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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a/b testing

A or B? A/B Testing AKA Split Testing is about arranging a battle between two versions of your landing page. Then you make your bets (highly optional) and see which one is doing the best job leading your users to the target you put have chosen like subscribing for example. You are free to test two completely different versions of the page or the ones with slight differences. It does not matter. A/B testing may be a great mean of improving your site-visitors communications as well as mobile application development. It also is great with backing up changes and important design-related decisions with actual metrics. And with the tools that are now available Split Testing does not even require too [...]

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time-wasting

Why regress? Recently a thought has popped up in my head. Do we still need to regress? It’s like the most ancient aspect of the development process. Every quality assurance team is using it for years. And it seems like the most boring, troublesome, time and effort consuming thing testers are doing on a daily basis. It is practically unrewarding and still it exists. With so many changes that occurred all around us Regression Testing is remaining practically untouched? What is the reason of this phenomena? People are still doing Regression testing because it works. Let’s just think about it. As an example we can take the following scenario. You are all into quality assurance. Here is your new Live [...]

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The Butterfly Effect In QA

Posted in Uncategorized, August 14, 2014

Butterfly Effect

The Butterfly Effect Smart people are saying, that in theory, a wave of the butterfly’s wing in Ohio can eventually cause a tsunami somewhere in Japan. That is the so called ‘butterfly effect’. But how does it affect testing? We are living in a world that you may find beautiful if you are a fan of constant changes. Technology is constantly gaining more and more weight in our lives. Humanity is becoming more and more dependent from IT. Internet nowadays allows you to do lots and more of your daily tasks without even getting out of home. But that also has a negative side. If something breaks or malfunctions it may cause colossal damage. Thus the pressure on the tester [...]

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crowdsourcing

What is Crowd Sourced Testing? In simple words crowd sourcing is a bunch of people working together in order to achieve a common goal. That does not sound too different from any other team or group of men working at a project. So where’d all the fuss come from? Well the fuss actually is situated around the ability of handling a project of colossal size while using a team that is larger than usual in a shorter period of time. And one more advantage (the biggest, perhaps) is that a projects cost is reduced. So, basically, crowd testing is just about a lot of people testing same software. The only differences to the more standard approach are scalability and variety [...]

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