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How We Improve Software Tester & QA Interviews

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The worst interview I ever had lasted 8 hours. It started with a morning quiz on development methods and technology stacks. After that I went to a lunch with 15 strangers and was asked what I do outside of work for fun, and why I wanted to work there. The second half of the day was spent testing their software while my interviewers seemed to be working on their own projects. My last interaction that day was a hour long introduction to their API and some questioning about how I might test it. After the full day, I received a “thanks, but no thanks.” email with no feedback on their decision. I think interviews should be better than that, and can be much better. Find out how in our latest article!

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Getting Started With API Testing For Fun & Profit

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Shift-Left was the testing meme of 2016. Everyone I spoke with was insisting that testers should be involved earlier in the development process, ideally when features were being defined, something I personally agree with. To shift left in a meaningful way, testers need to get a little more technical. My preferred way to do that is by testing at the API level. APIs can be scary, a little like high school algebra, especially for people that aren’t used to looking at code. Hopefully, this article will make things feel a little more welcoming.

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10 Web Security Testing Tools Every Tester And Developer Should Know

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“We don’t do security testing. That’s the job of the Pen Test team!” You’ve probably heard that before, right? Not recently though I hope, because if we’re all responsible for quality now, then we’re all responsible for security too – and the vast majority of modern development teams advocate a continuous approach to not only functional testing, but also to non-functional areas like performance and, the focus of this article, security. This article introduces 10 web security testing tools every tester and developer should know to get the job done.

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Announcing TestRail 5.3 – Agile Test Management, Resource Planning & Project Favorites

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We are constantly working on new versions and improvements for TestRail, our modern test management tool, and we are happy to announce the release of TestRail 5.3 today! The new version adds many new agile test management features, better resource planning, improved forecasts and project favorites. Especially if you are managing larger and more complex projects with many releases, testing sprints and iterations, the new version’s unique features will make it much easier for your team to track and organize your testing and make sure that everyone is focused on the most important release.

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6 Reasons Why Teams Adopt TestRail as JIRA Test Management Add-on

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Every week many teams switch from the various available JIRA add-ons to TestRail, our fully-featured modern test management tool in combination with our own native JIRA test management add-on integration. And every week we get useful feedback from customers on why they made the switch. As we get questions about this topic almost every day, we wanted to collect this useful customer feedback and publish this article as a reference for existing and future TestRail customers, teams currently evaluating TestRail, and testers trying to convince their managers to make the switch as well.

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Gurock & TestRail Acquired by IDERA

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We have some exciting news to share today. When Tobias and I founded Gurock Software more than 10 years ago, and when we released our now flagship test management tool TestRail in 2010, we never envisioned that we would get the opportunity to work with so many amazing customers to help them build better software. Since its release, TestRail has become the number #1 modern test management tool with thousands of companies using it every day. We are excited to announce that as of last week, Gurock Software has joined and is now part of the IDERA family!

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TestRail Highlight: 7 Unique Productivity Features to Supercharge Your Software Testing

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Many teams migrate to our test management tool TestRail every week from all kinds of tools. The number #1 reason teams switch to TestRail is the significant increase in productivity teams get by adopting TestRail, as well as the resulting time, resource and cost savings. In this article we are going to highlight some of TestRail’s unique productivity features that will help your team save many many hours every week compared to other test management tools.

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Session-Based Test Management Software with TestRail

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In this posting we are going to review how teams use session-based test management techniques with our test management tool TestRail. With more and more teams switching to agile development practices, adopting continuous integration and deployment techniques, and with ever and fast changing requirements, the role of testers and the expectation of testing teams evolve as well. Teams often don’t have the luxury anymore to carefully plan test strategies and tests for all new features in advance. Combined with traditional testing techniques, exploratory testing and session-based test management are great ways to make the best use of your time.

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TestRail Highlight: Test Management Project History and Test Case Versioning

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In our new TestRail Highlight blog series we will take an in-depth look at select features of our test management software TestRail. As software projects evolve, every testing team needs to think about how they will handle changing requirements and test cases for their projects and releases over time. Today we will take a look at TestRail’s unique features that help help teams archive test runs, track the history of test case changes and easily manage baselines for different project release branches.

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3 Critical Factors To Retain Your Best Software Testers

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In this guest posting, Simon Knight shares his experience on how to keep the best software testers on your team. I’ve had a bit of experience with wanting to leave software testing gigs. During my career as a tester I’ve worked for a number of organisations in various different capacities. I have been able to make a number of observations about which companies I would have chosen to stick around with and work for in the longer term, and which companies I definitely wouldn’t. In my experience, those factors break down into several commonalities which I believe can probably be applied to most testers.

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