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

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Should QA report bugs on features before they are fully implemented?

I am a developer and I generally check in partial implementations so that I don't have too much uncommited code at any time. I make sure that the application compiles and that it does not interfere ...
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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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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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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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Questions to ask when estimating testing effort?

I've been a software tester for a little more than a couple of years now and I'm looking to upgrade my skills for the role of Team Lead. Team leaders and managers usually have to do the planning and ...
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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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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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How to write a test plan

I am new to "Test Plan Writing" and I want to learn how to write test plan. As a beginner, what do I need to understand and learn first to write quality/effective test plan? What would you suggest?
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Importance of Stability of QA Team for overall quality itself

Let me give you all a brief description: So we have a client which has left the company. They refused to renew their project. The primary reason was that during the course of time, the client was ...
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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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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 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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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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What is Scenario Testing and how to create complex test scenario's?

Is there any general approach or methodology to create complex user scenarios for any application or is it completely context-driven. Are there some general test ideas/patterns/strategies to create ...
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How should a tester deal with a bug found in production?

In my previous project, I was working as a back-box/manual tester. My major responsibilities were performing function testing, executing regression suites, running smoke tests etc. I was testing a ...
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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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How to manage a lot of automated test cases

We are a team of 8 QA Analysts. We have automated more than 3,000 test cases for our application. As this number grows bigger and bigger, we are having issues controlling tests that are already ...
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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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Different testing approaches for different teams?

I'm responsible for introducing QA to two teams in the same company (let's call them A and B). None of them had any systematic QA before. A and B develop two different products use different ...
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Test management tool for Selenium webdriver?

My company recently began migrating from using QTP to Selenium webdriver. We are looking for a test management tool similar to Quality Center (what is QTP primaly for) that would work well with ...
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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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QA Manager with no programming background looking to self-educate in SQE

I am a SQA professional with 15 years of experience. My industry experience is in games and in social network mobile platforms. I'm a very accomplished team leader and mentor, with more than a small ...
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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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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 test function which depends on random, such as lucky-draw?

How to write a convincing test which user can be convinced of that it is working as described by showing how I test this function. Is there any test scenarios to test randomness? And what is an ...
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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 test management tool to manage Cucumber tests?

In my company we have our tests specified in Gherkin (Cucumber), and we use Jenkins to schedule the execution of these tests. We have the need of a management tool, where we can associate the tests ...
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Resources on implementing a well-balanced test pyramid

The test pyramid is a concept developed by Mike Cohn, described in his book "Succeeding with Agile". Basically, end-to-end tests (often called UI tests) go across all the layers of the application, ...
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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 ...