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Methods and Tools for Data-Driven API Testing

Posted by Albert Gareev on Sep 15, 2017
This article was published on StickyMinds – Methods and Tools for Data-Driven API Testing, September, 2017. Software testing has many forms and breeds, but one major distinction has always been based on the approach—either ...

What Testers Need in Their Accessibility Testing Toolkits

Posted by Albert Gareev on Jul 31, 2017
This article was published on StickyMinds – What Testers Need in Their Accessibility Testing Toolkits, July, 2017. The concept that software should be usable by the widest possible audience has been around for more than twenty ...

#WTBlitz on testing coverage and traceability

Posted by Albert Gareev on Jun 07, 2017
Next Wednesday, June 14th, from 4 till 5 PM EST we’re going to have a Twitter conference on testing coverage, traceability, and traceability matrices. Follow #WTBlitz hash tag and join the conversation. That’ll be ...

On testing in production

Posted by Albert Gareev on May 25, 2017
Based on my Quora answer to “What is “Testing in production” as a concept?“ “What is testing in production?” – Follow along.. Product owners and project managers need to make decisions about ...

An Observation On Coding Kata

Posted by Albert Gareev on May 04, 2017
It certainly does help testers to understand code and be able to code on their own. So I welcome “coding kata” movement. In fact, I can recommend some good ones, like Coding Games. Not only to testers and wanna be ...

Alternative Facts. “Happy path” and “edge cases”.

Posted by Albert Gareev on May 02, 2017
Continuing my thoughts on alternative facts in testing and quality assurance. Happy Path? Guilty as charged. I, too, used to say “happy path testing” and “happy path coverage”. What I meant was something ...

Alternative Facts? “QA Is Too Expensive”

Posted by Albert Gareev on Apr 26, 2017
This very phrase “alternative facts” recently has become something. It is used mostly in a sarcastic way. With this post I’m starting a series on alternative facts about testing and quality assurance. Let me ...

Fact checking: “Is testing certification worth it for getting a job?”

Posted by Albert Gareev on Mar 22, 2017
Preamble Let me begin with a scene from a book of my childhood..   Image text below. Banner reads: “Of the London and Continental Theatres, In their Thrilling Tragedy of “THE KING’S CAMELEOPARD, or THE ROYAL ...

Agile testing is what you make it to be

Posted by Albert Gareev on Feb 28, 2017
This post is a collage from my answers on Quora. What is Agile Testing? James Bach about testing in Agile environments What is agile testing Some people refer to “agile testing” as a very different kind. But there are ...

Defusing a judgment? Yes, you CAN: Connect -> Appreciate -> Negotiate

Posted by Albert Gareev on Dec 21, 2016
I had a quick conversation with Michael Bolton on twitter today.. (accessible text alternative below) Michael Bolton: When someone says “testing is taking too long”, ask: Is it the *testing*? Or is it *fixing*? Or ...

“Is manual testing dying?”

Posted by Albert Gareev on Dec 06, 2016
“Is manual testing dying?”, “Is manual testing dead?”, “When manual testing will be completely replaced by automation?”,.. These questions come up very frequently. I see them on LinkedIn. I see ...

The One Page Test Plan?

Posted by Albert Gareev on Dec 02, 2016
Earlier this month, Ministry of Testing released an article named “The One Page Test Plan“. Presented, was rather a one page template for a test plan yet the article is good and thought provoking. Coincidentally, a ...

“What is performance testing?”

Posted by Albert Gareev on Nov 29, 2016
Another day, another good question on Quora. For years, I’ve been answering “what is performance testing?” in a variety of ways. In a technical way, I tell about process, tools, scripts, measurements, and ...

“What is domain testing?”

Posted by Albert Gareev on Nov 07, 2016
Another good question on Quora. Answering: What is domain testing? ***** All terms originate somewhere else, by analogy. Here’s the origin for “domain”. Image source: Domain of a function Domain is all possible inputs to ...

“What is a good way to estimate the number of test cases?”

Posted by Albert Gareev on Oct 31, 2016
First things first. I’m not a big fan of test case based approach, neither I’ve seen testing estimates that weren’t at best guesstimates. But people ask questions, and this is their starting point. Enough been ...

“How do you choose which test cases to automate?”

