Agile Methodology Test Planning & Management

Agile Project Management | The Manager or A Mentor?

For more than a decade now, Agile Project Management has been used and it wonderfully continues to grow in popularity. It is one effective methodology introducing revolutionary methods for the practice of project management. ‘Agile’ is an umbrella term used for identifying various models used for agile development, such as Scrum. Since agile development model is different from conventional models, agile project management is a specialized area in project management. It is required for one to have a good understanding of the agile development process in order to understand agile project management.

Industry Wisdom Test Planning & Management

Test Estimation | Even super-testers can go wrong

Most of the QA professionals are among the smartest people on this earth who often boast advanced degrees in engineering, mathematics or computer science. In some ways, we are like Superheroes – capable of breaking down a whole application and defeating an army of programmers with our defects, testing complex functions, juggling numerous technologies, ensuring customer ideas morphed into working software, all the while not breaking a sweat. So how is it that despite such technical savvy, programming prowess and quality driven attitude, we are defeated at test estimation front?

Functional Testing Industry Wisdom

Software Testing is inferior to Development | Why (not)

Though the aspiration for being a successful IT professional is strong, we assume that the word ‘IT professional’ is synonymous with ‘Developer’. When a testing opportunity presents itself, there are many doubts in our minds and we often wonder if it’s the right career move or not. While being a developer is great and has immense potential, it should not be concluded that being a tester means the exact opposite. Let’s explore the reasons behind the perception – Software Testing is inferior to Development,

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Automation is NOT a cure-all | Limitations of Automation Testing

In an agile business, automation is becoming an essential process. Companies are now taking advantage of automation testing tools to increase their efficiency and productivity. Automation is frequently evangelized as the cure-all of software quality woes. Some of the benefits that accrue from automated tests include test reusability, repeatability and coverage besides the savings on effort, time and cost it takes for execution (compared to manual testing). However it’s NOT the answer for everything. Test automation, while being able to improve numerous aspects of software development, has limitations that developers and quality assurance teams should be aware of from the start. Understanding these limitations of automation testing will help us devise an efficient & effective automation strategy.

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Do we really need Manual Testing?

Quality – Why is this word so important for your software? Software teams today involve a number of people: developers, testers, support engineers, designers, product managers, and executive stake holders. A low quality software impacts all of these or in other words everyone in the team is responsible for the quality of software delivered. When we look into the overall effectiveness or cost manual testing still have a pivotal role to play. Unfortunately, very little discussion is only happening on how to improve efficiency of manual testing instead most of discussions are happening on how to increase the level of automation. Many of us would advocate the fact that Manual Testing is no longer needed, and I know it well why they think so. It is mostly because of the drawbacks and challenges associated with Manual Testing.

Mobile Testing Test Planning & Management

How to build an ideal Mobile App Test Plan

‘Mobile App’ is the new buzzword. Then how can one stick to the traditional Test Plan template? The purpose of the Mobile App Test Plan is to define how the testing effort for the App release is planned, executed, and controlled. It is critical to have a rigorous Mobile App Test Plan before the App is deployed. The idea is simple, focus on the value it offers – boil Test planning down to only the essentials and cut all fat and fluff. Test Plan shouldn’t be like any other dead document (resulting in wasted effort) – written, reviewed, referred to a few times and then cast aside as the project moves ahead. A comprehensive Plan gives customers the confidence that an efficient Test process is adopted to ensure optimum App Quality! Let’s have a look…

Agile Methodology

What is Agile Velocity and why it matters?

Velocity: “the speed of something in a given direction.” And how do you measure it while driving? How do you know that your average velocity is 80 km per hour if you have traveled 160 kilometers in 2 hours’ time? I.e. kilometers traveled in one hour. The same goes for an agile project. Agile Velocity is an extremely simple, powerful method for accurately measuring the rate at which scrum development teams consistently deliver business value. This article explains the principles behind agile velocity tracking.

