We are in an open-source revolution, an era where engineers and developers around the globe can collaborate and invest their time and money with the goal of producing a reliable product – a software that would further push the world toward digital innovation. Because of this common end goal, open source tools are gaining popularity in developer communities and more are turning toward adopting open source tools to build their product.
Free often comes at a cost. In terms of open-source test management tools, that cost is the quality limitation placed on your QA. Even the savings you seek by choosing a free test management source disappear if a critical bug is missed, your launch date is delayed or you are forced to make expensive fixes later in production.
While the well-established open-source test management tools have survived a decade or more in the software testing industry, their role has been greatly reduced. The simple irony is, it is hard to achieve maximum QA value with a free product.
You may not realize it, but you have all the answers to find the right software testing tools right there in front of you. Even if you are unfamiliar with the names of the dozens of automation and manual testing tools currently available, you already have the information needed to maximize their application.
That is because you know your product better than anyone else. The first and most important step in selecting the right software testing tools is understanding the application at hand. Every project is different, every test environment is unique and every development team has its own strengths and preferences.
QASource recently presented the webinar, "Get The Best Test Automation ROI Through Continuous Testing With SoapUI Pro And TestComplete" with its partner, SmartBear.
In this webinar, Anand Ramakrishnan, QA Director at QASource, highlights the challenges with test automation prior to using SoapUI Pro & TestComplete, how these tools helped overcome these challenges, best practices and value added features with these test automation tools, and who should consider using SoapUI Pro and TestComplete.
What happens when you can’t accurately measure the cost, effectiveness, and progress of a software testing project? A lot of less-than-ideal things. Projects can balloon in cost, creep in scope, fall in quality, or run on for what seems like forever. Without defined metrics attached to each QA project, they can get out of control -- and this scenario is a nightmare for both the product company and their team and the testing provider and their engineers.
One of the key challenges of working with an outsourced QA partner is aligning a new, offshore team with your product, procedures, and larger business objectives. Without the proper transfer of knowledge from the customer to the offshore team, engineers will be testing blindly. This leads to process slow-downs, inflated project budgets, and even lost contracts.
Almost 10 years have passed since the release of the first iPhone. Since that release, the mobile space has taken massive leaps and bounds. For many users, the phone is the end-all, be-all of connectivity and online experience -- they use it for everything, and then some. This dependency is great news for product companies, especially those who focus primarily on mobile applications.
When your QA team is in-house, you’ve got several things going for you. First, the team is already familiar with the product and the company culture. Second, communication between the dev and QA teams is simple -- a test engineer just walks down the hall to find a developer, and vice versa. Though these are undeniably valuable benefits of having QA under the same roof as dev, experienced testing partners help bridge the gap between onsite and outsourced teams with a project kick-off meeting and several important QA processes.
Think fast! How much are repetitive manual tests costing you by the hour? By the day, week and year? Probably a lot. Certain manual testing techniques have their place in the software development lifecycle. But overall, automation is winning the day. A well-designed automation framework can boost your team’s productivity, help you release at lightning speed and, best of all, cut a big chunk off of your testing budget.