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For software testers to create a detailed test case during the QA process can be tricky: sometimes it's not an option; sometimes it's wasted effort. Here are ways to help make that decision. Part of the skill set required to be a good tester involves the ability to assess a software project and decide when it's worth putting in the effort to create really detailed test cases. Sometimes the software will lend itself to unstructured testing, sometimes the development methodology will dictate a specific approach, and sometimes every possible facet will need to be covered. If you plotted projects on a graph you would get a bell curve because most of them fall somewhere in between the casual and the comprehensive. How Do You Decide? There are various factors that are going to weigh on any decision. Some of them leave no room for ambiguity, for example: There are legal ... (more)

Reboot Testing for Modern Software Development

Traditional methods of software development went over the waterfall in a barrel and smashed on the rocks below. The Agile Manifesto was written more than a decade ago. Agile adoption has worked wonders for software development. New products leap from concept to market faster than ever before. Software updates are expected to roll out quickly into live products without disruption, the cloud is growing ever larger, and mobile technology is impacting heavily on how applications are developed. Feedback from the end user informs the design. Documentation and planning are sidelined in... (more)

Quality Assurance: The Most Undervalued Piece of Devops

Software works the way it was designed because of a group of downtrodden, undervalued and unsung heroes. Often dismissively described as testers, these champions of precision can be more accurately termed Quality Assurance. They set the bar high and work hard to ensure that the software you buy is easy to use and efficient. Without their expertise you would encounter a lot of inaccessible, bug-ridden releases. QA is frequently undervalued by software developers. It is often seen as an unnecessary expense - a drain on time and resources. The truth is that finding and fixing bugs... (more)

Crowdsourcing Your Way to Usability Testing

Software developers and service providers need a period of usability testing before launch to find out how the product stands up in the hands of end users. An experienced QA team will ferret out bugs and identify major issues, but they won't use your software like a customer will. The value of focus testing is not up for debate, but the way you run it most definitely is. How Does It Work? Crowdsourcing-based usability testing services is an emerging niche and you'll find a choice of online services capable of delivering valuable information on your product's usability. Try My UI a... (more)

Software Testers Too Need a Black Box

Recording and maintaining good evidence of testing is growing more important all the time. The ability to document what actually happened during the development of hardware or software is vital in many industries. Medical equipment is a great example, as any failure could lead to unexpected complications or even death. In the event that this occurs, auditors must be able to review the original manufacturing process and track the usage and maintenance of the machine during its lifecycle. Evidence of testing importance can be neatly summed up by considering the difference between ... (more)