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1. All About API Testing: An Interview with Jonathan Cooper

In this interview, Jonathan Cooper, a principal quality engineer for the ExactTarget Marketing Cloud, sits down to talk about various aspects of API testing, the difference between SMS and push notification, and why he is a proponent of the context-driven methodology of software testing.

StickyMinds: In your words, what is API testing?

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Developing software is an incredibly complex and challenging undertaking. Historically, the process has been fraught with missed deadlines, unacceptable bugs, and sometimes incomprehensible features that users would never want. In the early 2000’s, these projects had reached nightmarish proportions – perhaps no better exemplified than the disastrous release of Windows Vista, a project that was a year late and a commercial failure. Projects like this were largely seen as incapable of being released successfully.

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Defining relevant performance testing metrics and SLAs to ensure your tests will be representative

Most of the people have a good understanding of properly defining the scope of functional testing, but performance testing is much more difficult: 100% real production activity cannot be reproduced to test the performance under “real” conditions.

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1. Why Do We Need Self-Organizing Teams?

The best architectures, requirements, and designs emerge from self-organizing teams”, the Agile Manifesto announces. This raises a few questions: What are self-organizing teams? Why do we need them? What difference do self-organizing teams make? How can we support self-organisation? Could there be any way to help this special kind of teamwork to emerge?

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As a tester you are often placed in many difficult situations. You act as the gatekeeper between your company and your consumers, which can create a lot of pressure. You are after all the person who must tell the team, “No, we can’t put the app into production because it can’t handle the load.” And who wants to hear the word “No?”

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