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Is Manual Testing Needed?

Test And Verification Services Blog - Mon, 13/08/2018 - 08:01

With the rise in popularity of automation testing, the use of manual testing has been affected. Now-a-days, only automation tests are applied in the testing process. But still there is importance for manual testing. Manual testing can be used for evaluating the results of automation testing. Thus, manual tests can contribute to improve the automation test results. This article elaborates how manual testing is important and how it can contribute to automation testing.

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Autonomous Driving and Functional Safety

Test And Verification Services Blog - Mon, 13/08/2018 - 07:58

Functional safety plays a crucial role in the autonomous vehicles. IoT has helped to connect cars and provide self-driving experience to the people. To make connected cars a complete reality, it is important to make sure that the devices function properly. As per functional safety standards, there are five levels of automated driving. This article elaborates how much important is functional safety in autonomous driving.

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Optimising the care pathway: a vision of connected healthcare delivery

Test And Verification Services Blog - Mon, 13/08/2018 - 07:55

Healthcare industry has entered digitisation with the help of internet of things. Connecting patients for a better hospital experience, connecting healthcare professionals to ensure continuity of care and access to patient data, and connecting healthcare facilities to harness the power of the internet of things – these are the ultimate aims of the healthcare industry. This article elaborates how IoT helps healthcare industry to improvise healthcare services.

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The Warlock of Testing Mountain

James Thomas' blog - Sun, 12/08/2018 - 12:50

Commiserating once again with a colleague about the frustrations of testing a complex (computer) system within a complex (human) system I said that it reminded me of the Fighting Fantasy books I used to  play as a boy. In them, non-linear storylines are generated by choosing, or rolling dice to determine, how the story proceeds. Characters are typically engaged in some kind of quest, such as collecting gems, and have some attributes, such as strength, which are affected by interactions during the game. 

As a little bit of amusement for myself I tweeted a few words that reflected something of the situation I found myself in at that moment. Then now and again over the next couple of weeks I extended it (fictitiously!) as if I was playing out a book. I've compiled the whole thread here. 

62. You upgrade and rerun the test. Presently your client is wedged. Server logs have stopped and 'df -h' shows disk at 100%. You can start another lengthy and frustrating diagnosis (turn to 239) or kick a handy inanimate object repeatedly (turn to 18).

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18. After a couple of taps, you let rip. The bin's parabolic arc pleases your eye, until you project its future trajectory onto a developer's head.  Do you chase the bin (turn to 431), shout a warning (turn to 20) or quickly sit down (turn to 775).

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775. You sit. It hits. Roll a dice. If the number is even the developer notices your guilty face and gives you the evil eye. (Turn to 43.) If odd, she looks past you at the tester whose bug reports she's been rejecting INVALID PROVIDE REPRO all week. (Turn to 7.)

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7. You silently thank the Exploratory Gods, swearing again that you really will use Elisabeth Hendrickson's template, and have some sessions not putting naughty strings into text boxes. New session (turn to 322) or report to test lead (turn to 12).

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12. The test lead looks up from Excel with heavy eyes as you approach. Do you throw a cheery wave and carry on past to the drinks machine, assuming now is not a good time (turn to 13) or pull up a chair, smile broadly, and ask to debrief (turn to 564).

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13. At the drinks machine you spy a PO moaning about how the initial estimates justified his aggressive deadlines and sales forecasts. Throw a cheery wave and divert to the stationery cupboard (turn to 14) or die a little inside (turn to 643).

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14. You collect several coloured pens, some post-its, and a novelty rubber from a recruitment agency with the slogan "Did the boss refuse your request for erase?"

Die a little inside (turn to 643), or new session (turn to 322).

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322. You sit down heavily, bumping your desk and disturbing a large pile of unused pens and post-it notes which landslides onto your keyboard. Do you:

  • Brush it aside and start this session. Turn to 323.
  • Spend a couple of hours tidying. Turn to 236.
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323. You unlock the computer. Your test system has broken. Roll two dice.  If the sum is:
2. Test logging filled the disk.
3. Automatic update.
4. Network outage.
5-12. WTF??!!?In all cases subtract 1 from AUTONOMY, MASTERY and PURPOSE. Turn to 324.

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324. You run an Ansible playbook to reset the test environment. It fails. You sigh and open (yes!) Emacs.

Keep rolling a dice until you get the same score twice in a row. Add that score to MASTERY. On every roll, subtract 1 from PURPOSE.

Turn to 325.
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325. You write "Mission:" on a new page in your notebook. PING! PING! two different right-now meeting alerts from the PO arrive. He clearly wants something.  Do you:

  • Ignore. (Turn to 473.)
  • Reject, (Turn to 475.)
  • Sigh and go. (Turn to 477.)
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473. "Mission" you say, "mmm mission: explore the thingy with the, erm, for, um, to prove, err to, what was it again?"
You search "Hendrickson Template" and an hour later your family Christmas card design is sorted… Turn to 474.

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474. Eventually your environment is stable, your mission is set down, you have a fresh cuppa and you can begin testing.

