Can You Handle the Load?

11/22/17 / by Antony Edwards posted in cross-platform, Load testing, User Experience, Performance testing, User experience testing

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In the past few weeks, I’ve been getting daily emails about early access to retailers’ Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales. Which got me thinking about two things: one, I hope retailers are prepared for the even earlier onslaught of online traffic, and two, the high stakes for site performance on the two busiest shopping days of the year.

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Top Three Takeaways for Test Architects From Gartner Symposium 2017

11/14/17 / by Antony Edwards posted in software testing, User experience testing, security, artificial intelligence, test architect

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The annual Gartner Symposium/ITxpo in Barcelona, Spain, is a great pulse check for what's on the minds of CIOs in large companies (like banks, utilities, telcos, governments). It's not necessarily the place to see the absolute latest technology, but it is the place to see what organizational problems CIOs are trying to solve with technology, and what companies are rolling out next year.

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The Role of API Testing in the Digital World

11/10/17 / by Antony Edwards posted in UI testing, UX testing, APIs, API testing

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Consumerization, digital experience, DevOps, mobile, fragmentation, and microservices have changed how software products are architected, how they’re produced, what they do, who uses them, and those users’ expectations. As a result, there’s been a massive shift in testing requirements, both in terms of what we’re trying to achieve and what we need to do.

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Image-Based Testing for ATMs and New Device Categories

11/9/17 / by Antony Edwards posted in GUI testing, image based testing, UI testing, ATM testing, Device testing

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Note: Back by popular demand, this is a repost of a previous blog by Antony Edwards.

SciFi worlds from the 1980s always included super powerful, intelligent computers that you could talk to. By the late 90s, the vision had moved on to worlds where everything is a computer and connected; maybe even us. And it’s this ubiquitous computing that I think is the most exciting and interesting part of technology: new device categories.

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Six Reasons Why We Need Dedicated, Professional Testers

11/7/17 / by Antony Edwards posted in App testing, QA testing, software testing, testing best practices, software development

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In my last post, I described a test team structure that I've seen several companies (which I think are real thought leaders in testing) successfully implement over the last few months. Included in that structure is the sometimes controversial statement that scrum teams should have dedicated, professional testers; that is, we shouldn’t make developers responsible for all testing (though they should be responsible for white-box unit testing).

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One Question Test Leaders Struggle to Answer

10/24/17 / by Antony Edwards posted in Agile testing, App testing, software testing, Testing, testing best practices, test teams, testing strategy

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How should we structure our test team? This is probably the most common question I hear when talking to test leaders about what's on their minds.

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"Only intelligent automation in testing will deliver disruption."

10/18/17 / by JB Brockman posted in App testing, automated testing, Digital Experience, Real User Experience, Test automation, mobile app testing, Software test automation, AI

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We recently commissioned a study of 750 development team leaders in the UK and the U.S. to gauge the extent of the pressure today’s organizations are experiencing with respect to app development. On the same day that we announced our App Gap research results—revealing that almost half of businesses feel the pressure to launch often untested apps—we hosted the first in our series of our Digital Automation Intelligence Roadshows.

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Avoid the App Scrap Heap

9/25/17 / by John Bates posted in App testing, Application testing, Customer Experience, Digital Experience, Real User Experience, Test automation, UI testing, Automated testing tools, UX testing, IOT, AI

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You can find 28 million apps on Google Play and 22 million in Apple’s App Store. Yet, nearly one in four people who download an app use it only once. Apps are incredibly slow under certain circumstances, don’t work in key parts of the workflow, and have less-than-optimal usability. The app scrap heap is growing because many organizations are still testing to ensure code quality, not a superior user experience (UX).

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Use AI to Power Your Testing and Delight Customers

9/18/17 / by Antony Edwards posted in App testing, Application testing, Automation testing, Digital Experience, IoT Testing, Real User Experience, User Experience, Automated testing tools, Functional testing, User experience testing, UX testing, AI

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A new study of 600 testers reports that 91 percent of test teams are struggling to meet increased user expectations compared to 12 months ago, and 66 percent said that test automation needs to expand beyond just test execution to keep up with business demands. The new study, conducted by Kickstand across the U.S. and U.K. on behalf of Testplant, generally identified that app dev teams are feeling the pressure to innovate and deliver high-quality user experiences quickly.

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Testing is Broken. Let's Fix It.

9/13/17 / by John Bates posted in Automation testing, Digital Experience, User Experience, UX, Automated testing tools, UX testing, AI

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If you’re in the software development and testing realm, you know how rapidly things have changed in a short amount of time. Digital business is here to stay and companies in all sectors are disrupting their business models and undergoing digital transformations to stay relevant. They’re turning to agile development approaches and DevOps to spark innovation and rapidly deliver new, cutting-edge products and solutions that meet evolving customer desires.

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