Category Archives: Automation & Tools

Approaches for using tools and test automation techniques to accelerate testing efforts and/or increase test effectiveness

8 Test Automation Tips for Project Managers

Software testing has always faced large volumes of work and short timeframes. To get the most value for your testing dollars, test automation is typically a critical component. However, many teams have attempted to add test automation to their projects … Continue reading

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Maximizing the Value of Test Automation

High quality software delivered to market quickly has always been the goal of Agile teams. A common process teams use to achieve this goal is test automation. However, simply implementing test automation doesn’t always result in reaching this goal. Over … Continue reading

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By Executive Order – Get The Best Test Automation Solution

Test automation is an investment. Like any investment, you expect a future return. As stated in “Test Automation – Building Your Business Case” the following are some of the benefits typically expected from investing in software test automation: Discover defects … Continue reading

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Is Functional Assurance the new Quality Assurance?

I have noticed a shift in how companies are attempting to ensure quality and this is what has led me to write this post. Companies desperately want to achieve quality by simply creating automated tests. Why do they want this? … Continue reading

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Mobile Application Testing – It’s Not All About the Devices

When designing our mobile application testing strategy, it is important to consider that: it is not all about the devices – but it IS about all the devices. The distinction comes from the fact that it is not possible to … Continue reading

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Mobile Testing – An Interview with Melissa Tondi

I recently interviewed Melissa Tondi on the topic of mobile testing. Melissa is the founder of Denver Mobile and Quality (DMAQ), Head of QA at ShopAtHome.com and has had significant experience working in, and speaking publicly about, mobile testing. We … Continue reading

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Improving the User Experience in a Fast-Forward World

Recently, after experiencing a “service not available” error while checking my email, my first instinct was to go scouring the web, including sites such as downrightnow.com, to check to see if others were experiencing similar issues and if there was … Continue reading

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Avoiding Common Test Automation Pitfalls

In an age where many organizations are under pressure to accelerate their software delivery to customers, test automation is becoming a necessity.  There are many reasons why it’s advantageous to implement a test automation solution as part of your testing … Continue reading

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Going To The Extreme – xBTM

Now that the project has finished it is time to sum up my experiences of adapting Thread-Based Test Management (TBTM). Since I generally do not believe in rigorously adhering to a protocol, I ended up not using TBTM strictly, but … Continue reading

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Checklists, Refactored

Guided exploratory testing is using checklists to support and guide the exploration. In addition, it also means using those checklists as the backbone for communicating to other stakeholders on the project/initiative. I’ve started to advocate the term ‘testlists’ to replace … Continue reading

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