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Tester looking at a defect log Defect Reporting: The Next Steps

When a software defect is identified, best practices usually only pertain to the initial writing of the defect, not the tasks required to close it. Many factors can influence the tester's work. The solution is to add a “Next Steps” section that identifies the work remaining and the person responsible for completing it.

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Richard Estra
2020 confetti Softer Testing Skills to Focus on in 2020

Although technical skills will always be essential for testers, this should be the year we also have a collective responsibility to focus on two softer aspects: being realistic about goals for quality, and bringing back simplicity into the software engineering discipline. Here's how these goals can bring value in 2020.

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Mukesh Sharma
Developer and tester smiling and shaking hands 2 Simple Ways to Improve Developer-Tester Relationships

Supposedly there is a constant tension between developers and testers, like the roles of artist and art critic. They can’t exist without each other, and yet they can’t get along. It doesn't have to be that way! Here are two ways testers can reduce that feeling so that developers and testers can work better together.

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Justin Rohrman
Framework A Framework for Scaling Continuous Testing across an Enterprise

Scaling agile and DevOps across a large enterprise is much more difficult than practicing it in smaller groups. Frameworks can help, but focus tends to be placed on development, so testing teams struggle to figure out how to best support faster development cycles. The ACT Framework puts the focus on continuous testing.

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Mark Trinh
Architect designing plans on a laptop Architecting Your Test Automation Platform

With all the pressure to “just automate,” we may not invest enough in architecting our test automation. You wouldn't remodel a house without doing some planning and design; our test automation journey should be treated no differently. A comprehensive architecture plan is crucial for increasing test automation coverage.

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Michael Sowers
Person holding a sparkler with New Year's fireworks in the background Top 10 TechWell Insights Stories of 2019

Career development was on many software practitioners' minds in 2019, as some of our top stories were about having a technical lead on a Scrum team and making the switch from quality assurance to quality engineering. Stories about new ideas such as DevOps and continuous testing also ranked high. Check out the roundup.

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Beth Romanik
Blind person using a Braille screen reader How to Make Sure Your Website Is Fully Accessible

Ensuring accessibility to websites, applications, tools, platforms, and other forms of technology is not only a legal requirement; it should also be a social responsibility of web developers, testers, and other software professionals. Here are some basic recommendations to keep in mind to make any website accessible.

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David Gevorkian
Broken pastel sticks Security Testing: A Constructive Mindset with a Destructive Approach

A typical tester mimics end-users, who are constructive when exploring an application’s functionality. But the role of a security tester is different. Their focus is mainly on mimicking hackers, who are intentionally destructive. A solid security strategy should balance both constructive and destructive efforts.

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Rajini Padmanaban