Mind Maps for Software Testing

Explains why Mind Maps are such a useful tool when planning your software testing efforts. Also showcases the ability to export/import your Hexawise test plans as Mind Maps.
Mind Maps for Software Testing
Mind Maps for Software Testing

Explains why Mind Maps are such a useful tool when planning your software testing efforts. Also showcases the ability to export/import your Hexawise test plans as Mind Maps.

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By John Hunter Aug 1, 2017
Testing Smarter with Mike Bland
Testing Smarter with Mike Bland

An interview from our "Testing Smarter with..." blog post series with Mike Bland, who helped drive adoption of automated testing throughout Google in 2005 as part of the Testing Grouplet, the Test Mercenaries, and the Fixit Grouplet.

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By John Hunter Mar 27, 2017
Testing Smarter with James Bach
Testing Smarter with James Bach

The first interview from our "Testing Smarter with..." blog post series with James Bach, one of the most well-known and controversial leaders in the software testing community.

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By John Hunter and Justin Hunter Mar 2, 2017
Examine the Results of Your Testing Practices and Continually Improve Your Methods
Examine the Results of Your Testing Practices and Continually Improve Your Methods

Discusses the benefits of regularly re-examining your methods and striving for continuous process improvement in your testing practice.

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By John Hunter and Justin Hunter Dec 15, 2016
84% of Software Defects Found in Production Could Have Been Found Using Pairwise Testing
84% of Software Defects Found in Production Could Have Been Found Using Pairwise Testing

Studies show that 84% of defects found in production could have been found by testing every pair of parameter values. Hexawise helps you find these pairwise defects before they reach users.

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By John Hunter Nov 17, 2016
Performance Testing
Performance Testing

A description of the possible combinatorial elements involved in performance testing and how to approach testing them.

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By John Hunter Sep 27, 2016
Software Testing Concepts and User Experience
Software Testing Concepts and User Experience

Explains the rational behind Hexawise's extreme focus on providing an enjoyable and satisfying experience while advocating for other SaaS tools to prioritize a quality user experience over an expansive, difficult to use feature set.

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By John Hunter Jul 26, 2016
Usability Testing
Usability Testing

Defines the term "Usability Testing" and explains why this type of testing is important to building a successful piece of software.

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By John Hunter Jul 4, 2016
6 Questions to Ask Your Software Testers (Particularly Your Outsourced Testing Vendors)
6 Questions to Ask Your Software Testers (Particularly Your Outsourced Testing Vendors)

A list of probing questions all companies should be asking their software testing providers.

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By John Hunter and Justin Hunter Mar 29, 2016
10 Questions to Ask When Designing Software Tests
10 Questions to Ask When Designing Software Tests

A list of questions to ask when designing software tests. These questions will help ensure coverage of the potential sources of variation within your system.

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By John Hunter and Justin Hunter Mar 14, 2016
How Much Detail to Include in Test Cases?
How Much Detail to Include in Test Cases?

Best practices (though no hard-and-fast rules) for how much detail to include in your test cases to ensure maximum effectiveness and facilitate simplified maintenance.

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By John Hunter and Justin Hunter Oct 8, 2015
My plan has a lot of constraints in it. Should I split it into separate plans?
My plan has a lot of constraints in it. Should I split it into separate plans?

Provides helpful guidance on when it might make sense to split your single Hexawise plan into multiple different plans due to a lot of constraints being necessary.

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By Justin Hunter Aug 14, 2014
Using Hexawise to Export Values for Gherkin (Given, When --> Then)
Using Hexawise to Export Values for Gherkin (Given, When --> Then)

How to use the Auto-Scripts feature to turn your Hexawise test cases in the Gherkin "Given-When-Then" format.

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By John Hunter Mar 27, 2014
"Grapefruit Juice Bugs" - A New Term for a Surprisingly Common Type of Surprising Bugs
"Grapefruit Juice Bugs" - A New Term for a Surprisingly Common Type of Surprising Bugs

Justin Hunter coins a new term for a surprisingly common type of defect and explains how to catch these "Grapefruit Juice Bugs" during your testing.

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By Justin Hunter Feb 11, 2014
How to Convince Your Organization to Adopt Pairwise Software Testing
How to Convince Your Organization to Adopt Pairwise Software Testing

Concrete steps to overcome resistance and convince your team/group/organization to adopt pairwise testing approaches. Outlines in detail how to conduct and document the results of a Hexawise proof of concept pilot project.

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By Justin Hunter Nov 21, 2013
Hexawise TV
Hexawise TV

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By John Hunter Nov 20, 2013
Software Testers Are Test Pilots
Software Testers Are Test Pilots

Recommendations for using testing checklists to improve the success of testing efforts.

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By John Hunter Nov 13, 2013
Create a Risk-based Testing Plan With Extra Coverage on Higher Priority Areas
Create a Risk-based Testing Plan With Extra Coverage on Higher Priority Areas

Showcases the Hexawise "Mixed-Strength" feature and explains how this feature can be used to perform Risk-Based Testing with Hexawise.

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By John Hunter Nov 6, 2013
High-Profile Obamacare Bug Entirely Avoidable
High-Profile Obamacare Bug Entirely Avoidable

Describes a recent, high-profile problem with the Obamacare website and how this defect in production could have easily been avoided.

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By Justin Hunter Sep 26, 2013
Designing a Test Plan with Dependent Parameter Values
Designing a Test Plan with Dependent Parameter Values

Includes strategies for dealing with dependent parameter values in your test plans by using the "Invalid Pair" and "Married Pair" constraint features in Hexawise.

