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  • The Top 5 Don’ts of Software Testing
    The Top 5 Don’ts of Software Testing
    Melissa Tondi, Professional Services Manager, Rainforest QA Recorded: Dec 5 2018 61 mins
    Over the years, techniques, methodologies, and ways of thinking have been introduced to the software testing industry that added value at one point, but they have now become stale, less impactful, or even downright counterproductive.

    It’s time to update your testing views.

    Watch this webcast to learn different approaches and recommendations to help you either remove these harmful strategies and replace them with more meaningful ones, or modernize them to ensure innovation is a driving force within your testing team.

    In this session, we explore the top five don’ts of software testing:
    -- Don’t be the enabler
    -- Don’t automate everything
    -- Don’t have QA-only sprints or cycles
    -- Don’t own all testing
    -- Don’t hide information
  • Scaling QA without Scaling Your QA Team
    Scaling QA without Scaling Your QA Team
    Derek Choy, CIO, Rainforest QA Recorded: Oct 9 2018 58 mins
    Developing a QA strategy that works well is challenging. Developing a QA strategy that continues to work well as your organization scales is even more difficult. While the market demands faster deployment cycles than ever before, QA teams are smaller than they have ever been, and many struggle to move as fast as they need to.

    There’s no one-size-fits-all QA process, but the most successful teams have a few key characteristics in common. Join this web seminar to discover how organizations keep their QA teams and processes lean while gaining the insights they need to ship high-quality software.

    You will learn:
    Why taking a strategic approach to how you test helps optimize QA resources, no matter the size of your team
    How to set up your QA process for fast, clear insights, from testing environments to workflow integrations
    The role of automation in a highly efficient QA workflow
    How to use quality metrics to measure and iterate your QA strategy
  • Crack the Automation Code: Create a Balanced Test Automation Strategy
    Crack the Automation Code: Create a Balanced Test Automation Strategy
    Derek Choi, CIO, Rainforest QA Recorded: Sep 4 2018 44 mins
    Test automation is often held up as the QA endgame. Teams mistakenly believe that if they can crack the automation code, all of their quality problems will be solved. But even when implemented perfectly, automated tests are brittle, flaky, and require significant upkeep.

    Automation is a critical QA tool, but it's not a magic bullet. To get the most out of automated testing and deliver high-quality releases, QA teams must devise a strategy that balances cost management and speed.

    In this webinar you'll learn more about:

    - the true cost of test automation,
    - how to adapt your test automation approach to fit faster iteration cycles, and
    - the best tools and processes to complement your automation strategy.
  • Developing with Quality in Mind: A Blue Print to Power Up Your QA Strategy
    Developing with Quality in Mind: A Blue Print to Power Up Your QA Strategy
    Jeff Pineda, Senior QA Consultant & Cambrie Marks, Implementation Specialist Recorded: Aug 15 2018 59 mins
    In the software economy, innovation and speed are the new standards. However, teams cannot just focus on speed without considering the risk of delivering poor end-user experiences. How can teams create test strategies that prioritize and balance both quality and speed?

    Join this web seminar to learn how teams can build strategies that balance the demands of a fast-moving release cadence with customer expectations for quality.

    You will learn how to:

    -- Build test suites strategically to maximize impact
    -- Cover all your bases without compromising time and resources
    -- udit your QA strategy by asking yourself five critical questions
    -- Fix gaps and bottlenecks in your testing processes by adopting agile principles
  • How Can I Tie My QA Strategy to My Business Goals?
    How Can I Tie My QA Strategy to My Business Goals?
    Director of Professional Services, Jeremy Bivaud, and CEO & Co-Founder Fred Stevens-Smith Recorded: Aug 9 2018 59 mins
    According to a survey conducted for the 2017-2018 World Quality Report, 29% of executive teams expect their QA and Software Testing strategy to contribute to business growth and outcomes. However, software quality leaders often struggle to tie their QA strategy to business goals. So how do you translate a business goal into a QA strategy component?

    Join “How Can I Tie My QA Strategy to My Business Goals?”, where Rainforest CEO, Fred Stevens-Smith, and Rainforest’s Director of Professional Services, Jeremy Bivaud, will share how to use the business data you already have available to create a QA process that drives positive business outcomes. In this webinar, they will cover:

    1. How to tie high-level business goals to your QA strategy
    2. Tips on how to tap into your existing data for quality strategy success
    3. Tools and thought processes for leveling up your QA strategy
  • Data Science Digest: Source Code Metrics that Matter
    Data Science Digest: Source Code Metrics that Matter
    Dr. Maciej Gryka, Sr. Data Science Manager, Rainforest QA Recorded: Jul 19 2018 46 mins
    Data scientists have spent decades trying to figure out how to qualitatively evaluate code quality to better understand what is “good” code and what isn’t - objectively, definitively and without emotion. While it is an interesting area to explore, is it a futile effort? After all, it isn’t uncommon for developers to disagree on how code should be approached to reach the same outcome.

