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Monthly Archives: July 2011

LogiGear Magazine – July 2011 – The Test Methods & Strategies Issue

LogiGear Magazine – July 2011 – The Test Methods & Strategies Issue

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Ca phe break in Ho Chi Minh City

By Lolita Guevarra

Amidst the populated sidewalks with countless motorbikes sprawling over the streets like water trying to run through rocks, Vietnamese cities are densely packed with chaotic movement. Yet, in all its overwhelming energy, the Vietnamese have definitely taken on the tradition of its once French colonists: drinking coffee.

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Spotlight Interview – Janet Gregory

Janet Gregory draws from her own experience in helping agile teams address alternative ways to cope with roadblocks including projects without clear documentation, testers with limited domain knowledge and dealing with either black box or white box testing.

For testing on projects without clear documentation, is exploratory the only method? I often make “tester errors” on these projects. I might report wrong defects, or miss errors because I do not fully understand what to test. Have you come across this and if so, what methods would you recommend?

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User Stories, Scenarios & Use Cases

Distinguishing these terms from each other can be rather confusing. In an attempt to go back to the basics, Nadine Schaeffer explains in detail the benefits and the necessity of using realistic situations.

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Mobile Application Testing: Process, Tools and Techniques

The outbreak of smartphones and tablets forces us to be digitally available with speed. Keeping pace with communication tool developments, Lindiwe Vinson defines the methods used at Organic, Inc. where she leads her team discovering bugs using various key programs for both PC and Mac platforms.

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Jason Barile – Testing Testing

I’ve been reviewing a lot of test plans recently.  As I review them, I’ve compiled this list of things I look for in a well written test plan document.  Here’s a brain dump of things I check for, in no particular order, of course, and it is by no means a complete list.

That said, if you see a major omission, please chime in to let me know what you expect from or include in your test plans.  These requirements may or may not work for you based on your development methodology, but it’s what I look for.  I’m sure I’ll think of several more points as soon as I publish this post!

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Letter From The Editor – July 2011

How do you test software? How do you validate it? How do you find bugs? These are all good questions anyone on your project team or anyone responsible for customers may ask you. Can you articulate your test strategy─not your test process, but explain your approach to testing? I find that this can be a great challenge for test teams.

This month’s theme naturally follows the Test Process Improvement Issue as it is common to identify a gap in testing skills, test methods or strategies during process improvement. This issue provides you a refreshing look at various traditional test methods.

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