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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How detailed should QA aim to be?

When QA discovers an issue during testing should they... Log the bug with the test case and scenario information and move on testing? Try investigating to determine why the bug is happening? I ...
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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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Sharing development test cases (unit and development integration) with the QA (test) team?

The testing team (the so-called QA team in some organizations) insists that the development team should share their (the development team's) test cases with them. Their arguments are that the ...
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How do you identify bugfix commits on QA environment with Git repository?

I got used to the following approach on bugfixing phase of the project development. The developer should add SVN commit number as a comment to the JIRA issue when resolving it. Latest artifact from ...
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Whose responsibility is it to create the interface and/or acceptance testing? Developer or QA?

I am a backend developer and always create tests for my applications. Recently I study and apply the interface tests (using selenium), but I doubted whether I who should create these tests, developer ...
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If we have TDD and BDD why do we need QA for? [duplicate]

If we have TDD and BDD why do we need QA for? Isn't the job of the developer to write bugs or failing tests? If this is true how a QA fit in? Thanks.
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What is proper order of pull requests and testing?

We want to setup proper development workflow. We have two main branches: master(release branch) and develop(working branch). We want to use pull requests properly. We see two ways how to do this: The ...
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Who is a tester? [duplicate]

I don't really understand the concept of testers. I just graduated and before I joined into workplace I thought I'd be pair programming with testers and using TDD where they will be writing tests and ...
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Do Agile projects use abbreviated defect reporting? [closed]

I'm accustomed to relatively rigid defect reporting, something like this. Steps to reproduce: 1. Access customer manager for user Test01 2. Check "User must change password" and click Apply 3. Access ...
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How does one learn QA? [closed]

When starting to learn programming you would usually point someone over to Code Academy, or Learn Python the Hard Way or even The C Programming language and tell them start writing code until it ...
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How can I introduce QA and break it into parts for various people?

I was recently asked how to do this, specifically: How to introduce QA into an organization? How to break up QA into parts that others can do ? How to prioritize what needs QA? How to determine what ...
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In terms of Software, what constitutes a quality control plan for ISO 9001 compliance?

I am bidding on a government contract (my first) and there is a section requesting that I provide a high-level outline of a quality control plan that would ensure that the end product is ISO-9001 ...
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Coding and testing in the same sprint

How is testing handled within the same sprint as coding, if all or most of the coding is not done until the end of the sprint? (I'm referring to the "soup-to-nuts" development and testing of a single ...
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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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what is the difference between Soak testing and Stress testing?

Can anybody explain the difference about soak and stress testing? I googled about them and found that both are about to test the software beyond its limits. Is it right for both testing strategies?
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Scheduled website testing: Searching for a lightweight, simple solution

Scheduled website testing: Searching for a simple solution. One of my clients is having some tens of sites, with webform-based landing pages. He wants to daily test 3 different use-cases pre site, in ...
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How can QA prevent defects?

Also according to Software Testing By Srinisvasan Desikan, Gopalaswamy Ramesh or ISTQB text books. Quality assurance is e.g. reviewing products, inspections, walkthroughs to see if all standards are ...
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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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My organization is relatively small; how can I follow ISO9000/1 as a matter of best practice? [closed]

I work for a company of <60 people. I understand that larger companies typically are ISO9000/9001 certified, as a matter of quality assurance. I also understand that for a company my size, such ...
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Limiting certain functionality to development environment only [closed]

I intuitively think that an application should be exactly the same in DEV, QA, and PROD environments. However, I have been asked to add a feature to an application that will only be available in DEV ...
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Should we quit trying to do agile if QA takes 12 weeks?

Someone in my company recently proposed changes to our core product that our managers feel should trigger what I guess my company considers a full QA cycle (i.e. testing the entire product suite from ...
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Parallel Testing options in Agile Development?

I've read through some very good resources on the internet trying to find out if my initial proposed testing process is a valid option. So please any advice or recommendations are appreciated. ...
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How strict should you be about indentation/white space? [closed]

Our development process is as follows code the task -> someone else QAs code and documentation -> task is merged into trunk. Recently a colleague is refusing to pass the code QA due to issues with ...
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Partitioning code into assemblies for the sake of logical seperation

I've started working at this company, and the software is managed in a Visual Studio solution that includes hundreds of projects (C++ and C#). After poking around the solution for couple of weeks, I ...
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My client's QA folks are shafting me. What can I do?

