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The talent of predicting people’s mind and the art of manual testing

‎04-03-2012 02:45 PM - edited ‎09-17-2015 02:56 PM

I went to the Software Test Professional conference this week in New Orleans. It was a great opportunity to discuss the challenges that companies are facing today, as well as learn more about new trends that impact testing.


Being three days around QA testers and engineers, I have to say that I have a high degree of respect for them – in this case for you! I believe that manual testing is an art since testers need to predict a lot more than engineers, and have go beyond what was created by the engineers. They need to validate the unlimited possibilities of functionality and performance to ensure the quality. So many variables like complex environments, compliance regulations, industry verticals, user types – and these are just few – need to be considered when performing the tests.


Testers also often have to predict what actions a user would perform when using the application.  I call that “the gift of predicting people’s mind!”


I spoke to a gentleman there and asked him what were the challenges on Manual and Exploratory testing? He told me that because his company provides applications for Health Care organizations, documentation is hugely critical when performing manual testing. The art of predicting isn’t enough in this case: Testing needs to become more of a standardized, repeatable process and more than anything “well documented”.


Well, when executing manual testing, I am sure that you, as brilliant minds, would like to concentrate in the fun part of testing and not be tied to the very tedious and time consuming part of the job. When you have to refer to multiple sources (test script, test data, a defect tracker, application under test, documentation) and keep going back and forth, it reduces your fun a lot!


HP software has a modern solution to make your test even more fun! The solution is called “HP Sprinter” and it dramatically reduces the time and improves the accuracy and effectiveness of manual software testing.


Here are just few benefits of HP Sprinter: it handles the automated injection of data into fields under test increasing the speed and accuracy in which a test can be executed. The toolkit allows screen capturing, screen annotation, movie recording, and system information. It can also be used to automatically record and log tester’s activities and actions when executing exploratory testing without pre-defined steps.


Today I have good news - the HP Sprinter solution that is currently bundled with HP Quality Center Enterprise and HP Application Lifecycle Management, is now also available as a starter version.


The opportunities will be unlimited when you bring HP Sprinter as a companion to your brilliant mind! I am sure you will have more time to make your job a lot more fun!


Click here to learn more about HP Sprinter.



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