Totem pole

Wow, a totem! Why’s it here? Scrum and their standup practices are quite a topic for more than one chatter. There are tons of various tricks in this field that help people to fully understand what they are doing and be even greater with their daily jobs. Shock is one of splendid methods of achieving goals as a Scrum master. Fun is awesome, as well. Yet be prepared that this particular tip might not work with all Scrum teams. It is awesome for younger members with various legacy burdens. This one’s great for people that are getting better after waterfall and are new to agile. A thing any dedicated project team may implement as a common practice. Or simply new [...]

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Interview

Testing mobile apps may seem like a dream job when you are not into IT yet. Still, to pass the interview for this job one should know plenty of things and be closely familiar with certain technical terms and trends. To help you get ready for such an interview, we have compiled a list of top 10 answers interviewers are most likely to ask you and supplied the ready-made answers to them. What is the difference between mobile application testing and just mobile testing? Mobile app testing suggests testing an application on hand-held devices and differs from mobile testing in that it focuses on features and functionality of the tested application only while the other closely focuses on mobile devices’ [...]

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Are You An Ethical Hacker?

Posted in Security Testing, August 29, 2014

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Let’s begin with Ethical Hackers. First of all that actually sounds like the world’s coolest job ever. Perhaps it’s because it has the word ‘hacker’ in it and all that Hollywood mumbo-jumbo that is related to these people. Everybody wanted to be an awesome hacker at one point of his life. And if there is actually a job like that, wow, count me in! What ethical hackers actually do is hacking in its pure form. It’s just that they are doing so legally, as their job for a certain company. They are checking if their employers hardware and software is safe from their, let’s say, evil twins. That also sound kind of cool. And no, I ain’t lame, I’m sure [...]

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pentest

More security Penetration Testing is the process in which your goal is the identification of security-related vulnerabilities. You will get to be a bit of a hacker because what you will be primarily doing is putting the software up to a test with various sneaky malicious techniques of yours. Why bother doing so? Because you do not want anybody else to be doing that work for you. Especially is that anybody is a potentially harmful third party like a hacker. They will know what to do with your projects soft belly and you will certainly not appreciate their effort. What are the most often causes of the security breaches? Errors in design and/or development A system configuration that is fairly poor [...]

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bored

I’m so bored There are often such happenings at this or that part of your work-life when you are bored of everything. The constant routine job that you are doing on a daily basis is as annoying as somebody scratching a chalk-board with his fancy manicure or even worse. Mostly this is completely unrelated to the boredom level of your job itself. It is just human nature. But what to do in such cases? There are several tricks you may find handy: Make it challenging. As you are mastering a profession only few challenges are remaining. So create your own quests and achievements. Let’s say challenge yourself with a goal of finding 7 (or whatever the amount you are finding [...]

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mobile app

A not very tech-experienced person can think of different kinds of testing as of similar activities. As mobile apps usually look simpler than PC software or websites, it can seem that testing mobile applications is even easier than other software. However, there are certain challenges every mobile app tester faces which make this type of testing special and difficult in its own way. Here are they: Variety of Devices Hand-held devices differ greatly in their screen sizes, hardware capabilities, and input methods (for example, touch, normal, QWERTY). Diversity in Platforms and OS The market features a whole lot of various Mobile Operating Systems. The major ones include Android, iOS, Windows Phone, Symbian, and BlackBerry. Naturally, each operating system is with [...]

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Risk management

PRM What is Project Risk Management? This definition stands for a row of activities that are related to the conduction of project risk management planning, identification as well as analysis. The major objectives of PRM are the increase of the positive events and impacts on the entire project. On the other end of the sword there are attempts of decreasing the probabilities of negative events happening and their impact on the project as a whole piece. Sounds quite a QA thing to do to me. What can you, as a QA specialist do for PRM? In order of getting to the point we have to be sure we are aware of the PRM cycle. PRM begins with identification of possible [...]

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mcfly

What the future holds? It is in fact amazing how some of the craziest predictions from books and/or movies are entering our lives. Robots, space crafts, Wi-Fi. Can you even imagine people believing in tech like Wi-Fi or Bluetooth while reading about it (well, not quite it, but something similar) in books published in the forties? And nowadays tech predictions are even wilder. But we’ll get to that later. How come writers are guessing what will come next? They look at trends. Trends do serve as messages on what to prepare to. Like now testers need to do more coding, that is a trend. Where will it lead? That is not too hard to follow. The same with further future. [...]

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Thoughts

Automated application testing can be less challenging and more fun once you get a hang of it. Often ideas are popping out in my head. They are related to multiple issues. And there was one summer day that I’ve decided writing some of them down in hopes you will find them useful. These ones are about estimation of automation testing, so please be so kind and enjoy. Ask developers. If automation is about coding who is better to know the answer. They may have already solved your puzzle and you don’t even know about it. Do what they do. They drink decaf – you, oh, I’m getting too far. Forget about decaf. A tool is stating it is easy to [...]

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Open Device Labs

Testing is getting harder It was hard enough testing an app itself. Now it’s getting even harder to test it on all the available devises. There are like thousands of them with different environments, screen sizes, properties and firmware. Some of them may even not be available in your country. And still the business side requires the app to be tested by all means. Sure there are special tools available, but no tool can replace the live device experience. Especially the ‘touchy’ part. So does your QA department need to poses all the available device models? That is ridiculously expensive. And you won’t be using them all. Some might just lay around for month and by the time you need [...]

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