Test management is the process of organizing and maintaining tests. Contrast with [tag:team-management].

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Good resources for building a QA team

Our corporation has, up until this point, largely lacked a 'quality mentality' of any kind. From no testers, they went to two testers - but 5 or 6 product teams still rely on a mix of developer and ...
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What's the recommended practice for separating unit tests from integration tests for automated testing?

On a project I've been working on, we've been steadily increasing the code coverage through tests. Some of these tests were done as integration tests, and some as unit tests. The integration tests can ...
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When is it OK not to have dedicated testers/QA team?

It just came into my mind that there are no dedicated QAs in stackexchange team. Since they are indeed making an awesome product, I wonder when does the absence of dedicated quality assurance people ...
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Test Result Management and Reporting tool

I'm looking for a some sort of management/reporting tool that collects the results of tests, stores them for reporting, then lets users generate reports based on those tests. We have numerous test ...
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Alternatives to HP Quality Center for small business

Which are the alternatives today? Not only freeware, but tools affordable for a development team of 3-5 men. I like the structure and flexibility of HP QC, so a similar tool would be nice to have.
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Estimating a testing project

How do you estimate a testing project? What are the things to be take care of while estimating the time for a testing project ?
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Test Case Management Software

I currently write automated tests using WebDriver/Selenium 2 and utilize the Page Object model. I'd like to start documenting manual tests but our current process is only creating test cases in MS ...
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How can I report coverage on an n-dimensional test matrix?

I have a test matrix for my product's installation, which is n-dimensional, where n is about 11 or 12 at this point. For instance, the OS is one dimension, and the DB is another, and the Reporting ...
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Maintaining automation framework for different browsers like IE and FF

How to maintain automation framework for different browsers like IE and FF? In my current set up, I maintain two different configuration properties files, one with xpath locators that FF supports ...
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Looking for an excellent example of using a spreadsheet for test case management

It is an unfortunate reality of our industry that many testers are stuck using a spreadsheet to manage their test cases. I wanted to ask (in a community wiki), what are some good techniques and ...
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Are Mind Maps useful as a testing tool?

I don’t know much about Mind maps but I’ve seen expert testers (James Bach and Michael Bolton) use them to plan out their test strategy – usually in a demonstration. It seems like a plausible way to ...
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Keeping automation code away from application source code

Disclaimer: this question is not related to - "Test cases in source code" I am working on a super fast development environment where manual test cases were given no importance (thankfully things are ...
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Tools for tracking automated tests

I have used STAF/STAX in the past, and liked the way that information was tracked in the tests. I'm currently investigating Technologies to tie together a few tools that use XML-RPC, and am ...
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Testing NOSQL DB's like distributed Cassandra

Has anybody worked on testing Cassandra DB which is a NOSQL distributed DB? What are the important things to be taken into account while doing this?
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What are guidelines to use for exit criteria when releasing?

When I am in ship mode I normally apply a set of criteria before I will "Ship". They do vary, however they are typically along the lines of the following: Zarro Boogs (Zero active issues). This ...
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Where to start with introducing a testing framework

This I hope won't come across too broad of a question. If you've been tasked with introducing testing process' for a web application developed in an 'agile' environment, released in 2 weekly cycles. ...
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Any tricks to using Microsoft Word to build cross-referenceable requirements statements in test plan documentation?

I'm in the process of updating document templates for a customer. Part of the documentation template stack are the usual QA items: Requirements (RS), Architecture (ADD), Test Plan (TP) and Test Report ...
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How to deal with automated test cases that always fail?

I'm facing a lot of automated GUI tests that fail one or more verifications during their run. All the failings points have been reported in our tracking system and they are known issues but get ...
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Test Data Bank creation: approach, important points, useful links, data generators, file storages?

Being Senior QA, I often face one and the same problem: for every project I'm involved in I need to prepare / collect / generate various sort of testing data. It might be VERY different - below are ...
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Testing techniques repository?

I was wondering if there are any repositories or wikis of formal testing techniques - test design ideas, like pairwise or boundary. I couldn't find one so far. Thanks! Ahmet
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How to understand existing test coverage?

I believe this is a common issue for any QA that enters a project with existing test base. I entered the project which have lots of unit tests and FIT tests for existing functionality. When I test a ...
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Any good open source test management tools ?

I am thinking of developing some test management tools, to sit alongside the open source automation tools that I currently use. Primarily for recording manual and automated tests, results and ...
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Dealing with Failures after testing?

How do you mentally deal with this? For example im testing on a "Virtual" Environment of the customers set up....but a lot of things are simulated either due to not having the equipment etc... When ...
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What is the difference between Software Test Engineer, Test Automation Engineer and Software Developer in Test (SDET)?

Software Test Engineer usualy performs “manual” testing (without spending time on automating and supporting the tests). Usually is responsible to find all (as more as possible) critical bugs in the ...
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How to prevent cheating by manual testers?

