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What are the pros and cons of a testing team having a lead vs having a manager?

Given that a lead (at least in my employer's view) would be a highly technically experienced person who also does administrative duties and a manager would be more experienced with management and less ...
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1answer
166 views

How do I tune the probabilities in a Markov chain based load test to produce specific hit rates?

I am writing a load test for a web application. I have a few month's worth of access logs that tell me relative hit rates of various URLs. However, the access logs do not contain enough information ...
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2answers
519 views

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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5answers
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Android application testing

I have been working as Android developer and been presenting about Android testing with the main SDK tooling, Robotium and Robolectric and running builds on Hudson. It looks like there is a lot of ...
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10answers
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Can exploratory testing replace executing manual functional tests?

After a feature is delivered, we have recently started to perform exploratory testing on the feature before we execute manual functional tests. We find 95% of the defects during exploratory testing so ...
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How do you provide proper tests when there is little documentation

I've worked for companies that have little documentation for their applications, and most of it is probably comments in code. How is a person, who is placed in the quality assurance department, ...
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6answers
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Going from Development into QA?

I'm an intermediate-senior developer who got burned out severely with programming last year and I've been exploring possibilities of a career change into Testing/QA (among others such as Technical ...
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3answers
409 views

How to create a 'quality-centric culture' within a team/organization?

I have recently talked to the head of the quality department of another company and they struggle with the problem that the developers still think quality is actually the QA's job. They work in ...
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8answers
413 views

Bugs keep reappearing in our GUI software during development. How should this be addressed?

We have a software product has a lot of usability features, and we're constantly changing it. We have issues with things like persisting scroll position which seem to get fixed, but then are broken ...
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3answers
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Is Selenium the right tool for browser compatibility testing?

I have been seeing a lot of customers pushing for browser compatibility testing using Selenium. Was wondering whether this is really necessary. The push is mostly due to Selenium grid supporting multi ...
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5answers
479 views

What should you look for in a testing manager?

In some organizations, individual contributors have the opportunity to interview their prospective manager. What should testers look for in a testing manager?
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5answers
884 views

Test Strategy Documentation

What are the main points that should be included in a test strategy document for a particular project? I'm not looking at details but more from a high level overview. I would like to make it a brief ...
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6answers
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Alternatives to Session Tester for recording exploratory test session results

I'm interested in hearing suggestions for ways of recording exploratory test session notes. We currently use a mixture of Session Tester and a wiki for recording test notes. I like many things about ...
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4answers
344 views

Good strategy for automated regression where initial state can't be guaranteed or predicted

The situation I need to start building automated regression for a very large web application with thousands of users. It is impossible to start from a known state, or even to be sure that data ...
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3answers
423 views

Mutation testing: is it useful for assessing test quality?

This is part of my quest how to test my tests and test data. I looked at the techniques that would help improve my test cases. While code/branch coverage can tell me whether my test suites cover my ...
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What bug statistics are most useful? Why?

One of the managers at my company recently suggested that we should add a field in jira to track the number of times a bug gets reopened. I thought that it wasn't a very useful thing to keep track of ...
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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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5answers
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Testing with no QA team in an agile development environment

I'm currently working on a small team of a few developers, but even a small team of productive developers can develop a lot of functionality in one iteration (2 weeks in our case). We don't have a QA ...
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2answers
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WebDriver: find elements by text

I know that WebDriver can locate links through their text, using find_element_by_link_text or find_element_by_partial_link_text. Is it possible to locate any element (such as li, div, span, ...) by ...
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2answers
2k views

How is Selenium different from other GUI automation tools?

I have used WatiN and WebAii but I have limited experience with Selenium. How does Selenium differ from these other tools?
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4answers
1k views

Data generation for QA tests

This question is kind of general and not very specific. We have a Java project that uses Oracle database. We are currently using SoapUI tool for the QA tests. Each test needs some data to exist on the ...
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4answers
550 views

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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2answers
5k views

Selenium:how to delete single characters from a textbox

Using Selenium how to delete single characters from a textbox using Selenium? I have to delete the last 2 characters from text box. Ex.ABCD to AB
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4answers
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Why Isn't SilkTest More Common?

The title says it all. I've been using SilkTest for about a year now in my current role. It wasn't my choice to use, and I've never used it, or even heard of it, before this role. There are definitely ...
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3answers
191 views

How can I better educate testers about context driven testing?

One of the more interesting dichotomies for testing is the contrast between trying to get standardisation across individual testers vs. applying context driven techniques that allow testers to apply ...
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3answers
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How do you write clear, succinct test charters for exploratory testing sessions?

