Top 4 Benefits of Smoke Testing, and How to Automate

Smoke testing is a preliminary level of testing that ensures all basic components of an application are functioning properly. A smoke test does not penetrate into details of the app, but only tests major functions. The phrase “smoke test” originally came from testing hardware, in which engineers performed quick initial tests to confirm basic, safe … Continued

What is Canary Testing and Dark Launching?

As applications grow more complex, companies have moved away from the traditional approach where new features are launched on a red-letter day to great fanfare. Nowadays it’s more common to release features incrementally, both to test how users react to them and to test how they perform in the technical sense. Two approaches are widely … Continued

Flying with Spinnaker

Continuous integration and delivery is a best practice emerging from decades of learnings from Agile, Extreme Programming, and similar coding disciplines, all urging teams towards shorter and shorter sprints and more and more frequent releases. Short sprints keep goals simple, and produce frequent, tangible (‘minimum viable,’ or MV) product improvements that increase value to customers. … Continued

Continuous Testing – The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly

What is Continuous Testing? Test automation produces a set of failure/acceptance data points that correspond to product requirements. Continuous testing has a broader scope across more of the development cycle, focuses more on business risk, and provides more insight on the probability that a product is going to be shippable. It’s a shifting in thinking, … Continued