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Rocks stacked on the beach Building Levels of Testing in Software Development

Quality is now considered everyone's responsibility, and many developers are acquiring testing skills to validate their code before it gets to dedicated quality engineers. But where should you start? Consider beginning with unit tests that help you write better code, then building to integration tests and E2E testing.

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Jennifer Robison
A tester going over software code 8 Questions to Ask before Fixing a Defect

Some defects require a fix, without a doubt. But not all defects are created equal, so careful thought should be applied before a defect is fixed. The goal isn’t to fix every reported defect; it’s to return value to the customer and profit to the company. These eight questions can help in the decision-making process.

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Richard Estra
Sign with an arrow pointing toward the word "Strategy" Figuring Out Your Regression Testing Strategy

When your application is scheduled to go to production, the development team may be asked what their regression testing strategy is. This is a perfectly reasonable question, but a lot of people have a hard time answering it. Don't overcomplicate it. Analyze your process, look at the other testing, and put it together.

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Justin Rohrman
Scientist holding up a slide with a plant on it to examine it Reality-Driven Testing in Agile Projects

Agile teams can drive down rework and devise more useful tests quicker by prioritizing reality-driven testing. This means tests based on reality, or relevant test activities above and beyond those derived from requirements. Learn some strategies to get real and design tests to locate important bugs that truly matter.

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Robert Sabourin
Quality engineers working on product quality Quality Engineering in Agile and DevOps

Ensuring that quality is advocated for at every step along the lifecycle can be tough. One easy response is, “Quality is everyone’s job”—after all, whole-team accountability is a key tenet of agile. But what does this really mean in practice? What approaches and roles help us embrace a culture of quality engineering?

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Michael Sowers
Walk/don't walk street sign Stop Releasing Untested Defect Fixes into Production

Releasing untested defect fixes into production is a real possibility. Being aware of how this can occur may help reduce the possibility of it happening. Let’s explore the common reasons defect fixes go untested—insufficient testing or resources, and undocumented fixes—as well as the steps we can take to prevent them.

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Richard Estra
Janna Loeffler Testing in a Modern World: A Slack Takeover with Janna Loeffler

Thought leaders from the software community are taking over the TechWell Hub to answer questions and engage in conversations. Janna Loeffler, QE manager for Ultimate Software, hosted this Slack takeover and discussed all things testing, how the role of a tester is shifting, and navigating a career as a woman in tech.

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Kelly McGee
Question mark drawn on a chalkboard To Be a Better Tester, Ask the Right Questions

Critical thinking is a core trait a software tester needs to succeed, and asking questions is a great skill to help. Questioning brings out the required information, breaks assumptions, and enables everyone on the team to give their perspectives. But there's an art to asking the right question at the right time.

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Rajini Padmanaban