Session-based exploratory testing depends on creating good test charters at the right level of detail to guide the tester, without directing them. You need to make the goal of the session clear, ...
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3answers
878 views

Abuse cases and misuse cases

Are abuse cases and misuse cases for security the same? From what I have read in various sites, they appear to be same, but no where is it mentioned that they are same. Please clarify my doubt.
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2answers
19k views

A way to match on text using CSS locators

So I use xpath locators and slowly converting to CSS. I haven't found a way to do an exact match based on text. For example converting //a[text()='Log Out']. I know you can do css=a:contains('Log ...
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3answers
320 views

Any good references on Privacy Testing?

I heard a reference to Privacy testing recently (James Whittaker mentioned it here.) and it seems like a valuable area to know something about. It's extremely important these days as companies balance ...
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1answer
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What goes in a Testing playbook?

The concept of the Testing Playbook has been recently added to the list of possible tools in your Context-Driven toolset. The Playbook has been described as being similar to the list of plays that a ...
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1answer
487 views

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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2answers
2k views

Testing Distributed Systems

I understand and practice most normal testing methodologies, however for systems with several distinct interacting processes testing obviously becomes a lot harder. Unit testing is often not possible, ...
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2answers
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What is the best way to have a SpecFlow project run across multiple browsers?

I'm working on setting up a SpecFlow project to test a portal. Thus far I've haven't had issues writing some "hello world" features and steps. My question is as the testing project grows, what is the ...
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7answers
496 views

Good Grep Tools for Windows

We're looking for a Windows based tool to help us grep our apache & JBoss logs. We have access to the unix boxes & are generally comfortable with the grep command, but because we don't use it ...
8
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1answer
696 views

Why should I move to Selenium 2 from Selenium 1?

What are the real benefits of using Selenium 2 instead of Selenium 1? I've read several posts related to new version but didn't get what are the advantages of Selenium 2.
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3answers
9k views

How do I start the Internet Explorer WebDriver for Selenium in Python?

I had a devil of a time figuring this out. It wasn't documented on the web anywhere I could find. I ended up reading the webdriver init.py to find out.
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9answers
708 views

Software testing: a first step to development?

I've been testing Ubuntu daily builds for QA since last month. I wasn't too confident in learning development yet, because I didn't feel familiar with encountering a bunch of code. But I want to ...
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8answers
287 views

My team codes in one language, I want to test using another. What can go wrong?

The people I work with are .NET programmers that aren't exactly on the BDD/TDD bandwagon yet. I'm the main web designer, but for the past few months I've also been assigned the tester role as well ...
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5answers
231 views

Is it fair to report a bug discovered during code review without performing a test?

I'm QA with some programming experience, so I am able to debug and review the code of the system under test. I also often read the code to understand how to define request or what response should I ...
7
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11answers
5k views

What is the difference between regression testing and re-testing?

I was asked this question in an interview recently. Just wanted to see what your opinions were on this...
7
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4answers
223 views

How can my team move away from record-and-playback when not everyone has scripting experience?

(Inspired by this question) My team is currently doing automated testing via our tool's record-and-playback function. I've read about the benefits of developing a more robust test solution via ...
7
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5answers
277 views

Workflow shortcut to meet the release deadline

When you design a test scenario or even when you run your tests and you stumble to lack of specifications from your marketing Dept. should you bypass them and take the initiative of making your own ...
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6answers
765 views

What are some small, standalone or web applications for test new QA staff on?

I'm permanently stuck with the following trouble: being Senior QA I need to quickly check and hire people for short-time testing projects. I specialize mostly in manual testing, while the range of ...
7
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4answers
185 views

What do you do when you encounter overloaded terminology in your workspace?

I've been in many difference sized companies and in many different environments where we've used terms interchangably, Testing Terms, Development Terms and Process types have been overloaded in one ...
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4answers
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What is really tested in an integration test?

what is really the difference between a component/unit test and an integration test? Suppose you do very fine unit testing with stubs and drivers and test each component as far as you can with unit ...
7
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4answers
2k views

Testing cloud based applications

Is there any fundmental difference in the way applications/servies hosted on a cloud are to be tested vis-a-vis a traditional web based application ? It looks essentially the same to me except the way ...
7
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4answers
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What is an injected defect in Software Engineering?

In software engineering, what is meant by injected defects? And if such type of defect arises during software testing, then how are injected defects handled? Also how can the rate of occurrence of ...
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4answers
198 views

Where does Automation creation happen w/in the Development Cycle?

I’m a Software QA Engineer at a small web development company and I need help wrapping my brain around implementing a new process. As of recently, my shop only handled ‘one-offs’. We would work on ...
7
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2answers
475 views

How to convince your colleagues of pairwise testing?

I've been working on the pairwise topic for more than one month now and I went from "pairwise testing is a nice method in theory, but not applicable in our case" to "pairwise is nice in theory and ...
7
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4answers
1k views

What's the difference between code coverage and test coverage?

At first I though it was the same but with eclemma it seems different. But I can't find anything about it.

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