This week, I'm making what many consider a life-altering, religious change. I’m switching from Android to an iPhone.
Sometimes I feel as if I’m the Forrest Gump of quality assurance (QA). Since 1998, I’ve been through the beginning of automated integration testing and service virtualization through being a co-founder of Class I.Q. (now IBM Greenhat). I’ve been through the first phases of an automated testing center of excellence (ACOE). I’ve been there for the start of risk-based testing, and I’ve been a part of the transformation of QA from a somewhat necessary function to something that is now the core and chief concern of any company putting out quality software and apps.
Note: Test engineers Reena Kuni and Jeannette Smith also contributed to this blog.
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.
The focus on artificial intelligence (AI) in general, in technology, and particularly in testing, is prompting organizations worldwide to take it seriously. It’s hard to ignore AI’s potential benefits, including improved productivity and efficiency, fewer defects, a better UX, and happy customers. And with DevOps and continuous delivery here to stay, staying relevant depends on keeping pace, which is why test automation is so critical.
A new outlook, optimism, and wonder. For me, the start of the new year is always exciting and prompts a lot of questions about how our space and our solutions will evolve over the next 12 months.
Selenium is a popular open source test automation tool for lots of reasons. You can get started with it quickly. It’s widely used, so knowing it can be a marketable skill. And, because it’s not that easy to use right out of the box, testers who become well-versed in Selenium can advance into lucrative framework development.
Pop the Champagne and celebrate with us! We're honored to be named by Gartner as a visionary in its 2017 Magic Quadrant for Software Test Automation. More specifically, the report recognized our technology-agnostic, cross-platform, automated testing approach that focuses on the user experience. Dowload your complimentary copy of the Gartner MQ report.
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.
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.