The Software Bug that Destroyed a Brand

2017 was the year bugs ate our computers. While we pondered the implications of machine learning, multiple software bug incidents reminded us that software programs are only as good as the people who code them. And, computers only do the things we define for them. …

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Performance Testing: 4 Powerful Insider Tips

The terms ‘Performance Testing’ and ‘Load Testing’ are commonly confused. Load tests examine the overall system’s abilities to service user activity for large numbers of users up to, and exceeding, usage expectations. Its point is to verify that, when the expected customer base begins logging …

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Integration Testing – The Software Meets the Road

Where unit tests are deeply involved in the functionality of individual code modules, the integration test process is focused on the system as a whole and the complete combination of those modules. It is deeply concerned with how they communicate with each other. As its …

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7 Awesome Exploratory Testing Tools

Exploratory testing is defined as simultaneous learning, test design, and test execution and the heart of manual testing. Exploratory testing values the tester as an integral part of the test process, like the Agile Manifesto states: “Individuals and interactions over tools and processes.”
In a …

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3 Tips to Ensure Unit Testing Success

The name, Unit Testing, accurately conveys the idea of testing something smaller than a working system. It refers to testing code modules that perform isolatable unique functions. In today’s programming parlance, these are typically called objects. They represent functionality that is specific enough to be …

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What Can Risk-based Software Testing Do For Your Business?

Risk-based testing (RBT) is exactly what it sounds like, testing your software based on risk. We know from last week’s blog that circular definitions like this annoy me, so let’s break RBT down to some measurable components.
The first and most obvious question is: what …

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Software Quality Metrics You Should Be Tracking

Businesses, especially software-centric businesses, have dramatically increased the velocity of their operations. Software development itself has gone from bi-annual version updates to weekly releases via the Agile methodology. Managing this eye-watering rate of change has brought every business function to the necessity of monitoring Key …

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Failing at Requirements-Based Software Testing?

Often, requirements-based software testing is defined something like this: “a testing approach in which test cases, conditions and data are derived from requirements.” This sort of circular explanation is annoying — and unhelpful.
What are Software Requirements?
Google defines requirements as “a thing that is …

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3 Ways to Mitigate the Risks of Automated Testing

Test automation holds the promise of enormous benefits for improving product and service quality. It applies computational power to what it does best, the repetitive exercise of software systems. And, like any other powerful tool, misusing it is fraught with risk.
Software development has progressed …

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Fast Food and the Crowdsourced Software Testing Phenomenon

Crowdsourced usability testing has marketing appeal. They hook you with mentions of the big players…Adobe, Jet, Oracle, and more. On the surface it looks good. You simply sign-up (and pay a fee), submit some questions, and your tests are magically sent to on-demand users who …

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