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Does Robust Test Data add Value to SpiraTest and Rapise?

July 18, 2018

Would you like to have a realistic, full production-like data set available in your test management suite? Having all the exceptions, pollution and human or system made data entry errors available before an application or release goes life is a major quality assurance advantage. Just read the news and learn about some of the recent IT failures due to data migration or testing without a realistic set of sample data.

Imagine the reduction of the amount of rework when you have a professional test data solution directly available in SpiraTest and in your test and acceptance environments. Moreover, adding realistic automated test data to Rapise would rapidly increase the value & quality of your data-driven automated regression testing.

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JUnit 5 Extension Now Available

July 17, 2018

JUnit 5 is the next generation of JUnit. The goal was to create an up-to-date foundation for developer-side testing on the JVM. This included focusing on Java 8 and above, as well as enabling many different styles of testing. JUnit 5 is the result of these efforts, and at Inflectra we already have JUnit 5 available for integration with SpiraTest, SpiraTeam, or SpiraPlan.

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Agile Testing Days USA, DevWeek, and Software Testing Cup - a Retrospective

July 2, 2018

The past two weeks have been a bit of a blur for #teamInflectra, we had the great fortune to attend two conferences back to back - DevGeekWeek/QAGeekWeek in Israel, and the first ever Agile Testing Days USA in Boston, MA. During that time we learned a lot, met great people, and also got to help out with the Software Testing World Cup (STWC).

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Becoming Agile In Software Testing: The Government Edition - Webinar Recording

June 15, 2018

Thank you for joining our June 12th webinar on Becoming Agile In Software Testing: The US Government Edition. The webinar recording and slides are offered below for those who had to miss it. 

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Webinar Recording: Testing MS Dynamics 365 Business Central with Rapise

June 11, 2018

We are please to share with you the recording of our recent webinar on automating testing of Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central with Rapise

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Spotlight on SpiraTeam v5.4.0.4 - Security & Performance

June 5, 2018

We will be releasing the latest version of SpiraTest, SpiraTeam, and SpiraPlan v5.4 this week - v5.4.0.4. It's probably the last release of Spira v5 as we now change gears and focus on Spira v6.0. We shall be updating the roadmap shortly, for those who have been asking. But first, what's in the latest version.

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How Rapise Makes Testing Dynamics 365 Easy as Pie

June 4, 2018

Now we all know that automated testing can be a real pain sometimes. Imagine you have this big, complex web application with lots of dynamic elements, IFRAMEs, hidden layers, and other impediments to automation. Writing test automation scripts by hand with Selenium would be a Herculean task. So instead, see how we have built intelligence into Rapise to make testing such an application easy as pie.

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Recording of Software Development & Testing Challenges in Financial Services

May 30, 2018

Thanks to those who attended our recent webinar discussing the challenges and opportunities testing and developing software and systems in the financial services and banking industries. We have published a recording of the webinar and Q&A.

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The 2nd Social Testing Competition - Inflectra & AspireLabs

May 21, 2018

We did it again!

We hosted another #awesome Social TestingTM Competition!  

We would like to start by thanking the dedicated group of software testers who braved the pouring rain and heavy traffic to get to Tyson’s Corner, VA. We hope that being greeted by smiling WeWork community managers, friendliness of #teamInflectra, delicious Vietnamese food and fun software testing competition made it all worthwhile!

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Recording of Software Testing, Validation & Compliance in Healthcare Webinar

May 17, 2018

Thanks to those who attended our recent webinar discussing the challenges and opportunities testing and validating software and systems in the life sciences and healthcare industries. We have published a recording of the webinar and Q&A.

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Eating Our Own Dogfood - Using Rapise to Automate Spira

May 17, 2018

So, we had the task of loading a bunch of users into an instance of SpiraTest for our upcoming Social Testing competition this week. The good news was that we had a nice Excel sheet of all the users that had registered using Eventbrite and Meetup, but we now had to get them into SpiraTest. What we needed was a tool that can read a spreadsheet and make REST web service calls into SpiraTest to create the projects and load in the users. Wow, we have a tool that can do that, Rapise! Find out how we used Rapise to automate this laborious task.

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Recording of UI Test Automation for a Dynamics 365 AppSource App with Rapise

May 2, 2018

The webinar demonstrates how to create a framework for automated end to end (E2E) testing of a third-party application for the Microsoft Dynamics 365 platform. It is a great example of how you can extend the functionality of Rapise yourself to test custom controls (grid, tables, treeviews, etc.) more easily.

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9 Easy Steps to Start Automating Software Testing

May 1, 2018

Innovations in technology have become synonymous with business growth and development. Regardless of whether a company specializes in software or application development, all businesses now have some interaction with software or application testing.

 

Software or application testing involves the process of executing a program or app with the intention of finding bugs or glitches. Whether it is creating a new responsive website, building a new mobile application, or developing a new software component, the system has to be tested. The rate of software development in general and testing in particular is rising for many enterprises, which has increased the need for more automated software testing. Those pre-scripted software tests can come in handy when a large number of software or applications need testing. Here are nine ways businesses can start automating software testing.

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DevOps Using SpiraTeam, Jenkins and TaraVault (Parts 2-7)

April 23, 2018

We decided it made more sense to release the entire DevOps blog as a single whitepaper, so in this paper, will be discussing some best practices and lessons learned about how to implement DevOps (Development + Operations) using the Inflectra platform in conjunction with other tools such as Jenkins. This is based on some experiences we've had internally implementing DevOps in the past 2-3 years as well as feedback and suggestions from our customers.

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Testers Don't Panic @ STPcon2018 Testing Conference in Newport Beach, CA

April 16, 2018

Team Inflectra were pleased to sponsor the 2018 Spring Software Testing Professionals Conference (STPcon) in Newport Beach, CA last week. We met a lot of inspirational speakers and had a chance to demonstrate the latest version of our award-winning SpiraTest - a software test management system to the attendees. We also got to give away lots of cool Inflectra swag and prizes for winners of the STPcon raffle.

