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1. What Has the Future Prepared For Testers?

It’s amazing how some of the craziest predictions from books and/or movies are entering our lives. Robots, space crafts, Wi-Fi. Can you imagine people believing in tech like Wi-Fi or Bluetooth while reading about it (well, not quite it, but something similar) in books published in the 40’s? And nowadays tech predictions are even wilder. But we’ll get to that later.
How come writers are guessing what will come next? They look at trends. Trends do serve as messages on what to prepare to. Like now testers need to do more coding, that is a trend. Where will it lead? That is not too hard to follow. We all remember it and now we have Google’s smart car. Nice, right? But what does it give us, the tester community? More responsibility, that’s what.

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Have you ever found yourself in a testing time-crunch?

You know the situation… the development team was late delivering code, but your CEO adamantly opposes any change in the release date. All you’re told is: whatever it takes, get that application tested as quickly as possible.

Here’s a very familiar scenario one Redditor posted, explaining the pressure he gets put under when timelines are tight:

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1. Cultural Patterns in Agile Testing

Stick around in Agile testing long enough, and you start to see lots of different patterns and cultures when it comes to testing, test automation, and integration of testers in the Whole Team. Over the course of the past years, I collected some cultural patterns on different teams regarding how they solve the problem of testing, and become more and more agile in their approach.

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1. The More The Merrier: Crowdsourced Testing

In the simplest form crowdsourcing is a group of people working together in order to achieve a common goal. That does not sound too different from any other team or group of men working at a project. So where’d all the fuss come from?

Well the fuss actually is situated around the ability of handling a project of colossal size while using a team that is larger than usual in a shorter period of time. One more advantage (the biggest, perhaps) of crowdsourcing is that a project’s cost is reduced.

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It’s that time of year again in Boston and across the country, where students are chomping at the bit to get their college year underway. For the most part, you would think load testing isn’t that much of a concern for universities, however, even educational institutions need to prepare for high website traffic just as a typical ecommerce site would stress test in preparation for the holiday season.

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