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MH Take a Test Drive: Acceptance Test-Driven Development NEW
Jared Richardson, Agile Artisans
Mon, 10/13/2014 - 8:30am

The practice of agile software development requires a clear understanding of business needs. Misunderstanding requirements causes waste, slipped schedules, and mistrust within the organization. Jared Richardson shows how good acceptance tests can reduce misunderstanding of requirements. A testable requirement provides a single source that serves as the analysis document, acceptance criteria, regression test suite, and progress-tracker for any given feature. Jared explores the creation, evaluation, and use of testable requirements by the business and developers.

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In the past, developers knew every line of code in their applications. They designed it, wrote it, tested it, and controlled it. Today’s applications are far different. Rather than written, they are often assembled―from program language libraries, third-party frameworks, encapsulated web services, and even entire external systems—and glued together with small amounts of code. Before your organization committed to using these external pieces of software, were testers part of the evaluation process? Was the software thoroughly tested before betting your organization’s success on it?

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K5 Softwarts: Security Testing for Muggles
Paco Hope, Cigital
Thu, 10/16/2014 - 4:15pm

Security testing is often shrouded in jargon and mystique. Security conjurers perform arcane rites using supposed “black hat” techniques and would have us believe that we cannot do the same. The fact is that security testing “magic” is little more than specialized application of exploratory test techniques we already understand. In this Defense against the Black Hats, Paco Hope dispels the myth that security testing is a magical art. By deconstructing security activities into techniques we already know well, we expand our testing.

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W6 Testing Compliance with Accessibility Guidelines
Anish Krishnan, Hexaware Technologies, Ltd
Wed, 10/15/2014 - 11:30am

Currently, 2.4 billion people use the Internet, and about 10 percent of the world’s population has some form of disability. This means millions of potential users will have difficulty accessing the Internet. Thus, accessibility testing should not be ignored. Anish Krishnan discusses the importance of accessibility testing, reasons for considering accessibility issues while designing, and international Web accessibility laws.

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T19 Before You Test Your System, Test Your Assumptions
Aaron Sanders, Agile Coach
Thu, 10/16/2014 - 3:00pm

Do you find yourself discussing with your peers what you think the system you’re building should do? Do you argue over what the users want? Do discussions wind up in a heated debate? This result indicates that no shared understanding exists about the system. With a lack of shared understanding, it’s easy to fall into the trap of making assumptions about system functionality, who the users will be, and how to build the system. These assumptions introduce errors into the requirements and design—long before a single line of code is written.

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