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Six Ways Intelligent Automation Helps You Optimize Mission Outcomes

8/2/18 / by John Bates posted in testing automation, UI testing, User Experience, UX, UX testing, testing best practices, testing strategy, APIs, API testing, artificial intelligence, analytics, QA, Eggplant Digital Automation Intelligence Suite, intelligent testing, fusion engine, AI-assisted testing

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Testing is critical for organizations like NASA, the US Army, Northrop Grumman, BAE Systems, Lockheed Martin, MBDA, the UK’s Ministry of Defense and the Metropolitan and Scottish Police, where lives are on the line. As we've worked with customers like these over many years, we've noticed how much more testing is than just making sure the system works — it’s about ensuring we test for mission success and continuously optimize mission outcomes. Whether you're designing systems for command and control (C2); to provide support for complex police operations, such as hostage negotiations; or for shooting down an enemy missile, you should plan your testing and monitoring strategy to continuously test against the desired mission outcomes. 

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A Design Pattern for Automation Repeatability

6/20/18 / by Randy Hesse posted in Software test automation, software testing, User experience testing, UX testing, testing best practices, testing strategy, QA, workflow automation, automated testing project

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Some of my customers are trying to design an automated script to perform specific workflows with a predicted outcome. Unfortunately, the automated workflow they want to execute has many variations in their environment, and they’re having trouble creating a dynamic, automated script that handles environment deviation.

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Don’t Test the Code, Test the Business

5/24/18 / by John Bates posted in Digital Experience, Test automation, User Experience, UX, User experience testing, UX testing, testing best practices, testing strategy, user journey, intelligent monitoring, continuous integration, continuous delivery, QA, Eggplant Digital Automation Intelligence Suite, intelligent testing

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Quality assurance (QA) used to be a compliance activity. You were releasing a product and needed to test it and stamp it “approved.” QA was about testing that the code worked. You might manually test the code. You might have even tried some automation — coding a set of test scripts that would try to capture regressions or errors that you had eradicated in the past, but which somehow crept back in. All in all, you were reasonably satisfied that you achieved a level of test coverage that met your goals. Then, you put your code into production and crossed your fingers that nothing went wrong. And if it did, you tried to fix it as quickly as humanly possible.

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How Much Collaboration Is Too Much?

5/17/18 / by Jeannette Smith posted in QA testing, Software test automation, software testing, testing best practices, test teams, testing strategy, software development, QA, developers, collaboration

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Note: Test engineer Reena Kuni and software engineer Bekki Freeman also contributed to this blog.

On the Eggplant Functional team, the relationship between Dev and QA is very collaborative. We work closely together, use our Slack channel to organize regular walk breaks together, and frequently talk about ways to increase product quality.

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Works on My Machine

4/4/18 / by Bekki Freeman posted in eggPlant Functional, QA testing, Quality assurance, Software testing tools, UI testing, User Experience, UX, Functional testing, software testing, testing best practices, testing strategy, software development, user journey, test automation strategy, Eggplant solutions

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Note: Test engineers Reena Kuni and Jeannette Smith also contributed to this blog.

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A Modern Testing Perspective, Plus Cool New Features in iOS Gateway 5.0

2/21/18 / by David Vernon posted in UX, software testing, User experience testing, UX testing, testing strategy, API testing, iOS Gateway, continuous delivery, Eggplant solutions

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This blog is only partially about our newest iOS Gateway 5.0 release with device and simulator support for Touch ID and Face ID (which is super cool, but more about that later). It’s also a blog about how testing has changed — a lot — in a short amount of time.

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Better Bug Hunting for Improved Team Productivity: Announcing Eggplant AI 2.0

2/13/18 / by JB Brockman posted in Digital Experience, Test automation, User Experience, Software test automation, testing strategy, artificial intelligence, user journey, analytics, continuous delivery, digital automation intelligence, test automation strategy

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We recently co-hosted a webinar with Bloor Research about the Future of Testing, and in it, we conducted an informal poll about artificial intelligence (AI) and testing. When we asked what everyone thought the biggest advantage was to incorporating AI into a test automation strategy, attendees overwhelmingly selected team productivity and efficiency.

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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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