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6 steps to write test cases using exploratory testing methods

hpdiscover13.pngAt HP Discover 2013 Las Vegas we compared the power of a Jedi’s light saber with manual testers using HP Sprinter. Both need to use the force to complete their task.

 

 Manual testers need to communicate detailed information to a developer or business user; they usually rely on some form of written communications in the form of a very detailed test case or defect. In my opinion, having to communicate information on this level is like having to disassemble and reassemble your blaster between every shot.

 

 Let’s take a look at this task and see if there is a better way to communicate between testers and developers. Follow me on this journey, won’t you?

Systematic vs. exploratory testing -- AKA -- Spock vs. Anakin Skywalker

st2.jpgQueue the theme to “Star Trek” (Captain Kirk, not any other). Your mission is to find the right process and methodologies for your testing group. To further complicate matters, your organization has a hard time deciding on SDLC processes or strategies.  And the Romulans are going to attack at any minute.

 

Sometimes a feeling is all we humans have to go on. 
-- Kirk in 'A Taste of Armageddon'

HP Sprinter - Improving Quality without Automated Testing

Spinterladder.gifHow much would you pay to never write another test case or test step again? Better yet, how about cloning your best manual tester multiple times and pay for only one? I'm not talking about a medical miracle, a new expensive business intelligence product, or an automated testing tool.

What customers have to say about HP Sprinter?

“Sprinter’s mirror capability allows much faster (>80% productivity) testing of Web Application browser compatibility testing”  IT Specialist, small business computer software company

 

“A small business computer SW company decreased 50% to 70% time spent on communicating defects to development by using the functionality and toolkit within HP Sprinter.” IT System Analyst, small business computer, SW company

Learn what our customers say about HP Sprinter: http://www.techvalidate.com/portals/hp-sprinter

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Manual Testing in an Agile world - HP Sprinter

Agile methodologies promise faster development and time to market of Applications; on the other hand, testing is expected to happen continuously as part of each iteration or cycle and not only at the end of the full development. Whether your organization is predominantly Agile or is working in a hybrid model of both Agile and traditional lifecycle methods, in today’s world, QA teams are being asked to increase productivity, efficiency and shrink testing time. How to achieve that?

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