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Notes from Inflectra's Hackathon - Social Testing Competition

March 15, 2018

On March 14, 2018 Inflectra hosted its inaugural software testing event (hackathon) called Social Testing Competition at WeWork Manhattan Laundry in Washington, DC.  

The event drew enthusiasm from the local software tester community with around 25 guest-testers. The group used a simplified version of Inflectra’s award-wining test management software -  SpiraTest  and tested a mobile app called Sickweather. The group was tasked with logging “technical bugs” and “usability issues” as two separate categories of incidents. (Technical bugs were worth 2 points and identified (reproducible) errors in the functioning of the application, whereas usability issues were worth 1 point and noted strange or confusing app behaviors.)

After about two hours of testing the app, the group collectively logged close to 250 issues into Spiratest’s centralized databank. (The unified test report will be delivered to the app owner for review and follow up).

By the end of the night, three winners were selected based on the points scored for the issues uncovered in the app.

We would like to take a moment here to recognize all women technologists who showed up, tested hard and walked away with prizes! Pleased to have you participate.

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Recording of Testing & Compliance Challenges Webinar for Healthcare in the Cloud

March 12, 2018

In this presentation we discuss some of the unique testing and compliance requirements for IT projects in healthcare and the life sciences. We discuss the move to the cloud, the opportunities and challenges it will bring, and how the Inflectra platform can help. We then have a practical demonstration of our two products - SpiraTeam and Rapise - that can help you achieve compliance faster and more affordably than ever before.

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Recording of Testing the Migration from AngularJS to ReactJS with Rapise

March 6, 2018

We recently hosted a webinar demonstrating how our Rapise automated testing system simplifies the testing of a modern web application that is being migrated from one JavaScript framework to another, in this case from AngularJS to ReactJS.

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Inflectra Goes West - User Summits Are Coming To California

March 2, 2018

In mid-April 2018, #teamInflectra is coming to California! And we're combining teaching and learning at STPCon with efforts to strengthen relationships with the Inflectra community on the West Coast. With this in mind, we've planned a number of events for our partners, customers and technologists in California:

  1. Three User Summits in Los Angeles and San Francisco, CA
  2. Two Lunch & Learn events at two Wework locations
  3. Individual meetings with key partners in CA

Please consider joining us for one of the events detailed below:

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Configuring SpiraTest to Integrate with Atlassian JIRA

February 22, 2018

When you need a comprehensive test management system that can integrate with your existing Atlassian Jira platform, SpiraTest is the perfect solution. We recently had a webinar where we discussed the integration, outlined our future plans for making it even better, and also provided a step by step walk-through for setting up the integration.

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Recording of Testing Salesforce Lightning with Rapise Webinar

February 14, 2018

Rapise is the most powerful and easy to use software testing tool on the market for testing Salesforce.com. We have many customers and partners using Rapise to streamline their testing of Salesforce.com, cutting down the time to test every new patch, update, or customization. We recently had a webinar that demonstrated the best practices and tips and tricks for testing Salesforce's new Lightning Edition. Don't worry if you missed the webinar, we have a recording available.

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Inflectra - a Proud Co-Sponsor of Agile Testing Days USA 2018

February 12, 2018

Great news!

Europe’s fun and wildly popular agile testing festival is coming to North America this June 25–29 as Agile Testing Days USA (https://well.tc/wejy). The conference will be a festival of learning and sharing for the community. The agile-focused learning experience will provide an interactive way to get deep insights and the latest developments in testing and agile excellence as well as many opportunities to network with fellow passionate agile software professionals. We hope you will be able to join the inaugural event in Boston!

**Exclusive Offer** save up to an additional $200 off the Agile Testing Days USA Super Early Lobster pricing when you register with code ATD18V4 by April 27. That’s a combined savings up to $600 off!

 

Explore the program: https://well.tc/wejy

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Face-to-Face with Inflectra - Find Us Where Software Testing Happens

January 31, 2018

Over the years, we at Inflectra, developed a taste for all the fun that takes place at software testing and agile software development events. We have also become active members of national and international tester communities. We love to share our knowledge as software engineers and learn from your experience as testers, developers and managers. 

So, the new year brings new opportunities for Inflectra to get up close and personal with software testing peeps out there. 

Apart from continuing with our now-traditional weekly webinars (a good way to meet new people), we have made plans to meet software testing superheros and agile gurus during the following events in the first half of 2018:

  1. Social Testing - Washington, DC
  2. STPCon - Newport Beach, CA
  3. ISTC & DevGeekWeek - Israel
  4. Agile Testing Days USA - Boston, MA

So if you are planning on attending one of these events, stop by to say hi!

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What's New in SpiraTest v5.4 - The Number One Test Management System

January 29, 2018

We shall be releasing the latest update of our powerful, award-winning test management system - SpiraTest in a few weeks, so we thought it would be good to highlight some of the new features coming your way.

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Recording of Testing Dynamics NAV with Rapise Webinar

January 25, 2018

Rapise is the most powerful and easy to use software testing tool on the market for testing Microsoft Dynamics NAV. We have many customers and partners using Rapise to streamline their testing of Dynamics products, cutting down the time to test every new patch, update, or customization. We recently had a webinar that demonstrated the best practices and tips and tricks for testing Microsoft Dynamics NAV. Don't worry if you missed the webinar, we have a recording available.

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How to Make UI Test Automation a Nightmare - A Developer's Guide

December 19, 2017

We are trying to prove ourselves wrong as quickly as possible, because only in that way can we find progress.
― Richard Feynman

There are many ways in which you can make the lives of test automation teams harder. If you are a developer or system architect and one of testers is the kind of guy you dislike, this article is for you. Enlightened by the sacred knowledge contained in this short article you will learn how to make UI of any application nearly untestable.

