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Why Is Estimating Software Testing Time So Difficult?

Management loves to ask testers to estimate how long their efforts will take. But so many important factors elude measurement that it makes it difficult to predict. If you need to explain why estimation is so tough, here are nine factors that significantly influence our ability to estimate testing time.

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Lee Copeland
IoT Security Concerns for Quality Assurance Teams

In addition to the typical Internet-related security concerns, applications are being made specifically for IoT devices, all of which bring about additional security concerns that quality assurance teams need to consider.

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Sanjay Zalavadia
How Poor Testing and an Early Release Can Damage Your App and Business

Mobile or PC apps that crash, have poor user experience, don’t run smoothly, or lack features give your customer the idea that whatever they bought didn’t get the tender, loving care it deserved—even if they know the issues can be fixed in a later release.

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Josiah Renaudin
Before Jumping into Software Testing Tools, Get Your Code Straight

Software testing tools can be incredibly helpful, but only if you're implementing them from a good starting place. If your code is a mess, a tool won't fix that; you'll end up simply adding layers on top of the mess. Matt Heusser explains how your team would be better off learning elements of code as craft.

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Matthew Heusser
The Importance of Just Enough Software Measurement and Metrics

When it comes to the development, testing, and deployment of software, some argue that metrics have little value. Others take measurement to the extreme and have books of metrics, but without any meaning or action. Mike Sowers thinks metrics are vital, but it’s most beneficial to have just enough metrics.

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Michael Sowers
Finding the Right Ratio of Software Testers to Developers for Your Team

Many organizations struggle with finding the optimum ratio of testers to developers. Linda Hayes explains that there's no one right answer. It depends on your needs for planning, test environment and data management, requirements analysis, test design, execution, diagnosis, reporting, and defect management.

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Linda Hayes
Agile or Not, You Need a Proper Customer and User Experience Process

In order to satisfy the people you hope will purchase or download your software, a proper customer and user experience process has to be built into the software development lifecycle. Whether you follow an agile, waterfall, or completely different methodology, this is a step that can’t be skipped.

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Josiah Renaudin
Here There Be Monsters: The Value of Data Profiling

Monsters appeared on medieval maps to identify the unknown dangers of the sea. Likewise, the data profiles for an organization identify the points within its data. A robust data-profiling strategy can provide a more accurate picture of an organization’s data systems and find risks before they become monsters.

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Shauna Ayers