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  Balancing Functional Testing With Other Testing Approaches: Where Does Functional Testing Fit?

Whether it is the first build or the five thousandth, as soon as that software is available, the first thing testers jump into is functional testing. There are fields on the page begging for data, after all, and we are the ones to take care of that problem. Functional testing, entering data and then...

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  Micro Focus’s HP Software Purchase Puts It in the Big Leagues

Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co. ’s plan to spin off and merge its software business with Micro Focus International PLC, in an $8.8 billion deal, will triple the little-known British company’s workforce and sales and lift it into the big leagues of European tech companies. It also throws a spotlight o...

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  Test Automation Pitfalls: Don't Get Trapped!

Automation has been around for a long time now, at least since the 1950s. At the insistence of management at every software company I've worked with, I've been trying to make it useful for the past decade. That game is a tricky one. One common strategy, for example, is to decide what the automation...

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  Here are the five most over-hyped technologies of 2015, according to Gartner

Research firm Gartner has long promoted an analytical concept called the "hype cycle."Basically, the notion is that in the world of technology, people tend to get over-excited about new thingies, and then are disappointed when the new thingies don't change the world in the blink of an eye.But after ...

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  Avoid Becoming a Lonely Cowboy Performance Tester

If you are not already doing so, consider presenting your test design to developers and asking for their input, keeping them updated with your progress on tests they are interested in, and going through test results with them face to face. After all, they are the ones who know the application the be...

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  The Tester's Guide to Writing More Effective Test Cases

Ulf is one of the founders of ReQtest, an online bug tracking software hand-built and developed in Sweden. ReQtest is the culmination of Ulf's decades of work in development and testing. Ulf is a huge fan of Agile and counts himself as an early adopter of the philosophy which he has abided to for a ...

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  What Is Regression Testing?

Whenever developers change or modify their software, even a small tweak can have unexpected consequences. Testing existing software applications to make sure that a change or addition hasn%u219t broken any existing functionality is called regression testing. Its purpose is to catch bugs that may hav...

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  Transcendence and Analytics: What If the End of Mankind as We Know It Were a Good Thing?

Our decision making can be flawed due to Confirmation Bias, which makes us see only things that agree with a position we've already taken, and Argumentative Theory, which maintains that status goes with being seen as right. Note I said "being seen as right," not actually being right, which likely ex...

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  A peek at the future of software testing

It is an interesting time to be a software tester, as the speed at which technology is evolving means that the future is changing rapidly. Ruud Teunissen, who has been a passionate software tester since 1989 and works for Netherlands-based Polteq, told delegates at a recent IndigoCube breakfast even...

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  Top Ten Questions You Should Ask about Every Project You're Managing

Have you ever been assigned to manage a project that seems like a shape shifter--you know, a character from a science fiction story that keeps appearing to different people in different shapes? You already know that project success requires a clear understanding of what your project is all about, wh...

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  How to Get Your Teams Buy In to New Processes

The gap between a decision and change is huge. Deciding to make a change is a solid first step, and one you could theoretically make in isolation. Taking the next steps -- actually making the changes -- will fall to you, your peers, your bosses and your staff. You can have an idea alone, but you can...

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  When Project Plans Go Awry

In the past few years, with Demystified IT, I have been able to peek inside many projects and project plans to review what has gone right and what has gone wrong - projects that may or may-not-have worked according to plan (or no plan). I have also reviewed quite a lot of good intentioned plans - wh...

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  Project Managers Unsung Heroes of Automation

If you ask me to name the most important skill in the automation world, my answer is project management. Projects are how things get done, whether you are a supplier, engineering contractor, or owner. Excellent project management skills make a huge difference in the success of automation products or...

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  5 Lessons Learned in Project Portfolio Management (PPM) Tool Implementation Projects

It is an exciting endeavor for any business or PMO to take the leap and decide to implement a project management tool. Sales and Marketing for the companies that sell these tools have incredibly effective presentations that show expansive enterprise level reporting for Portfolios, Projects, Programs...

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  6 Tips to Master the Art of Delegation

Entrepreneurs and small business owners are used to wearing a lot of hats in their business -- everything from handling sales and accounting to replacing ink in the printer. However, trying to take care of everything can be harmful to your well-being and your business. With only one person in charge...

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  Tips for Avoiding Software Project Schedule Under-Estimating

Software projects almost never seem to finish on time, even when managed conscientiously and with the best intentions. While it may seem to be a foregone conclusion, there are several ways that you can adjust your approach to increase your chances of success. It all begins in the pre-project plannin...

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  How IT Leaders Can Best Plan for Disaster

Hurricane Sandy left devastation in its wake, first pounding the Caribbean and then pummeling the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast regions of the U.S. People and businesses are now struggling to get back on their feet. As a CIO or IT leader, you need to ask yourself: Will your organization be prepared for...

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  Divide Your Automated Testing Efforts

In general, deciding which tests should be manual and which should be automated will depend on the frequency with which a given test needs to be run and how much data is involved. Testing automation eases test creation. You can designate checkpoints of your choosing. With the right testing applicat...

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  Maintaining your own project risk register

Managing risk on your project is as easy as maintaining a spreadsheet, along with a good communication strategy. The central deliverable in risk management is a "risk register" - a list of all risk that you have identified for the project....

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  Wall Street Sees Knight as Software Risk Wake-up Call

Outsiders questioned why Knight did not pre-test the new software more assiduously, and why the bad trades continued to be generated for more than half an hour, instead of being shut down by internal systems almost immediately...

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  Enforcing Strong Passwords Using .Net Membership Feature

You can enforce strong passwords using membership by configuring the attributes minRequiredPasswordLength, minRequiredNonAlphanumericCharacters, and passwordStrengthRegularExpression on your membership provider configuration. Strong passwords help defend against brute force attacks and dictionary at...

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  Insights into Googles Approach to Testing Software

Technologies continue to evolve, but does the way we test software change? Leaders at Google, a company known for its innovation, have broken the mold and their unique test strategies are revealed in the new book, How Google Tests Software. Authors James Whittaker, Jason Arbon and Jeff Carollo discu...

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  Approach to agile development

The software development life cycle is like a puzzle: Each piece fits into the other in order to create a complete product. When teams decide to adopt new methodologies, such as agile, or revise their current methodologies to be more agile, it is important to make a road map in order to determine wh...

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  Recipe for a good test case

I have seen as many variations of test case design as I've seen projects. Naturally, the circumstances of any given project must be taken into consideration when creating test plans, test cases, and the testing infrastructure. In this article, we'll highlight the characteristics that are typically c...

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