Alternatively, if you are a kinder soul and respect others' hard work, you may consider topics presented herewith as anti-patterns.

So, let's go.

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Recording of the Microsoft Dynamics CRM / 365 for Sales Webinar

December 19, 2017

Rapise is the most powerful and easy to use software testing tool on the market for testing Microsoft Dynamics CRM and Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Sales. We have many customers and partners using Rapise to streamline their testing of Dynamics products, cutting down the time to test every new patch, update, or customization. We recently had a webinar that demonstrated the best practices and tips and tricks for testing Dynamics CRM and Dynamics 365. Don't worry if you missed the webinar, we have a recording available.

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DevOps Using SpiraTeam, Jenkins and TaraVault (Part 1)

December 18, 2017

In this new blog series we will be discussing some best practices and lessons learned about how to implement DevOps (Development + Operations) using the Inflectra platform in conjunction with other tools such as Jenkins. This is based on some experiences we've had internally implementing DevOps in the past 2-3 years as well as feedback and suggestions from our customers.

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Migrating from Legacy Test Management Tools Such as TestRail to SpiraTest

December 6, 2017

We always want to make things easy for our customers, and many of our recent customers have been looking to move to SpiraTest for their test management because they are excited about the new exploratory testing features, easy to use drag-and-drop user interface, integrated requirements management, and the powerful reporting and analytics. They are also concerned that their old legacy test management tool will no longer be supported or developed due to a recent company acquisition (TestRail by IDERA, HPE by Micro Focus, etc.). So to augment our line up of migration tools that we already have for HP ALM, Microsoft Test Manager, Excel, Word and Google Sheets, we have added a  new migration tool to streamline switching from TestRail to SpiraTest.

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Supporting Agile Software Testing in DC - D-CAST

December 5, 2017

We had the pleasure of sponsoring the local D-CAST meetup this month, celebrating the end of 2017 and all things agile and software testing related. Inflectra is a proud sponsor of the group and is looking forward to helping support more events in the Washington, DC area in 2018. During the meetup, Peter Kim discussed his new cool Slackbot called Mr. Jenkins.

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Recording of Testing Salesforce.com with Rapise Webinar

December 1, 2017

Rapise is the most powerful and easy to use software testing tool on the market for testing Salesforce.com. We have many customers and partners using Rapise to streamline their testing of Salesforce.com, cutting down the time to test every new patch, update, or customization. We recently had a webinar that demonstrated the best practices and tips and tricks for testing Salesforce.com. Don't worry if you missed the webinar, we have a recording available.

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Recording of Testing Dynamics AX 2012 with Rapise Webinar

November 28, 2017

Rapise is the most powerful and easy to use software testing tool on the market for testing Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012. We have many customers and partners using Rapise to streamline their testing of Dynamics AX, cutting down the time to test every new patch, update, or customization. We recently had a webinar that demonstrated the best practices and tips and tricks for testing Dynamics AX. Don't worry if you missed the webinar, we have a recording available.

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Updated Product Roadmaps for SpiraTeam, SpiraTest, and SpiraPlan Released

October 30, 2017

We are pleased to release the updated Development Roadmaps for our SpiraTeam application lifecycle management platform. The development roadmaps outline the functionality enhancements planned for later this year and 2018 and covers the features planned for SpiraTest, SpiraPlan and SpiraTeam.

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Spotlight on SpiraTeam v5.3 - What's New?

October 18, 2017

We are excited with the new release of SpiraTeam v5.3 (also including SpiraTest and SpiraPlan in case you were asking!). In this article we are going to highlight some of the enhancements in the latest version. The full list of enhancements, bug fixes and new features can be found in the release notes.

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Testers Assemble @ STPcon2017 Testing Conference in Washington, DC

October 2, 2017

Team Inflectra were pleased to sponsor the 2017 Fall Software Testing Professionals Conference (STPcon) in Washington, DC last week. We met a lot of inspirational speakers and had a chance to demonstrate the new exploratory testing features of SpiraTest to the attendees. We also got to give away lots of cool Inflectra swag and prizes for winners of the STPcon raffle.

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Recording of Custom Report Webinar using SpiraTeam

September 22, 2017

One of the nice features in SpiraTeam is the ability to do custom reporting, so that you are not limited to just the reports that ship with the system. Due to popular demand, we recently had a webinar explaining how to use these powerful custom reporting features in your projects. Don't worry if you missed the webinar, we have a recording available as well as a copy of the presentation.

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Fun To Be Had With Inflectra This Fall

September 7, 2017

It is never a dull moment with Inflectra, and after the lull of summer, we are back with vengeance! Which is to say, we are going all out sponsoring two software testing events in September-October 2017 in the US: STPCon in the greater D.C.-area and Agile Open Florida, in Orlando, Florida. So, if you are attending one of these, read what Inflectra has in store for you (and if you are not, there is still time to sign up):

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Spotlight on Rapise 5.3: Testing Dynamics NAV Applications

September 5, 2017

As you may know, one of the core strengths of Rapise is its support for testing Microsoft Dynamics applications. Rapise offers the best automated testing solution on the market for Microsoft Dynamics AX, CRM and 365. However that is not sufficient for us, after several customer requests, we are pleased to announce that the next version of Rapise due for release in a couple of weeks will also include built-in out of the box support for MS Dynamics NAV as well.

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Running UnitJS Tests with Mocha and SpiraTest

September 1, 2017

We announced today that we have just released a new plugin for SpiraTest - a custom reporter for the popular Mocha JavaScript test execution framework. We thought it would be helpful to provide more information around using the new plugin as well as some background on why we decided to develop it in the first place.

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The Curse of the Middle Choice - Why SpiraTeam Has 4 Priorities

August 25, 2017

Customers sometimes ask us why we chose four priorities, severities and importance values in SpiraTeam. Now you can of course customize the system to change the priorities and severities but this article explains why we chose four and why you might want to keep them.

