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TestRail 5.1 – Introducing TestRail FastTrack for Incredibly Productive Testing

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We are happy to announce TestRail 5.1 today, the latest version of our modern test management tool. For TestRail 5.1 we reviewed the entire workflow of how teams work with tests and submit results during testing. After months of work we are happy to finally announce the results of our efforts: TestRail FastTrack.

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What Continuous Delivery Means for Testers, QA Teams and Software Quality

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If you’ve been working as a tester for any length of time, you can’t by now have failed to notice the shift towards Continuous Delivery in many organizations. And why not? After all, realisation of the Continuous Delivery dream means faster feedback, vastly improved time to market and a better customer experience. Testers on the other hand have found that the Continuous Delivery model has a big impact on how they need to approach testing and this article reviews the challenges and provides helpful tips.

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25 Challenging Tester & QA Interview Questions

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In our recent article I wrote about an approach to finding, interviewing and hiring the best testers. In it, I suggested that when carrying out an interview you should stick to a script so that, if you need to compare results across a number of interviews, you can at least be assured that the same questions were asked each time. To help you out even further, we thought we’d go the extra mile and provide you with a list of questions too! And to make sure we had the very best questions, we even approached some of the best thinkers in the testing community and included their responses.

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Staged Releases for Better SaaS and On-Premise Deployments

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Staged releases are a great way to ship large updates to customers with confidence. When we release new updates for our test management tool TestRail, we use staged releases to ensure that (rare) potential issues affect only a small number of customers before we notice. Staged releases aren’t a replacement for a software quality culture, rigorous testing, a robust test library and careful planning, but can be a great addition to your team’s toolbox.

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Lean QA and Agile Testing Talk with TestRail

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The Atlassian Summit conference is currently under way and while we unfortunately didn’t make it to San Fransisco this year (we are busy adding new features to TestRail), quite a few users and customers of our test management tool attend this year. Some are even giving talks and Giancarlo Bisceglia & Maurizio Mancini had a great session this year. Their talk titled “How to Build in Quality from Day 1 using Lean QA and Agile Testing” shows what principles they use and how they use TestRail.

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10 Must-Read Books You Didn’t Know Were About Software Testing

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Not everyone has time to go on a course or to a conference. Or the budget for that matter. But we all want to develop ourselves professionally, right? So if you’re time or cash constrained, what’s the best way to further your career? Here are some recommendations for books you may not have realised were about (or at least, closely related to the craft of) software testing.

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TestRail Confluence Test Management Integration

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With our recent TestRail 5.0 release we announced the launch of our all-new new JIRA test management integration and add-ons, along with many new features for our existing integration with tools such as Redmine, FogBugz, Bugzilla and more. But we also announced a new dashboard and report integration to make it easier to view TestRail metrics in Confluence, SharePoint and other tools. This post explains how to use the new dashboard integration and how to benefit from the live metrics in any wiki, intranet or reporting tool.

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TestRail JIRA 7.0 Test Management Add-On & Updates

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Just a few weeks ago we released our new JIRA test management integration with full JIRA add-ons for cloud and server instances as part of our TestRail 5.0 release. The feedback (and adoption rate) has been great and we are happy to see that hundreds of teams already installed and successfully use the new add-ons every day.

Today we are announcing that we have updated our JIRA add-ons to work with JIRA 7.0 (released this week) and added the ability to limit the integration to select projects (for Servers and Cloud), or user groups (JIRA Server only), among other new features. This makes TestRail the only test management tool that integrates JIRA add-ons per project.

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Do We Still Need Dedicated Testers?

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Most of you will have heard at some point or another about startups or much bigger organisations that have decided they have no need for dedicated testers. Facebook is an often cited example of a large company who has decided that by using various mechanisms including dogfooding and production monitoring, they can eliminate testers. Such stories beg the question that, if it’s okay for Facebook and other companies not to have dedicated testers, can my organisation save time and money by eliminating the testing function also?

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TestRail 5.0 – Full JIRA Test Management & More

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After working on this release for many months we are excited to announce TestRail 5.0 today, a new major update of our popular test management application. For the new TestRail release we are introducing an all-new & best-in-class JIRA integration with full JIRA server and JIRA cloud add-ons to directly view and track linked TestRail test results, test cases and reports inside JIRA.

TestRail 5.0 also introduces new live defect reports to directly see the status of all linked issues and test results in one place, new options to lookup the status of linked requirements from external tools as well as detailed section statistics for test runs and milestones. We are also adding new options to integrate TestRail’s statistics with Confluence and other tools, improved Markdown formatting options, new test result history and context tabs and much more. See below for all new things in TestRail 5.0 and learn how to get started!

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