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Monthly Archives: March 2015

LogiGear Magazine – March 2015 – Testing Strategies and Methods – Fast Forward To Better Testing

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BDD and ABT: Game Changing Test Methods

Two powerful test methoVideo Gameds for fast-paced development organizations

By Michael Hackett

As development teams have been pushed faster and into tighter scrum sprints, testing has burst through old development paradigms. Developers are being pressed to do more unit testing. Automated smoke tests are essential parts of CI (continuous integration) and full, automated regression suites are being run across platforms, devices, virtual machines. With all the complexity, many teams have finally come to the conclusion that having a more methodological approach and strategy for test design, execution and maintenance is essential to keep up with the speed demands.

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HOW TO: ABT TEST MODULE TEMPLATE

ABT Test Module Template

Action Based Testing (ABT) is an efficient method of test development that provides a systematic approach to increase the success of automated testing. This template will provide you with an easy to follow format that will make it easy for you to get started creating tests for manual and automated testing that you can easily scale and update as the system under test changes.

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ABT: MORE THAN KEYWORDS

ABT and Keyword-driven testing – Similarities and Differences

Both Keyword-driven testing and Action Based Testing (ABT) use a test authoring approach that separates much of the programming work of test automation from the actual test design. This allows tests to be developed earlier and aids in tests maintenance.

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Risk Based Testing—Strategies for Prioritizing Tests against Deadlines

6When it is out of the question to delay delivery, the solution is a prioritization strategy in order to do the best possible job within the time constraints.

By Hans Schaefer

The scenario is as follows: You are the test manager. You made a plan and a budget for testing. Your plans were, as far as you know, reasonable and well founded. When the time to execute the tests approaches, the product is not ready, some of your testers are not available, or the budget is just cut. You can argue against these cuts and argue for more time or whatever, but that doesn’t always help. You have to do what you can with a smaller budget and time frame. Resigning is not an option. You have to test the product as well as possible, and you have to make sure it works reasonably well after release. How to survive?

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Something Old, Something New: Requirements and Specifications

Spec Keys Show Specifications Details Or DesignDifferences in interpretation of requirements and specifications by programmers and testers is a common source of bugs.

By Allan Kelly

For many, perhaps most, development teams the terms requirement and specification are used interchangeably with no detrimental effect. In everyday development conversations the terms are used synonymously, one is as likely to mean the “spec” as the “requirements.”

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5 Tips for Getting Software Testing Done in the Scrum Sprint

helpful tips words on billboardA clear practice with the support of tools will help teams be more successful in delivering done products.

By Clemens Reijnen

It is always challenging to create a piece of a software system that fulfills a customer need, ready for use. Especially when it should be realized in an iteration of just three weeks, from an idea to a fully functional and tested piece of the application. Achieving the ‘Definition of Done’ as it is called in the Scrum approach.

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IN THE NEWS – MARCH 2015

2-inthenews3.2015ACTION BASED TESTING TEMPLATE IS NOW AVAILABLE

Action Based Testing (ABT) is an efficient method of test development that provides a systematic approach to avoid the significant issues that limit the success of automated testing. It is a great method for test development and to facilitate that LogiGear has developed an ABT template that provides both the syntax and structure for developing ABT tests. The basic template can be found on page 10, and a fully documented template can be found at http://testarchitect.logigear.com/action-based-testing/test-module-template.html.

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LETTER FROM THE EDITOR – MARCH 2015

Picture12I spend about half my work time in the role of a consultant assessing, auditing and examining software development team practices and processes for the purpose of process improvement.

I am regularly surprised to find teams that lack basic skills, management support, tools, information, access to users, Product Owners and to developers. And yet they’re still expected to carry the heaviest burden of quality and customer satisfaction for the company. It’s the lack of easy access to skills and lack of input on team’s process that is the most disheartening.

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