In February 2015 both Gartner and Software Advice released research and analysis into agile lifecycle management/project management tools. The Gartner Magic Quadrant identifies that the big players have a competitive advantage and the Software Advice study found which aspects of the tools projects managers find most useful.
Music can be used as a metaphor to illustrate learnings from agile and testing. Alexandra Schladebeck and Huib Schoots will do a live performance in their keynote “where words fail, music speaks” at the Agile Testing Day Netherlands 2015. An interview about artistic parallels between music and agile testing, what agile teams can learn from musicians, and feedback in agile software development.
Behaviour-Driven Development (BDD) can help in overcoming the gap between the developer’s understanding of what needs to be built and the business’ understanding of the technical challenges caused by the requirements. The reason is improvement in communication between the two groups, Alistair Stead and Konstantin Kudryashov explains in their Beginner’s guide to BDD.
InfoQ spoke to VersionOne about their Winter 2015 release. It gives the ALM tool additional capabilities around scaling, supporting strategic initiatives across organizations, estimation using Monte-Carlo analysis and improves the capabilities around integration with multiple version control systems.
The state of testing survey 2015 aims to provide insight in the adoption of test techniques and practices, test automation, and the challenges that testers are facing. Ongoing developments have impact on testing, such as the Internet of Things (IoT) and the adoption of agile where developers and testers collaborate in teams and competencies become more important than roles and titles.
In a blog post on bad code and technical debt Steve Freeman described how Chris Matts came up with the metaphor of an unhedged call option for bad code. This post is being intensively discussed on Reddit and on Hacker News recently. InfoQ interviewed Steve and Chris about using metaphors for bad code and code smells, trade-offs and costs of low quality code, and responsibilities for code quality.
Netflix's Failure Injection Testing bridges the gap between isolated testing and unmitigated chaos testing by controlling the impact of the test. FIT establishes a context which other components of Netflix's production testing and infrastructure systems interpret and adjust the behavior of the system accordingly.
Stephen de Vries, ContinuumSecurity founder, promoted the idea of continuous and visible security at Velocity Europe 2014. Stephen argued that the same kind of processes and tools that embedded QA in the whole workflow of an agile development process can be applied to security. BDD-Security is a security testing framework that follows the Given-When-Then approach and is built on top of JBehave.
Agile Testing Days, the annual conference about testing professionals involved in the agile world, is taking place this week in Potsdam, Germany. This 6th edition includes a day of tutorials and three days of sessions, plus a pre-event on Sunday.
Google made a number of cloud-related announcements during their Google Cloud Platform Live Event that is taking place in San Francisco these days. The most important is the availability of Google Container Engine (GKE), currently in public alpha. Others are: Managed VMs, more connectivity options, Cloud Debugger, Autoscaler, and price reductions.
Agile testing can be used when developing software for automotive systems. To adopt agile techniques in automotive the automotive SPICE V-model needs to be adopted to agile. One result from combining agile and SPICE as Xavier Martin presented at the QA&Test 2014 conference is that “intensive automated testing and client demonstrations helps to produce better products, rising clients satisfaction”.
Sixth edition of the World Quality Report, co-sponsored by Capgemini, Sogeti and HP 2014-15, highlights recent changes in testing practices, emerging trends such as agile testing, test environment management, mobility, data analytics, cloud and Internet of things.
Amazon performed a major maintenance update at the end of September in order to patch a security vulnerability in a Xen hypervisor affecting about 10% of their global fleet of cloud servers. This update involved the rebooting of those servers, with consequences for AWS users and the services they provide, including one of their largest clients, Netflix.
Testing teams and their managers need to unlearn the traditional mindset and practices when they want to adopt an agile way of working says Navneet Goyal. At the International Conference on Software QA and Testing on Embedded Systems he gave a talk about how test teams should adapt themselves in agile projects.
Complexity is a direct indicator of software quality and costs: if the complexity for any code is high, the quality of that code will be lower and it will cost more to manage it. Complexity measurements can be used to estimate development and test activities and to decide where refactoring is needed to improve quality and prevent problems.