White Papers & Downloads

Insights and analysis from thought leaders in testing/QA, agile development and testing, requirements, mobile testing, DevOps, and more. These white papers from SQE Training's expert instructors bring you insight into best practices, career strategies and guidance, analysis of common software development processes, and more.

Agile, DevOps, and Continuous Delivery are reshaping testing processes and procedures for modern software development teams. How will it affect you?

In this article from Better SoftwareTechWell CIO and SQE Training President Mike Sowers highlights some characteristics of the new normal for development and testing in this digital age of agility and continuous integration and deployment.

Without a doubt, the role of tester is in transition. From the widespread adoption of agile practices to the growing focus on DevOps and automation, now is the time for testers to update their skill sets or they will be left behind.
 
This eGuide is essential reading for test and QA professionals seeking to grow their careers and keep pace with the changes facing the software testing profession. These articles provide practical tips and techniques testers can apply today to make themselves invaluable members of their test organizations.

TechWell CIO and Senior Consultant Michael Sowers reviews the key challenges in building a strong team—finding the right expertise, growing the right core competencies, organizing in an effective way, maintaining diversity, and justifying the human capital investment for testing. Presented as part of the Building a Stellar Team web seminar demonstrating SQE Training’s Live Virtual Training platform.

The results of TechWell’s second annual survey show the role of tester continues to evolve and adapt thanks to the increasing influence of automation, DevOps, and agile. Responsibilities and skill sets are still expanding to include more technical skills and domain knowledge. And, most importantly, the role of tester seems to be holding strong for the foreseeable future. 

The inaugural TechWell State of the Testing Profession survey sets a baseline measurement of attitudes about the testing profession, with an eye toward repeating the survey annually to track trends and changes. The survey not only collected data on the current state of testing, but it also gathered feedback on evolving tester roles and responsibilities, new skills and knowledge requirements, and opinions on the outlook for the testing profession.

Business analysis is often seen as a technical skill. The business analyst is called upon to build process and data models, writes precise requirements, estimate the effort involved, and more. But a business analyst has another set of responsibilities—to uncover what it is that stakeholders actually need.

Originators of the Volere requirements process, template, checklists and techniques, James Robertson and Suzanne Robertson discuss why the most successful business analysts have a uniqe combintation of hard and soft skills in this paper.

A common problem contributing to software development project failure is a failure of requirements. Is it possible that the user story directly contributes to this requirements failure?

In this paper, SQE Training instructors James Robertson and Suzanne Robertson address why user stories are often poor in the requirements arena. They dissect the anatomy of a user story and offer tips on how to write stories that address value to the organization, not just solutions.

There are numerous tools available for designing test cases from the requirements. They all use just one of two approaches: combinatorics techniques (i.e., pair-wise testing) or model-based testing. Within model-based testing there is a refined approach which sensitizes the path to ensure that defects are propagated to an observable point—requirements-based testing.

In this paper, SQE Training instructor Richard Bender defines what requirements-based testing is and the comparison criteria used to determine which approach is the most effective and most efficient. Each of the approaches are then measured against the criteria. Bender has more than forty-five years experience in software with a primary focus on quality assurance and testing. Bender RBT Inc. is the recognized authority on cause-effect modeling and test generation.