Software QA Has Business Value. Treat it Like That.

For many years, the software QA and software development groups were just that, groups. The development engineers were charged with keeping their focus on converting marketing’s product feature lists into working code and integrating that code into working systems that fulfilled the system’s specified functionality.

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3 Challenges You Face When Automating Website Testing

Today’s web site development, and ecommerce in particular, is driven by marketing schedules. The point of the exercise is to get market campaigns, new site features, new products/services up on the site and available to the customer base as soon as possible. In the service …

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Creativity Reigns During Exploratory Testing

“To explore strange new worlds … to boldly go where no man has gone before” – James T. Kirk
Much like Captain Kirk in Star Trek, the job of the exploratory tester is to boldly go where no person has gone before. Using intuition and …

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Functional Testing Approaches and Agile Considerations

Functionality testing is the examination of a coded system’s response to expected usage. Notice that doesn’t talk about cosmetic appearance, performance, security or compliance of any sort.
What is Functionality Testing?
Functional testing is a process of verifying that a system performs as expected when …

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The What, Why, and How of Interoperability Testing

Software systems have had at least some need to share data and status (interoperate) with each other for over half a century.
For humans, interoperability has typically been a matter of clarity and complete content in written and spoken communications. As situational stress mounts, managing …

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The Business Case for Outsourced Software QA

Outsourcing is one of the of the most difficult decisions a company can make. Whether you’re an established brand or a start-up, your goal is to intelligently deploy capital on ‘things’ that grow your business. Make the wrong decisions and you risk losing revenue. Make …

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5 Myths About Software Testing & QA That Need to Die

One of the definitions of the word myth is ‘an unproved or false collective belief that is used to justify a social institution.’ As such, the word has become synonymous with the notion of a false idea that we tell ourselves to avoid confronting a …

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SaaS Testing: Key Challenges and Effective Solutions

SaaS. It sounds like something a teenager might do, but it’s one of the hottest trends in software. SaaS stands for Software-as-a-Service. On-demand software that eliminates many of the purchase-cycle and maintenance frustrations customers experience with packaged software.
You might have heard SaaS referred to …

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6 Tips to Improve Collaboration Between Software Developers & QA

Collaboration requires communication. At least, effective collaboration does! Without supportive communication practices, even the most well-planned project can turn into a confusing jumble of “who’s done what, who’s doing what, and what are the specific issues that need prioritized?”
How Important is Good Communication?
The …

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