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You Did Not Know It Was Called Black Box Testing

August 9, 2017

Have you ever wondered about what it is called when you test a system by interacting with it solely through external interfaces, without looking inside?

Wonder no more – it is called Black Box Testing!  

So, when do you use black box testing? What are some of the approaches in the black box testing? Which elements of software's design may help you make black box testing more effective?

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From Our Partner: Test Cases in Word or Excel?

August 8, 2017

We all agree that recording your test cases, as well as the whole software testing space, in general, has come a loooong way. But sometimes you may still find yourself in need of migrating your #awesome test results into a legacy tool with a limited scope, such as excel or word. 

And while we, at Inflectra, are avid followers of the continuous delivery and integration philosophy, we just can't do it all on our own. So, with the help of our partners, we are making our products more inclusive, bringing more and more features that, hopefully, make testers' lives easier, while saving time and optimizing results. 

So without further ado, let us introduce the WorX plugin for SpiraTest from autom8 - our partner in New Zealand!

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The Top 3 Tools In Automated UI Testing for Dynamics AX

August 7, 2017

Ever wonder which automated UI testing software to use for Dynamics AX ?

We have a review that compares the three top tools on the market: Visual Studio Coded UI, Rapise and AXeptance. Read how each of them fair when tested against the following five criteria:

  1. functionality
  2. ease of use & maintenance
  3. date-driven testing
  4. reliability
  5. speed
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How Many Tools Does It Take to Set Up A TestOps Environment With Selenium?

August 3, 2017

We set ourselves the challenge. If we want to use JavaScript (arguably the most popular programming language in 2017) and Selenium WebDriver to create an integrated testing framework (often called Testing Operations or TestOps for short), how would we do it, and what tools would we need?

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Speeding Up Software Testing with New Eclipse Plugin for SpiraTeam

August 3, 2017

At Inflectra, we want to make it as easy as possible for you to manage your tasks, bugs, and requirements, so you can get back to developing. That’s why we develop plugins that work in the IDEs you use the most. Eclipse remains the most popular Java IDE on the planet, and we are happy to announce a new version of our Eclipse plugin.

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Rapise 5.2 Now Available

August 1, 2017

We have big news - Rapise 5.2 is Now Released! Our automation development team has been working to add the remaining features needed for full scriptless test automation using Rapise Visual Language (RVL) and now it is here!

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Spotlight on SpiraTest 5.3 - Data Driven Testing with Test Configurations

July 31, 2017

We are busy bees this summer, and one of the most exciting new features of SpiraTest (and SpiraTeam, of course) is a better support for data-driven testing with the new test configurations functionality. We are adding support for test configurations that will let you create a data-set of possible testing configurations (e.g. 5 browsers, 4 operating systems, 10 logins = 200 possible combinations) and run your test sets through the different combinations with ease. This will be available for both manual and automated testing.

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Expanding the Rapise Universe with Elastic Search and Google Drive

July 28, 2017

Software products are not islands, the value of a product is how well it works with the surrounding ecosystem of other technologies, frameworks and platforms. In this article we highlight some of the recent work by Team Inflectra to integrate our Rapise test automation tool with ElasticSearch and also demonstrating how it can be used to automate a combination of web and desktop UIs to drag and drop files from Windows Explorer to Google Drive.

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Spotlight on Rapise 5.2: Data Driven Testing

July 17, 2017

We are busy bees this summer, and one of the most exciting new features of Rapise is the fact that we're adding support for data-driven testing using the new Rapise Visual Language (RVL) with the introduction of Maps and Loops to the new scriptless language.

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Why You Should Join Our Technology and Innovation Meet-up Group

July 14, 2017

If you are a software company, like us, building and releasing software is pretty much up there with coffee, chocolate, and Game of Thrones. But our digital fortress could no longer contain our desire to make new friends in our own neighborhood of Silver Spring, MD. And while there is no shortage of #awesome Meet-Up groups and Eventbrite get-togethers in DC/MD/VA area, we are using our resources to make software testing fun and accessible for everyone who is interested locally. 

 

We are weaving a web of community connections through our regular coder internship program, our webinar series, and through our meetup group - Technology and Innovation Meet-up Group in Silver Spring, MA.

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Roundup: 10 Reasons You Should Switch From HP to Inflectra

July 12, 2017

We just released the final evaluation guide in our three part series comparing legacy HP products with new and easy to use alternatives from Inflectra. Coinciding with the announcement that HP is selling its software assets to Micro Focus, we thought it would be good to highlight the three guides in case you need help convincing your boss or a co-worker on the benefits of switching to Inflectra.

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Spotlight on SpiraTest 5.3 - Exploratory Testing Coming Soon

July 10, 2017

We are busy bees this summer, and one of the most exciting new features of SpiraTest (and SpiraTeam of course) is the fact that we're adding support in SpiraTest for exploratory/session-based testing. This article outlines how this new functionality will work and explains what will be possible in SpiraTest, and what additional features will be in SpiraTeam (hint integration with Task Management!)

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Recording of SpiraTest Introductory Webinar

July 7, 2017

Many of our customers choose SpiraTest because they are tired of using manual paper-based methods such as Microsoft Excel or Word. They want to be able to more easily manage their testing, record test results and see in real-time the progress and status of their testing activities.

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Tip of the Day: The Best Way to Assign Test Cases to Your Testers

July 6, 2017

One of the questions we get asked a lot by new users of SpiraTest is:

What is the best way to assign test cases to my users so that they can do their testing?

This article discusses the different options and provides the best solutions for your situation.

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What's Coming Up This Summer at Inflectra

July 4, 2017

Our development teams are going to be avoiding the sweltering summer heat here in Washington, DC by staying inside and cooking up some amazing new features for our products. In this blog, I thought it would be good to highlight some of the key new features coming to our product families this summer.

