Category: Best Practices

Risks of Outsourced Software Testing/QA

08/15/2016
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Choosing to outsource may seem like the perfect answer in many cases. A low cost, swift solution that can be a convenience, or even spearhead your project. The truth is, outsourcing offers as many risks as it does potential benefits. When it comes to outsourcing for software QA, these benefits and risks will have an even greater impact on…

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Writing Cucumber Feature Files With Clarity

08/04/2016
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Developers of automation, and even technically oriented testers, have lost sight of the original intent of Cucumber; to support Behavior Driven Development (BDD) in its goal of reducing requirement ambiguity and the misunderstanding between software developers and those who order the software.  It was meant bridge the gap, while also making automation of the Feature files…

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Why Testing is Crucial for E-Commerce

08/01/2016
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A 2013 Deloitte Annual Holiday Survey revealed that, for the first time ever, 47% of consumers would be shopping online for their holiday purchases, surpassing the 37% who would conduct their shopping traditionally in physical stores. This percentage of online shoppers has only grown, and the majority of these consumers (70%) are using their smartphones to…

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Simplifying Cross-Platform Cucumber Scenarios

Seamless automation of processes that involve more than one platform can present problems in Cucumber script readability and maintenance.  The scenarios can become complex and much too code-like for understanding from the business perspective.  Maintenance of existing scripts and creation of new scripts can become problematic because the ‘language’ represented by the step definition files…

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Top 10 Challenges Faced With Implementing Good Test Automation

03/30/2016
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Here is a list of challenges and pain points every Dev or QA manager should take into account when considering whether or not to implement test automation within their quality assurance phase. After reading these, head to our How To section to see our approach on creating automated tests utilizing Watir-Webdriver. 1. Automate Everything? Knowing when you have…

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Leveraging Exploratory Testing for your DevOps Needs

10/13/2015
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As DevOps continues to expand, understanding how each team’s function contributes to your end goal is imperative. When looking at QA, it is tempting to push for your testing to be 100% automation.  After all, if automation means you’re hitting your test case completion goal faster, who’s complaining? The problem lies in the assumption that there…

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Exploratory Testing; Why is it Important?

10/09/2015
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Exploratory testing allows a tester to exercise their creativity and knowledge (or lack thereof) of the application to discover new defects, and subsequently new flows to incorporate into their scripted tests. This makes exploratory testing an extremely important component of your testing lifecycle.

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Testing, DevOps, & Automation

09/18/2015
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Traditional IT Ops teams require nearly 60% more time per week to handle support cases as compared to their DevOps Oriented Counterparts! This is just one of many statistics legitimizing DevOps as a software development methodology and it continues to be one of the big areas of focus for companies of all shapes and sizes.

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