Here we are, about to start one of the most beloved American holidays yet again: Thanksgiving. Good grief! How does the year fly by so fast!

It seems like yesterday we were talking about how to test your turkey like a QA pro. Has a full year really gone by since then?

Chances are, you barely got a chance to gobble down that turkey and pumpkin pie before you needed to be on standby for Black Friday performance problems or whatever great website development or testing adventure was in store for you. And you’ve probably had testing on your mind ever since.

1. 6 Tips for Software Testers on Asking Questions

According to James Bach, testing is the process of evaluating a product by learning about it through exploration and experimentation. Part of that exploration involves asking about and learning what others expect.

Asking questions is an integral part of a software tester’s job, and though it isn’t easy—actually, it may be one of the most difficult skills to master—it’s worth the effort because the more you ask, the more you learn. This article provides six tips on asking questions to help you get answers that will guide your testing beyond the superficial. Check it out!

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It’s hard to believe, but the holidays are here again.

“So soon,” you ask?

While it feels like only yesterday that Best Buy’s website crashed during the madness of Black Friday, it’s actually been a very busy year. A lot has happened, and though it may not seem so, the worlds of eCommerce, mobile shopping, and omni-channel retail are quite advanced from where they were this time last year.

So what’s expected to be different in the 2015 holiday shopping season, exactly? Here are some predictions from Vend University:

1. Gaming Like a Tester

If you think that being a game tester is all fun and games, it’s time to think again. Author Jeff Nyman in an experienced game tester, and in this article, his goal is to not only appeal to those who enjoy gaming, but also to provide a certain perspective about testing as a discipline. Nyman begins by sharing an experience he believes all testers should go through and experiment with:

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Over the past few weeks, we’ve seen a ton of Back To The Future themed posts all over social media, as we passed October 21, 2015 – the actual day that Marty and Doc visited in the plot of the second movie of the series. It was a fun time to reflect on what the movie got right about life in “the future,” and more comically, what it got wrong.

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