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Meeting the Software Testing Community in Israel During QAGeekWeek, DevGeekWeek and the ISTC

June 25, 2017

During the past week, Team Inflectra had the amazing opportunity to visit Israel for the inaugural Israeli Software Testing Cup (ISTC). The ISTC was organized by one of our customers Anna Lucovsky (Mentor Graphics) and Inflectra was proud to sponsor the ISTC and DevGeekWeek 2017 (a week long celebration of software development and testing). In addition, we were fortunate enough to meet a lot of our long-term customers and people interested in improving the software development and testing during an evening meetup organized by Inflectra.

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#TechTuesday: Resilient UI Test Automation for Web Applications

June 20, 2017

Web applications are a perfect example of a rapidly moving target for UI test automation tools. Agile and DevOps drive small changes and frequent releases. This leads to certain challenges in QA field. How to create tests that survive after small UI changes? How to create tests that produce same results if ran 10 times in a row on an unmodified application? How to create tests that check exactly those features they were designed to check?

Answers to these questions are not entirely simple. Test automation is still an art.

In this blog we try to figure out what every test automation engineer can do to find the right answers. First I'll give a few examples that illustrate common challenges in Web UI test automation.

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#TechTuesday: Automated Testing of Complex Web UI Components: Behind The Scenes

June 14, 2017

Take any tool for UI test automation and you will notice that they always lack support for some of the UI controls. And I am not talking about trivial ones like buttons and edit boxes, but the one that are custom controls, which are unique and created for specific needs. It can be some sophisticated grid or menu or a fancy tree. A number of such controls in this rapidly evolving world is growing exponentially. So, every UI test automation engineer is challenged by emerging UI frameworks in every project. This is especially true for Web applications.

As a provider of a UI test automation tool - Rapise - we constantly do our best to arm engineers with the most advanced technologies to help them deal with new UI controls.

This article by Danis Markovtsev will showcase a real-life example of this. 

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All This Talk of Real-life TestOps Environment...

June 12, 2017

We’ve mentioned before that Inflectra is sponsoring DevGeekWeek2017 in Israel later this month. One of the perks of being a sponsor is an ability to engage with the conference attendees through seminars and talks. It is then only natural that we decided to also contribute our experience, technical knowledge and testing wisdom to this conference.

So, we are sending #TeamInflectra’s crème de la crème - Adam Sandman, Inflectra’s Technical Director, to talk about A Real-life TestOps Environment during a seminar called: Real Testing Scenario Strategy lead by Anna Lucovsky on June 21, 2017.

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Code & Data: from Assembler to RVL

June 7, 2017

In this short blog post, our test automation guru - Denis Markovtsev explains the ideas and principles behind the design of Inflectra's new Rapise Visual Language (RVL) introduced in Rapise 5.1. RVL is a spreadsheet-based approach to UI test automation implemented in Rapise to help domain specialists and test analysts, who are not programmers, participate in test automation projects.

 

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Highlights from the SpiraTeam v5.2 Webinar

June 5, 2017

Last week, Adam Sandman from Inflectra hosted a webinar to discuss the new features available in SpiraTeam v5.2 (including SpiraTest and SpiraPlan). This was a great opportunity for customers and new users to learn about the new features, ask questions and provide feedback. If you missed the webinar, don't worry, there is a second session this week and we have the recording from the first session.

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The Top 5 Software Testing Pitfalls

June 2, 2017

You're testing the latest release of your software. Time is tight as always. Your mission is to find serious bugs, so they can be reported and fixed before the product goes out to customers.

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From Russia with Rapise - SQADAYS 21

May 30, 2017

Team Inflectra was excited last week to present at the SQADAYS 21 testing conference in Moscow. Leading practitioners in Software Quality Assurance attended the XXI International Conference of Software Quality Assurance in Moscow, on May 26-27, 2017  to share knowledge on test automation, quality assurance and all things software testing. Our colleagues Denis Markovtsev and Alexey Grinevich attended the event, with Denis speaking on the topic of best practices for testing an application that is constantly being upgraded.

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Rapise v5.1 - Enhanced REST Web Service Testing

May 22, 2017

We're very excited about the next version of Rapise coming out later this week. It has many enhancements and improvements for testing the web, mobile and desktop applications which we'll be discussing in future blog articles. It also has some nifty new features to make the testing of REST web services even better.

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The Top 10 Reasons You Should Switch from HP QualityCenter

May 9, 2017

With the recent news about HPE selling its software portfolio to Micro Focus, and the herd of former HP customers trying out SpiraTest to see what alternatives they have, we thought it would be a good idea to see how SpiraTest compares against HP QualityCenter (and its predecessor TestDirector).

 

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Preview of SpiraTest v5.2 - Testing Enhancements

April 24, 2017

We're very excited about the next version of SpiraTest (also SpiraPlan and SpiraTeam) coming out on April 26th. It includes a set of enhancements to the test management functionality that were a favorite of our testers at the recent user summits in Europe. In this article, we'd like to highlight three of these popular changes: 

Read more on how these upgrades to SpiraTest will make your life as a test manager much easier

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Rapise v5.1 - Scriptless Automated Testing

April 18, 2017

We're very excited about the next version of Rapise coming out later this month. It has many enhancements and improvements for testing the web, mobile and desktop applications which we'll be discussing, but the biggest new feature is the ability to create scriptless tests, using a familiar Excel-based grid framework for composing automated tests. Unlike some other tools (cough cough HP UFT) this is natively part of Rapise, not some add-on.

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Preview of SpiraTest v5.2 - Revamped User Interface for Incidents

April 10, 2017

We're very excited about the next version of SpiraTest (also SpiraPlan and SpiraTeam) coming out on April 26th. It features a lot of enhancements which will be the subject of future blog posts. However one big area is the redesign of the Incidents pages (both the one that displays the list of incidents and the one that displays a single incident when you click on it). This article explains some of the reasons behind the change and an explanation of what you can expect in v5.2. For those not heavily using the incidents module, it is still worth reading because in v5.3 we will be similarly changing all of the testing pages.

