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Test Process & Best Practices

To Automate or Not to Automate?

It’s not possible to work in software quality assurance and not have heard about automation. Some people swear by it and recommend automating everything possible; others feel that leaving the human, manual element is more effective, even if it is for less efficient. Automation vendors are going to sing the praises of automation, certain, but just how can automation help …

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Building and Maintaining a Successful QA Team

Building a Successful QA Team Building a new QA team can undoubtedly be a daunting task.  If you’ve just been hired at a new company and tasked with creating or restructuring their QA department, then you have a lot of homework to do.  I’ve seen new managers come in like a whirlwind, moving people and process around with no real …

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Are You Irreplaceable?

You’ve taken a lot of training, read many books, worked extra hours, and know your company’s systems inside and out.  You do all that you can possibly do to make yourself vitally important to your employer, but are you irreplaceable? The short answer is – no.  But that’s not necessarily a bad thing.  Here’s why. Any company worth its salt …

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Can’t We All Just Get Along?

Sometimes testers and developers are at odds. Imagine that you work with a group of people who, day after day, tell you every little thing you do wrong.  This doesn’t work; that doesn’t work.  This is the wrong color; that has the wrong font size. They nitpick and nitpick, and seem to make it their goal in life to make …

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Are Your Defects Too Small to Log?

All testers have encountered this situation.  At some point in the testing cycle, you notice a minor issue.  Misaligned text, a button that’s not quite the right size, color is not pretty or any number of other bugs that don’t really affect functionality or may not even be client facing.  Now you have to decide if you stop your functional or …

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Full Regression Testing – Is it always necessary?

Without a doubt, regression testing is a time consuming endeavor. Necessary, but time consuming. Just how much regression is necessary? When a new patch is completed, do you really need to perform a full regression each and every time? This is a tricky question – most likely you do not, but sometimes you do. So how do you know when …

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