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Traditional Outsourcing Has Met Its Match

AI-Driven Testing Powers a New Model Software testing has been extensively outsourced over the past decade, to save money of course. Accordingly, much of this outsourcing has gone to low labor-cost countries, billed hourly. Unfortunately, that means the outsourcer is not incented to reduce the hours billed, but instead to maximize them. That’s why enterprises…

Labor Shortages Afflict Testing Departments

Test automation's failure created a strange situation. The dirty secret in software testing departments is their shortage of labor. While often self-imposed, many testing departments are nonetheless under-staffed and over-committed. The problem isn’t unique to the United States and Canada, as enterprises in England, Australia and throughout the developed world have long been reluctant to fund...

DevTestOps Becomes a Thing

Test completes DevOps Test must be a key part of the DevOps culture, whether developers do it or QA people do. OTOH, ignoring testing means the test team hasn’t been let in the room, or testing isn’t taken seriously. After all, at the core of DevOps is testing. In some cases, much can be accomplished…

5 Reasons Why Open Source Test Automation is declining

Modern testing in 2018 I recently predicted that open source test automation tools will continue to decline. While it won’t ever completely go away, further evidence of its decline is all around. Here are the top 5 reasons. Selenium and other open source tools/languages are simply outdated for modern web architectures. This has been true…

AI Test Generation Changes the Landscape

Testing in the age of artificial intelligence When Appvance launched AI test generation, we knew we had a game changer. The idea was hatched as we watched testers spend time on mundane tasks, including manual testing and scripting. I say mundane because soon we will all look back and call those tasks mundane, a waste…

5 Test Automation Predictions for 2018

Predictions for the new year’s 5 big stories Big changes began to occur in the test automation world last year, as Appvance.ai CEO Kevin Surace detailed last week. But, the pieces are falling into place for much bigger changes in 2018. Here are Kevin’s predictions for the top five. AI test generation will permanently change the…

Kevin’s 2017 Year in Review

A quick look back on the year’s 5 big stories As you head out the door to catch this weekend’s bowl games and New Year celebrations, take a moment to consider the momentous changes in test automation during 2017. Appvance.ai CEO Kevin Surace wraps up the five biggest below. Next week, he will share his…

4th Treat of the Season: Machine Learning

’Tis the Season for Testing Treats. Next up, machine learning enables superhuman test creation! Let’s face it, software test engineers are having a hard time keeping up with ever larger applications. As today’s apps grow in page count and complexity, the human task of understanding them becomes overwhelming. And yet, they must be understood and…

3rd Treat of the Season: User Driven Testing

’Tis the Season for Testing Treats. Next up, test against your users’ actual experience! Everyone knows that user experience is the be-all and end-all of market acceptance. Therefore, what users actually do should drive what gets tested. However, existing test-automation has made it nigh-on impossible to be intimate with user experience, let alone to automatically feed…

2nd Treat of the Season: Complete Code Coverage

’Tis the Season for Testing Treats. Next up, 100% Code Coverage! We know. We know. Even the best teams struggle to extend code coverage above 50%. It’s understandable, as developers pump-out new features in sprints that come like clockwork, inexorably expanding the volume of code needing to be tested. Sadly, testing tools have barely made…