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A successful testing team in a circle with their hands in the middle 3 More Fundamentals of a Successful Testing Team

Many QA managers seek a formula for creating an effective testing team. While they may pursue endless tools and lifecycle approaches, the answer is actually simpler. These three fundamentals will ensure you’re leading your test engineers in the right direction and building a world-class testing organization.

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Greg Paskal
Test.ai logo Test.ai Raises Funding for Bots to Perform App Testing

Startup Test.ai is a system for AI-powered user scenario testing for mobile and web apps that uses bots, not humans, to develop and run test scenarios. It just secured investor funding, so Test.ai is on its way toward its goal of testing every app in the world. CEO Jason Arbon talks about the future of testing and AI.

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Beth Romanik
Close-up photo of someone's blue eye, by Amanda Dalbjörn The Test Automation Mindset

Building a test automation strategy involves all members of the technical team, layering tests throughout the technology stack, and using this approach to design better software and catch simple problems earlier in the development cycle. But working like that requires a shift in mindset across the organization.

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Justin Rohrman
Cover of the Summer 2018 issue of Better Software magazine What's in the Summer 2018 Issue of Better Software Magazine

For twenty years now, Better Software magazine has published articles offering helpful tips and techniques for those in the software industry. The new issue celebrates those two decades of knowledge-sharing—and, of course, gives you more ideas. Articles this issue focus on leadership and software quality.

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Ken Whitaker
Person standing on a scale 3 Ways to Keep Your Test Suite Lean

Test automation is useful, but as your tests grow, they require maintenance. Without curation, your test suite can turn messy and uncontrollable. Keeping a lean test suite will ensure your tests remain useful. You can whip your test suite into shape by focusing on always making your tests valuable, reliable, and fast.

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Meaghan Lewis
Several people fist bumping over a busy workspace with computers Automation for the People

We tend to contrast automated and manual testing, but really, they should support each other. The key is to define what our testing objectives are, then build the solution needed to achieve them—probably a combination of manual and automated testing. We should not let the method become more important than the results.

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Christin Wiedemann
Four checkboxes with two of them checked Questions to Ask during Test Selection for Automated Tests

We use test design techniques to answer the questions “What do I need to test?” and “What tests should I perform?” We try to ensure test coverage during test automation too, except that choosing poorly creates slower builds and unreliable information about product quality. Here are some guidelines for test selection.

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Justin Rohrman
Test Manager Testers Are Facing Unrealistic Expectations about Test Automation

The last thing managers want to hear is that the money they’re investing in automation tools isn’t going to make everything instantly easier. But it takes time, patience, and a general understanding of the different processes involved to make test automation work for everyone involved.

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Josiah Renaudin