Resources to Broaden Your Software Quality Knowledge

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    QA skills gap: Testing pros need enough to write a test script

    If there is one new skill every QA professional needs today, it is this: the ability to write a test script. The demand for testers who can write at least a little bit of code is the logical outcome of automated testing, which requires QA pros to script the tests they want the software to execute.

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    FAQ: Load testing software and application performance management

    Managing performance with load testing software can make or break an application. In an ideal world, software professionals find and fix performance bottlenecks long before the application gets into users' hands. But more often, performance testing happens after the fact, in response to user complaints that the software runs too slowly.

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    Automated tools essential when deploying apps to the cloud

    While automated deployment tools are nice to have when deploying applications, they are not considered a necessity. However, that perception is changing as organizations see the benefits of automation. In fact, experts say automated application deployment tools are a requirement when hosting an application in the cloud.

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    Adapting QA, testing to meet mobile application performance demand

    When business use of mobile applications began a few years ago, poorer performance, bugs and longer load times were expected and tolerated. Today, users expect that mobile apps should work just as efficiently as the desktop apps. The performance assurance buck stops at the software test team, which must rapidly adapt traditional quality assurance functionality, performance and usability testing processes for mobile.

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    Improving development teams with agility

    Few IT topics are as multifaceted, confusing and pervasive as Agile software development and business agility. As an application development reporter, I interview software pros of all kinds. The many uses of Agile and the need for business and development agility come up in almost all those conversations; so does the problem of Agile hype.

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    Software quality assurance testing: First mobile steps

    Getting started with software quality assurance testing for mobile devices isn't a trivial undertaking -- especially for teams accustomed to testing Web or desktop apps. Before you develop a mobile test strategy or get acquainted with the considerable risks and challenges of dealing with geo-aware, social mobile apps, it's useful to learn some simple techniques to jumpstart mobile testing. In this tip, I offer four ideas on how to do that.

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    Taking the lead in an Agile enterprise

    In a global 2000 firm, the decision to first use and then scale and manage Agile is often organic, moving from the bottom up. But more and more, experts say, top-level decision makers are driving the directives. However, when and how to scale can take many paths.

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    Agile problem areas that pain developers and testers

    The long laundry list of software development pros’ problems with the Agile methodology includes inadequate training, poor leadership, rigid adherence to Agile principles that don’t fit the project, and more. That said, there are Agile problem areas that are slammed more often than these, including required meetings, inadequate documentation and issues related to short iterations.

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    How to conduct regression tests

    Mobile device management (MDM) is a growing -- and increasingly complex -- part of SAP customers' enterprise mobility strategy. Experts agree there is a great deal to consider when planning, launching and maintaining an SAP MDM initiative. We've pulled together a list of stories from SearchSAP.com and a number of related TechTarget sites that are sure to help your organization overcome those challenges.

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    How does Lean process improvement work with Agile project management?

    Lean software development has been incorporated into Agile alongside Scrum and XP. Lean process improvement practices are getting big, but there are still misconceptions around them.

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    Agile software development tutorial: How to transition to agile

    In this new agile software development tutorial from SearchSoftwareQuality.com, you'll learn all about agile development methodologies, from the basics to the nitty-gritty. This guide to agile will show you how to get started on your transition to agile development, with tips on how to move your team from waterfall to agile, insights into the benefits of agile as well as problems and issues you may experience.

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