  • Dive in. Turn to 112.
  • Make a test ideas mind map. Turn to 113.
  • Review specs. Turn to 114.
  • Ask the developer. Turn to 115.
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112. You are going to test the fricken hell out of this. YEAH!

You start the app and click all buttons. No errors. Erm, done?

Cuppa! Then ...

  • Make a test ideas mind map. Turn to 113.
  • Review specs. Turn to 114.
  • Ask the developer. Turn to 115.
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113. You draw a circle, write Tests in it, then space S, F, D, P, O, and T equally around it. You Google SFDPOT and, again, find I got added. You've no space for I.

  • Dive in. Turn to 112.
  • Review specs. Turn to 114.
  • Ask the developer. Turn to 115.
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114. The spec is from 2013. It assumes a product you never built.  You find this out only after spending three weeks on a test matrix. The author left in 2014.
Dive in. Turn to 112.
Make a test ideas mind map. Turn to 113.
Ask the developer. Turn to 115.--00--
115. The developer glances at you, points at the expensive bluetooth headphones clamped to their ears, and turns back to their favourite subreddit.

  • Dive in. Turn to 112.
  • Make a test ideas mind map. Turn to 113.
  • Review specs. Turn to 114.
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Comprehensive CDC Verification with Advanced Hierarchical Data Models

Test And Verification Services Blog - Fri, 10/08/2018 - 07:14

Today, the complexity of design is changing the clock-domain crossing verification landscape. This is happening more frequently for complex SoCs. CDC designs can lead to meta stability which will lead to design re-spins. This has made CDC verification more critical in design verification cycle. This article outlines how CDC verification became critical in the verification cycle.

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7 Ways Testers Contribute to Quality

Test And Verification Services Blog - Fri, 10/08/2018 - 07:12

Generally, testing does not make a software better. Testers mainly contributes to the quality of the software. Testing helps to know what all code changes have been made, what has been tested programmatically, what hasn’t been tested programmatically and how good the developers are. Testers help to change the quality of the product. This article discusses how a software tester contributes to the quality of the product.

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Why Penetration Testing and Assessments Should Include Real-World Scenarios

Test And Verification Services Blog - Fri, 10/08/2018 - 07:08

Penetration testing is designed to examine security defences and looks for any defects in the network or applications. Technical assessments are also used to detect vulnerabilities and take proactive steps to address the problems. With the findings after assessment, companies develop a plan to patch the critical and high impact findings. This article outlines how effective penetration testing can help an organization withstand an attack.

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The Internet of Things and Connected Cars: What’s Next?

Test And Verification Services Blog - Fri, 10/08/2018 - 07:03

Internet of things has changed the world by leaps and bounds. In this IoT world, any device that can be switched on and off can connect to the internet, send and receive online data, and communicate with other devices that belong to the huge network of connected things, as well as connected places and people.Connected cars is one of the greatest innovations done by IoT.The iteration of connected cars will keep changing as long as new car technologies emerge in the IoT space. This article outlines how IoT has affected the automotive industry.

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Debug Issues Grow At New Nodes

Test And Verification Services Blog - Thu, 09/08/2018 - 07:36

Today, debugging and testing chips have become more time consuming and complex processes. The complexity of the process significantly increases at advanced nodes and advanced packages. There are many puzzle pieces which makes tracking changes and potential interactions difficult. This article shows how debug issues increases at advanced nodes and packages.

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Exploratory Testing vs. Scripted Testing — A Quick Guide

Test And Verification Services Blog - Thu, 09/08/2018 - 07:32

In the past few years, there is a huge growth in the number of applications released in the market. Quality of an application has become the key distinguishing factor. This has significantly increased the importance of the quality assurance process for the business.The most prominent software testing methods are exploratory testing and scripted testing. This article outlines how different is exploratory testing from scripted testing.

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Healthcare and the Internet of Things

Test And Verification Services Blog - Thu, 09/08/2018 - 07:14

Internet of things has changed the face of healthcare industry. Continuous technology developments are helping to improve some medical processes, ease the workflow of healthcare practitioners and improve the situation in an overloaded hospital. Societies are expecting robust healthcare services and healthcare facilities are facing many challenges to meet the expectations. This article outlines how IoT helps to improve the healthcare services and meet the expectations of the people.

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IoT security – A barrier to deployment?

Test And Verification Services Blog - Thu, 09/08/2018 - 07:07

For the development and deployment of IoT, security is the most important factor which should be considered. Security plays a role in decision making and end user confidence in deploying IoT services. Lack of standardization also stand as a barrier in IoT deployment. More security policies are required to improve IoT security. This article explains how security issues have become an obstacle in IoT deployment.

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RIP Jerry

James Thomas' blog - Wed, 08/08/2018 - 22:09

Jerry Weinberg died yesterday. I never met him, except virtually by video and email, but I can't think of anyone outside of my immediate family who has influenced who and how I am as much as he did.

