Software Quality Insights:

April, 2012

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April 25, 2012  2:01 PM

Can exploratory testing be automated?

Yvette Francino Yvette Francino Profile: Yvette Francino

Some might argue that exploratory testing, by its very definition, is the opposite of automated testing; however, testers are learning ways in which automation and exploratory can be used to complement with one another. At

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April 23, 2012  7:56 PM

Test automation success: Breaking down managers’ misconceptions

Yvette Francino Melanie Webb Profile: Melanie Webb

One popular objective for test automation is to automate 100% of manual tests, according to independent test consultant and author

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April 20, 2012  10:25 PM

Tools and techniques for performance testing with Scott Barber

Yvette Francino Melanie Webb Profile: Melanie Webb

Many people think performance testing is a difficult effort riddled with complicated tools and measurements. As for those aspects that are complex, Scott Barber, Chief Technologist at

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April 20, 2012  4:31 PM

Software testing is an “intentional investigation”

Yvette Francino Melanie Webb Profile: Melanie Webb

 When testers "compare the product to specifications," what they often find is that they identify intentions -- and the intentions are different from the product. While the tester's job may be to gather information, this becomes an intentional investigation, according to STAREAST 2012 keynote...


April 19, 2012  1:28 AM

Don’t wait too late to start performance testing

Yvette Francino Yvette Francino Profile: Yvette Francino

As software quality professionals, we all know that the earlier we find defects, the easier they are to fix. However, all too often, performance testing is not done until the very end of a release cycle. In fact, some organizations wait until after the code has deployed, thinking they can only...


April 19, 2012  1:05 AM

Exploratory testing: Tools to help recreate the problem

Yvette Francino Yvette Francino Profile: Yvette Francino

Here at STAREAST 2012, we've been hearing quite a lot about the importance of exploratory testing. This technique allows testers to really dig...


April 19, 2012  12:57 AM

Risk-based testing session at STAREAST 2012

Yvette Francino Yvette Francino Profile: Yvette Francino

"Simplify, simplify, simplify" and "make sure you're testing exactly what your customers are asking for," says Mary LeMieux-Ruibal from Cognizant. She and Dr. Mirkeya Capellán from Sogeti facilitated the session,...


April 13, 2012  4:03 PM

Exploratory testing in Agile environments

Yvette Francino Melanie Webb Profile: Melanie Webb

How do testers integrate exploratory testing techniques and test automation in an Agile setting? Software testing...


April 12, 2012  2:31 PM

Programming skills needed for test automation

Yvette Francino Yvette Francino Profile: Yvette Francino

We continue to hear more about test automation as more organizations are claiming success with their automation strategies. Just a few months ago at our local SQuAD (Software Quality Association of Denver) meeting,

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April 5, 2012  8:12 PM

Mile High Agile Conference a success

Yvette Francino Yvette Francino Profile: Yvette Francino

The conference season kicked off for me in my own back yard at 2012 Mile High Agile on April 3rd in Denver. This was the second annual Mile High Agile conference and, once again, touted a full house of engaged...


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