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Going the Extra Mile with SpiraTest v5.2

March 15, 2017

Over the years, we have received countless requests to introduce a feature allowing users to "hand-off" a test run that is already in progress from one tester to another. This lets person A do some testing and then dynamically hand it over to person B who can finish off the test run. In the current version (5.1) you have to start a new test execution. Well now.... despite us telling customers that this feature would probably not be included in Spiratest v5.2, we have some good news and some better news:

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Inflectra Gives Back - Testoramas and Hackathons

February 3, 2017

As part of our drive to give back to the local DC Tech Community, Inflectra is going to be sponsoring local Hackathons and Testoramas in the DC area in the coming year. Keep an eye out for news on our local meet-ups and events. In addition we have user summits in Europe during the month of March, and are planning on similar events in North America later this year.

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Spotlight on Rapise 5.0: Microsoft Dynamics

January 17, 2017

As you may have read, we've just released the latest major update to Rapise, our unified platform for testers. Rapise 5.0 brings many benefits for testing web applications (Edge support), desktop applications (faster testing of WPF and UWP apps), API testing (SOAP support and REST enhancements), and load testing (integration with NeoLoad).

However the biggest piece of news was that we now have added support for Microsoft Dynamics, the powerful ERP and CRM system from Microsoft. We support the current Dynamics AX and CRM platforms as well as the future Azure-based Dynamics 365 service. This article discusses what this means for you and why it is such big news!

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What Everybody Ought to Know about Rapise v5.0

January 9, 2017

In the next week or so we shall be formally releasing the next version of our popular automated testing IDE. In this article we give you a taste of what to expect for both existing customers looking to upgrade and new customers that want to empower their testers with powerful tools to make their job easier.

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Unlock The Secrets of SpiraTeam v5.1!

December 12, 2016

Spira v5.1 is now out! This blog gives you some insight into the release and discusses our accelerated release strategy going forward.

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Best Practices in API Testing

October 20, 2016

The move to cloud computing has highlighted the importance of Application Programming Interfaces (APIs). With the rise in cloud applications and interconnect platforms, API testing is a necessity. However what makes a good API? What happens when you change the application but need to support existing users of the API?

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Big Changes Coming to Microsoft Dynamics

October 14, 2016

I have had the pleasure this week of attending the Microsoft Dynamics 2016 Summit in sunny Tampa, Florida. We have several customers of ours beta testing the new functionality in Rapise 5.0 that makes testing Dynamics AX and CRM rapid and easy. Microsoft has some big changes planned for Dynamics and we're looking forward to helping you test your systems as you make the transition.

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Why is GUI Testing Important?

October 11, 2016

In an ideal world, the presentation layer would be very simple and with sufficient unit tests and other code-level tests (e.g. API testing if there are external application program interfaces (APIs)) you would have complete code coverage by just testing the business and data layers. Unfortunately, reality is never quite that simple and you often will need to test the Graphic User Interface (GUI) to cover all of the functionality and have complete test coverage.

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Session Based Testing with SpiraTest (Part 2)

August 22, 2016

In the first article in this two-part series we discussed some of the reasons why it might not be desirable to spent the time to write formal test cases. Now this might seem like heresy for a company that sells a test management system to even say this! However to recap from last time, there are some good reasons:

  1. We have experienced testers who know the application and don't need to follow detailed test scripts
  2. We have inherited a large system with no formal test cases and we need to understand where the risks lie
  3. We want to spend more time testing the system and less time documenting it.

Please read last week's post if you want to get more backrgound on these!

Now in this week's article we're going to describing the Session-based Testing approach we took when testing SpiraTeam 5.0.

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Session-Based Testing with SpiraTest (Part 1)

August 12, 2016

Sometimes we get the question from prospective or actual customers - how do I use SpiraTest when I don't have time to create test cases? How do I best use my experienced testers who don't want to be treated like automatons? This is a great question and one that we struggled with internally!

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Rapise 5.0 Preview - Testing MS Dynamics AX Applications

July 20, 2016

Rapise is a great general purpose automated testing tool that has support for mobile, web and desktop applications. However based on customer feedback, there are certain common applications that customers need to test and therefore we are adding specific support for these known applications in the coming releases. In this post we discuss MS Dynamics AX.

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Why Did We Change How Folders Work?

June 3, 2016

We are really excited with the launch of SpiraTeam 5.0 this week. SpiraTeam 5 brings a lot of new features, new design, and also lots of changes from version 4.2. Over the next few weeks we will be posting a number of articles to explain the biggest changes. This post discusses how folders for test cases, test sets, documents and tasks have been reworked for a more consistent and better customer experience.

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Reflections of the Diversity of Testing in NYC

April 28, 2016

We had the privilege of attending the first Test Masters Academy Conference in NYC this week. The focus of the event was on Test Management Agility, with speakers providing insights from companies as diverse as Johnson&Johnson and Spotify. We thought it would be interesting to recant some of our key takeaways from the event.

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Spira 5 Beta - Take a Look at Test Execution in Action

April 19, 2016

Thanks again to all of our loyal customers that provided feedback and suggestions for the test execution screens in SpiraTest / SpiraTeam. We have released a beta version with the new screens. Please take a look and let us know what you think.

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Using Rapise to Easily Select Items in an HTML Grid

April 7, 2016

During our conversations with customers we have found that a common need when using Rapise to test web applications is to be able to easily and quickly match a specific item in a grid/table of results without worrying about the order or position of the item. This article provides a neat new feature added in Rapise 4.0 to make this common task easier.

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What to Do When Your Testers Are Addicted to Word and Excel?

