By Xray Test Management
QA TherapyMay 11, 2023
S3.E22: Automating builds with Jenkins
Do you have frequent issues in your build/deployment process? Are you unsure whether certain tasks can be automated? Jenkins enables teams to automate many tasks related to the software development process, including compiling, testing, packaging, and deploying. Today we have a special guest, Kohsuke Kawaguchi, the creator of Jenkins. Did you know that Xray provides support for easy integration with your favorite CI/CD tools, including Jenkins? The integration can work in both ways: triggering a pipeline from a Test Plan/Execution or pushing the results from a job in the pipeline. Learn more about the Jenkins integration here: https://hubs.li/Q01R-h120
S3.E21: Automated atomic testing
Are your automated tests taking too long? Do you have a lot of instability in your executions (flaky tests)? All these are symptoms that you are not addressing test automation best. That's where atomic testing comes in as a way to rethink how we approach automated testing so that we can validate what is produced and make it faster, reliable, and independent. In this episode, we have Nikolay Advolodkin, our guest QA Therapist, to assist us with these symptoms. Nikolay is a frequent conference speaker and the creator of ultimateqa.com and a youtube channel about automation. Did you know that with Xray, you can adopt the atomic testing approach, allowing you to link those tests to the requirements and bring visibility of them to the entire team? Learn more about test management with https://hubs.li/Q01qBdZd0
S3.E20: Web Testing with Cypress
Are you struggling with flaky tests and unsure of what framework to adopt for web testing? We need e2e tests to be faster, stable, and reliable, is Cypress delivering all this? Let's find out. Our guest QA Therapist in this episode is Filip Hric. Filip has a lot of experience in testing and is a Cypress ambassador. Using a tool or a framework to enable UI tests is important and so is the choice of framework. Xray integrates seamlessly with Cypress and brings visibility over the results in Jira so you can easily import results and share them with the rest of the team. Learn more about the integration between Xray and Cypress here: https://hubs.li/Q01Qm57Z0
S3.E19: Web Testing with Playwright
Are you unsure of what framework to adopt for web testing? Tools such as Playwright, backed by Microsoft and a big community, are a great option. Today we have guest Debbie O'Brien who is Senior Program Manager at Microsoft, where she advocates for better testing with Playwright. Did you know that with Playwright, you can implement cross-browser testing and easily upload the related results to Jira using Xray? With the enhancements that are available in the JUnit reporter, testers can easily link a test method to an existing Test in Jira or even link it to an existing story and thus implement full traceability. Learn more about the integration between Xray and Playwright. https://hubs.li/Q01PvqFG0
S3.E18: API Testing
Do you know how to approach API validations? API testing helps improve the overall quality and reliability of our software by identifying bugs and errors in the code early in the development process, allowing developers to fix them before they become bigger problems. To help us with this topic we have guest Diogo Rede. Diogo is a Solution Architect and Test Advocate with deep experience in testing and automation. Did you know that Xray can help you manage and streamline your API testing efforts, ensuring that your application's APIs are thoroughly tested, secure, and meet the intended requirements? Learn more about API Testing with Xray here: https://hubs.li/Q01Nm6jR0
S3.E17: Testing Techniques
Do you feel a bit lost whenever trying to decide what tests to perform? Testing techniques can help us increase coverage, reduce risk, and handle human resources, infrastructure, and time constraints. In this episode, we'll talk with Joel Oliveira, a frequent speaker at conferences and meetups who works at Celfocus, where he is a Senior QA Manager. Did you know that Xray Enterprise supports more advanced scenarios whenever you aim to provide a high level of coverage with a very limited number of test cases? With Xray Enterprise, you can generate optimized test scenarios using state-of-the-art pairwise algorithms. This means better use of your time and your infrastructure. Test more of what matters with less effort. Learn more about Xray Enterprise: https://hubs.li/Q01MXJVY0
S2.E16: Test Case Design and Combinatorial Testing
How do we go about testing systems, without missing any critical scenarios or creating rudandant ones? To assist us on this topic, we have a special guest with us, Ivan Filippov. Ivan has worked for several years with teams helping build efficient test models that can be used to expose important defects. Did you know that Xray Enterprise comes with Test Case Designer which is a comprehensive modeling tool where it's possible to define parameters and values, and enforce system-under-test rules. The Test Case Designer also helps you create a manageable set of test scenarios and make sure that most combinations of values are covered early on in the test suite, so that most risk is addressed upfront. Learn more about Test Case Designer here: https://hubs.li/Q01FRLzZ0
S2.E15: Acceptance and keyword-driven testing with Robot Framework
