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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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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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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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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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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Quality Assurance Engineer and Business Analyst

I need your suggestions as I am working for the company as software quality assurance engineer and Business analyst so what would be my role all together? Any special or alternative role for being ...
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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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Validating adherence to software architecture/design after implementation

I work in an organisation that is one of many stakeholders in a large software project. Both functional and non-functional(quality) requirements have been specified years ago, and the solution is now ...
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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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What is the best way to perform informal testing?

Sometimes I got the projects which don't have any formal requirement, Client provides us AUT directly and ask to perform testing on it. In this case, what is the best way to start testing?
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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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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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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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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 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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What tools and how to approach Data Migration testing? [duplicate]

What free automation tools exist for Data Migrations between Old and New Systems? What approaches should I use to ensure data was migrated correctly ? I'm a beginner Tester in web applications, E-...
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Migrating from Redmine to GitLab Issues

Some background first: My team used to work with Redmine as our ticketing system. My team used to work with Mercurial as version control system. We are migrating to GitLab. My team works with tens of ...
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What are the benefits of working in QA before working in software or research engineering? What about founding a startup?

So I'm wondering what the benefits of working in QA are before switching over to software engineering. I'm not too concerned about getting pigeonholed into the role of QA or anything like that. What ...
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Creation of SQA function [closed]

Can anyone share information on who to setup new SQA department in an organisation? Multiple Development group exist and most of the QA job has been performed by developer themselves.
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Strategy and resources for training Quality Assurance engineers

I'm working with a start-up on providing training material for their staff. Their QA staff consists of individuals who have CS degrees but no/little software development experience, or QA training for ...
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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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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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Is there a open source test manager that supports python, can analyze logs and run test suites?

I am looking for a Open Source Test Automation Manager tool. I used to work with an Oracle Solaris internal tool named "Beast" which had, among other things, the following capabilities: It had a ...
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Software quality assurance/IPv6 : validate IPv6 stack [closed]

I need to check an IPv6 implementation on my router's software using a free tool/program. I'm looking for any available tool to help IPv6 certification: I need to validate and verify whether or not ...
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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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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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How to test a application which is having multiple recent screen? [closed]

I am testing one application which has multiple recent screens for recent activity! I am working for an email client android application which is having different different modules e.g. Email module, ...
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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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What are popular automation tools being used today? [closed]

I have been a manual tester for two years and 6 months. I would like to improve my testing skills using automation. What are the popular tools being used today for beginners?
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Software Reliability Testing

I am developing a Q&A web application and have implemented an expert recommendation algorithm to recommend experts based on the posted questions. How do I test the reliability of the algorithm? ...
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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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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 to create test template in Agile?

I am new in the team and they asked me to create test template in Agile. Right now we are in POC phase. This template will help us in future when we will be in real development phase. I don't have ...
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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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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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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 are the techniques that VLC media player follows to assure software Quality? [closed]

I wanna know about the vlc media player's software quality techniques, how they assure the quality of product (detailed). I would like to know the following facts: What development model they follow ?...
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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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Difference between standards “correctly implemented” and “followed” - QA vs QC

I have been reading quite an interesting site SQA.net where I stumbled upon the following: When the requirements are produced (in this example) the Software Quality Control team would ensure that ...
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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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Quality control according to ISO 9000

I know quite well the difference between Quality Control and Quality Assurance. However (maybe as I am not a native speaker) I have issues with understanding of QC as defined by ISO 9000: QC - '...
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Categorizing possible improvements

As I have recently joined a new company I am currently interviewing (around 40) engineers, users and sponsors about different aspects of software quality. I have asked them what is going well and what ...
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Sources of information similar to confreaks for QA

I'm new to a QA role and would like to follow best practices and help improve existing tooling at the company I work for. Where should I go to learn about the state of the art? In previous roles as a ...