March 25, 2016

Many of our customers have spent much of their testing career managing tests in Word or Excel. These tools are flexible, ubiquitous, and easy to use. But they are also fiddly, inefficient, and hard to manage over time. SpiraTest addresses these downsides, bringing a host of other pluses too. For people looking to combine the best of both (SpiraTest and more traditional tools), WorX (from Autom8) may well be what you are looking for.

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Why Should I Use Rapise Instead of Selenium?

March 7, 2016

When companies evaluate test automation tools for web testing they are often facing a similar question: What's the advantage of using Rapise instead of Selenium? Though the larger question is: Why should you pay for a commercial tool instead of using a free one?

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Why and How Should I Use Test Automation?

February 26, 2016

The average test plan for a commercial grade application will have between 2,000 and 10,000 test cases. Your test team of five must manually execute and document results for between 400 and 2,000 test cases. And the scheduled release date of your product is fast approaching. No worries; clone your team and work around the clock. Or perhaps there’s a better way... Read More

To Diagram or Not to Diagram?

February 5, 2016

Some people think in fully-formed and eloquent prose (like Supreme Court Justices). The rest of us either think in shorter-form lists and phrases, or visually with pictures. We want to know if our users would benefit from richer integration and use of visual tools and diagrams in SpiraTeam.

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Anatomy of an Automated Test Case

February 4, 2016

When test cases are written well, the automation follows simply from the steps. Writing a good test case isn’t difficult, it’s just tedious, boring and sometimes downright painful. But when it’s done right, the results are worth it.

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Customer Concept for SpiraTest 5 Test Execution

January 29, 2016

We've shared two sets of mockups for revisions to test execution. This has generated great ideas from many of our customers. We want to share a concept from a customer on how one of the views for test execution could look in SpiraTest 5.

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SpiraTest 5 Revised Designs for Test Execution

January 25, 2016

Last week we published mockups for a revised test execution page in SpiraTest. We asked for your feedback and got lots of insightful and useful suggestions. Based on what we heard we have published a second round of mockups for you to look at.
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SpiraTest 5 Design Ideas for Test Execution

January 14, 2016

Our designers have come up with a set of prototypes for the test execution page in the next version of SpiraTest 5 to address feedback and usability issues we have identified over the past 5 years. We need your feedback to make sure we're on the right track...

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Testing or Rubberstamping that is the Question!

January 5, 2016

Have you ever been in this situation - the project manager arrives red-faced into the room, looking nervously at the calendar, "why is the testing taking so long? The development is done and we need to go live next week? You have had a good week to test the system, aren't you done yet"

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Are You Testing in the Right Direction?

October 29, 2015

Over the years, we have had a couple of customers in the past struggle with using SpiraTest with their 'defect-centric' view of testing. SpiraTest was originally designed to follow a requirements-centric approach. A defect-centric approach isn't unreasonable per se, but many customers don't realize that they are even using this approach and wonder why SpiraTest works the way it does. This article is taken from a real customer 'eureka' moment and hopefully will help others in the same position.

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Spies Like Us - Or How to Use Rapise's Spy Tool for Web Testing

July 9, 2015

One of the features of Rapise, is an integrated Web Spy, also known as a DOM Browser. It's similar to the tools already in the web browsers such as IE, Firefox and Chrome (e.g. Firebug), but unlike using those tools it has lots of nifty features for making web testing easier and also integrates directly into Rapise testing IDE so that you can code against any of the elements visible in the Spy. This article describes how to use the Spy.

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The Meaning of ‘Done’

June 19, 2015

“Is it done?” A question with possibly dangerous answers, at least where cooking is concerned. With software development an incorrect “Yes” could mean customers get low quality, buggy software Read More

Mobile Testing of Android Applications using Rapise 3.0

June 16, 2015

Do you need to test native mobile applications? Are you looking to test on both physical and simulated devices? Are you tired of manually coding automation scripts and looking for an easier way. This webinar explains how Rapise can simplify the testing of your mobile applications using an Android application and tablet as an example.

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Rapise - Data Driven Testing using the Spreadsheet object

June 9, 2015

Many times, when testing, a tester will want the ability to run through many variations of the process recorded. This can be accomplished manually by running the test, then editing the test to use different data. The process of editing, rerunning, lather, rinse, repeat, gets very old after the first time. Plus this process is not very efficient with time and it can introduce issues through the slip of a finger. Enter Data-Driven Testing with the Spreadsheet Object Read More

Test-Driven Development (TDD) is Not Dead

June 4, 2015

There has recently been an outbreak of criticism of TDD, to the point where some have claimed that TDD is dead! Is this a real reflection of trends in testing practice, or noise intended to draw attention? Read this article to find out! Read More

Manual & Exploratory Testing with Rapise 3.0

May 18, 2015

Are you looking to improve your software testing? Are you tired of writing test cases 'the old fashioned way'. This article summarizes some of the key points from our recent Webinar on Manual & Exploratory Testing. Read More

Beyond the Document Paradigm – part 3

May 13, 2015

In this conclusion we shall see that migration to a test management or requirements management tool can be easier than it might seem initially. Read More

Testing Tool Interview: SpiraTest (QA TestingTools.Com)

May 12, 2015

Finding the best test management solution for your needs can be a tough task for organizations at times. With a variety of tools heading neck-to-neck in the market, a Quality and Test Management software to support your quality assurance, application security, and performance validation can lead to a lot of confusion. Read More

Beyond the Document Paradigm – part 2

May 7, 2015

When making the transition from document-oriented information storage to record-oriented information management tools, there are a number of problems which can make the process difficult, or even unsuccessful. This second part of our series explains how such pitfalls can occur. Read More

Beyond the Document Paradigm – Part 1

May 5, 2015

Have you ever tried to write a letter in a spreadsheet? Ridiculous idea, right? Or perhaps you’ve tried to do the opposite and store discrete, record-oriented information in a word processor? It can be done using tables, but it’s easier with a spreadsheet. Read More

User Story Testability

March 5, 2015

The language used to define user stories in Agile projects tends to be less prescriptive than that in traditional projects. This means that many developers and testers assume that this means that they are often less testable, when in fact the reverse is true. This article explains why. Read More

Modifying a Previously Recorded Rapise Test

February 6, 2015

You built your first test. And it works, as planned! Congratulations! Based on that test you submitted a bug and proved your worth and the value of automation! Again congrats. Now development has “fixed” the bug, time to retest. OOPS! The test fails, not due to the bug, but because the flow is wrong. Read More

Rapise - Specialized Object Learning

November 19, 2014

So, lets say that you are a code genius. You understand what is going on under the hood. The developers of your application have shared intimate details, not only of their bar crawl, but of what each object is in the application. What can you do with this knowledge? Read More

To Report or Not Report - That is the Question?