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By Sean Johnson Sep 9, 2013
Rapid Software Testing Overview Webcast by James Bach
Rapid Software Testing Overview Webcast by James Bach

A wonderful webcast given by international keynote speaker James Bach that provides a very quick and informative overview of rapid software testing.

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By John Hunter Jul 2, 2013
Which is Better, Orthogonal Array or Pairwise Software Testing?
Which is Better, Orthogonal Array or Pairwise Software Testing?

Compares and contrasts two applied statistics-based test prioritization strategies - Pairwise and Orthogonal Array Test Design.

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By John Hunter and Justin Hunter Jun 11, 2013
Splitting Up Test Plans
Splitting Up Test Plans

Provides helpful guidance on when it might make sense to split your single Hexawise plan into multiple different plans. Benefits of doing so include more straightforward test case maintenance and the need for drastically fewer constraints.

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By Sean Johnson May 21, 2013
But, That Won't Work Here - Actionable Advice from Conrad Fujimoto
But, That Won't Work Here - Actionable Advice from Conrad Fujimoto

Recommendations for how to bypass the all-too-common pushback of "That won't work here" when implementing modern process improvements and strategies.

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By John Hunter and Justin Hunter May 2, 2013
Lanette Creamer Provides Suggestions on Reducing Test Case Bloat
Lanette Creamer Provides Suggestions on Reducing Test Case Bloat

A summary of and link to Lanette Creamer's insightful presentation on reducing test case bloat on testing projects suffering from tight time constraints.

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By John Hunter and Justin Hunter Apr 24, 2013
Looking at the Empirical Evidence for Using Pairwise and Combinatorial Software Testing
Looking at the Empirical Evidence for Using Pairwise and Combinatorial Software Testing

This post addresses some comments and skeptical (in a good way) questions raised by Phil Kirkham to our recent posts: The Software Testing Community Needs More Empirical Studies.

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By Justin Hunter Mar 25, 2013
Using Hexawise is One of the Highest ROI Software Development Practices in the World According to Recent Report
Using Hexawise is One of the Highest ROI Software Development Practices in the World According to Recent Report

Hexawise is listed as a "Top 10 Software Development Tool or Practice" by software development expert Capers Jones.

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By John Hunter Mar 18, 2013
Human-Computer Cooperation
Human-Computer Cooperation

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By John Hunter Mar 12, 2013
The Software Testing Community Needs More Empirical Studies
The Software Testing Community Needs More Empirical Studies

The call for more data-driven studies in Software Testing designed to determine the most effective test prioritization strategies.

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By Justin Hunter Mar 5, 2013
Maximizing Variability Maximizes Your Ability to Find Bugs That You're Not Even Consciously Looking For
Maximizing Variability Maximizes Your Ability to Find Bugs That You're Not Even Consciously Looking For

A quick writeup about how including the maximum amount of variation in each of your tests often leads to more "hidden" defects being identified.

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By Justin Hunter Feb 26, 2013
Testing Lesson from Malcolm Gladwell's Blink
Testing Lesson from Malcolm Gladwell's Blink

Digesting Malcolm Gladwell's best-selling book "Blink" into lessons applicable to Software Testing.

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By John Hunter and Justin Hunter Feb 18, 2013
Design of Experiments is about Learning ASAP and, in Software Testing, Finding Bugs ASAP
Design of Experiments is about Learning ASAP and, in Software Testing, Finding Bugs ASAP

Compares and contrasts Design of Experients strategies with advanced software testing techniques (with a cameo from Michael Bolton).

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By Justin Hunter Feb 11, 2013
How Not to Design Pairwise Software Tests
How Not to Design Pairwise Software Tests

Quick examples of how NOT to design sets of pairwise software tests.

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By Justin Hunter Jan 29, 2013
Book Review of "Explore It!" Elisabeth Hendrickson's Excellent New Book on Software Testing
Book Review of "Explore It!" Elisabeth Hendrickson's Excellent New Book on Software Testing

A review of Elisabeth Hendrickson's new book, Explore It! (spoiler alert: it's one of the very best software testing books ever written).

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By Justin Hunter Jan 15, 2013
Getting Started with a Test Plan When Faced with a Combinatorial Explosion
Getting Started with a Test Plan When Faced with a Combinatorial Explosion

Best practices for starting a test plan when there seem to be too many things that can possibly be tested.

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By John Hunter and Justin Hunter Jan 2, 2013
How to Model and Test CRUD Functionality
How to Model and Test CRUD Functionality

Potential less-obvious variation ideas to include in your Create-Read-Update-Delete (CRUD) testing.

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By John Hunter and Justin Hunter Dec 18, 2012
Maximizing Software Tester Value by Letting Them Spend More Time Thinking
Maximizing Software Tester Value by Letting Them Spend More Time Thinking

How letting testers spend more time thinking will improve the quality of any organization's QA efforts.

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By John Hunter Nov 11, 2012
3 Strategies to Maximize Effectiveness of Your Tests
3 Strategies to Maximize Effectiveness of Your Tests

Tips to maximize the effectiveness of any Hexawise test plan you create.

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By John Hunter Oct 25, 2012
Hexawise Tip: Using Value Expansions and Value Pairs to Handle Dependent Values
Hexawise Tip: Using Value Expansions and Value Pairs to Handle Dependent Values

When and when not to use the Hexawise "Value Pairs" (constraints) feature to account for dependent values in your test plans.

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By John Hunter Apr 26, 2012