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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
Person wearing VR headset, photo by Samuel Zeller The Future of Testing: VR and AR in Mobile Apps

With the ability to experience virtual and augmented reality using mobile devices on the horizon, the potential for these new technologies to go mainstream is huge. New test environments, configurations, and interfaces will require testers to change their methods, so get out of your comfort zone—and your office chairs!

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BJ Aberle
robotic vacuum 3 Reasons Testers Shouldn’t Be Afraid of AI

How do testers contribute in agile? DevOps? Should testing tools and automation replace most things that manual testers do? At this point, testers are almost required to hold their breath whenever people start talking about new trends, and artificial intelligence is no different.

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Josiah Renaudin
A pair of eyeglasses in front of a computer with code on the screen Does Testing Truly Improve Software?

Without revealing problems, there is no problem-solving, since we can't solve something we aren’t aware of. Each solved problem is one fewer problem in the software—and the software is improved each time a problem is removed. But it's not testing alone that improves software. So when does that happen?

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Ingo Philipp
Unit Testing? Consider Taking a Rain Check

Unit testing is a great way to verify software at an early stage and to ensure that modified functions are still working as specified. However, unit tests are not a magic wand. Rather than making such a big testing effort, consider taking "rain checks" for certain tests.

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Hans Buwalda
security software Why the Burden of Security Should Be Assumed by the Entire Team

Quality can be improved over time, and while it’s difficult to change perception, it’s still possible. But poor security can sink your ship before it even leaves the dock. Invest in the security of your application and be sure to spread that responsibility to multiple levels of your software team.

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Josiah Renaudin
Four people fist-bumping in a workspace Social Abilities Infuse Tech Know-How with Power

Software testers tend to focus their personal development activities almost exclusively on boosting technical acumen, but social systems are just as important. Infusing tech know-how with social skills, such as communication, adaptability, collaboration, and problem-solving abilities, creates team and project success.

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Marcia Buzzella
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