Tips

  • Managing change requests to your application

    In this tip, we look at end user requests, and the process to prioritize the requests for IT, so they know where to focus their work efforts.

  • Ways to boost network security

    Which is more important, network or application security? Well, the answer, of course, is both. In this first part of a two-part series, security engineer John Overbaugh starts by describing the di...

  • Effective TDD and continuous integration

    Units tests were born in small programs with fast feedback loops -- yet as programs grow in size and scope, the time it takes to execute every unit test with each continuous integration build can b...

  • Scripted testing vs. exploratory testing

    The merits of scripted testing vs. exploratory testing are often debated among software quality gurus. In this tip, Vasudeva Naidu does a deep dive into both. While automation of scripted tests is ...

  • How testers can help clarify requirements

    Gathering accurate requirements is one of the biggest challenges of software development. There can be a big disconnect between what the users want and the software that gets developed. In this tip...

  • Requirements tips for data-centric projects

    Gathering requirements for data-centric projects presents a challenge. Business users may have trouble articulating the type of data needed to build a proper system and asking for changes late in t...

  • The value of visible requirements

    Have you ever been in a situation where the project team is saying they're almost done, but there's no visibility into the status of the requirements? That's what SSQ contributor Chris McMahon was ...

  • When testing embedded software, think outside the box

    Testing embedded software requires creative testing techniques, according to Jon Hagar at SQuAD Conference 2011. Learn techniques for testing embedded software in this tip.

  • Embedded software test: Attack of the killer robots

    Embedded software can be found in all devices from planes to pacemakers, but how do we test this kind of software? What are the differences between testing embedded software and traditional applica...

  • Attracting the right Agile software developers

    A lot of software development job candidates will claim to have Agile skills, but are they just throwing around buzzwords? In this tip, consultant Catherine Powell will help you find the qualified ...

  • Tracking business requirements throughout a release

    In traditional software development, it can be easy for the business folks to think that their role is to define the requirements and their involvement is not needed again until UAT. However, in or...

  • Business requirements: Five ways to exceed expectations

    Regardless of the methodology being used, it is imperative that the development team and the business collaborate throughout the software development lifecycle. In this tip by software expert Kay D...

  • Debunking myths of application lifecycle management

    In this tip, we expose three myths of Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) which continue to quietly impede successful software development and delivery across industries. Understanding that best...

  • Embedded software testing: Five messaging event styles

    In testing embedded systems, timing can often cause trouble. In this tip, consultant Scott Allman describes the five different types of event styles that can occur when two events are executed. A g...

  • Testing-as-a-Service: Outsourcing specialized testing

    Testing-as-a-Service (TaaS) solutions are cropping up in the software industry, allowing clients the ability to take advantage of paying for what they need, when they need it, rather than investing...

  • Manual testing vs. automated testing: A decision point

    Automation in a test environment can be expensive and doesn’t always yield a high return. In fact, a high percentage of automation efforts fail. In this tip, Vasudeva Naidu gives advice on key fact...

  • Waterfall vs. Agile development: A case study

    Two projects very similar in scope were executed by the same project team for the same users. The first project used a waterfall methodology and resulted in missed deadlines and failure to deliver ...

  • Is automated testing replacing the software tester?

    As automation becomes more popular in software development, testers are wondering if their skills are becoming obsolete. Managers may question how to staff their organizations. In this tip, senior ...

  • Designing automated tests for the user interface

    If you only had a limited amount of time, how would you design your user interface automated tests? SSQ contributor Chris McMahon explains the concept of "useful paths" to help design the tests th...

  • Test automation: Investing in performance testing

    Performance test automation can require special tools and skills. Often organizations don't know where to start. In this tip by Agile Testing co-author Lisa Crispin, you'll learn the steps to analy...