Questions tagged [development-process]

A software development process, also known as a software development life cycle (SDLC), is a structure imposed on the development of a software product

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What kind of testing should a developer do before passing a build to the QA team?

As a developer my knowledge of best QA practices, etc., are limited to know just enough to get me by writing unit tests, etc. From a tester's point of view, what testing procedures should the ...
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How can developers improve relations with testers?

Testers and developers don't always get along, which can lead to a lot of inefficiencies between testing activities and perform QA. What can developers and other people do to make working with ...
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What goes in your definition of done (DoD) ?

In agile projects, we use the definition of done to ascertain when to consider a user story to be ready for acceptance (implemented and tested). In the project's DoD we have things like following ...
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Is software testing different when we are dealing with game development?

I was reading this paper about the differences between software development in general and game development and the authors made some good points regarding software testing, pointing out, for instance,...
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How do you test for everything that could go wrong?

Okay, so I know we can't test every scenario possible, it's just not possible. But I want to get any ideas for making tests more comprehensive and getting the QA team to find problems before the code ...
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Asking UI developers to adjust markup to improve automated tests

From time to time when doing test automation, a locator for the desired element is either too complicated, fragile or not readable. In cases like this, we ask developers to add IDs or other data-...
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Should QA ask developers for requirements?

Considering Agile software development process. Is it a good practice to ask developers directly for requirements rather than the product owner? The development team had already gathered some ...
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Documenting Unit Tests

We follow a BDD approach to development, we have our testers creating scenarios from a specification, and these are then given to our developers before any work is started. However, we find that some ...
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How to convince project managers that onboarding a tester early is important?

I've recently transitioned to a software engineer in test role--currently the only person in this role. We have a number of projects that are in the early feasibility stages, and I'm trying to ...
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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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Signal to noise ratio during early testing

The Context For the past several years our QA team has been very active in manual and automated testing of our products which led to a very small amount of real-user complaints about the functioning ...
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Separate QA v.s. Scrum Team Member - How should QA be involved?

(Sorry it's a long question) I have worked with several companies where QA Team is treated as part of development team, and QA team is involved in most of the activities within development process. ...
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How to deal with a lead developer who questions every action or process suggested by QA lead?

This is a very specific question: I am QA Lead with reports who are senior QA engineers. Half of my team is new. I have more experience in terms of some of the SDLC processes followed in our company ...
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Timing of development and testing in agile environment

We currently have a two week sprint and we seem have issues with timing between testing and development. We have (nearly) daily releases to a test environment. We stage our release about 1.5 days ...
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When does the testing phase start in a project

When a new project starts in an organization, when does the testing role come in? Is it at the same time as the development stage, or later?
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QA Methodology: Do you retest every change on a new build or only changed code?

I am leading a new QA team at my company and we are small (Myself and one other person). We are currently testing releases compiled by over 10 developers, so the ratio of developers to QA is skewed. ...
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Software Requirements Engineering

I'm a newbie when it comes to Software Engineering and my question is not directly related to Quality Assurance or Testing. When it comes to Requirement Engineering (RE), the requirements can be ...
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Multiple product-specific QA teams vs a single generic QA team

Our company has been growing and with it our products and the QA team. Our QA team previously has only handled a single "headline" company's product and had this "startup"-like flexible and agile ...
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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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Why testing is not a stand alone activity

I am trying to understand the following concept - Testing is done parallel with other activities and thus it is not a stand alone activity, it is a complete process called STLC (Software ...
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What are good practices for improving quality in a project new to me?

For the first time my team is going to take over a project from another company. Our goal is to improve quality - as I heard the project has a lot of bugs, UX issues and its performance is very low... ...
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How can I organize QA documentation within an Agile environment

In Agile we favor immediate communication over documentation. However, in QA we still have a need and desire to document the process to provide structure and guidance. What high level structure in our ...
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Communicating markup changes between developers and testers

From time to time, our end-to-end tests fail because of a markup change made by one of our UI developers - for instance, there was an id on an element but it got removed/replaced, or an Angular ...
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Turning software testing into an internal service

I've been tasked with changing the focus of my team from a "can do everything" team into one that is more service orientated, i.e. we can provide the framework for your testing rather than being there ...
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If your organization produces software, does ISO 9001 (or similar) apply to software development, even if you don't trace to ISO 90003?

Let's say that your organization is certified to be compliant with ISO 9001 (or an industry-specific interpretation, such as AS 9100 for aerospace) and that your quality management system applies ...
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What practices do you use to Test-infect your engineers?

