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Purposeful Automation: What It Is and Why To Do It
Posted by Michael Churchman in AutomationContinuous TestingDevOps

Purposeful automation may sound like just another buzzword. And maybe it is a buzzword, but it’s one that actually matters. In this post, I discuss what purposeful automation means, what it doesn’t mean, and why it’s a valuable concept for DevOps teams. Automation Then and Now There was a time when "automation" meant the use of a machine's mechanical capabilities to perform [...]

Cultural Changes to Enable Better Testing and Automation
Posted by Twain Taylor in DevOpsQA

QA is central to DevOps transformation. If DevOps is about bridging gaps in culture between teams, then QA does this best by being the common denominator across both Dev and Ops teams. As new technologies and features make their way into the application architecture, major changes are required at every level of the application stack. This includes code refactoring, ensuring backward compatibility [...]

Building an Agile Process Playbook for Software Testing

What exactly is agile testing, and why would we need an agile process playbook for software testing? Let me explain in this post… QA’s Place in the Agile Conversation (or Lack Thereof) One frustration I have commonly observed with software development is that there are no clear-cut steps for when to include QA in the conversation. It's possible that this is only my experience with [...]

Don't Leave QA Out of DevOps!
Posted by Twain Taylor in DevOps

I wish the term “DevQAOps” sounded as cool as “DevSecOps.” But alas, DevQAOps is hard to say, and DevOps is the term that IT professionals have come to know and love today. Unfortunately, the term DevOps leaves one key component of software delivery out of the mix: Quality Assurance, or QA. QA is an essential part of DevOps, but it sometimes gets short shrift in the DevOps [...]

The Sauce Journey - DevOps At Scale
Posted by Joe Alfaro in Best PracticesDevOpsThe Story of Sauce

In the life of every startup there comes a point, or at least you hope there comes a point, where you need to grow and scale your team. When Sauce Labs closed our last round of funding, we were able to bring on new team members to expand our skills base, increase our project capacity and velocity, and streamline our overall operations. Unfortunately, adding team members doesn't proceed in a [...]

New Relic Synthetics Monitoring Using Selenium

What is New Relic Synthetics Monitoring? It allows us to simulate user behavior on development, staging, and production websites using Selenium, and monitor web application performance. New Relic Synthetics Monitoring collects various data points from load times, load size, failures, https status codes, downtimes, and more when running Selenium on your web application. The data gives more insight [...]

The Sauce Journey - Build vs. Buy
Posted by Joe Alfaro in Best PracticesDevOpsThe Story of Sauce

No matter what software development process you follow, there always comes a point where you need tools to support that process. Most of the time, these tools serve the purpose of providing information inputs for your development teams, and these inputs are generally of two types: project tracking information, or operational information. In the former category you have tools like JIRA or Pivotal [...]

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