Test Planning & Management

V Model for Software Development Life Cycle | Verification & Validation

Also known as Verification and Validation model, the V Model is an extension of the waterfall model and is based on the association of a testing phase for each corresponding development stage. This means that the V Model demonstrates the relationships between each phase of the development life cycle and its associated phase of testing. There are Verification phases on one side of the ‘V’ and Validation phases on the other side. The Coding Phase joins the two sides of the V-Model. The horizontal and vertical axes represents time or project completeness (left-to-right) and level of abstraction, respectively. This is a highly-disciplined model and the next phase starts only after completion of the previous phase.

Automation Testing Basics Industry Wisdom Test Planning & Management

14 Automation Testing Myths, Debunked | Facts and the Fiction

Automation testing is a concept that is heavily marketed today. There has been a real convergence of tools and approaches in automation in recent years. It’s increasingly considered as integral to project delivery, rather than something that exists to cover business-as-usual regression testing after project completion. Faster releases, increased test coverage, frequent test execution, faster feedback to development team, just to name a few are being counted as some of the Test automation benefits. Automation is being portrayed as the silver-bullet in testing technology. But everything is not so ideal. Not every organization (or client) is reaping the actual benefits of Test automation. Certain Automation testing myths must be addressed in order to correctly apply it in the most effective & efficient manner. In this article we shall examine some of the most common automation testing myths and how these prevent organizations from succeeding in Test automation.

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AB Testing (A/B) | A statistical approach to optimization

Most of us have had an argument with friends or colleagues about which route is fastest from home to office or vice-versa. How’d you settle that bet? Yeah! Test it out. Leave the same place at the exact same time, via separate routes, and find out whose way is the best. Hope you got a brief idea about AB testing 😉 which is used by today’s designers & marketers to gain insight into visitor behavior and to increase conversion rate. Though one of the easiest and most effective technique for optimization, A/B testing is still not as common as Internet marketing subjects as SEO, Web analytics and usability. People just aren’t as aware of it. Let’s explore more about AB Testing.

Defect Management Test Planning & Management

Defect Metrics | Severity, Density, Removal, Leakage, Cost and Age

In software testing, it is most important to measure the quality, cost and effectiveness of the project and the processes. Without measuring these, project can’t be completed successfully. The goal of testing is to determine if the requirements are met. During the course of testing, we find defects, or instances where the software does not meet requirements. Hence, in the area of software testing metrics, there has been abundant work in analyzing defects via different Defect metrics.

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Manual and Automation Testing | Which is the best?

As discussed in our earlier article Manual vs. Automation Testing – on a high level there are basically two methods to complete the software verification & validation – Manual and Automation testing. Each testing method has its pros and cons but the truth is that regardless of which side of the fence you sit on (manual vs. automated), the argument is largely irrelevant; to achieve high quality software and reduced time to market both methodologies are essential. Let’s explore the remaining key consideration…

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Manual vs Automation Testing | Which is the best among equals?

Software testing, though complex, is an integral part of any successful software project. On a high level there are basically two methods to complete the software verification & validation – Manual and Automated testing. While both types of testing are beneficial to web application development, there has been a plethora of speculation on whether software testing should be done manually or be automated. Creation of excellent software demands effective and timely quality testing; and in these times of production on the go, the debate continues on the purpose and efficiency of manual vs. automation testing. Each testing method has its pros and cons but the truth is that regardless of which side of the fence you sit on (manual vs. automated), the argument is largely irrelevant; to achieve high quality software and reduced time to market both methodologies are essential. Let’s explore the 19 key consideration…

Test Planning & Management

Software Testing metrics | Measuring Efficiency & Effectiveness

How do you measure your car’s performance? Or how do you know that it needs a service? Yeah! We have different criteria to measure its health – the mileage, kilometers run, engine & brake oil, etc. For example your car needs a service if its weekly mileage is less than the ideal mileage recommended by the manufacturer. Right? Similarly for any process to be successful in the long run we need some measurements (or metrics). In this article we will learn about Software Testing metrics and how it helps to keep track of Software Test efforts.