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“I can train anyone to do the automation. This changes

what kind of skillset I need with an

automation tester. It’s very easy to

maintain when you have such a tool compared

to maintaining the direct Selenium code.”


How Product Management Can Measure and Improve Product Quality

In the prior article I talked about why quality is essential in the Product Management team, and why Product Management should be the steward of quality for the organization. In this article, I’ll give you some specific ways to measure and improve the quality of the product. Measuring Quality Other teams have their way of

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Wait, Is Avoiding Low-Code an Automation Anti-Pattern?

I’ve said it. You may have heard me say it, or at least seen me write it. Automation development is software development, and we need to treat it as such. I’ve also said the use of record-and-playback, drag-and-drop, or low-/no-code tools is generally not a good way to create an “enterprise-class” automation endeavor. The reasons

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DevOps and SecOps finally intersecting, what this means for your process

DevOps started with a few revolutionary observations in their day yet seem obvious today. For example, before DevOps, you had the programmers, whose job was to create change, and operations, whose job was to ensure reliability or uptime. The easiest way to ensure uptime was to prevent change. Framed that way, operations and programming are

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Test Approaches and Types Distilled

A few years ago, a friend emailed me a survey about software testing. The survey asked us to specify our roles, along with which kind of testing we thought was most important. As I recall, the question was, “If you could only do one type of testing, which would you pick?” Surprisingly, the point of

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Gherkin Behavior Driven Testing: Hype or Not?

Behavior Driven Development was a mind hack. Dan North, the creator, was teaching unit testing to programmers and noticed that programmers found testing … well … boring – which made the idea of driving development with tests even less interesting.  Yet what those tests were doing was really defining behavior, or setting expectations. A test

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When to use Mocking – Manager’s edition

During our recent webinar on revisiting the test automation pyramid, an attendee named Stephen asked for some guidance on when mocking was good or bad. The good folks at Subject7 asked me to take a look at the question and offer my perspective. Mocking Defined A strict definition of a mock is a bit of

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