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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
Cover of the Spring 2018 issue of Better Software magazine What's in the Spring 2018 Issue of Better Software Magazine

The Spring 2018 issue of Better Software magazine is now available, and it's got a great mix of foundational basics and cutting-edge techniques. This roundup describes the featured articles about DevOps, service virtualization, Scrum, test automation strategies, and testing for the internet of things.

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Ken Whitaker
chemistry test Is There a Bias against Manual Testers?

Manual testing might not be as all-important as it once was, but it’s still needed if you have any hope of delivering software at a quality you can be proud of. How we create software is going to continue to change, but the burden of that change needs to be handled by more than one group within the industry.

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Josiah Renaudin
Integrating API tests into the software development lifecycle How to Get Started Automating Your API Tests

When designing a test automation strategy, an area that is often overlooked is automating API testing. API test scripts are faster and easier to write than other types of scripts and can be fairly simple tests. An added benefit is that API testing can be included in your continuous integration tools for quick feedback.

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Elise Carmichael
robots working at computers At What Point Will Automation Take Over Manual Testing?

Better automation tools, the evolution of AI, AVM, visual testing—what’s going to make automation continue to spread through teams is the improvement of all the different solutions out there. And what should be encouraging to testers is the fact that just about every option requires smart, educated testers.

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Josiah Renaudin
Humanoid robot photo by Alex Knight What’s Our Job When the Machines Do Testing?

It’s a safe bet that testing jobs won't be taken over by machines anytime soon. However, those of us in the test industry would be wise to heed cross-industry applications of analytics and machine learning and begin staking out the proper role of the machine in our testing domain. What could AI mean for testing?

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Geoff Meyer
code Do Testers Really Need to Learn How to Code?

Because automation, AI, and agile have changed how we test software, the thought is that testers need to understand a certain amount of coding so that they can make themselves more well-rounded and better able to adapt within a software project. But there are other things testers can focus on before learning to code.

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Josiah Renaudin
Various bugs Why Software Testing Is Key to DevOps

One of the major reasons organizations adopt DevOps practices is to accelerate delivery of software to production. However, many fail to include quality components in their practices. Continuous deployment without quality is just delivering continuous bugs. Here's why software testing is an essential part of DevOps.

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Alan Crouch