Posted by Albert Gareev on Oct 10, 2016
Despite of all critique and challenges, automation is a valuable aspect of testing strategy. Every new automator needs to answer questions like that: “How do you choose which test cases to automate?” While everything ...

Jumping Back And Forth

Posted by Albert Gareev on Sep 23, 2016
This article was published on StickyMinds – “Advocating for the User in Accessibility Testing”, September, 2016. Do you see a problem? (Click on the image to see it full size.) You know, how it works? You don’t really ...

Can’t You Stay Focused?

Posted by Albert Gareev on Sep 20, 2016
This article was published on StickyMinds – “Advocating for the User in Accessibility Testing”, September, 2016. Do you see a problem? Can you see the focused link at all? If you can, is it easily distinguishable ...

On “White Box” and “Black Box” testing

Posted by Albert Gareev on Aug 30, 2016
Quora is a remarkable resource. To me, it’s like a Wikipedia of personal experiences. People also come there for learning. Of course, software development and testing topics are among popular. So the questions were asked: ...

Distractions and Accomplishments

Posted by Albert Gareev on Aug 17, 2016
These are the points I captured while reading 2nd part of “Organizing Our Homes” chapter of the book “The Organized Mind: Thinking Straight in the Age of Information Overload” by Dr. Daniel J. Levitin. Despite of the name ...

Let the Environment To Drive You

Posted by Albert Gareev on Jul 05, 2016
These are the points I captured while reading 1st part of “Organizing our homes” chapter of the book “The Organized Mind: Thinking Straight in the Age of Information Overload” by Dr. Daniel J. Levitin. Many of these ...

To Keith Klain: Sir, you’re an aspiration

Posted by Albert Gareev on Jun 14, 2016
A few days ago, Keith Klain, Executive Director, CEO, and a highly recognized leader in testing industry made a comment on Twitter. I couldn’t agree more!!! It was disheartening for me to witness over the years that one of ...

Roundtable on Behavior Driven Development

Posted by Albert Gareev on Jun 10, 2016
Re: Toronto Testing Meetup, May Workshop: Roundtable on Behavior Driven Development Planning And so it is claimed: When launching a new digital project, there can be a disconnect between: • the business being truly able to ...

The checkmarks are not what we should be looking for

Posted by Albert Gareev on Jun 02, 2016
OK, this is a quick gripe. Know the quote? Of course, the troopers were fooled by the skilled Jedi knight. They were clones, after all; likely, trained to follow direct orders and NOT trained to use critical thinking. For a ...

MGCS Accessibility Expo

Posted by Albert Gareev on Jun 01, 2016
Last Monday I attended a public Accessibility Expo. It wasn’t a large, crowded event. But maybe it should have been. Whether you buy / sell a house in Ontario, get / renew Health Card or Driver’s License, fill ...

On Bullying and Language Lessons

Posted by Albert Gareev on May 26, 2016
Learning lessons from bullying and trolling Blogs, community sites, and Twitter opened wonderful opportunities to connect with people, to learn, to collaborate, and to express yourself. That last part may go wild though. For ...

Keith Klain criticizing context-driven bullies

Posted by Albert Gareev on May 24, 2016
The Interview Earlier this year, StickyMinds published an interview with Keith Klain – “The Viability of Context-Driven Testing”. The interview is 15 minutes long, both audio and transcript are available. In a ...

Context-Driven Resume: Patterns and Anti-Patterns

Posted by Albert Gareev on Apr 27, 2016
Foreword Have you ever been wondering why your job application got no response? Among dozens of possible reasons did you guess that your resume was the cause of the rejection? Maybe, you didn’t. Maybe, you believed you did ...

Hidden Parts of the Performance Equation

Posted by Albert Gareev on Apr 20, 2016
This article was published on StickyMinds – “Hidden Parts of the Performance Equation”, April, 2016. The Performance Equation Many teams decide to put together a “test bed” of servers and network infrastructure, develop ...

Testing Leadership Quotes

Posted by Albert Gareev on Mar 22, 2016
Tweet back! Twitter is a great tool to collect and share information. But retrieving it is a bit tricky. From time to time I go over my tweets archive and grab useful pieces into my notebook and mindmaps, categorizing the ...
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