Backstory: As the single developer with experience in the chosen technology, a month ago I drafted a component that for all extents and purposes worked within acceptable levels according to the ...
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Is seniority/paygrade an important factor for effective QA members? [duplicate]

As a member of our company's QA team, I frequently get entirely unenthusiastic feedback from developers in their responses to test results in our agile, web-based software-as-a-service shop. Most of ...
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What programming skills does someone in QA need to work effectively in extreme programming projects?

Well, the title really says it all, but to elaborate a bit, can you take a random, typically effective QA department and have them learn to work in an XP environment (with a learning curve to pick up ...
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Log defects for failures of other systems?

We build products which often integrate with third party systems. Sometimes these systems error, which in turn causes our system to error. For example, we call a web service when a user updates ...
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Should QA be part of the development department?

I work for a small company that has had a product development department for quite a while. What we haven't had, however, is a QA/testing group. We are looking to add a testing group, but are ...
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What is a good measure of testing/tester efficiency?

I am about to participate in a discussion with management regarding measuring our testing efficiency as a QA organization. The main reason behind this is that half of our team is contracted out and ...
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Functional Requirements / Specification and relationship to DEV and QA

Functional Requirements state "WHAT" needs to be done from a user's perspective Functional Specification state "HOW" it needs to be done from technical standpoint. Do QA teams focus and Functional ...
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Does a “QA Programmer” style job exist?

Basically a programmer that comes in during the testing phase of a project and once a tester finds a bug, tracks down the cause. I enjoy this investigative process and am generally able to track down ...
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Dilemma of QA vs. iterations

In my company, we successfully working with agile practices - but without using iterations. The main reason is that we can't find a clean way to fit in QA in an iteration cycle. We understand QA as ...
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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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Quality Assurance=inspections, reviews..?

Studying this subject extensively, the most books state the following: Quality Assurance: prevention activity. Act of inspection, reviewing.. Quality Control: testing While there are some ...
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QA - Developer communication [duplicate]

I am a developer and have worked at this company 4~5 years by now. We have been practicing scrum for about 2 years. I think, I have been worked well with QAs. I believe QAs/developers/technical ...
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How much detail is in a good UI regression test?

We use a detailed step-by-step user-interface regression test for our commercial web application. It has a "backbone" test for the most used / most important parts of the system, with optional tests ...
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The cost of longer delay between development and QA

At my current position, QA has become a bottleneck. We have had the unfortunate occurence of features being held out of the current build so that QA could finish testing. This means features that ...
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Must all new features go through betatest?

Obviously, small usability fixes and bugfixes go directly into the stable product. What about small new features? Can you afford to just release them after internal testing, or do they have to be ...
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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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Are programmers bad testers?

I know this sounds a lot like other questions which have already being asked, but it is actually slightly different. It seems to be generally considered that programmers are not good at performing the ...
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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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What is your strategy for converting RC builds into retail?

We're trying to implement a strategy for how we transition our builds from RC to released retail code. When we label a build as a release candidate, we send it to QA for regression. If they approve ...
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Web standards or risk avoidance?

My company is building an App Engine application. The app encounters a bug (possibly due to an issue with App Engine itself, as per our research) on IE9, but it cannot be reliably reproduced and is ...
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Training resources or ideas for very small team without a dedicated QA person or QA team [duplicate]

I have a very small 3-developer programming team that has zero QA people. We would like to hire a QA person but are unable to at this time. Until we can hire a QA person with proper QA training ...
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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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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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How to structure process description documentation?

I'm writing a document describing process improvement recommendations. I have some best practices I've learned so far. I use those practices most of the time. But I suppose there are other ways to ...
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Is performance testing applicable to a QA or business user testing?

Performance testing is something that I, as a developer do when optimizing. However, if the change is purely optimization, should the QA or business user perform their own performance testing? I would ...
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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 ...