What’s the Difference Between Functional and Nonfunctional Testing?

One common question in any tester’s education is aimed at understanding the difference between functional and nonfunctional testing. Functional testing verifies that features work according to requirements, whereas nonfunctional testing…

How to Get Internal and External QAs Working Together Smoothly

External QA resources aren’t meant to replace internal QAs, but rather serve as a way to expand a team’s capabilities. Last week, Kristi Kaljurand, Testlio’s Senior QA Team Lead, and…

How to Overcome Challenges with API Testing

API testing is a necessity for many apps today. Web servers, messaging queues, calls between different apps—all of these functions can make up the “logic tier” of testing, where mult…

How mobile developers can avoid the app store graveyard

The quality industry has changed a lot in the six years I’ve worked with mobile engineering managers and VPs. I went from telling mobile engineering executives why they needed to…

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Let’s Talk About Automated Regression Testing

What is regression testing? Before we dive into regression testing, let’s first understand what a regression is. A software regression is any unwanted change that occurs from code changes. A…

Video: What is QA, exactly?

Hey everyone — it’s time for the latest installment of my video blog, Kristel Answers. This week I’m tackling a question I get asked a lot: What is quality and…

How to Recruit Exceptional QA Testers

The testing profession has no set college degree, career path or standard for skillsets, so how do you go about finding exceptional QAs? From innovative concepts like agile hiring and…

Fail Forward: The Secret to Succeeding with Weekly Releases

Releasing on a weekly basis no matter what is not an easy adjustment for most organizations to make. Even very small startups can become blocked and then stretch out their…

You Plus Initiative Minus Ego Equals an Unstoppable Career in Tech

Not all industries are created equally, which is why not all generic career advice applies. The tech industry is incredibly fast-moving, largely unpredictable, and an unexpected breeding ground for household…

How to Be an Advocate for Software Quality

QA’s responsibility is to help ship the best product within the time, budget and other constraints defined by the business—not to seek needlessly costly and time-consuming perfection. Not to demand…