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Testing Titans: Saskia Coplans, Data Protection Officer and Privacy & Security Specialist

Testing Titans: Saskia Coplans

Welcome to our Testing Titans interview series! Our interviews are meant to bring attention to the unsung heroes of the software development world, Software Testers. Our goal is to raise awareness of software testing by conducting in-depth interviews with thought leaders and conference speakers working in QA, test automation, and cybersecurity. Check-in regularly with this …

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Test Automation Tools and Frameworks

Test Automation Tools and Frameworks

Links Cypress.io Detox TestCafe Test automation is a double-edged sword. Master Sword – Cross @seekpng.com On one side, test automation is a powerful process that can significantly increase your development team’s performance and test coverage.  On the other side, test automation can be difficult to implement, maintain, and stay within budget, especially with inexperienced teams …

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FD Gazellen 2019, another award on the shelf!

FD Gazellen 2019 has been awarded

Great news! For the fifth time, spriteCloud joins roughly 700 other businesses in the Netherlands in being awarded the FD Gazellen by Het Financieele Dagblad (The Financial Daily Paper). The FD Gazellen is an award given to the fastest-growing companies of the year. Not only is revenue an assessment criteria but also growth in full-time …

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Getting to know us: Marianne Uhl, our new Test Automation Engineer Intern

Marianne Uhl our new intern

It’s been about half a year since our last intern Robin left us and in that period we started to miss the youthful energy that comes with working with an impressionable student who is eager to learn. We were fortunate enough to be able to bring Marianne on board, who is not only a quick …

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The impact of thermal throttling and low-quality texture on VR testing sessions

VR testing session

I have been involved with testing many VR and AR applications, and I can safely say that they all come with their own specific challenges when it comes to the implementation of software testing. To run a testing project in this field successfully and not interfere with development time, it is vital that technical issues …

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The benefits of using an external test lab

Device lab: desktop, tablet, mobile

In a world of cloud-based tooling, sometimes what you really need is to see how your app might work on a real device. I have visited this topic in a previous post, when I discussed the factors you should take into account when conducting cross-browser testing. I’d like to zoom in closer on the last …

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Why maximising browser size ruins your (automated) regression tests

Maximize window

In the world of test automation, I often see people asking, “How do I maximise the browser window size?”. I actually used to do this myself in my early days of carrying out TA. Before that, when I worked as a functional tester, I never really thought about this being an issue. Most people have …

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The new way of testing

This week, Hozan Said, our new Business Development Manager, talks about his impression of spriteCloud’s working culture. I joined spriteCloud at the beginning of June and my first impression was really positive. The team wanted to make me feel at home. During the day, the CEO and COO and my new colleagues asked me several …

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What is the benefit of Scrum Master certification to a Software Tester?

Recently, I passed the Professional Scrum Master I (PSM I) certification on Scrum.org. Reading the Scrum guide made me wonder: What is the benefit of doing the PSM I certification to a tester? Testers do not have a specified role in a Scrum team, they are just one of the guys/girls developing. But most functional …

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Gonzo QA: Fear and Loathing at Scrum Day Europe 2014 (part 2)

A savage journey to the heart of evidence-based management for software organizations in 1,000 words or less Dateline: 3 July 2014, Amsterdam (Read part 1.) Lunch-time sandwiches behind me, Forrester’s Diego lo Giudice’s Keynote: The State of Scaling Agile In The Age of The Customer roared into life in the ‘Grote zaal’. Sporting a sharp …

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Cognitive Biases in Quality Assurance

I came across this excellent article on cognitive biases in software engineering, which you should read. Go on, I’ll wait. I think it’s worth considering how those cognitive biases listed affect the relationship between developers and test engineers in software projects. Now you really should read the linked article, if you haven’t already.

Gonzo QA: Fear and Loathing at Scrum Day Europe 2014 (part 1)

A savage journey to the heart of evidence-based management for software organizations in 1,000 words or less Dateline: 3 July 2014, Amsterdam I approached Scrum Day Europe with a mixture of excitement and trepidation. Ken Schwaber was giving the opening and closing keynote speeches. Ken Schwaber! Ken co-developed the Scrum process and signed the Agile …

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QA vs. QC in Software

A discussion in the Software Testing & Quality Assurance group on LinkedIn concerned itself with the distinction of the terms quality assurance and quality control as they apply to software. Some points raised in that discussion seem worth mentioning. To quote from Wikipedia: Quality Assurance refers to administrative and procedural activities implemented in a quality …

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The Rising Recognition of Software QA

Tech blogger Kris Köhntopp was interviewed by the German language PHP magazin on his Google+ post on the Heartbleed bug. I’m not going to comment on the interview much, except to mention it’s title: Qualitätssicherung bei Software ist alles andere als ein gelöstes Problem Or, in English: Quality Assurance in software is anything but a …

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Is SCRUM Agile?

Most people would agree that the answer to this question is “yes”. And I’d count myself amongst one of those people. However, I’ve witnessed and participated in a lot of projects that use SCRUM, but failed with exactly the issues that Agile wants to avoid. How is that possible?