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The Building Blocks of Better QA: How to Take a Modular Approach to Testing

Growing teams often hit a ceiling when scaling QA. Writing and maintaining the number of tests required to comprehensively test a complex product can easily become a major time and resource sink. By taking a modular approach to testing, QA and development teams can more effectively integrate testing into their development cycles and reduce management overhead significantly.

In this webinar, discover how to...
1. Adopt a modular approach to test case management
2. Build test coverage that provides the greatest ROI
3. Improve QA efficiency over time
Recorded Sep 28 2017 35 mins
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Derek Choy, VP of Engineering, Rainforest QA
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