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5 Key Skills to Manage a QA Team

Understanding key management skills required to achieve an efficient, productive QA team is essential to the success of projects. In today’s world, we are changing our approach towards Agile & Scrum processes, which focus on not just executing test cases at the end of a test cycle, but communicating risks throughout the software development lifecycle. This requires QA testers to be involved with various parts of the team including business analysts and developers at each level. Being able to manage the QA teams is crucial for an organization’s success. Here are some key skills needed to manage your QA team effectively.

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QASource’s Advanced Technology Group Monthly Update: January 2015

Every month our Advanced Technology group evaluates the latest tools in QA testing and passes on their findings to you. This month, we will take a look at Spoon, Jasmine, Twist and Testing Anywhere. We have also provided a list of the latest support updates. As always, we hope this will help increase your QA team’s efficiency and productivity, as well as help you get the most out of test automation .

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6 Ways to Increase Productivity of Your QA Team

Since there are a lot of tasks that QA teams tackle, increasing QA productivity can help successfully drive a company’s revenue growth. Here are 6 ways to increase productivity within your QA testing team:

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QASource’s Advanced Technology Group Monthly Update: November 2014

Technology Updates & Reviews | By Brandon Getty | December 18, 2014

Our advanced technology group tests the latest QA testing tools, and passes on their findings to you in the QALounge monthly update. This month, we take a look at new support features for TestComplete, Jenkins, JMeter, and SauceLabs. We also provide an overview for two testing tools and a testing framework designed for flexible unit tests. As always, we hope that you leverage our team’s findings to achieve your goal of increased speed and efficiency.

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Top Defect Tracking Tools and Their Benefits

Without high-quality defect tracking tools, monitoring software bugs is impossible. No engineer can track each and every defect in his or her head, nor with a single spreadsheet. Bug tracking allows teams to focus on priority issues that directly affect the quality of the software, and communicate about them more effectively.

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API Testing: 3 Key Focus Areas For Collaboration Products

Collaboration applications often feature third-party integrations that allow for a simpler, faster user experience. These types of integrations are carried out using APIs, which require extensive testing to ensure proper function with the collaboration application. Successful integrations that streamline access and usage will help you remain competitive within the collaborative space and expand your customer base, but they must be tested. Consider these 3 API testing focus areas specific to collaboration-type applications:

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QASource’s Advanced Technology Group Monthly Update: October 2014

In each QALounge monthly update, the dedicated engineers in our advanced technology group work with the latest QA testing tools and report on new support features and other relevant updates. This month, the team reviews new functionality for Selenium, TestComplete, Gradle, and Ranorex. Overviews for several browser compatibility testing tools and mobile automation tools are also featured. To quote our team, “The world is changing very fast. Big will not beat small anymore. It will be the fast beating the slow.” Use our monthly updates to stay ahead of the curve and maintain your competitive edge in the market.

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7 Essential Tips for Functional Testing of Collaboration Applications

Teamwork is the name of the game with cloud-based collaboration applications. These products help unite distributed teams, streamline file sharing, maximize cloud storage, and much more. Collaboration products are designed with a large, diverse user base in mind. To ensure that a versatile, high-quality product is released, specific QA services suited for cloud collaboration companies should be considered.

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Test Case Toolkit: Why Developers Need Them and How to Improve Yours

QA Outsourcing Management | By Brandon Getty | October 14, 2014

In an Agile environment, development and QA testing services are tightly woven, resulting in an efficient testing process and ultimately, a high-quality product. A good test case is the foundation of this “hand-in-hand” relationship. To create a test case, the objectives of the product are translated into test conditions. These conditions describe an input, action, or event, along with an expected response or output. If this expected output is achieved, the test case has verified the proper function of the product.

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3 Tips for Effective QA Reporting to the CEO

A quality product is essential to the continued growth of a company, and the CEO and executive team take both quality and growth very seriously. Ensuring a quality product is the primary role of the engineering organization. The CEO depends on concise reporting from this team to inform the important decisions they will have to make regarding test resources and release schedules. The main goal of QA reporting is to educate the CEO’s business decisions and enable risk management on a broader scale.

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QASource Blog, for executives and engineers, shares QA strategies, methodologies, and new ideas to inform and help effectively deliver quality products, websites, and applications.

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Our bloggers are the test management experts at QASource. They are executives, QA managers, team leads, and testing practitioners. Their combined experience exceeds 100 years and they know how to optimize QA efforts in a variety of industries, domains, tools, and technologies.

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