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  • 16/05/2014
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Take ten minutes to refresh on some interesting software testing articles

We are shining the spotlight on some of the most popular articles on the EuroSTAR blog in our new Daily Digest Series. We will update this post every day at 10am with the latest post and will also provide a link to it from Twitter and our LinkedIn Software Testing Group.

Some of these blog posts date back to 2011 and are still incredibly popular – so they have stood the test of time (no pun intended!).

Enjoy:

Top Tips for the BDD Tester

Behaviour Driven Development (BDD) is ‘outside-in’ software development methodology, which has changed the tester’s role dramatically in recent years. One of the key benefit of BDD, is communication enhancement. BDD has encouraged a collaborative way of working between product owners, business analysts, project managers scrum masters, developers and testers, resulting in a higher level of customer satisfaction. BDD doesn’t replace QA testing but it has changed the approach to testing dramatically. In this short article let’s find out how a QA individual can bring quality and business value into BDD projects.

Read more here.

Comparison of Cross Browser UI Testing Tools

There are various types of testing tools available in market that are capable of performing testing activity in cross browser. Here is the article imparting comparison between different types of testing tools that are used frequently by the testers. Increase your understanding over testing tools and select best among it to enhance your in-house testing activity.

Read more here.

Testing in a Big Data World

As a greater number of organizations are adopting “Big Data” as their Data Analytics solution, they are finding it difficult to define a robust testing strategy and setting up an optimal test environment for Big Data.

Read more here.

A Software Skills Roadmap for Testers

In this blog post as EuroSTAR Conference 2014 Programme Chair, Paul Gerrard looks at how testers can acquire new skills and programming courses for testers should account for a different requirement to standard courses.

Read more here.

LiveBlogged! Automated Web Testing: Traps for the Unwary with Simon Stewart

A live blog on Simon Stewart’s webinar ‘Automated Web Testing: Traps for the Unwary’ written by Mauri Edo.

Read more here.

Defect Detection Percentage: handle with care!

In software testing Defect Detection Percentage is one of the most commonly used metrics for the effectiveness of a phase in the test life cycle. As can be derived from the formal definition above it indicates what percentage of the defects present in a software product is detected by the test phase under consideration. Hence process improvement programs aiming at increasing the effectiveness of a testing phase often use DDP to measure the improvement achieved.

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G(r)ood Testing Volume 4 – Who will test the spreadsheets?

Spreadsheets are a key factor when making business decisions that can affect many people. Derk-Jan de Grood asks the question, Who is testing these spreadsheets?

Read more here.

Courage and Ambition in Teaching and Learning

2014 Programme Chair Paul Gerrard discusses the importance of courage and ambition when it comes to teaching and learning.

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Effective QA practices for Continuous Integration development projects

Continuous Integration is a crucial process where the development and testing team integrate their work frequently and tools like Jenkins and Maven would play a crucial role in improving collaboration and communication. Does Continuous Integration provide the opportunity to notice trends and make informed decisions to QA heads? Answer is “yes”, but CI has much more to offer: Rapid development, Improved Testing process, Reliable code deployment, and of course, the cost benefit.

Read more here.

Estimating SOA and Web Service Testing Phases

A few people have been asking us recently what factors influence SOA and Web Service test phase estimation. We’ve gathered some thoughts here for you on this topic. Firstly, you’re going to need a tool to execute your tests. The power and capabilities of the tool will greatly influence how long the testing will take. If the tool is cheap (or free), like some open-source offerings, testing estimation can be a fraught process. There can be so many unknowns with free test tools that the margin of error around your estimations will have to be very wide. The more established and powerful the tool is, the more confidence you will have around your estimations.

Read more here.

Tips to Prepare for Android and iOS Testing

I have been almost exclusively testing mobile apps on Android devices (Smartphones and Tablets) and the iPad2 for nearly a year. In this article I use “iDevice” to include the iPhone and iPad. As with web and desktop applications there is a certain process or routine a tester follows from the time an app is installed (or accessed) until a bug report with evidence (logs & video files) is submitted.

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Lessons learnt in Data Migration

When I began working on a data migration project last year, I did not have much idea as to what it could entail. I did not have much experience with data migration before apart from having some theoretical knowledge of what one should consider for testing such a project scope. I am glad I went through this experience because I have learnt so much about it that I’d like to share with you today.

Read more here.

Ten things you need to know to run a successful Testing Center of Excellence

According to the World Quality Report, 2013-14 research data shows rapid growth in fully operational in-house Testing Centers of Excellence. Read on to find out what it takes to run a successful Testing Center of Excellence.

Read more here.

Defect Prediction Model – A Boon to Business Enterprises

According to a recent research, 40% of the companies reported failed software schedule and budget estimation while only 14% reported good performance. In yet another research conducted by Dynamic Markets Limited, 62 % of the organizations experienced IT projects that failed to meet their schedules, while 49% experienced budget overruns.

Read more here.

Effective User Acceptance Testing To Ensure End-user Satisfaction

User Acceptance Testing (UAT) helps software vendors and business software users assure themselves that their software is functionally ‘fit for purpose’. It is designed to find out if a software system meets the acceptance criteria and determines the readiness of the system for use. UAT identifies how compliant the system is with the business requirements and brings out the functionality and business problems. It should be performed in an environment that simulates the real world or production environment and specific focus should be laid in terms of exact real world usage of the application.

Read more here.

Choosing the Right Strategy for Automating Mobile Application Testing

Mobile apps are fast becoming a part of core enterprise strategy. As the competition heats up for greater user experience, focus will shift to testing the mobile apps for a bug-proof application launch. What mobile application developers need is a strategy that offers the best solution for comprehensive testing.

Read more here.

Do we need a TEST Consultant or a Test CONSULTANT?

A test consultant should know everything about testing, isn’t it? So he of she should have been Test nalyst and Test Manager. No, to be a good test consultant you need, if you want to be succesful, more than that.

Read more here.

Traceability within an Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) solution.

It is important to understand how requirements, test and development are linked by projects and tasks.When organizations fail to deliver quality software on time and on budget, it is typically not because any individual is dysfunctional, but because the entire team or organization is misaligned. End-to-end visibility enables organizations to proactively steer projects to success based on real-time information.

Read more here.

Getting up and running with test automation

Test automation sounds so promising! But in reality, the high hopes it raises often lead to frustration and disappointment. This article explains how that can happen, and gives you guidelines for successfully implementing and maintaining automated testing so you can realize the promise while avoiding some of the pitfalls. You’ll find out about a number of issues that you’ll want to address before you introduce automation, and learn what you can do to successfully deploy and maintain automated testing in your organization.

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Bridging the gap between Manual & Automation Testers

In this article the author questions the usefulness of the way the manual & automation testing teams are composed at present and suggests better approaches to synergize the test automation & manual testing teams and eventually make test automation better, faster & fun.

Read more here .

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