Category: Best Practices

RPA: The Next Frontier in Automation

11/13/2017
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Has the future arrived? If you classify the future as robots beginning to take over our repetitive business processes, than that answer is a resounding yes, thanks to Robotic Process Automation (RPA). Automation has always been at the core of what we’re doing at 3Qi Labs and, as a result,  Robotic Process Automation (RPA) has recently…

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Agile Test Automation: Points to Consider

10/05/2017
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The structure and frequency of testing automation is often debated. Should you automate your tests? How should you automate? When and which tests should you automate? The debate can go on for days due to varying test results and reliability. To further complicate matters, conducting tests through an agile environment seems to make test automation a…

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Testing, DevOps, & Automation

08/18/2017
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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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Risks of Outsourced Software Testing/QA

08/15/2017
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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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8 Reasons Why Manual Testing is Still EXTREMELY Important

07/25/2017
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QA can get an unfortunate reputation for being the “Bad Guy”. After all, no one wants to be told their code is rife with errors and broke a major functionality within the application, but sometimes the truth hurts. QA teams aren’t trying to frustrate developers, they actually care about your software as much as you! The end result…

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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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