The Purpose of Defect Triage

Posted by Michael Massiah on 12/03/2019

The purpose of a defect triage meeting is to review and prioritise open defects and provide stakeholders with the opportunity to track progress, review and take action based on the information available.

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Topics: Software Testing, Test Planning, Defect Triage

The Need For Automated Security Testing

Posted by Scott Summers on 5/03/2019

IT teams and testers have been challenged by automated testing for decades now.  It seems to me that many organisations haven’t really cracked the nut yet with regards to functional automation and many (too many) automated testing efforts fail to meet their objectives, budget and stakeholders’ expectations. Expectations seem to be lower for load and performance testing. I’m not sure if this is because it’s perceived to be more difficult or the risk is perceived to be lower or both. Either way I don’t think that’s true, but that’s for another post. There isn’t much conversation happening yet about automated security testing - yet. I find this strange considering 47% of companies surveyed for this year’s World Quality Report said that enhancing security is part of their IT Strategy. The number of security breaches is increasing – the 2018 Cyber Security Breaches Survey shows 43% of businesses in the UK experienced a security breach in the past year.

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Topics: Software Testing, Security Testing Strategy, Security Testing

The Robots Are Coming – You’ve Been Replaced…well not so fast R2D2

Posted by Phil Edwards on 19/02/2019

We’ve all seen sci-fi movies where robots take over the world, that is until Will Smith (or similar) steps in at the eleventh hour and saves the day. But like a lot of movies made, they do have a good knack of portraying what the future might hold, whether that’ll be a home robot for doing the daily chores to an all singing all dancing fully autonomous home.

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Topics: Software Testing, Test Automation Frameworks, Test Automation Approach

Test Automation Approach - The Long Wait Is Over!

Posted by Danny Crone on 13/02/2019

Even today, in the modern world of DevOps, I see this all too often in automated test code for regression tests:

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Topics: Software Testing, test automation, Test Automation Approach

A How-To Guide For Test Planning

Posted by Matthew Fullwood on 5/02/2019

Test planning, it’s that task testers are often asked to perform at short notice and frequently without enough information. It’s something that sounds like it should be easy, but all too often turns into something more challenging. As testers, we also find that we sometimes become accountable based on a test plan that was formed in a hurry without enough information to begin with. Is there anything we can do to avoid this?

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Topics: Software Testing, Software Test Plan, Test Planning

Tech and Testing Trends for 2019

Posted by Phil Edwards on 22/01/2019

As another year starts, we can look ahead to what will be trending in 2019. We all know that ankle gracing trousers, wearing brogues without socks, growing a hipster beard (again) and heading to Greggs for a vegan sausage roll will all make the headlines, but with tech trends it’s a little different. A few years ago, we predicted Multi-Cloud (now commonly called Connected Cloud), Big Data (Data Analytics), AR and Cyber Security would be prominent, which to be fair they are still front runners for making the top five, but the way in which they are adopted and implemented has somewhat changed due to other factors that complicate but enhance the IT landscape.

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Topics: Software Testing, Technology, 2019

Do You Test Like A User? Why Not?

Posted by Renée Elizabeth Mineart on 15/01/2019

If we were to visit the town where I grew up, I could take you to any place in that town without having to use Sat Nav. I wouldn’t even have to glance at Google Maps to find my way.

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Topics: Software Testing, User Acceptance Testing, UAT

Automated End to End Testing

Posted by Adam Bardell on 14/11/2018

Where is the Value?
As we know, we cannot test everything. This is especially true for End to End testing. This activity is often carried out at the end of the Implementation phase after System testing has completed. There will be many paths through the software and to test them all will be a large task. So only critical paths are tested through the system that provides an acceptable level of test coverage. Add automation into the mix, and this can become extremely challenging at the end of the delivery cycle. Teams often accept that the effort required for automating the End to End tests is too much of a risk to a timely delivery. Often, it is cut down to small manual End to End tests as an afterthought that adds little value to the overall quality or post-release teams. Ironically, this is where it adds the most value!

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Topics: test automation, Test Automation Approach, Automated end to end testing

App Usability Testing - The Core Components

Posted by Phil Edwards on 6/11/2018

It goes without saying that all apps whether they be native, web or hybrid must make a great first impression on the end user when it comes to their functionality and usability. In the real world however, extensive testing and the usability of the app is often overlooked. Not only does this lead to apps that don’t really satisfy the needs of the target audience but sometimes means the app isn’t able to fulfil its purpose.

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Topics: Software Testing, App Usability Testing, Mobile App Testing

Performance and Load Testing Best Practices Guide

Posted by Scott Summers on 30/10/2018

Whether a system is to be used internally by your work force or externally by your customers, it’s stability and performance directly correlates with your success.

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Topics: Software Testing, Load and Performance Testing

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