For many development shops choosing to implement an Agile process, one thing becomes abundantly clear: QA analysts and developers have to learn to work together. It’s not that QA analysts and developers didn’t ever have to work together before, but because the development and testing process is so different—and so intertwined—in an Agile environment, the need for cooperation between developers and QA becomes much more apparent.
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It is really easy to get stuck in your career and to feel like you are either not making any progress or not making as much progress as you would like. In my home, my office is at the far end of the house. Often, when I stay up late to work on a project, I have to try and find my way back to the master bedroom in the dark. Finally, after many such nights, it occurred to me to plug some nightlights in to light my path. Now, I can see where I am going and not only can I get there much faster, but I get less bumps and bruises on the way. It isn’t all that uncommon for us to progress along our careers as software developers in the same way that I was hopelessly trying to find my way back to my room in complete darkness.
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The software development industry is flooded today with ‘new ideas’ that are supposed to help make things better. Agile. Scrum. Test-Driven Development. RAD. Many of these ideas are valuable and can improve your development and testing process. With a market flooded with ideas, how do you decide where to start? Many of these are complicated to implement, call for retooling and culture change, and often the methods to implement are unclear.
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Software testers face a great deal of pressure to get their products released under budget and on time. In recent years, businesses have raised their expectations for development projects, cutting back financial resources while demanding ever shorter production cycles. Everyone is expected to do more with less. That means developers and testers need to take every opportunity to effectively manage the quality of their product or risk releasing flawed software.
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The implementation of a Test Management system to automate business processes is a strategic investment for any development and QA project team. Buying the right system and choosing the best vendor is critical to your software quality success. This Test Management Systems Buyer’s Guide is designed to help business decision makers quickly identify their enterprise’s testing needs, effectively communicate these needs to vendors, and successfully compare various product alternatives.
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User Acceptance Test (UAT) programs have traditionally been areas of contention between IT and the Business. IT teams get critical systems readied through development and testing, while Business teams verify that these systems meet their requirements. The division of responsibilities might seem clear cut, but realities on the ground are far different. The planning, management, execution and reporting phases of UAT cycles have always been problematic since responsibilities fall in grey areas.
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Zephyr enables organizations to manage their test departments more efficiently while boosting productivity and visibility into the quality cycle. It provides end-to-end management of the testing lifecycle while focusing on resources, releases and sprints, requirements, test cases, test schedules, test execution, defects, documents, collaboration and all aspects of real-time reporting and metrics via live dashboards.
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Quality assurance processes can be – by design – complicated and time-consuming. Given the complexity of tasks such as designing and running test cases, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that QA operations are frequently characterized by software testers carrying out arduous, multistep responsibilities. Although QA is an inherently complex process, that doesn’t mean that every aspect of it needs to be. In fact, an organization that allows its testing efforts to get bogged down in complications and inefficiencies will run into a whole host of issues. With release schedules becoming shorter all the time, businesses need to find ways to streamline their QA efforts whenever possible.
Headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Zywave makes software-as-a-service solutions for insurance brokers and financial planners. It uses Zephyr’s industry-leading test management systems to test its product suite, upon which its many clients rely to distinguish themselves in competitive marketplaces. Zephyr’s integration with Atlassian JIRA and Confluence, as well as its suitability for collaborative, agile development, has helped Zywave with comprehensive yet straightforward test tracking. Moreover, Zephyr is an intuitive, lightweight solution that has improved Zywave’s development and testing processes, helping it to produce high-quality, bug-free software for its customers.
Software development and testing are becoming a critical need for organizations spanning numerous industries. Regardless of the sector a company belongs to, chances are it will need to retain personnel to write code for projects such as creating mobile apps or webpages. This software must be thoroughly tested to ensure that there are no lingering defects that may prevent users from navigating the program or website. For organizations both large and small, these efforts can be greatly enhanced by incorporating a sophisticated test management system.