I forget when I first came across him, but the first post on Hiccupps that references his work is back in February 2012, just a couple of months after I started blogging.  Since then I've tagged around 30 posts with his name, moving from testing (my gateway drug) through problem solving, software development, systems thinking, management, and interpersonal relationships.

Every single day I use tools that I took from his workbench, tools like these:


I can't begin to put into words the feelings I had when he was extremely generous with his expressions of enjoyment for my essay, Your Testing is a Joke, and how overjoyed I was that my words had sparked something in him:
Perhaps the thing I like best about the essay is all the thoughts it triggered for me. And the memories. Here's a few examples: Over the years, on our night out at the Problem Solving Leadership workshop, the class has chosen a comedy club 3 times. Each time was a disaster. Comedians just don't seem to know enough about the context for us techies, so their jokes don't touch us. I am the product of a very funny English father and an American (Polish origin) mother who was one of only 2 people I ever met with zero sense of humor. Somehow that combination made me (according to others) a great comedian, at least to our computer audiences. One technique of comedians is to tell a joke that gets a good response, then keep referring to it later in variant jokes that produce increased laughter (a sort of in-joke for the audience). I'm not sure how that works when a tester keeps reporting the same fault pattern in a work. Why is it that some developers love finding jokes (errors) on them, while others become increasingly resentful? (When in Poland, I found that some Poles love to tell Polish jokes: e.g. "Some Polish doctors just earned the Nobel Prize in Medicine for performing the world's first successful appendix transplant.")His generosity extended to time too; it was his suggestion that we organise a video conference for us and a handful of other testers to talk about it. On my side, it was a labour of love to sort it out, participate, and then transcribe the recording into a series of posts.

I asked for his advice and comments a handful of times after that and, again, he found space and time in his life to respond fully and thoughtfully. The last interaction we had was to talk about some thoughts I'd been having on his definition of quality, about the idea that it was possible to entertain simultaneously two or more views about the quality of products such as a Rolls Royce.

His position was essentially that I was wrong, but he delivered it kindly:
As long as it's just in your head, it doesn't matter. When you come down to action, it makes a difference. Either you buy the Rolls or you don't. What you're willing to pay, or sacrifice, determines the "quality" at that moment.While the rule of three might be a useful device for exploring understanding, and while I might convince myself that I can hold two views on the quality of a particular luxury car, I am certain that I only have one perspective on Jerry Weinberg.
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Verification That Flows

Test And Verification Services Blog - Wed, 08/08/2018 - 07:43

The complexity of verification process depends upon the changes which will happen in the entire process. Portable Stimulus has created some opportunities which will help it to fit into verification paradigm. The complexity can be measured as low, moderate and high. This article explains how verification techniques will fit together ina complementary way to finish verification flow.

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Why Good Test Environments Are Crucial for Successful Automation

Test And Verification Services Blog - Wed, 08/08/2018 - 07:38

When conducting automation testing, one of the relevant questions asked is whether the results are reliable or not. Test environments play a crucial role in the reliability of results of test automation. It is very important that for getting reliable results, test environments should be good. But the golden rule in testing is that the quality of tests is not better than the quality of test environments. This article shows how crucial is test environment for a successful test automation.

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Staying secure as the IoT tsunami hits

Test And Verification Services Blog - Wed, 08/08/2018 - 07:35

When the number of IoT devices increases, more vulnerabilities are available for the hackers to exploit. Internet of things is growing much faster than any other computing or technology phase. As the number of IoT devices has increased, the amount of data these devices generating has become immeasurable. This article shows how to stay secure when the number of IoT devices increases.

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Why the IIoT Is Not Secure

Test And Verification Services Blog - Wed, 08/08/2018 - 07:32

The application of IoT technology in different industries is increasing on a daily basis. The biggest challenge that IoT faces today is security. Severely insufficient security on the industrial IoT suffers from a lack of will. The buyers and providers both haven’t invested in security of industrial IoT as compared to other parts of the tech world. This article shows why industrial IoT is not secured and how it can be secured in the future.

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Out of step…

Steve Watson's "Musings of a Test Manager" - Tue, 07/08/2018 - 19:45
Whilst I was looking for my next opportunity/adventure over the past few months as a Test Manager or Head of Testing, I noticed something interesting. I was looking for something where I could make a real difference, coaching a team, … Continue reading →
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Using IoT to Monitor Smart Cities

Test And Verification Services Blog - Tue, 07/08/2018 - 12:42

More than half of the world population stay in urban areas. It is also expected to rise in future. Now it has become a challenge to manage such cities with dense population. These concerns are addressed and managed with the help of advanced technologies giving rise to smart cities. This article discusses how IoT is used to monitor cities and convert them into smart cities.

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Significance of Non-Functional Testing: Its Types and Purpose

Test And Verification Services Blog - Tue, 07/08/2018 - 12:37

There are various types of software tests in the industry. But non-functional testing has its own benefits. Non-functional testing covers those areas which cannot be covered with functional testing. This testing assures that the software runs efficiently and is secured from outside attacks. This article explains why non-functional testing is important and how it helps to improves the security of the product.

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