Our Favorite 5: Software Testing Tips, Predictions for 2016, and Practical Job Advice

Every New Year starts with a bang at CES as vendors showcase their new products, visions and strategies. From smart homes to smarter cars, it’s getting harder and harder to keep a finger on the pulse of all the technology trends. To help keep you up to date we pulled together our top five software stories of the week.

1.    It’s all in the grades.

With all the “noise” the industry is generating, grabbing customers’ attention is harder than ever. Some companies resort to gimmicks, tricks and flashy marketing that may initially attract users’ attention, but quickly leaves them unsatisfied. Want a surefire way to get happy users and a five star rating in the App store? Focus on load testing.

 

Load testing is the bread and butter of your application. Without smooth performance, users will delete your app and stop using your software. IT Pro Portal recommends moving your test to the cloud, establishing lifecycle virtualization, and performing complete mobile and web testing to keep end users engaged. Check out these 5 load testing predictions for 2016 for tips to stay on top of your testing game in 2016.

2.    9 resolutions you should add to your list

January may be almost over, but it’s never too late to set new resolutions. Although most of us resolved to save more, spend less, and maybe eat the occasional vegetable, The Agile Zone wants you to think about your professional goals.

 

As software testers, keeping up with technology’s latest trends is crucial to staying on top of the industry. This list of the top professional New Year’s resolutions for software testers covers the basics, like “automate more” and how to increase skill sharing, but also delves into detailed topics, like agile, the testing community, and skill sharing. Click here to read their full resolutions list!

3.    It’s all about the environment

Building a strong, credible test environment for your software can be tricky. It requires overcoming multiple issues to simply create before you can test and deploy your software. StickyMinds has a few tips to help quickly create an ideal load testing environment.

  1. Use your production environment
  2. Make an exact replica of your production environment
  3. Replicate a customer environment
  4. Build a real environment from scratch

Once you’re ready to load test, they recommend isolating the environment to protect your tested application and establishing a procedure to quickly set up environments in the future.

Read the rest of the article here for more tips to help build a better (and more accurate) load testing environment in no time! You know that easier load testing equals successful product, happy bosses and happy customers. It’s a win-win!

4.    It’s just good practice.

In an ideal world, everyone would follow best practices. There would never be typos, we would remember to update our computer security, and software testers would always follow testing best practices.

 

Yet mistakes happen: we type too fast, miss the security reminder, or forget to follow the best practice that might have revealed a bug in the software. Software Testing Help’s list of best practice software testing tips is the perfect reminder for any tester, whether you’re an old hand at the process or a new rookie on the job.

 

Their list covers the basics – thinking positive, note-taking and sharing best practices with your coworkers – but also dives into the heart of testing, reminding testers proper etiquette for writing test cases, the importance of the bug report and keeping track of time to complete high-priority tests.

5.    So you want to be a software tester…

Software testers are at the heart of today’s technology. They test, correct, and present the world’s leading technologies. Joining their ranks may seem daunting, so keep these tips in mind:

  • Earn your foundation certificate in software testing. Almost all positions require certifications as a minimum requirement.
  • Learn the slang. Know testing terms, methods, models and techniques inside out.
  • Review documentation and testing processes.
  • Check your tools. Some positions ask for previous experience with certain testing tools.

Check out Testing Excellence’s post for more tips and behind the scenes of a software testing career here!

 

Software started off 2016 with a bang in the tech industry. What software trends are you excited for? Share with us on Twitter!

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