Quality assurance (for software) is the process followed to provide some level of confidence that software-based system conforms to established technical requirements.

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What is the / your most effective QA process? [closed]

I'm looking for some ideas on how to improve our current Quality Assurance process. There is no official QA method in place right now, but we basically just get some requirements using a ticket system ...
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How are minimum system requirements determined?

We've all seen countless examples of software that ships with "minimum system requirements" like the following: Windows XP/Vista/7 1GB RAM 200 MB Storage How are these generally determined? ...
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Should the test and the fix be written by different people?

There is a common practice in TDD to write a test before fix to avoid regression and simplify fixing. I just wonder what if the test and fix will be written by different people, total spent time will ...
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Who is responsible for defects found during development?

When the QA find an error like 'broken design in web programming', do you call it a bug and the corrections 'patches'? (Assume all this is before delivery.) I was of the feeling that the corrections ...
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Interested in Feedback on QA System Design

I'm in the beginning phases of creating a QA system and I want to make sure that the design decisions that I'm making now make sense and won't bite me in the butt later on. If you have even the ...
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How does a large company make rookie mistakes which leave security holes? [closed]

Sony was recently hacked with a SQL injection and the passwords of their user's was stored in plain text. These are rookie mistakes. In such a large company, how does this pass QA? How do they not ...
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Making Separate Assemblies For Different Types Of Tests For The Same Component?

I was told by a few members here that splitting up my unit tests into different assemblies for different components is the best way to structure unit tests. Now, I have a few questions about that ...
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How much time/money should be spent on software QA/QC? [closed]

Any non-trivial commercial application/program/system/what-have-you requires testing (QA/QC). Not counting things like automated tests, how much time/money relative to the development investment in ...
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Long-Term Strategy For Implementing a QA System?

I have been given the task of implementing some QA testing into a massive existing system. We're going to start out with system-level tests and might add unit tests if it is deemed necessary. I ...
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Outsourcing Quality Assurance and Testing [closed]

I was recently approached by a software firm that specializes in Quality Assurance and Testing. Up until this point, the developers at our (small) company have been responsible for their own QA for ...
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How to Convince management that a specific product training is important to QA?

I am leading a QA team of 10 people. we have been received the request for a training of a ETL dataware housing tool for QA, Support and Development. But however the management does not feel that it ...
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What I need to do to learn Quality Assurance?

I am a Biology student, who has changed my career to IT and have been working in the software field for the past 4 fours under the QA (auditing processes for ISO9001 purposes). Now I'm a Software QA ...
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What should I know or learn to get up to speed on being a software QA engineer?

I've been a software engineer in .NET for the past 3.5 years, and did my own integration and unit testing, but nothing too extensive. Now I'm being interviewed for an entry level QA job, and I wanted ...
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Is it reasonable for QA department to get higher average salary than that of development department? [closed]

I just talked to a friend. He said that in his company, QA persons get higher salary than developers, that on average it is 2 times higher. I'm quite surprised because I have thought that QA persons ...
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If a new feature is implemented and there is a bug, should QA reject that feature or accept it and file a new bug?

At work, we use a bug tracker called Pivotal Tracker (www.pivotaltracker.com) that allows engineers to file features and bugs. If a feature or bug fix is delivered, it is QA's job to accept or reject ...
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Is Software Testing Really Needed?

I'm a student working on my B.E(CS) and my question is the following: Is testing in the software field needed? If we create a software with great care, then why should we test? After testing can ...
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How to handle growing QA reporting requirements?

Some Background: Our company is growing very quickly - in 3 years we've tripled in size and there are no signs of stopping any time soon. Our marketing department has expanded and our IT requirements ...
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What are creative ways to unblock a development team?

The setting: Multiple development teams, lots of dependencies and constraints. If one team is blocked on developing some code, getting service calls, or moving to a QA environment, what are ways for ...
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Mock Objects for Testing - Test Automation Engineer Perspective

How often QA engineers are responsible for developing Mock Objects for Unit Testing. So dealing with Mock Objects is just developer job ?. The reason i ask is i'm interested in QA as my career and am ...
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Separate trackers for features and defects? [closed]

At my company we use JIRA for new feature requests and then the QA department logs any bugs/defects in Quality Center. I find Quality Center to be very non-userfriendly as it requires IE because it ...
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What are good requirements for a QA engineer? [closed]

We're hiring a QA person and I am supposed to come up with some interview questions. The truth is, I don't know much about what a good QA engineer should know, much less what good interview questions ...
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What is the role of QA in a BDD-driven project?

If running a project using BDD with 100% coverage of user stories with automated acceptance tests, what would be the role of a tester / quality assurance person? I guess I am imagining that ...
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What quantitative metrics do you use to measure the quality of an offshore testing team?

Are developers are in the US, our testers are in India. How do we measure their ability, quality, success? Some possibilities: - Coverage at the UI level - Total time needed to run regression ...