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We should all be aware of our credit score—the important number used to determine interest rates and insurance costs. What you may not be aware of is how big data is being used to score you on many areas of your daily life. Joe Townsend explores the connection between big data and big brother.

Bonnie Bailey explains how our reactions can reveal what our expectations are for software quality. Quality is easier to recognize by our reactions than by what metrics, tools, or automation results tell us—no matter how much stock we put in their reliability.

The importance and usage of regression testing have grown in the past decade with the increased adoption of agile development methodologies. Rajini Padmanaban looks at the value of regression testing, how it has become a target for test automation, and how it fits into the agile world.

Testing may not be the most glamorous job in the software world, but it plays an essential role in creating functional software. This article busts some myths that have been perpetuated about testing and shows how testing is not only very useful but also something worth being passionate about.

CxO is traditionally an initialism for a group of chief officers—most of whom report to the chief executive officer—who head various strategic functions in an organization. Recently the idea of the CXO (chief experience officer), who heads customer service, is beginning to emerge—and even surge.

Customer expectations are higher than ever, so testing has become more important than ever. Quality assurance must evolve to keep up with changing software development requirements—and that involves adopting new approaches. Here are five emerging trends in testing and quality assurance for 2014.

The scope and need for mobile app testing are only going to increase. What does this mean for testers who have traditionally tested web applications? Mobile application testing is not necessarily new, but the increasing set of challenges is new. Read on to see what you should be looking for.

Bonnie Bailey writes on the importance of knowing your users and keeping them close to you. The more you live and breathe your users, the more you know what they look like. Keeping your users close also implies making room for their data and their environments.

Commit messages say a lot about the developers and test automation professionals who writes them—or who doesn’t write them at all. Trivial on the surface, the presence and substance of a commit message can indicate how forward-thinking a person is, which may indicate bigger things about the code.

Is the stereotype true that information technology (IT) professionals are nerds, geeks, and pocket-protector-wearing buffoons as sometimes portrayed in the media? Joe Townsend examines why these kinds of stereotypes exist and what is being done to address them.