Bumping the Lamp During Testing – Neotys Testing Roundup

1. Bumping the Lamp During Testing

If you haven’t been exposed to the concept of “Bumping the Lamp,” you’ll want to take a look at this article in order to understand the context of this post from Jeff Nyman. In his write-up, Nyman describes an experience in which he was able to keep this kind of thinking front and center.

In a sentence, “bumping the lamp” is an approach that involves going above and beyond to provide an experience. This experience may not be something a user (or viewer) will even think about unless pointed out—but it still matters: “It’s a level of quality: a level of getting things right.”

Read Nyman’s full article for a look at how he applied this concept during his testing of Grand Theft Auto 5.

2. 3 Reasons Why Testing Software Security Should Start Early

Today, the mere mention of security breaches and cyberattacks is enough to send application users reeling. Protecting personal information is of the upmost importance, both to you and your users, so security testing should begin early on in your software development life cycle.

In this article, author Sanjay Zalavadia outlines three of the most important reasons why your QA team should ensure that security practices are implemented and built upon constantly. Leaving your application, and consequently your business, at risk is unacceptable. Building in protections early on in the SDLC will equip your team with the tools it needs to handle security threats without interruptions to regular business activities. Read on…

3. Designing your Testing Tiers

This post was written for early stage startups who have only a production tier and do their testing on their development environment.

To efficiently increase your testing scope and decrease the testing cycles you need to regularly deploy a solid product, it’s necessary to have a well-designed test tier. You’ll need one that closely mimics your production tier and depending on your needs, there may be other environments to consider.

Check out this write-up for a short checklist of things to consider, some suggestions on how to evolve your test tiers, and advice on dealing with data.

4. Discussion: Your First Bug?

Life’s firsts always hold a special place in our hearts. Though many of our “firsts” may not have panned out as we’d have liked, they’re something we can fondly recall and even build upon.

So testers, what do you remember about some of the first bugs you had to deal with? Join the thread and submit your response here!

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