I'm the guy who is motivated to bring some quality assurance into our team. The problem is, that our developers very often hate testing and even if they have a test protocol, not all of them are ...
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Should a scrum be any different for testers from multiple teams?

I am about to start managing a team of testers within a company. Each tester is on a different team, one tester per team. For example, one tester is on the database team, another on the software ...
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What proportion of different types of software testing does your team use?

Note: I've asked this over on SO and p.SE and it got closed. I'm not trying to game the system, just looking for a home :) I'm seeking a little "wisdom of crowds" estimation or a pointer to an ...
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Test cases in source code

Will it be a good practice to have test cases stored along with the source code in a file or within the source code comments itself? Few months back, I met a programmer from a big corporation who ...
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When is it inappropriate to use white box testing?

Sometimes, tasked with testing a piece of software for which there are no requirements, a tester will resort to white box testing. Are there times when that is inappropriate? Here is an example. At ...
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Is there some software to document the results of functional software testing?

Can anyone recommend some software that can be used to document the results of functional software testing? This is not at developer level, it is for testers to follow documented procedures/scripts ...
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How to implement qa test process for large scale application?

There is a large scale application with thousands of functional points and which never had any QA team or person. So when a QA person or team starts working with this type of product what should be ...
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Documentation tool in Session-Based Test Management (SBTM)?

I wonder if anyone have experience of a tool for session-based testing? Nowadays we use SharePoint lists where we can write down our session plus other relevant info about the session (requirement, ...
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Test management product recommendation

I am looking for a test management product to structure our current manual testing. What I would like to it handle is: recording of test cases, including parametrised ones; historical analysis of ...
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What skills & technologies should I acquire / learn for performing my role as a Test Lead?

I have 7 years of experience in testing and recently I have assumed the role of test lead. I have to manage a team of 7-8 testers and our work is mostly comprised of Manual Testing. I want to know ...
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What are the challenges around the integration of Manual and Automated Tests?

This is more a request for your professional opinion than a question... We are seeing how test automation is spreading to more and more organizations. This in itself is a good thing, but at the same ...
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Test case design standards- friend or foe?

Currently we use an agile team based approach to testing, where each team is responsible for their specific area of a product. While we have found this to be effective and easily manageable, over ...
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How to keep track of the features in a website for impact analysis?

I have been working for an ecommerce client for the last 6 years as manual and automation QA engineering. New features gets applied to our site once in 2 weeks. Whenever a redesign project comes up, ...
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What criteria do I apply to a highly complex development project to warrant getting “real world” data?

Both the product I used to work on and the one I'm working on now have a fairly large and complex matrix of possible configurations, work-flows, and data scenarios. The one product had, no joke, ...
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What test management system should I use?

There must be many questions like this on the site but I have some unique requirements that affect my choice of test management / QA process management system. This is for managing the test cases and ...
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What are the tiers of testing that should be done on a large scale distributed system?

Let's say you have a large distributed system in the cloud that's got dozens of developers working on it and actively adding code to. Your job is to make sure all of the quality gates are used and the ...
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What is the best way to report test results?

The testing department is new at my company so I am trying to establish some test reporting policies. We are starting out by develping a suite of regression tests which will be good for the long term ...
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Tips for QA lead?

I was recently promoted to QA lead on an agile team working with offshore testers and an onshore development team. What kind of things should I expect? Any helpful tips for how to be awesome at this? ...
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Are test set cases always meant to be run in succession?

We are in the process of developing an in-house testing solution that is tailored to our applications. As of right now when you add a new test case to a plan you must choose the prerequisite steps, ...
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Is there traceability matrix in agile?

In traceability matrix the links between requirements and tests can help answer: Which requirements is almost never tested, and which is tested extremely often? Will a change to a particular ...
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What is the relation between development hours and testing hours?

Some say that testing hours should be less than development hours when estimating a development project. But I don't fully agree with this. (take an example of web application with shopping cart).
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Is testing a product your company uses different than a product shipped to customers ?

Being in the embedded world I have always tested products that goes to OEM's or end clients, I have never tested a product that my company really use. Besides the fact that you can use and feel the ...
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Test isolation and automation

We are using Selenium webservices for our automated functional testing . I have a test which tests creation of some objects. If I run the same test again, I need to make sure that each test has a ...
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Is there a test management tool that I can associate tests with multiple projects?

I am looking for a test management tool (mainly for manual testing) that would allow me to associate tests to multiple projects. We are a consulting firm that has many clients with different ...
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Should testers be worried about Quality Assurance? [closed]

In some companies, the testers are expected to do Quality Assurance. In my opinion, this is not the way to go. Testers normally don't have the mandate to push things thorugh on a higher level. Because ...
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What are useful integrations between TCM, Defect Tracker, Source Control and Project Management software?

My company is looking for a new defect tracking tool. One of the issues I have with the old tool and with the current direction things are going in the search for a new tool is that we have ...