Not Sure About Uncertainty – Neotys Testing Roundup

1. Not Sure About Uncertainty

Feeling risky? This article is all about risk-based testing (RBT) which is defined in terms of the prioritization of possible test activities based on perceived risks. It often covers factors like usage, impact and type of risk. As with most testing approaches, however, RBT is fallible. This means there is also risk associated with risk models.

This deep dive into the topic of uncertainty-based testing is eye-opening, to say the least. RBT does have its blind spots and testers need to be aware of them because in the end, it makes the output from testing (information) fuller, balanced and more rounded.

2. Testing in Production

A few weeks ago, we wrote an article about Netflix and its testing procedures after the website experienced a considerable outage. The company is constantly testing in production (TiP) with its Simian Army, and the rest of its testing methods are really quite impressive. Would you expect anything less from Netflix?

Testing in production is a hot topic, and in this video, Netflix testers walk through three different test methods they use in production: simulating all kinds of outages with the Simian Army, looking for regressions using canaries, and measuring test effectiveness with code coverage analysis from production.

Watch it here!

3. Translating Tester-Speak Into Plain English

Though some are more self-explanatory than others, every industry has its buzzwords. When it comes to the software testing industry, buzzwords can be incredibly hard to decipher, especially when trying to explain these buzzwords to fellow co-workers within your organization who don’t really have a clue what you’re talking about.

Buzzwords are unavoidable, however, there needs to be a clear understanding of what a buzzword is and the testing buzzwords you should know.

This SlideShare presents simple explanations for eight testing buzzwords that you may or may not already know. It’s time to test your testing buzzword proficiency!

4. Discussion: Is Testing easier than Development/Programming?

“since testing is easier than development…”.

After coming across this sentence in book she was reading, Jan Fincher posted to the Software Testing Club Forum asking others if they agree. She makes some excellent points about both software testing and development, while arguing that testing is not easier, it’s different.


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