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Fantastic Tests & Where to Find Them

TestRail, software test processes  

You get handed an assignment of strategic significance to the organization. You have never worked on this application before and the only information you have is what this change will do.

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Testing Big Data Applications

Testing Big Data Applications

Testing big data applications is equally focused on evaluating and validating the data, the performance of the software, and the quality of the output that the software produces. Big data applications involve not only vast amounts of data but also analyzing that data in the most efficient manner.

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What Is the Future for Agile Test Management?

TestRail, Future, Agile

In an agile organization, where managers facilitate teams, is there really a role for the test manager? Or the dev manager? Maybe not. I’ll offer three ideas for what you can do in a real agile organization.

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Three Metrics Your Agile Team Should Stop Using

TestRail, Agile, Metrics

Metrics are supposed to help and support an agile team by providing useful information about the health and progress of their project. But not all metrics are always beneficial. Going overboard with them can sometimes cause more harm than good.

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Three Uncommon Metrics Your Agile Team Should Be Tracking

TestRail, Agile, Exit Criteria

There are a few common metrics we use in agile teams: sprint burndown charts, release burnup charts, team velocity. They’re common because they communicate practical information, but they’re not the only metrics we can employ. Here are three metrics you can easily create that will be very useful for your agile team.

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Improving Software Test Processes: Lessons From the Trenches

TestRail, software test processes  

Test managers, leads, and practitioners often turn to the process of testing itself to gain these improvements. Even when testing is “good,” the question becomes, “Is it good enough?” Is that the right question?

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Bug Priorities: 5 Tips for Balancing the Urgent and the Important

TestRail, bugs

As the test lead on our flagship product, I live in the backlog, and I breathe these bugs. A normal release for us fixes roughly 20 bugs that are unrelated to new work. With a backlog of about 200 bugs to choose from, I had to learn how to prioritize bugs and select the “right” ones for releases.

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Where Have All the Testers Gone?

TestRail, testers

I recently had the pleasure of running my tutorial, how to lead continuous delivery with Testing, at Agile Testing Days. With twenty-two students, the tutorial was well attended. What surprised me was the demographics.

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Metrics: The Ugly, The Bad and Finding What Works for You

TestRail, Metrics

Metrics and measurements are all around us. They inform and are tracked in every part of our lives, from our commute to work to how people perceive the economy is behaving. When used properly they are a great help to our understanding of nearly everything. Why then, do people working in software struggle with measurements?

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Developer-Tester Collaboration: How and Why

TestRail, Developer, Tester

Your agile team might think that the developers collaborate with developers and testers collaborate with testers. However, the more the various people collaborate across specialty, the better the product can be. And, they might be able to finish the work faster.

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