Have you ever heard about keyword-driven frameworks? Or test automation tools that are low or no code? Can we have a tool/framework that can assist us in easily making test automation scripts? Today we have a special guest, Pekka Klark, the creator of Robot Framework, who works with the Robot Framework foundation to improve its ecosystem. Did you know that with Xray, you can perform Acceptance Testing or Acceptance Test Driven Development using Robot Framework without losing information about your test results in Jira, your single source of truth? Listeners of the QA Therapy Podcast can receive 15% off tickets to RoboCon Online from March 1st-3rd. Use the code: RCON-QA-THERAPY-15%
S2.E14: Mobile Testing Trends
Investing in mobile means making a mentality shift, not only by investing in mobile testing but also by changing how we approach the development and delivery of applications for mobile. Our expert QA Therapist today is Barış Sarıalioğlu. Barış has published several papers and books within the Software Engineering profession and is a usual speaker at testing conferences. Like everything, the sooner you invest in mobile, the less it will cost you and your teams to cope with it in testing. With Xray, you can define mobile tests as manual scripted tests, exploratory tests, or by gathering results from automated tests for mobile - making it possible to ignite the mobile-first mentality to elevate your product quality. Learn more about Xray: https://hubs.li/Q01qz-390
S2.E13: Exploratory Testing
What is contemporary exploratory testing? Some of us may have heard the buzz around exploratory testing, while others may have missed it. What does ET have to bring to the table in a world with a legacy around scripted test cases? To assist us on this topic, we have a special guest, Maaret Pyhäjärvi. Maaret has several major awards in the testing space, has delivered hundreds of talks, and is a frequent keynote speaker. She lives testing from the inside out and has been improving the field for years. Did you know that with the Xray Exploratory App, teams can perform exploratory testing sessions, take notes, attach evidence, record videos or audio notes, easily report bugs, and in the end, upload results to Jira and track the results and the impacts on the deliverables using Xray? Try the Xray Exploratory App for free: https://hubs.li/Q01BPKss0
S2.E12: From Agile to Holistic Testing
Testing has evolved. We now test broader, with different quality attributes, and look at testing more holistically. But what does that mean exactly? To assist us on this topic, we have a special guest, Janet Gregory, a frequent conference speaker who has also published several books about agile testing. With Xray, you can adopt a more agile and holistic testing approach. Everyone can collaborate during test planning, execution, debriefing, and reporting, using the tool they use in their daily activities - Jira. Check out https://hubs.li/Q01qz-390 to learn how to develop better software - together.
S2.E11: Outsourcing QA
Outsourcing testing has a lot of misconceptions, and today we're going to bust through them all. Our guests and expert QA Therapists today are Lucía Lavagna and Federico Toledo. Federico is a frequent speaker and participant in testing conferences and is also the COO of Abstracta, a company that provides testing services, and Lucía is the Chief Growth Officer at Abstracta. If your testing is delegated to a team, internal or external, and if you want to have some control over that process, you can adapt Xray to suit your needs. Go to https://hubs.li/Q01qz-390 to learn how to develop better software - together.
S2.E10: Visual Testing
Are you having visual issues in production that are escaping your current testing efforts? With more sites and mobile apps having visual components, the content is the value in itself, and we need to have ways to perform visual testing to ensure these do not impact relevant user flows, ultimately leading to churn. To assist with diagnosing and prescribing these symptoms related to visual testing, we have guest Andrew Knight, our expert QA Therapist, also known as Automation Panda. Andy works at Applitools as a developer advocate and is a well-known Test Automation University director. With Xray, you can perform visual tests, either manually by exploring or checking different screens or UI components, or you can automate your visual tests with your tool of choice. Xray integrates with state-of-the-art tools like Applitools, tailored for visual testing and leveraged by AI and ML. See how you can integrate Xray and Applitools: https://hubs.li/Q01yz52n0
S1.E9: Best practices for Accessibility Testing
Do you ever feel that accessibility is not a priority in your testing strategy? Are you constantly fighting against accessibility myths? It's too expensive, it will take too much time, we are not trained on this tipic and do not know what to do? All these are symptoms that accessibility is not fully understood nor prioritized to be available for everyone. Today, we have Ady Stokes, our expert QA Therapist to assist on diagnosis and prescription on these symptoms related to accessibility. In the Xray documentation, under Tutorials Tips & Tricks section, you'll find tutorials for accessibility testing, namely using Axe. https://hubs.li/Q01wp5g90
S1.E8: AI and Machine Learning in Testing
Is your team thinking that AI/ML will solve all of your problems? In this episode of QA Therapy, we're joined by Tariq King, our expert QA Therapist to assist with how AI & ML will influence the testing world. He is currently the Vice President of Product-Service Systems at EPAM and has published over 40 research articles. AI is becoming widespread, and there are a variety of testing tools that harness its power. Xray integrates with popular AI tools, Functionize, and Applitool Eyes. Take a look at the Xray documentation for tutorials on how to use them together with Xray. https://hubs.li/Q01vvF3P0
S1.E7: What is quality engineering?
