test & qa
No matter what software development methodology companies adopt or how good testing automation gets, there will always be a need for dedicated testers. Developers simply cannot do both jobs. Katherine Slattery explains how the value of quality QA testing simply cannot be overlooked.
With college costs steadily rising, many testers may balk at the idea of paying for classes to learn how to program code, even if it could benefit their careers in the long run. But with free online coding classes popping up left and right, we could see a shift in more testers jumping on board.
David Greenlees writes on the latest debate over software testing certification. Keith Klain, head of the Global Test Center at Barclays, and Rex Black, a recognized software testing consultant, got into a heated debate on Twitter about the validity of certification exam results.
Pamela Rentz looks at the newly created IT Training and Certification Partnership, which is a public-private partnership that aims to help service men and women leverage their previous military IT expertise in the civilian job market.
The Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE) trading system recently was shut down for part of a day due to a software glitch. Some inside the CBOE are looking to recent configuration changes, requirements tracking, and testing as possible culprits.
Some might argue that the same basic ethical rules apply in both professional and nonprofessional contexts—ethics is ethics. Other ethicists believe that all professionals, regardless of their practice, have special moral obligations. So, do software testers have special moral obligations?
While social media has connected the world in one sense, an automated and digitally connected world is becoming more popular. Rajini Padmanaban looks at the software engineering, implementation, security, and performance issues associated with stepping into a connected world.
Culture may be vital to the success of agile, but there are a number of technical requirements that must be in place for development teams to be able to bring the speed and quality that agile was designed to deliver. Nate Odell looks specifically at the needs of an agile infrastructure.
Today’s bug bounty hunters can reap big rewards for tracking down software bugs. So far in 2013, Google has paid nearly $188,000 in bounties and prizes for Chrome and Chrome OS. Pamela Rentz looks at the success of Google's bug bounty program and the popularity of offering rewards for finding bugs.
How do brand new testers—and experienced testers—make sense of their role in light of the myriad opinions about what testers are supposed to do? One simple way is this: Tune out the noise. Testers should use their own minds to focus on how people might obtain value from the program they’re testing.