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Complete the Team: Why You Need to Empower Testers

Thu, 02/02/2017 - 13:56

It’s all about that team, ‘bout that team, not individual…. With apologies to Meghan Trainor (It’s All About That Bass), that team is what everyone is talking about when it comes to effective agile software development and DevOps. More and more companies are realizing that having the developers, the product owner, and the testers all working together at the beginning of a development cycle pays dividends.

A Different Approach

This is especially important in a shift-left mentality where testing is done early and often. Everyone on the team shares an understanding of the requirements. Everyone understands the tests that are needed. And there is a consensus about whether a feature was specified sufficiently. The result is that there are efficiencies in development. Development interruptions are eliminated. Delays, lost effort, lack of velocity and timely feedback, and unwarranted assumptions that give us results we don’t want become a thing of the past.

Wait a minute! How is that approach different from the way software was developed in the past? There was a team. It had developers who provided the technical solutions and fixed defects. It had product owners who provided the requirements. And it had testers who made sure that everything worked.

That’s true. But they didn’t always work together efficiently. Sure, developers could get their questions answered by engaging the product owner directly. When it was time for testing, the testers could get information they needed from the developers and/or product owner. However, many times, choices or decisions were made with only two parts of the project team, usually between just the developers and the product owner. The testers found themselves on the outside looking in. Inefficiency, reworking and missed deadlines were built in. Not much of a team.

Don’t Forget the Testers

To have an effective team, ALL parties – the three Amigos: developer, product owner AND tester – must be invited to contribute from the beginning. Why? Because each brings with them their own, many times different, viewpoints on almost anything you’re planning to build. The product owner thinks about what the business hopes to accomplish by building it. The developer is concerned about the details needed to implement it, e.g. what information is needed when and which technologies are needed to accomplish the goals. The tester thinks about what might go wrong, either within the system under test or in the external context upon which it depends. Sometimes these three viewpoints are enough, but sometimes others are also needed. The big change here, though, is inviting the testers.

Yes, it all starts by empowering testers and instilling a “whole team” view of quality. Including testers early on in the development process is quite a change from the approach that many companies took (and some that still do) when it came to testing and testers: “When the developers are done, we’ll let you in on what they were doing and let you test. And don’t miss anything!”

The Psychology of the Tester

Okay, so it’s really important to include testers early on. What do they bring to the table? I’ve been asked that question many times. Part of it is the way that their brain is wired. They are naturally curious, naturally analytical, and critical thinkers. It also helps to have a thick skin.

That’s all nice, but how can somebody with all those personality traits influence a project? Testers can work closely with both developers and business representatives to ensure that the desired quality levels are achieved. They can use those traits when supporting and collaborating with business representatives to help them create suitable acceptance tests, defining what done is, working with developers to agree on the testing strategy, and deciding on test automation approaches. Testers can thus transfer and extend testing knowledge to other team members, thereby influencing the development of the product. Everybody benefits.

If you’re considering making the change to the whole-team view in agile product development, don’t worry about the testers. They’re a tough bunch. In almost all cases, over time the old-style attitude that testers should just be along for the ride fades. The rest of the team eventually develops a newfound respect for testers. One that helps to foster growth, efficiency, and effectiveness, and along the way enhance the project’s and team’s – there’s that word again – chances for success and your ability to deliver value to your customers.

Find out why Ranorex is the right fit for agile teams

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Introducing Ranorex Online – Now in Open Beta

Wed, 01/18/2017 - 16:10

How many hours a day do you spend making sure that your website looks and works as expected? Fact is that a website or web application is a determining factor for your online success, and its quality is defined by its functionality across all browsers and operating systems. But web testing can be a challenging task, and it’s easy to make mistakes.

We wanted to create a product that simplifies the way web testing is done, while at the same time making it more efficient. We are incredibly proud to finally announce the release of Ranorex Online beta! Compared to Ranorex Studio, this new web testing service focuses on the essentials of automated web testing, and provides the fastest and easiest way to improve the quality of your web presence in real browsers.

Start testing for free

Start testing in an instant

You can instantly start testing with Ranorex Online. This is the only web testing service that doesn’t require an extension or plug-in. Simply register for a free account on our Ranorex Online website to immediately test your website in real browsers. No matter where you are. No matter which operating system or desktop browser you use. The icing on the cake: it’s free-to-use.

As easy as surfing the web

Test your website the way your users will experience it. You don’t even have to code. The intuitive recorder makes website testing a blast and you’ll get instant feedback. Go to ranorex.io and enter the URL of the website you want to test to instantly move to recording mode. Click around, hover over elements, select items, fill out forms or walk through the entire online check-out process. Every action is immediately recorded. Curious how it works? Check out the examples on our website!

Ranorex Online Recorder Prepare your website for success

Free up hours of your day! We all know that the only way to make sure that your website always works and looks as expected is to test it in all possible environments. Ranorex Online offers an easy way to automate web testing. You have recorded a workflow on your website in Safari on macOS? Simply use the Play-Link of the recording to replay it across popular desktop browsers and operating systems. Chrome, Firefox, Edge, IE and Safari – now you can test it all with just one recording. It’s time to take the fast and easy route to improved website quality!

Make website testing a team effort

Capturing errors in all detail is difficult and reproducing them even more so. Now you can keep team members in sync and give feedback the way it is really needed. You want to show your colleague a problem you have found in your web application? Simply record it and share the Play-Link of the recording, even if she doesn’t have a Ranorex Online account.

Team collaboration

Proud to be of service

Ranorex Online is a software as a service. Based on your feedback, we’re constantly adding new features and functionalities, to make your testing experience even smoother and more efficient. We can’t wait to see what you think of it!

Start testing for free

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