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Testing with "Settings"!

Ever wondered that there are no more tests that can be done while testing an app on Android or iOS platform? Well, I have, and that is when I go to the 'Settings' and explore what kind of tests can be done there.

I have seen apps crash because Bluetooth was not On, location settings were turned Off, mobile was on Airplane mode, external SD card was encrypted and yes..because another dependent app was 'Disabled'.

This is an area which is really worth…


Added by Karthik Sundararaman on October 25, 2014 at 14:46 — No Comments

Explaining Verification and validation

I have personally performed a lot of software and hardware testing. However ,many a times i was confused with these two terms.

with lot of learning and doings , i understood these two terms. ok , let me explain you.

Verification : This is an activity which is performed to verify that the product is workiing against the design. This may need go through diffrerent iteratons before…


Added by sujeet singh on October 24, 2014 at 7:30 — 6 Comments

Tester maturity levels. Pentester maturity levels

When I was in functional testing for some 5 years I had this model of professional tester “maturity”:

  1. Tests somehow: Does some random tests and rarely discovers complicated bugs. Even if spot one can’t repeat and gives up.
  2. Tests more: Realizes how much more test ideas are there that could…

Added by Ainars Galvans on October 22, 2014 at 11:00 — 1 Comment

Career Development for testers Survey

I am speaking at a testing conference in Denver this November and am also conducting a roundtable for testers career development.

I have a survey for which I need maximum participation from testers to make it meaningful.
Please take the survey. The results will be shared at STPcon in Denver on 5th November.…

Added by Smita Mishra on October 17, 2014 at 15:30 — No Comments

Starting off With the Hybrid Framework.

The sole intention behind working with an Automation tool was to create a seamless solution for performing a Full System Regression tests on the QA build Releases. It is easy to verify all the new features that are introduced to the platform, but checking if all the existing functionalities are working as intended is another uphill task. 

Rather than being difficult, it is more inclined to being time consuming. So the best way to solve this particular problem was the introduction…


Added by Dias Jacob on October 16, 2014 at 12:09 — 4 Comments

Finally it's done. Hands-On Mobile App Testing

It’s done! My book “Hands-On Mobile App Testing” is available since today. Further information can be found here:

Why I wrote this Book

It all started in 2010 when I had the opportunity to work on my first mobile project. The mobile team I worked in was responsible for…


Added by Daniel Knott on October 15, 2014 at 6:30 — No Comments

Doing Good or Going Dead

A wise man said : "Once you stop learning, you start dying" . Now I'm very much impressed with this statement,Even i have set this one as my Skype status 3/4 times.

What was my daily routine during my college days?

I was quite fickle minded.We had in total 8 semesters in 4 year and around 36 courses.My daily routine was completely based on semesters.each semester had an amazing start,for instance: i used plan my semesters in the very beginning.i generally bring all…


Added by Krushna Prasad Subudhi on October 14, 2014 at 6:30 — No Comments

Does your cook, taste bad to you?

Well, i'm frightened but if someone will ask me this question,I would shout at everyone with a big NO.

Does it even matter when i'm the only one guy who is supposed have it?

I would say, who d hell are you to ask this question?

But YES it gonna harm me , if its a repetitive process.…


Added by Krushna Prasad Subudhi on October 10, 2014 at 11:30 — 4 Comments

Why I Did Not Sign the Petition

I know that I am going out on a limb here. There has been a long, well-structured, and convincing set of arguments published that convince me that the ISO 29119 standard is a bad idea.

Even with all of that, I did not sign the petition against the standard for the following reason: I did not read it. To gain information on the standard, I accessed the available web sites and even joined a group discussing it on LinkdIn. On that forum, I posted a comment that I was shocked that the…


Added by Jeff Lucas on September 21, 2014 at 18:00 — 20 Comments

Doctrine of Six σ ????

Striving for the quality with the continuous improvement is the only success mantra for every organization which determines its market value and stability in the market. I think we can all agree the companies’ makes too many mistakes and errors to achieve it. Quality that strives for near perfection is six sigma. Only I know is It’s an approach and methodology for eliminating defects in any process – from manufacturing to transactional and from product to service. First, we start with…


Added by Chandan Singh Rathod on September 20, 2014 at 11:58 — No Comments

Pan-Dimensional Hyper Intelligent Creators of Deep Thought and User Acceptance

Obviously I am brand new at this.  So new in fact, that the only software I have tested is what the professor in my course has presented as problems for us to solve. 

