Questions tagged [quality-assurance]

Quality assurance, or QA for short, is the systematic monitoring and evaluation of the various aspects of a project, service or facility to maximize the probability that minimum standards of quality are being attained by the production process. QA cannot absolutely guarantee the production of quality products. Note: if you mean measuring of system defectiveness, use "quality-assessment" tag

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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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Why should a software QA engineer need to learn JavaScript?

I've seen in lot of job advertisements, companies asking for JavaScript knowledge for QA. So my questions are: What is the use of JavaScript for QA? If JavaScript is used for testing, what kind of ...
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Manual testing is better than Automation testing. Is that true?

With manual testing, you don't need to buy software automation tools or write scripts. Automated tests are robotic and don’t necessarily act as a real would user. On the other hand, manual testing ...
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“How do you test a vacuum?” Interview question

I have a question regarding an interview question that was asked to me recently. How are you suppose to answer if someone ask you “How do you test a vacuum”? Seems like too vague like there is so many ...
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Good practices to audit test automation code

One test automator quit his job a few days ago. We noticed today all most all of his test programs produced fake results. What he did was either producing random test results or assert true == true. ...
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Why do testers need root cause analysis?

Why do testers need root cause analysis? I understand what it is but can't fathom how to describe a connection. How does the definition of root cause analysis change in terms of QA?
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Testing using real data of the customer

Is it common to use real data of the customer to perform testing? What policies companies apply regarding using real data of the customer for testing purposes? Is there any legislations regarding such ...
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Gamification in software testing

Is there a place for gamification in software testing? Could it be made as a part of a regular testing process and could it have a positive impact on productivity and quality? I've been thinking ...
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Good practices for finding valid issues in exploratory testing?

We've noticed that free-style exploratory testing is oftentimes a better source of new previously undiscovered issues. But, from time to time, I see our testers spending hours in a row in "free" ...
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Unsolved problems or Challenges in Software Testing [closed]

I'm a computer science master's student and I need to write a research proposal for my software testing class. I need to find a problem in the software testing field that hasn't been solved yet ...
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What are the signs of an understaffed QA team?

What are the typical signs and signals of a Quality Assurance team being understaffed? How would you justify/explain a request for a new addition to a team? A little bit of background: We currently ...
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Establishing QA in a new company - models/guidelines to follow?

Our company opens a new subsidiary and my task is to establish the complete QA (QA, not testing) from scratch. For Quality control (testing, reviews, audits etc.) I intend to adopt TMMi Maturity Level ...
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Role of Quality Assurance (Not testing!) in Agile

From Wikipedia: Quality Assurance refers to administrative and procedural activities implemented in a quality system so that requirements and goals for a product, service or activity will be ...
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New Hire: lack of documentation vs QA velocity

I've been thinking to raise this question long time ago since I ever started my career as Software QA. We, as IT professionals (that's how I consider us, regardless of the education level) are always ...
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Quality assurance when people's lives are at stake

We are currently working in an insurance claims processing space and even though we have high quality standards, testing and quality assurance overall has always been, honestly speaking, a supporting ...
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How to assess QA employee performance? [closed]

I often hear people talking about about Performance Metrics and Key Performance Indicators, but how to define quality engineering productivity exactly? What is it and how to measure? And what are some ...
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Pareto Efficiency in Software Testing

I've stumbled upon the Pareto Principle and Pareto Efficiency terms used in different contexts. What does Pareto Efficiency mean in the context of software testing? My understanding is that, it ...
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Pair-testing with a candidate during an interview

Would it be a good idea to have an interview in a format of a paired exploratory testing session with a candidate on a manual/automated testing position? A thing under test might be an internal web ...
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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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What can be done to ensure that a lottery is fair?

A recent series of newspaper articles in my local area details the schemes of a guy named Eddie Tipton who at one time headed the IT department for the Multi-State Lottery Association. He planted ...
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Should the developer provide steps necessary to test?

New to the field of QA, I've been asked to do SQA for a project that I'm unfamiliar with and that is close to completion. An example of a specific functional task to be tested looks like the following:...
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What to do if a Software Tester is constantly missing Defects/bugs in Production?

We had a software tester in our QA team that had been reporting a lot of issues, but most of them were low-priority visual bugs, browser-specific behavior bugs, sophisticated (but with low probability ...
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Test Automation popularity by region

Judging by the Google trends on "Test Automation", for the past 5 years the majority of interest in test automation was coming from locations like India and Sri Lanka. And, if you would look for ...
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Coping with an undersized QA team

We're building two inhouse products: 1- The first has web, android and iOS (total of 9 developers) versions and has 2 QA engineers (1 full time manual/automation engineer, the other is a 50% ...
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What can a candidate tester do to blow up an interview?

We are going to have a couple of interviews coming up soon for a position in our QA department. The position requires quite a lot of manual testing and a bit of test automation which is going to grow. ...
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What do you call the testing done in Stage environment - Re-testing or Regression testing?

