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Can a proportionately scaled down testing environment find performance load issues?

At my company, we are working on ways to improve our testing of database changes, in our testing environment first. Since there are no resources to have a production like volume of data in servers ...
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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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Testing without direction, how not to miss things? What about layout?

So this might sound like a "complain" post but it really isn't meant to be. But often-times I will be handed a project, lets say a Website. And be told to give it a "Full run through". So I take a ...
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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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Interviewed as Java Dev but Hired as Lead QA. No QA experience. What do I do?

I was recently laid off from my 5-years-long tiny telecommute-based server admin / full stack software dev job almost exactly a month ago. Exactly one week ago I interviewed for a job at a small ...
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How to QA the QA candidates… what should I look for in a QA person

I run a software development company, I am considering hiring a QA person, what are the traits I should look for in a candiate? And what are the traits I should avoid? (extra credit for how you can ...
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Is there any reliable way to write unit test against the CSS itself for a site?

is that a feasible idea? what tools do you use? what do you call this kind of testing?
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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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Good resources/tutorials/tips for beginner doing automation?

I've just started automating all the tests our team has (~5000). I'm using Telerik Test Studio for the Silverlight automation. I have some tests written, but I'm quickly realizing that with each test ...
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How to organize test documentation?

Testing process involves plenty of documentation. How to organize it, so that it is easy to get an information that is needed?
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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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How to avoid redundant tests

We are building an application using a completely test-driven approach. As developers, we are very familiar with unit tests but haven't been exposed to integrated / functional / acceptance tests. ...
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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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What learning resources are there for testers who want to study Systems Thinking?

Systems thinking is tremendously relevant to any professional tester, but few testers study it, despite the obvious benefits of learning techniques/approaches that allow you to study systems in terms ...
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Will doing only Manual testing affect my QA career in the long run?

I test a web application for my clients. I only do the black-box functional testing. I don't do any automation as there are other testers hired for that. I just log defects in a tool manually. Also I ...
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Dividing line for developers on cross browser testing before handing off to QA

We're trying to define the process for cross-browser testing testing done by developers before handing off to QA. There's a point where you don't necessarily want a developer doing all the testing ...
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What are some good open source UI Testing tools for testing Windows GUI?

I need a list of some good tools which are open source and meant for automating the UI testing of Windows GUI. Any help will certainly be appreciated.
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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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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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Techniques to write good acceptance criteria for user stories

I am a developer in the scrum master role and need to get the whole team (specially our product owner) more involved with clearly defining the boundaries of stories. I suspect acceptance criteria is ...
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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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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 ...
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Should a test method test only one condition?

While writing automated test I come across situations when I include multiple verification points in one method but then I have also read/heard that one tests should make just one verification. Which ...
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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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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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Is writing unit tests difficult for me as a QA engineer?

I currently work as a QA engineer and work a lot with Java, Selenium and test automation. But, unit tests are something the developers have been doing and something that I fear. Is it difficult? Do ...
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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 ...
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I want to enter the SQA field specifically automation

I am working hourly for low wage as a QA intern/tester. I want to learn more about this field. I have already graduated, so everything I have learned is self taught or learned somehow on the job. At ...
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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 ...
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Failed automated tests: how to distinguish known and newly introduced bugs?

Use case: Fitnesse is used for automated testing of the web site. SUT (software under test) contains a known bug. Say, we expect that web page contains "Changes saved successfully" string but this ...
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How to eliminate/reduce invalid failures in automation due to GUI changes?

I am into the automation of a web application using Selenium. I write test cases without hard-coding anything in the test cases. There were many invalid failures in the run due to GUI changes such as ...
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How do you write a great bug report? [closed]

"Is this going to be a stand-up fight sir, or a bug hunt?" - Hudson I've always wondered what the secrets were to writing a great bug report. Over time I've narrowed down the activity to three ...
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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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Best guidelines to create images for bug reports in big testing team?

Which set of guidelines should be used in a big testing team to reduce differences in created screenshots. Devs and PMs could go crazy from different ways five testers create screenshots and highlight ...
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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 ...
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What constitutes 'Testing'? Is simply running the code during development 'Testing'?

I'm a reasonably inexperienced developer, and I recently got into a debate with the manager of our current project. It's a concept demonstration for trial funded internally by our company, after ...
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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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How can a conference attendee get the most out of a testing conference?

I get that arriving to the session early (at least on time) and paying full attention is a given. I sit on the front row when I can to lessen distractions & help me focus. Also I get to go to bed ...
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Test automation for microservices architecture

I am in charge of implementing QA processes and test automation for a project using microservices architecture. Project has one public api that makes some data available. So I will automate API ...
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Good Watir or Watir-Webdriver tutorials/resources for new-to-automation testers?

There are at least two really good books for Selenium beginners, and quite a few courses/tutorials out there, as well as a lot of blogs. However, I haven't seen quite as much out there for Watir - ...
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How do you design your test method/function

This question has been revolving on my mind from quite some time. Do you develop one method for one test scenario or club similar scenarios in one method and develop automated tests for it. Both ...
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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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Headless Functional Testing For Your JavaScript Web App?

JavaScript is everywhere right now. With the advent of jQuery and other associated JavaScript frameworks it's amazingly simple to add very powerful user interactions to web sites and web applications. ...
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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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Using Selenium Webdriver with Windows Authentication

I'm attempting to create some selenium tests for a website that requires windows authentication. I got my first test up and running fairly easily, but it pauses as soon as the system prompts for ...
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Need to make WatiN work for us, or need to find a different tool

tl;dr version: WatiN Test Recorder looks dead, and I am unsure of the status of WatiN itself. I need to make them work or find alternatives that meet our requirements. Suggestions? Longer version: ...
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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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How to choose between tcm.exe, mstest.exe and vstest.console.exe

Using Visual Studio 2013 plus TFS and MTM. Want to run tests from the command line. There are three programs available. How do I choose which of tcm.exe, mstest.exe and vstest.console.exe I should ...
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Testing/Verifying Google Analytic code

I need help figuring out a test methods for Google Analytic. Our client pushes out a lot of marketing campaigns and they love using GA to track what is working, what is not working and where to focus ...
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Web Service Testing & Automation - Open Source Tools

I am looking for Web Service Functional Testing + Automation - Open Source Tool. SOAP UI - Free for functional testing. If you want to extend it for Data Driven Testing you need to buy Pro Version ...

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