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It’s Monday morning and a full week of testing beckons. My first job is to test that we have fixed an issue reported by a customer the previous week. Engineering have given me a testing script  to help me recreate the problem, but the actual error was caused by a combination of entries in a form. How can I identify the test data required to test this scenario in my test environment? I need one...

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Functional vs. Performance Testing If you’ve been in the QA space a while, you probably understand the need to run different kinds of tests on your application. One type of testing is functional testing, where testers will focus on testing how pieces of code work together in the application. Many products and frameworks exist to accomplish this, since the primary goal of an application is to work for its users. If an application does not...

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Identifying the requirements needed for a software product or piece of code is never easy. Business analysts, testers and developers must interpret and understand the customer’s needs and expectations and must then phrase them inside a clear sequence of instructions, inserting them into the design and test cycles. They then face the added challenge of ensuring that those requirements remain comprehensible to everyone involved. And once that is established, a further challenge awaits: “how to do...

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Recently I watched a very interesting documentary about what it takes to keep an airport operational; from making meals, cleaning the aircraft, fueling the aircraft to moving millions of passengers every year with safety and comfort. It is quite remarkable how many tasks are occurring behind-the-scenes that, as a passenger, we never even think about. For example, nearly every major airport has miles of fuel lines buried below the terminals and tarmacs pumping millions of gallons of...

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What it Really Means to ‘Shift Left’ Much of the new wisdom surrounding the improvement of software testing scenarios focuses on the idea of Shift-Left, in which the work of testing code is shifted back toward the earliest phases of the software development lifecycle (SDLC), and starts at check-in. But with velocity and speed of the modern app economy, this concept of ‘extreme shift left’ testing is coming of age. This is quite a departure...

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Test Center of Excellence (CoE) face a dilemma today. Testing processes haven’t kept up with Agile and continuous software delivery trends. Instead of facilitating speed, testing has become a real bottleneck – forcing a tough tradeoff between speed and quality. Software test automation has never been more important. We recently discussed CA’s vision of a Center of Developer Excellence (CoDE), which addresses the current disconnect between continuous software delivery trends and testing practices. In today’s blog, we show you how adopting...

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Model-Based Testing 101 Model-based testing (or MBT) has recently emerged as a popular approach to transforming and optimizing application testing.  MBT offers significant benefits such as improvement of test coverage, reduction of testing effort and improvement of quality. MBT includes a rich variety of techniques and capabilities that may appear overwhelming to initial adopters. My customers often ask me how to get started with the basics of MBT and how to gradually improve their maturity and capabilities. I am...