Let me start with some contexts in the form of a quote from JUnit Test Infected: Programmers Love Writing Tests: The Problem Every programmer knows they should write tests for their code. Few ...
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How to respond to a suggestion from management to stop writing manual test cases

Thought to ask this question while answering another question about automated test coverage. Our management, is planning to get rid of manual test cases almost completely. And has started ...
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Testing an IMAP client

I am writing an IMAP client library for a Uni project. I need comprehensive, in-depth testing for it. This is the focus even more than the e-mail functionality itself. What should I do? I am looking ...
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Means of Quantification of QA impact

I am currently looking into methods to quantify the effect of QA on a team, be this in terms of overall productivity improvement or net effectiveness. In doing so I am evaluating various methods by ...
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QA in an Extreme Programming Agile Environment

I've been a QA in an agile environment before, but I've now found myself at a company that practices Extreme Programming to the T. I was wondering where you guys think that a somewhat traditional ...
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Switching to Automated Testing from Development, is it good career move? [closed]

I have 2.3 years of experience in development (Core Java). Recently I Switched to a new company. I have experience only in core Java so I'm facing difficulty to get development project. Now I got ...
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What are the advantages of CMMI over ISO 15504 (SPICE), and vice versa?

Trying to write a paper where I have to compare process improvement models to implement for a hypothetical avionics software development company. From researching, it seems that CMMI and SPICE are ...
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What is the role of the software development manager in a QA/QC process?

I have read about software QA/QC and software-test that in an agile environment the software QA process "directs" the software process, that is to say, that it doesn't ship until it's ready to ship ...
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How to organize a QA Process/Department?

I am in a 10 man team, and I am the only QA in the team. I am new to the team and I have already put a QA process in place. My process is this: Development (will wait till the development phase is ...
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Working with frequently changing requirements [duplicate]

How Software Testing Engineer should act in environment where requirements are very frequently changing? Big tasks appear suddenly so tester doesn't perform them in a proper way. Developers do what ...
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Is it easier to write “correct” software in functional languages? [closed]

Functional languages like F# and Scala are becoming popular. Do these types of functional languages make it easier to write higher quality software that requires less testing. In other words, is it ...
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What are some approaches to testing a major software update?

In the past while at work, we've had to do updates to some major libraries/tools we use in building a web app. For example, we recently upgraded Angular versions and are currently updating our Django ...
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Beginner S.R.S testing section writing advice

I'm writing the Testing section for a SRS for a group project. We started out with the IEEE std 830-1993 SRS template but have kinda moulded it around our project to suit our needs. We are taking an ...
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Manage UI Tests with each branch

Well, we are currently working on three branches: dev, staging, and master My UI tests are running on continued integration pointing only to the dev branch and to the dev application as well. The ...
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Need recommendations for a system for storing test cases, test results, build details, etc

I am working on a process improvement effort, and I need to get our QA operations up to the industry standards. I am exploring the various systems available in the marketplace which help to store ...
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Are the gains going from Selenium IDE to headless worth it on small projects

I am a web developer in a very small team(2 devs, one hardware), and I spend as much, if not more time testing applications(due to requirements issues) than the actual developing. To help with this, I'...
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How to implement CMMI in any organization? [closed]

I need to learn about CMMI process. Like what it is, how it can be effective to make process smooth and mainly, how can we implement this in an organization? I need to know from the very beginning to ...
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Do any technical standards / norms require software testing to be done?

I am just thinking - ISO 9001 of course say you need to have some quality control and quality assurance activities but it is up to you to define it and document it. CMMI is not mandatory (it does ...
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Is there a good mature SaaS development checklist?

We have a generic checklist to set client expectations and ensure that we do the major things in SaaS development like user management (registration, logging in, de-activations, password changes, etc),...
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QA internship..what should my workflow look like?

I'm an intern at a small custom software company that was hired to help test some of their in house software. They didn't have the time or resources to hire a full time person for testing so they are ...
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Are there generally accepted standards for frequency of bugs?

Are there any sort of general standards, levels or percentages for how many issues should be reopened due to a bug being found during testing? Of course this will vary but I am looking for a general ...
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Developers don't write enough or good unit tests, how to address?

Many developers still not seem to the the value and need for unit tests. What might be are the reasons for this so we can address it?
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Evidencing Testing

Historically at our company we have taken screenshots of every step in a test script, even if no bug has been found. We are now moving from a waterfall method to iterative development cycles. Over ...
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How to test effectively when DEV/BAs design separately?

I'm at an organization where QA is basically kept in the dark when it comes to requirements/technical design. Documents are created usually during the Requirement gathering phase, but then by the time ...
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What does QA need to take into consideration while checking that tasks are valid

I'm the QA lead in my company, and as part of that I'm responsible for the quality of the TASKS that each engineer has. What does it mean? I need to verify that each task/story/bug that assigned ...