1. To Improve Testing, Snoop on the Competition

No matter the industry, it’s always a good idea to keep an eye on the competition. It’s incredibly likely that there are others working on something similar to your software product, so take note—key usage scenarios and risks may translate across projects.

This article discusses different ways your team can learn from the competition and the main benefits of doing so. Investigating competing products while focusing on their strengths and weaknesses can be a cheap way of gathering additional testing ideas, especially if you can’t rely on your own historical data.

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Now more than ever, users won’t hesitate to abandon your application at the first sign of performance issues. Due to short attention spans and an abundance of alternative offerings, you no longer have an excuse for not performance testing. Though application problems will never be completely avoidable, performance testing throughout the application delivery lifecycle will greatly improve the quality, reliability and speed of your apps.

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1. Six Tips for Building a Better Load Testing Environment

Building a realistic test environment is essential for the success of your load testing, but it is also a challenging task that can require resolving technological, organizational, and security issues. Initially, it may seem like it slows you down from launching your performance testing, but think of it as the structural design of a skyscraper. You simply cannot do without it, and it will eliminate the chances of catastrophic failures.

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Last year, I made my first wearable purchase on a whim – a Vivofit wristband tracker. I had heard mixed reviews about a lot of wearables. A former roommate’s rant about his always-broken wearable was permanently etched in my mind. Would my case be different? Well, as it turned out, I liked the Vivofit but just couldn’t get it to sync with my iPhone properly, so I had to return it.

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1. What Drives Testers to Find Bugs

Whether it’s curiosity, the self-motivation to improve, the fame, the money, the glory or anything else in between, there are a number of drivers that get testers excited to find bugs. It’s true, defect management is often a reasonable measure against which a tester’s performance is evaluated.

However, author Murkesh Sharma warns testers against being swayed into mere bug finding and the numbers associated with it. Ultimately, testers’ true value lies in helping the product team make release decisions based on the product’s quality.

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