October 22, 2014

There is an underlying question we all need to think about. That is how many person-hours go into creating reports? In a typical organization it can range as high as 70%(documentation and reporting) of the available person-hours. Whether this is a good use of time is debatable. Analyzing report output and statistics can easily let you know whether your actual testing efforts are delivering good results, or what you are missing. Is the time spent compiling the reports and data really where your hours should go. Read More

Agile Myths - Part 4

October 15, 2014

Today we look at whether test-driven development (TDD) a good technique for specifying how a user story should operate, and whether it means that user story is fully tested (hint: these do not have the same answer!) Read More

Command Line - Taking command for the power tester

September 30, 2014

It seems funny, but sometimes the most powerful trick in your bag can be some of your oldest knowledge. If you ever want to show your true power and put a newbie in their place just type in CMD and start dancing through shell commands. These little nuggets always work and are not reliant on the interface to perform their duties. Done correctly they can provide information that is three or four layers deep in Windows. Read More

Rapise - Learn through Object Selection

September 17, 2014

Rapise has several methods for learning the objects within the application under test. While still easy to learn, this method does not automatically develop a runnable test that will deliver any meaningful results. Herein we will discuss the learning methodology and provide a flow to follow, however we will not have a runnable test in the end as no input or click-stream data will be captured.

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The Politics of Testing

September 12, 2014

by Art Trevethan

Stakeholders have to keep the clients happy...
Developers have to keep the stakeholders happy...
Managers have to keep the bean counters and stakeholders happy...
And QA has to serve them all.!

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Agile Myths - Part 3

September 9, 2014

In this item we continue our examination of various Agile methodology ideas and ask whether they are valid or whether they are in fact, industry myths. Read More

I Believe in Test Automation, Do You?

August 29, 2014

If you grew up in the 1990s you will remember the science fiction program 'The X-Files' where agent Mulder had to convince a skeptical agent Scully that aliens did exist. Well unlike aliens, test automation is not something you have to believe in or not believe in, automation exists and it works.
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Agile Myths - Part 1

August 19, 2014

The enthusiasm these days for Agile development is rightly deserved, but with so much being written and said about Agile development, there should be room for healthy debate. While Agile development has proven to be a huge step forward and the right approach for many projects, it is important to continue to ask questions in order that we don’t start to endorse the bad along with the good. We don’t want to throw the baby out with the bathwater, but we can’t keep the bathwater just to avoid the risk of doing so. An occasional examination of principles being promoted and used within the industry helps to maintain Agile methods as the best alternative to traditional development practices for many projects.

In this series of blog postings we shall discuss some of the characteristics of various Agile methodologies and ask whether the ideas are valid or whether they are in fact, industry myths.

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Is There Such a Thing as Extreme Agile Programming?

July 21, 2014

Extreme Programming (XP) is one of the more popular Agile Development methodologies, and for very good reason. It advocates short, rapid iterations, constant customer contribution and frequent testing. But let us consider the foundation of Extreme Programming, which is to identify all the positive aspects of software programming techniques and take them to their extreme; the idea being that you can’t have too much of a good thing. For example, if tests help find defects, why not test all the time?

If we consider Agile methods generally, (not XP specifically) to also be a combination of good ideas, XP would tell us to take those ideas to their extreme; could we do that and create “Extreme Agile Programming (EAP)”? Or would we be trying to swallow our own tail? Let’s consider some Agile principles and find out.

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The Defect-Requirements-Test Triangle

July 15, 2014

It is quite a popular notion that there should be formally recorded associations or links between defects and software code configuration items. This can explain why a piece of code has later been modified and also helps individuals find their way back to the ‘fix’ should the defect be found to still exist upon re-testing. But there are other ways to achieve this and so the question is: can the relationship between the defect and the code really be the most important one? Read More

How to Choose a Test Management Tool

June 4, 2014

While it might seem that the most important consideration when choosing a test management software tool is the set of basic tool features supporting the test process itself, you should not neglect a wide range of other questions that could make or break your test management tool choice. This whitepaper identifies the key attributes you should look for in a test management solution. Read More

The Software Chicken and the Egg

April 16, 2014

For a considerable period of time, we did well organized testing, but not against requirements that were formally defined.
Why was it deemed necessary to automate the test management process before there were any decent tools for recording exactly what we were testing for? Read More

DevOps make way for TestOps…

February 18, 2014

In Waterfall we build specifications, in XP, Scrum and Agile we develop user stories. Either way there is always a process of defining what could be called requirements for an application and its functionality.  What we would like to suggest is to not only define requirements for the development of this application, but to develop requirements for testing and store its artifacts as a part of the whole ALM methodology. Read More

Testing in Agile Projects: Familiarity Breeds Consent

February 6, 2014

The testing function in Agile projects should not be confused with the Quality Assurance function. If we are not careful, the Agile philosophy will conflate the two, with potentially disastrous results. Read More

How to Choose What to do to Automate Your Test Plan

January 31, 2014

Boil the ocean

eat the elephant

climb the mountain

 

and now - Automate the tests for the application!!

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