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Automated vs. Manual User Testing – when to choose what?

As a Quality Assurance Manager, you’re fighting daily with testing websites or software during the build process, as well as after launch.

With this comparison between automated vs. manual testing, we want to help you to make a quicker decision what to use. The current trend in everything becoming more automated, that goes for software and website testing too.

But when is it better to use automated testing versus manual testing?

Is manual still better to use in some situations? Let’s take a look. Continue Reading “Automated vs. Manual User Testing – when to choose what?”

10 Bug Report Template Options that will Skyrocket your QA Process

Have you ever heard the phrase “work smarter, not harder”?

There are many instances throughout your day (and the day of your trusted Quality Assurance team) where implementing this can help improve efficiency, increase accuracy, and make your life a whole lot easier.

You have that sneaking suspicion that there are ways that your testing life and that homemade bug report can be improved?

But how?

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The Conclusive Bug Bash Testing Guide That Will Help You To Eliminate Bugs Efficiently (+ Bonus Section)

Testing can be hard. Especially if you do not have enough resources for a big quality assurance team. It binds valuable resources and consumes a lot of time if done correctly. That’s probably nothing new, we tell you here.

But what we can show you is that it doesn’t have to be that way.

Big players like Microsoft already use the bug bash approach successfully and the nice thing is, that it is also applicable to small and medium-sized companies.

By hosting a bug bash you will focus your team within a limited time frame on finding as many bugs as possible, while simultaneously encouraging team building. Sounds awesome, right?

This post will help you in 8 simple steps to organize your very own efficient bug bash. Plus, we have also included 4 templates in our “Bug Bash Organizer Bundle”; all you need to do is fill them out and you will

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How to test your application with 5 users before you launch!

Building a successful digital product means developing products with your users and customers in mind.

89% of customers will switch to a competitor if they are not happy with your service or digital offering.

It’s as simple as that.

But the good news is: You only need to test your digital product with 5 users before you launch.

Only 5 user tests help you identify most major usability issues and, therefore, help you build better products.

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Let’s UAT: A practical test case illustrated on the example of Trello

User Acceptance testing is an important – yet often overlooked – step in every software development project. The principle of UAT is simple: It allows you to verify if a solution/software/application works for the user.

Yet its implementation in real life software development teams and processes is something a lot of companies struggle with.

In this article, we guide you through a practical user acceptance testing example, illustrated by testing a Trello feature.

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A Survival Guide to Test Driven Development and Unit Testing

I have a love/hate relationship with test driven development and unit testing.

I’ve been both an ardent supporter of these “best practices,” but I’ve also been more than skeptical of their use.

One of the big problems in software development is when developers—or sometimes managers—who mean well apply “best practices” simply because they are best practices and don’t understand their reason or actual use.

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7 Common Types of Software Testing

Most developers have no clue about how testing is actually done, and how valuable the understanding of software testing basics can be for developers who really want to excel in their careers.

I owe a large amount of the success I have had in my career as a software developer to my background in testing.

Why?

Because I learned it the hard way.

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A Guide to Software Resilience Testing

Resilience testing belongs to the category of “non-functional testing” and tests how an application behaves under stress. Due to increasing consumer demands, resilience testing is as important as never before.  That’s why companies like Cisco are taking resilience testing very seriously, with 75% of all of Cisco’s applications tested for resilience as of mid-2016.

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A 6-Step Guide to Web Application Testing

More and more web applications are being developed these days. And with each line of code being written, the potential for bugs arises.

Generally speaking, the costs of fixing bugs increase exponentially the later you find them.

The Systems Sciences Institute at IBM found that “the cost to fix an error found after product release was 4 to 5 times more than one uncovered during design, and up to 100 times more than one identified in the maintenance phase”.

And a study by the University of Cambridge found that software bugs cause economic damage of $312 billion per year worldwide.

These numbers highlight the importance of finding bugs as early as possible and to thoroughly test an application before it is released.

That is where web application testing comes in. Web application testing usually consists of multiple steps that ensure that an application is fully functional and runs smoothly and securely. It is an essential part of web development and ensures that an app is running properly before its release.

We put together a 6-step guide, which should give you an overview of what kind of tests to run to test your app.

Let’s get started!

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