To me re-testing is done when the identified bug was fixed and same test is done where as regression testing is to identify if there is any negative impact on the already tested functions because of ...
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When to mark a build as failed?

Currently, we do a lot of things when there is a application build job triggered (the trigger can be manual, or there is a commit to the develop/trunk branch, or there is a Pull Request created or ...
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Selenium pros and cons

Selenium seems to be the mainstay in automated functional UI testing. But I'm wondering what peoples thoughts are on the pros and cons of using Selenium? Have any of you chosen another route for ...
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Certify in writing that your software will work flawlessly

A client pays you for a job and on delivery he wants you to assure him in writing that your software will work flawlessly. What if that software is for an airplane;do you deliver it with a notice of '...
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What should be a tester's reaction when any person from business team find a bug?

I work with a business team where no one has been a developer or has studied software engineering. I have been working on their Android App as a QA for the past few months, and I have realized that ...
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Code Review and part-time team members

We have several part time testers who do both manual testing and test automation. When I receive a pull request from them, I noticed that I am reviewing their code less strictly and allow a minor ...
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Only QA engineer for 4 developers, I'm always playing catchup. How can I be more proactive?

I'm the only QA engineer in a team of 4 developers. We are usually having deliverables and almost all of them are working on different projects. So I need to test it and I find myself playing catchup ...
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How testing and inspections can fulfill quality requirements?

Working on my thesis, I can see the following phrases all over (books, ISO 9000, CMMI): Quality control is defined as the operational techniques and activities that are used to fulfill ...
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As an outsourced SQA Testing provider: how would you estimate the workload (an therefore the costs) for testing your client's next project?

Let's say you are in charge of an SQA & Testing company that offers outsourced testing services to other companies that develop software. Let's say you offer 4 general types of testing: ...
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How does knowing the technology behind the system under test help in testing?

How important is it for manual testers to know what technologies/frameworks were used to build an application under test? To be specific: imagine there is a web application written in AngularJS v2 ...
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What is the difference between Quality assurance engineer and a tester?

In our country we don't have a designation as software tester. But everything is done by software quality assurance engineers (designation). I'm trying to apply for foreign jobs and when I go through ...
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How to determine applications that are valid candidates for UI Regression/Automation Testing?

I have been coding my scripts in the past year and demo'd my automation scripts to him, executed tests in front of him and explained that I will be adding more features. Then he asked me, what is the ...
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QA Testing Seminar Presentation - Suggestions please [closed]

QA needs technical knowledge and out-of-box creative thinking to be successful and demonstrations, meetings and presentations are critical to share knowledge and stay current. Can you suggest me some ...
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What roles can QA Engineer play in project kick off meeting?

I've been working as QA Engineer since last 2 years. Right now, my company is looking to change the QA process. They want me to be involved in Project kickoff meeting. Can you please help me to ...
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Approaches for testing huge data files in text format

My current assignment requires me to test data in a large number of text files ~ 200, usually ranging between 1GB to 20GB. The data is in same schema with coordinates. As of now the approach is to ...
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Where can I order professional QA services online?

We already use usertesting.com to get insights on how end-users interact with our product. But now we are interested in finding professional QA engineers who can find bugs in our system (web-based) ...
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Multiple Scrum Teams - How Can I Make Use of QA?

Currently I have two Scrum-Teams I'm responsible for, who did not plan a QA structure before. There were code reviews, and partly acceptance test. Previously, the functionality was developed within a ...
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How to ask our boss that we need more time for testing?

Our release cycles are not strictly periodical but happen about every month. Sometimes, after a regular testing phase, we, a QA team, are not satisfied with the amount of testing and feel that this ...
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QA/QC involved in requirements or after requirements / design is complete

As a QA lead or QC/tester, in your company/projects, were you involved in the discussions during requirement phase itself or only during or after design/development phase?
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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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What does QE do in a modern agile web development environment? [closed]

What are the key tasks and responsibilities of the Quality Engineering group in a modern Agile web development group?
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What are the best metrics for evaluating a software QA team's performance? [duplicate]

What are the best metrics for evaluating a software QA team's performance? I am looking for metrics similar to the ones below: 1. Test Efficiency Test Efficiency = ((A-C) / (A+B))*100 A = ...
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Best way to communicate scenarios to be tested to the QA team

After finishing coding a new module for a web app, the team leader told me to inform the QA team to log in the dev version of the app and test all the possible scenarios. The obvious answer here, ...
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Machine learning in creating regressions

I am researching what the best techniques are in generating test cases or regression suites using machine learning for black box testing. Has anyone researched previously or able to help?
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I need to do research on any topic related to Quality assurance. Which topic would be good? [closed]

The topic should not be vague and something which is difficult to achieve. Simple and conclusive topic would be the best.Please suggest some.