so many activities, you know before you start how long it will take. When you're planning a trip, your GPS will tell you when you'll arrive. When you watch a movie or video, you typically know how long it is. Why not know the same for reading? Here's how estimated reading times can help you.
Everyone in the development community seems to be talking about Docker Containers. Given the interest to develop architectures and deployment tools that can spin up new applications faster than ever in virtualized and cloud environments, it is time to dig deeper into what all the fuss is about.
Practices in any discipline need continuous review to ensure they are still effective and in line with current requirements. Software testing practices are no exception—the development landscape is highly dynamic, requiring periodic updating of practices. How and when should you review? Read on.
We tend to judge based on biases that are a result of our environment, background, culture, and experiences. This is even true for our roles as testers. Here are seven biases that could alter the impartiality in your testing and QA practices. See if you have any inclinations you should correct.
Apple Watch sales are expected to reach more than 36 million units in the first year. As the Apple Watch becomes more of a mainstream product, it is not only expected to bring changes to the user experience but also to software engineering. How will the Apple Watch impact software testing?
Google posted an update about their AI research for image classification and speech recognition, including artificial neural networks (ANNs). While it’s still difficult to pinpoint what’s going to work and what isn’t, there’s an intriguing byproduct—artistic imagery that Google calls "Inceptionism."
Documenting user requirements is always a challenging phase in software development, as there are no standard processes or notations. However, communication and facilitation skills can make this activity easier. Here are five techniques for converting user stories into testable requirements.
A tester’s productivity and efficiency increasingly is being driven by the set of smart tools used over the course of the testing effort. While all the available options are exciting, the challenge lies in how to go about choosing the right test tools. Commercial or open source? General or niche?