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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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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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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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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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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Add a unit test for each new bug

In my job all developers that resolve a bug have to add a new unit test that warns about this type of bugs (in the case it occours again). If a unit test is not possible (for example, a webpage design ...
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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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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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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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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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Should QA find reproducible scenarios?

Sometimes my QA team reports bugs, but neither I or them have any idea on how to reproduce them. This leads to very long and frustrating debugging sessions which sometimes do not even yield results. ...
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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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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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Test-driven development and improving white box testing skills

I am an entry level Java Programmer straight out of school. I have good knowledge and experience with J2SE. Can anyone advise me on how to improve or tune my skills towards being a Java white box ...
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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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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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When should development stop and QA begin?

We write a complete functional specification for our development team of two. We do not have professional testers however we have drafted in the help of our available helpdesk personnel to perform 'QA ...
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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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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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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 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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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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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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When conducting a code review, should the focus be on the completeness of the requirement?

Given that the reviewer is not part of the project, but was assigned to review because he has done some coding for the application being updated/enhanced. Is it the reviewer's job to ensure that the ...
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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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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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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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Software testing automation documentation

What document types could be used when describing software testing automation (on any phase, automation planning, test design, implementation, reporting)? Is there any standard types of documents? If ...
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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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Are there coding tests to recruit a QA engineer?

I'm a software engineer in a small company and we are currently recruiting our first QA engineer. The guy will have to write as many as possible automated tests on our web-based tools suite. As I've ...
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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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Short Deadline and QAing Yourself

When you have a short deadline to being with, and you're nearing the end of development, would you rather rush through coding to dedicate more time to QAing or keep your pace and possible have VERY ...
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Should deployment errors constitute a build failure?

Our software uses in-house written deployment software due to the complexity of the product. As part of our current QA (not dev) build process (using more in-house software) we compile the code, patch ...
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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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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 ...
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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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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 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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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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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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Disposable Virtual Machines for QA environments [closed]

I'm far from an expert in virtualization, so pardon my ignorance. I've had this idea (really doubt it's original, haven't looked much into the topic) of "disposable" virtual machines for QA ...
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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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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 ...