Topic: test & qa

Test & QA
Test and QA Stories

As businesses and consumers embrace big data and analytics, mobile, cloud, the IoT, and other rapidly emerging technologies, the expectation that software "just works" is rising exponentially. Equipping our technical workforce with the best education and training, tools, and approaches is critical.

Imagine focusing on prioritized business requirements at the software layer closest to where those business items are implemented. Writing just one check—that is, a programmed verification—per business requirement makes for simple, focused checks, supporting stronger, faster quality around the team.

While an application’s functionality is very important, users have equally started to value non-functional areas—such as performance, usability, accessibility, and UI—and are often ready to move on to other options if an application's performance does not meet their needs.

When natural disasters strike, technology can streamline relief efforts. The charity Humanitarian Toolbox creates apps and maintains a “toolbox” of software and solutions for disaster aid organizations all over the world. Testers at STARWEST will donate their time and talents to the cause.

Pamela Gillaspie has been experimenting with actually breaking software: installing or operating respectable software in a way that renders it unusable. She says testing beyond what your product is strictly responsible for can save your company many support cases—and the goodwill of your users.

Hans Buwalda highlights the scalability of unit, functional, and exploratory tests—the three kinds of tests used to verify functionality. Since many automation tools and strategies traditionally focus on functional testing, Hans provides some strategies to make functional testing more manageable.

TechWell is highlighting the strides women have made in the growing testing profession by featuring the Women Who Test summit at STARWEST. This full-day event, which will be October 2, is aimed toward women in the industry looking to network with other women passionate about software testing.

Testers are rarely part of an entrepreneurial startup team, but are there lessons for them in the lean startup approach? Lee Copeland says yes. The basic idea behind lean startup is that companies should focus their time and resources more efficiently, and this concept surely can benefit testers.

Testers have a story. It involves the kind of information we gather, the way we gather it, whom we tell, and what decisions are impacted by it. Management has their own story, but sometimes the goals are different. Find out the story your executives have for testing, and see what value it brings.

At some point as a tester, you’ve probably been urged by management to reduce the amount of time required for testing without compromising product quality. How can you possibly do that? Weighing the added value and relative importance of each testing task can help you optimize your testing strategy.