Software Testing, QA

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Scripted testing vs. Exploratory testing

scripted testing vs. exploratory testing

In this post, I will attempt to compare Scripted and Exploratory styles of software testing. On the third hand, scripted testing is seemed as a strict and serious process and exploratory one is seemed free and easy. But each test style has own swings and roundabouts. Let’s look at them from different points and try defining appropriate conditions to use first one and second one.

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How can we plan if there’s no sufficient information?

Adaptive planning

Some time ago I published the post “Test plan + templates”. I received many comments reflecting different views, so in this article, I decided to continue the talk about planning.

Firstly, I liked J.Hoffman’s and Hannibal’s comments very much, and at the beginning of the talk, I’d like to mention the main points of their comments.

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Decision tables

Decision tables are used:
- when the output data or program behavior depends on the combinations of input data values;
- by checking the “business rules”.

Decision tables are usually divided into four parts.

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Usability testing methods. Self-reporting logs and Thinking aloud protocol.

In my previous article I told you about such usability testing methods as Surveys, Questionnaires and Pluralistic walkthroughs. This time, let’s talk about Self-reporting logs and Thinking aloud protocol.

Self-Reporting Logs

self-reporting logs
Self-report logs are forms of “pencil-paper” type, in which users fix all actions and thoughts about interaction with application. This method is economical enough as experts are involved only in handling of results, without supervising action of the user in runtime of jobs.

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Helpful hints for Windows and Mac screenshots creation

the screenshot

Screenshots are needed for bug reports, user guides, figures of expected results, etc. Sometimes one screenshot is more useful than long confused description. In this post I gathered methods of screenshot creating which I use in my daily work.

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