For high-performing engineering teams, disagreement is healthy

You’ve probably heard the conventional wisdom that teams should be aligned around a common goal. But while it’s important to have a shared business objective, the idea that everyone needs to have the same goal is selling your engineering team short. Productive tension is beneficial for organizations. In my engineering group, I have at least … continue reading

Driving decisions through your development lifecycle with data

Stack Overflow co-founder Jeff Atwood has noted that he’s “a big fan of developers handling tech support calls for their software, at least a part of the time. It really motivates them to address the pain points users are experiencing, because they become shared pain points.” There is tremendous value in hearing firsthand how your … continue reading

Sauce Labs expands data analytics for the enterprise with Sauce Labs Test Analytics

Automated testing enables software testing teams to test faster, but these tests are not always perfect. The challenge for companies then is, how do you quickly analyze those failed tests and eliminate any bottlenecks in testing? Sauce Labs is addressing this problem with its newly released Sauce Labs Test Analytics, a new solution that expands … continue reading

Industry Spotlight: Three disruptions to ALM — and how machine learning could help

Application delivery teams and the application lifecycle management tools they use are reaching a breaking point as they struggle to support continuous delivery of applications with an expanding array of architectures and form factors. According to Ashish Kuthiala, Austin-based senior director for Agile and DevOps portfolio offerings at Hewlett Packard Enterprise Software, three key disruptions … continue reading

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Bugdojo launches QA testing tool, Baidu’s Project Apollo, and Facebook’s ‘silent speech’ technology — SD Times news digest: April 20, 2017

Software testing is often overlooked, especially in startups and mid-sized development teams that might not have the right resources or QA team available. Bugdojo, a new bot-powered continuous QA tool, is giving developers access to professional testers who can review the quality of their code without adding expensive teams to their company. “Instead of hiring … continue reading

Jira and Slack team up

JIRA Cloud app for Slack helps teams resolve issues ‘in a jiffy’

Slack is teaming up with JIRA to create a new application that will let engineers, product managers, and QA teams work together to quickly resolve issues and ship software faster. With the new JIRA Cloud app, users can work through issues in Slack by “subscribing to notifications on key matters and pulling in deeper contextual … continue reading

LinkedIn donates Flashback mocking tool to open source

LinkedIn today has contributed Flashback, its internal Internet mocking tool, to open source. Flashback is a proxy server that enables users to capture, store and replay Internet transactions, so no Internet connection is required to test connections. “We wanted to make tests as automated as possible; we want to make it ‘not the test’s fault’” … continue reading

Rainforest QA’s new exploratory testing product taps into ‘elite’ testing crowd

Building test coverage and finding bugs can bog down traditional QA organizations, which is why Rainforest QA’s newest solution focuses on those two time-consuming activities. This exploratory testing product aims to expand test coverage and discover issues faster, so more bugs can be found and less pressure is put on development teams. Rainforest QA, a … continue reading

2016: The Year of Artificial Intelligence

In the software development industry, 2016 was truly transformative. The way software is developed, what it is being created for, and where it resides and is used all changed to a large degree last year. More development teams adopted agile and DevOps techniques, while QA “moved left” and integrated into the process, rather than being … continue reading

Amazon Go in beta, Tableau releases data education report, and Uber debuts Uber AI Labs and new acquisition—SD Times news digest: Dec. 5, 2016

Amazon has introduced a beta of Amazon Go, a 1,800 square-foot location in Seattle that uses deep learning and sensors to keep track of what people are buying. The goal of Amazon Go is to create “a new kind of store with no checkout required,” according to the company. Shopping at the Amazon Go store … continue reading

The Software Testing World Cup Chronicles, Part I: Yes, that’s a thing

I had the good fortune of being part of a team that recently had the chance to compete in the first stages of the Software Testing World Cup (STWC). Not many people may be aware of its existence, but it’s a unique competition designed to find the best quality assurance engineers on the planet. The … continue reading

Winning or losing, it’s all about performance. Here’s how to build yours in

Performance is all around us. It’s something we experience every moment of our waking lives, whether we’re counting on a response from some specific device, network, vehicle, whatever system we’re in the habit of using. “Things” either perform as we expect them to, or they don’t. When systems perform as expected, all is well. You … continue reading

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