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Resume and job seeking advice - career change from Development to Testing

I am a former senior software developer who is looking to get into testing, and I would like some advice on how to structure my resume, as well as any general tips on how best to look for work and ...
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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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701 views

Can someone offer suggestions for client based cross browser testing tools

I am looking for a tool that might allow my company to test a number of internal/private sites for browser compatability. I am particularly interested in being able to test IE, Firefox, Chrome and ...
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4answers
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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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351 views

Good resources for traditional testers adapting to an Agile environment

I haven't experienced a transition from waterfall to Agile myself - I worked for companies using Prince2, waterfall approaches to managing projects, and then I got a job working for a company using ...
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5answers
777 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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6answers
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How to Write Test Plan

I am new to "Test Plan Writing" and I wanted to learn how to write Test Plan. As a beginner, what I need to understand first and learn to write quality/effective test plan. What you will suggest to ...
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Will the new ISO/IEC 29119 Software Testing standard work with agile methodologies like Scrum?

I somehow stumbled across some references to the new ISO/IEC 29119 Software Testing standard that is currently draft stage (apparently). I have not seen the details of this new standard, however I ...
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6answers
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How do I convince management that we need a formal QA department?

At my firm, we don't really have a QA department. If you've followed some of my other questions you know essentially, we have no automated tests and our 'testers' are the analysts who design the ...
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4answers
2k views

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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2answers
1k views

Layered Architecture of Test Automation Software

I was introduced to a 5-layer-model for GUI test automation frameworks, that was considered common knowledge. But I would be interested in a source describing this model. The layers are the following: ...
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2answers
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Why is Visual Studio 2013 not willing to run my Web Performance / Load Test?

I am attempting to run a simple Web Performance Test that I recorded in Visual Studio 2013 Ultimate. I click the 'Run Load Test' icon inside of VS, only to be greeted with the following error ...
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4answers
461 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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7answers
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Handling browser level authentication using Selenium

I am automating an application which contains browser level authentication. When I open the application, the browser performs basic authentication, i.e. it prompts for a username and password. How ...
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4answers
772 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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4answers
379 views

Test Automation for different Locale?

I have begun with automation for a product which is in one language and soon to be ported in another. The only good thing is - Test Automation is just begun. So there are two things which worry me - ...
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2answers
11k 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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3answers
202 views

Testing Unfamiliar Software

One thing I've picked up about testing software is to think about the software from the user perspective, and to sometimes "use" the software the way a "normal" user would. However, what if the ...
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1answer
136 views

I'm having trouble bridging theory with practical in software testing

Day before yesterday while chatting my friend(also a tester) he raised the topic theory vs practical in testing. His points of concern were that by theory software testing has phases like planning, ...
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6answers
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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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3answers
508 views

How to deal with testers who do more than test

In my firm, we don't have testers, exactly. We have analysts who translate business requirements into specifications. (Think the guy from Office Space, except these guys actually provide some value. ...
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2answers
100 views

JMeter: Command line tests do not end

When I run my Jmeter test script via command line with a thread count of up to 200 the test executes properly and at the end closes all processes and generates a proper result file. All this takes ...
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1answer
189 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
585 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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10answers
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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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1answer
3k views

Is Selenium's LoadableComponent a good solution as test design pattern?

I need to refactor my Selenium tests, and come across their LoadableComponent wiki page. I began trying to use it, though I couldn't really understand what is it good for. I took a look at their ...
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6answers
718 views

How do you manage the expectations of the management that the QA team would find all the bugs in their owned feature?

In a QA team suppose someone finds a defect that doesn't belong to his own assigned feature area but actually belongs to my owned feature area. That person logs this defect in the tracking system. It ...
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7answers
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What developer skills would translate well into doing QA? [closed]

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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6answers
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Is adding IDs to everything standard practice when using Selenium?

My team is using Selenium WebDriver and the QA team is having the developers add IDs to almost everything. Is that normal or is Selenium flexible enough that tests can be written with the markup that ...
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8answers
511 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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7answers
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Should I try the evaluation version of HP Quality Center?

I'm trying to determine if I should spend some time working with a trial version of HP Quality Center. For a number of reasons, my time is very valuable to me right now both at work and in my ...
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6answers
394 views

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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3answers
9k views

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
2k views

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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4answers
667 views

Should unit tests be executed as part of a build?

I worked at a company where unit tests ran as part of the build. The build failed if the unit tests failed. What are the benefits and disadvantages of that practice?
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266 views

What is exact difference between TDD and BDD?

What is exact difference between TDD and BDD? Could you please briefly explain them to me?
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4answers
37k views

What is Selenium's default timeout for page loading?

I am using Selenium 2. I have loaded the page using Get command in WebDriver class which is in the package org.openqa.selenium. My question is that what is Selenium's default timeout for page loading? ...
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How do I close the browser window at the end of a Selenium test?

I have googled for the answer, but the ".stop()" so frequently mentioned doesn't work for me. The Chrome window the test was running in remains open. def test_getResults(self): sel = ...
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5answers
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How can I work with file uploads during a Webdriver test?

This is a canonical question, intended to provide a comprehensive answer to many related questions During the course of a Webdriver test, I want to upload files. However, this opens a native file ...
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6answers
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Which locator do you use with Selenium: CSS or XPath?

I have heard that, when using Selenium, the CSS Locator has better performance than the XPath Locator. Which Locator do you use in your tests? Have you seen a great performance improvement when using ...
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6answers
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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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8answers
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How can I reduce the execution speed in webdriver so that I can view properly what is happening on browser?

I want to reduce the speed for execution of script so that I can view the execution properly on browser. I want do this in webdriver.
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4answers
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Load testing tools vs. making your own

I've never needed to work with commercial load running tools before, as our test infrastructure is pretty immature here and I've used internal tools in the past. We're working on a .NET technology ...
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2answers
3k 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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1answer
593 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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3answers
479 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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5answers
2k views

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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6answers
6k views

UI test automation tools for Windows Phone 8 metro apps?

Is there any UI test automation tool or framework exist that can automate Windows Phone 8 metro app?
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11answers
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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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9answers
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What is the difference between bug severity and bug priority?

This is a basic question. Most projects mix both priority and severity into a single value. What reasons are there to separately assign severity and priority to a defect? What do testing methodologies ...

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