As I work my way through dynamic testing techniques, I cannot help but wonder what type of technique would the pan-dimensional, hyper intelligent creators of "Deep Thought" have chosen to test acceptance.  A better question is did they even use testers?  If they had, wouldn't they have determined that the answer…


Added by GwendyTheDigger on September 18, 2014 at 19:18 — 6 Comments

The Regression Rate - The unknown unknown?

I have talked earlier today to my old manager and asked him if he has found a book or a blog post about something we have measured inside the last project we did together (over years):

  • regression rate per new function
  • regression rate per bug fix

He also didn't find anything about that metric but is also working in his new role to get the data again: The regression rate for his team.



Added by Joerg Sievers on September 17, 2014 at 18:36 — No Comments

How boring is security testing?

For last few years I’ve been doing security testing and am finally ready to start blogging about it. So this is my first blog. Reason I write it is realization that in security testing just like in functional testing with experience your stack of test ideas grow so huge that you have to decide: either follow so called best practices or adjust them for your project context and do a lot of micro decisions of what tests will bring less value to the stakeholders..

My first impression…


Added by Ainars Galvans on September 17, 2014 at 8:00 — 7 Comments

Information Immunity

Author's Note: This post is the entire Chapter 6  from my book, Perfect Software and other illusions about testing. The entire book is available from as a single volume or as part of the special bundle of specially priced 8 books, The Tester's Library.…


Added by Gerald Weinberg on September 12, 2014 at 19:12 — No Comments

Mobile Device Testing Lab Setup!


I am currently in the process of trying to establish a bit of a mobile device testing lab (nothing more complex than building up a few devices initially)

Our team will primarily be testing web apps, and there is the need to build up a collection of devices to increase confidence that our web apps will run well on a variety of devices.

Generally, my initial feeling is that I'd like to get some of the most popular ones - Kindle Fire, Google Nexus, Ipad,…


Added by Peter Hughes on September 4, 2014 at 10:05 — 2 Comments

On automation

Regarding test automation...

The last two weeks, I've been frustrated about a miscommunication regarding test automation with Selenium Webdriver in Java. Apparently my view of test automation is quite incompatible with the view they have at that project.

Now, I understand that views on something are not the same everywhere, and that we need to agree upon a shared definition -at least for the duration of the shared project- to be able to communicate efficiently. I try to always…


Added by Sarah Teugels on July 15, 2014 at 8:21 — 13 Comments

Back to Basics: Windows command line - never ever, Alan

Alan Richardson has made a nice post about the command shell on Windows and that we testers should know about - I absolutely agree. I also love his evil tester comics and his pragmatic books. Here my suggestion for Windows centric testers to get rid-off the unusable Windows command line tool (aka DOS prompt for the…


Added by Joerg Sievers on July 13, 2014 at 11:30 — No Comments

Printable Planning Poker cards

The Big Word in Leeds have made available a printable set of Scrum Planning Poker Cards  

 planning poker cards

for any one looking to start using this method of sizing stories,


We at The Big Word have been using this Method for the last 18 month and have found it much more accurate and valuable way of sprint planning. 


The attached is to…


Added by Craig Booth on July 4, 2014 at 8:42 — 1 Comment

My first face-to-face encounter with testers and QA managers

I recently returned from the National Software Testing conference which was held in London May 20-21. This was not only the first overseas conference I attended it was also my first "personal" encounter with testers, QA managers and other people related to the testing community. Up until now it has all been "digital" conversations across various platforms. 

I took away two major points from the conference,…


Added by Maayan P.T on June 9, 2014 at 8:25 — 4 Comments

The fundamental problem with Test Data management

Hi Guys

I spend a lot of time helping clients with Test Data Management (TDM) and Data Securitization. What I find most interesting is every client I visit seems to follow the same trajectory of failure (and then repeat it many times over). A trajectory that typically involves engineers jumping into an ETL (or Fabrication) solution without truly understanding the "lay of the land" and failing to deliver a solution that meet the DevTesters requirements and make the DevTesters more…


Added by Jane Temov on May 28, 2014 at 23:53 — No Comments

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