1. 10 Lessons Learned from 10 Years of Career in Software Testing

If you’ve worked in software testing for ten years, you’re undoubtedly chock-full of valuable knowledge that other testers would love to get their hands on. So why not share the love? In this article, author Bhumika Mehta discusses ten software testing takeaways she’s accumulated over the years, listing them as bite-sized lessons to inspire testers at every level of their career.

Have a look and you just might learn something.

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It’s hard to believe, but the conclusion of the NFL football season is upon us, one week from today. In the east coast vs. west coast championship rivalry, Neotys will be rooting for our own New England Patriots. It shouldn’t come as a surprise, as our office is only 35 miles from Gillette Stadium. Not only will the Patriots take on the Seattle Seahawks in the big game, but many web based companies will be taking on large-scale traffic challenges after airing their prime time commercials that day. After hearing this, you should ignore the pregame hype, put down the nachos and get your servers ready for maxxed out user load.

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1. Free Software Tests Are Better Than Free Bananas

Something has finally managed to knock free bananas out of its #1 spot on the list of things we’d like to receive for free. Software Tests now reign supreme, or at least according to Google.

Though data mining and machine learning techniques aren’t incredibly prevalent in the analysis, maintenance and testing of software systems, these tactics are quickly gaining widespread interest. Google released this TechTalk that delves into its use of such techniques to automatically mine system invariants, use those invariants in monitoring its systems in real-time and alert engineers of any potential production problems within minutes.

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1. Learning From Failure

Learning from failure is a core part of Agile testing. It’s funny how failing used to be considered a bad thing, but now it’s the “in” thing. Indeed, to judge from all the attention failure is getting in some circles, failure is the new success. If you want to succeed, you have to fail, or so it’s claimed.

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If there is one thing we know for sure, it is that it’s extremely difficult to accurately reproduce a production environment for QA purposes. That’s why there is such a natural pull in the direction of Testing in Production (TiP), in which testing is done within the live environment where real users are actively engaged in the product.

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