Are all the teams in your company working isolated and blaming each other for issues? Perhaps you're experiencing a lack of alignment about what quality means and who/when it should be addressed. Today, we have Antoine Craske, our expert QA Therapist, to assist with the diagnosis and prescription of symptoms related to Quality Engineering. Antoine was born in France and works as a Software Engineering in La Redoute. Quality is not the responsibility of one person or team; it must be a company goal, and to achieve it, we must be able to use tools to help you achieve these goals. Xray is one of those tools, that by enabling you and your team to work together in quality, will foster the mentality change and increase collaboration. Check out Xray at: https://hubs.li/Q01qz-390 to learn how to develop better software - together.
S1.E6: Learning and evolving skills for better testing
Do you ever feel that testing is being done at a high level in your organization, looking just at the obvious? Do you feel you don't have the know-how to test a certain aspect of your system? In this episode, we will talk about learning and how important that is to evolve the skills we use for testing. Our guest QA Therapist is Emna Ayadi. Emna is a very active testing community member, highly involved in different testing-related activities, such as meetups and conferences. In her path, she not only shares her progress but also keeps helping others along the way. At Xray, we also believe that it's crucial to learn and evolve our skills and our knowledge around testing. Therefore, Xray provides extensive tutorials, tips, and tricks on Xray's product documentation site. Check it out: https://hubs.li/Q01qBd820
S1.E5: Test automation uncovered
Why do we need test automation? Do we need to have a strategy around it? Are there any tools that can do most of the work for us? In this episode, we discuss test automation ownership, strategy, tooling, and more with guest Toyer Mamoojee, our expert QA Therapist. Toyer is a frequent speaker at testing conferences, and one of his favorite topics is test automation. Did you know that with Xray, you can submit results from different testing frameworks and track results in a single place - Jira - so your teams can choose whatever testing framework or tools without losing visibility around what is happening? In our documentation, you can find more than 50 tutorials related to test automation frameworks and CI/CD tools, including Cypress, Playwright, Selenium, JUnit, NUnit, XUnit, Cucumber, Behave, Mocha, Jest, and more! Check out our tutorials to get started: https://hubs.li/Q01qBcxT0
S1.E4: Handling risk as a team with risk-storming
Do you have difficulties knowing what to test? Do you feel that critical issues are reaching production despite your efforts? In this episode, we discuss risk-storming and taking a risk-based approach in your projects, where testing plays a key part. Today, we have Chris Armstrong, our expert QA Therapist. Chris is an active blogger and podcaster participating in TestingPeers and 9 out of 10 testers. Once you define what risk means for your company and how to classify it, you need to manage it in your daily activities. Jira and Xray can help you with risk management and risk-based testing. You can define custom fields that will hold risk information, or use a special Jira app for risk management. Take a look at our tutorials that can assist you with risk-based testing with Xray. https://hubs.li/Q01qB90T0
S1.E3: How to fit testing into DevOps?
Do you have difficulty understanding how to include testing in the pipeline? Do you feel it's hard to push something to production? In this episode, we discuss testing in DevOps with guest Lisa Crispin, our expert QA Therapist. Everyone in the testing field knows Lisa; she has written several books about testing and is also keen on Agile and DevOps. Want more resources around adding testing and DevOps? Check out our latest blog posts: https://hubs.li/Q01qB4J50
S1.E2: Unshifted performance testing
Do you see performance issues after going live that you weren't expecting? Do you see major performance issues appearing suddenly as soon as your product becomes more successful? In this episode, we discuss performance testing with guest Leandro Melendez, aka Sr Performo. Leandro is an active performance advocate, frequent conference speaker, and highly active in the testing community. Did you know that Xray can be used to manage performance tests? If you're using JMeter, k6, or a similar tool, for performance testing, you can define some objectives in these tools and map them to tests in Xray, as a way to track whether those goals are being met or not. See more tutorials around performance testing in our documentation: https://hubs.li/Q01qB3QP0
S1.E1: Increase quality by investing in visibility
Are your development and testing team playing ping pong with issues and bugs? Are you aware of what is being tested? Do you lack confidence about releasing? In this first episode, we see how the lack of visibility can impact you, your team, and your company. Did you know that Xray's Jira native experience makes testing visible to all team members in Jira, so developers and testers can collaborate and contribute towards Quality simultaneously? Check out https://hubs.li/Q01qz-390 to learn how to develop better software - together.