    Join “Data Science Digest: Source Code Metrics that Matter,” where Dr. Maciej Gryka, Sr. Data Science Manager at Rainforest, shares his compiled learnings on the topics of Data Science, Machine Learning and Software Quality. In this session, he’ll cover:

    - Quantitative source code metrics that matter
    - How these quality metrics are useful in actual day-to-day work
    - How people are trying to solve this problem with machine learning

    This is the first in his series of literature reviews for people who are interested in learning about notable research journals.
  • What Technical Leaders Should Know about Automation Before Biting the Bullet
    What Technical Leaders Should Know about Automation Before Biting the Bullet
    Derek Choy, CIO, Rainforest QA & Russ Smith, CTO and Co-founder, Rainforest QA Recorded: Jun 19 2018 55 mins
    As products and organizations mature, testing and QA become more critical to the overall success of a business. The ideal QA strategy should be fast, reliable, and fit right into a modern continuous integration pipeline. This leads many technical leaders to conclude that everything should be automated.

    In reality, not everything can, or should, be automated. Leaders must make difficult, high-impact decisions on behalf of their teams by asking: What should be automated? When should investments in automation be made? Is automation the most cost-effective solution to delivering quality?

    Join this web seminar to learn:

    1. How to mitigate risk and create a plan to proactively manage the biggest automated testing threats
    2. Ways to identify gaps in your current testing strategy and address them with solutions that complement CI/CD practices
    3. How to deliver working solutions to customers quickly to achieve business objectives in a crowded market
  • Common Pitfalls When Scaling Agile QA and How to Avoid Them
    Common Pitfalls When Scaling Agile QA and How to Avoid Them
    Derek Choy, CIO, and Jeff Pineda, Sr. Professional Services Consultant, Rainforest QA Recorded: May 30 2018 53 mins
    An agile QA process is essential for any development team or organization's success. Creating an effective QA process is challenging, even for small organizations. As organizations grow in size and complexity, they must adapt their QA strategy to keep up with and stay ahead of development and product goals.

    How can fast-growing teams scale their QA processes efficiently, without creating a bloated, time-consuming or expensive processes?

    Join this webinar to learn how to develop an agile QA process that scales and avoid common growing pains. You'll also learn:

    1. The key characteristics of agile QA at scale
    2. Tips on how to set up for scaling success
    3. Strategies to avoid critical growth mistakes
  • Should Developers Own Quality? Pros and Cons of Developer Testing
    Should Developers Own Quality? Pros and Cons of Developer Testing
    Edward Paulet, Robert Miller Recorded: May 15 2018 44 mins
    Most developer testing strategies require developers to pull double-duty, juggling both writing code and testing it. Although adding testing tools and procedures to developer processes can increase code quality and ownership, it slows down productivity significantly.

    How do organizations empower their developers to own quality without creating distractions that take them away from building and releasing innovative, new features?

    In this webinar, we’ll cover:
    1. Trade-offs to consider between standalone vs. embedded QA teams
    2. How a developer-owned QA team can effectively collaborate on testing ownership and code quality
    3. Tools and setups that enable individual developers to manage their QA processes end-to-end
  • To Automate or Not to Automate
    To Automate or Not to Automate
    Dr. Maciej Gryka, Head of Science Team, Rainforest QA Recorded: Apr 25 2018 54 mins
    To Automate or Not to Automate:
    5 Things to Consider when Building a Test Automation Strategy

    Test automation is often seen as the driving force behind continuous delivery and agile practices in the application era. However, while test automation can help speed up the building and testing of apps, not every test case is a great fit for automation.

    Whether teams are developing a new QA strategy or optimizing an existing process, testing should be fast and reliable. But how do teams determine how to use test automation to the greatest impact, and when is human input critical to delivering exceptional customer experiences?

    Join this web seminar to learn key considerations for test automation and why some tests are better left to manual testers. You’ll also learn:

    1. When and how to get started with test automation
    2. How to identify which tests should be automated
    3. Risks and expectations to consider with automated testing
    4. How to implement manual testing and automated testing techniques where each is most applicable

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