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One Year of AI Driven Testing – What We Learned

  One Year of (real) AI Driven Testing – What We Learned Appvance introduced the first level 4 autonomy for software testing in September 2017. By now thousands of test runs have been accomplished covering millions of test steps, all fully created by AI. No recording or scripting, just machine learning. It’s not magic…but it…

Dilbert Tackles Software QA!

  Dilbert Tackles Software QA! What does it mean when test scripts show up in a Sunday comic??? This Dilbert comic appeared nationally in October 2018: Dilbert has covered many diverse topics over the decades of comics. But test scripts??? Of course, the comic is meant to be funny. But the punch line is “I…
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5 Levels of AI Testing Autonomy

  5 Levels of AI Testing Autonomy The driverless vehicle levels were defined by SAE (Society of Automobile Engineers) some years ago as a way of defining the actual capabilities of driverless vehicles. Today, most driverless automation is level 2 or 3 (ie Tesla), but Waymo seems to be showing level 4 or 5 capabilities…

The AI Testing Hype Machine

  The AI Testing Hype Machine In the past year we have seen a handful of startups get funded claiming they use AI for testing. But when testers actually got their hands on the tool, they found nothing more than a first generation scriptless recorder. Some had helpers and some a new language…but in the end,…

AWS + AIQ = 99% less $ mobile load testing

Thanks to Amazon Web Services, driven by Appvance IQ (AIQ), you can save 99% on your mobile load tests. Before explaining how, first some context. Amazon has disrupted industry after industry and is now disrupting mobile device testing. AWS Device Farm, their mobile device cloud, uses immense scale to lower the cost of testing mobile…

5 Criteria for Script Generation Tools

Testing teams have several alternatives for manually creating scripts. Most date back years, some are platform specific, some open source, with Selenium remaining the benchmark for most test engineers, notwithstanding that it has fallen way behind the curve. Appvance’s entrant is the Appvance IQ Test Designer, a modern IDE that enables ultra-high productivity when creating,…

5 Hallmarks of Superior Load Testing

Load and performance testing is something you can’t crowdsource, or shouldn’t anyway. After all, crowdsourced load testing would look a lot like DDoS, which is something SecOps wouldn’t appreciate. Nope, load testing is only feasible via automation, as Mercury Interactive showed twenty years ago with LoadRunner.   But, what about now? Well, Jeff Bezos made…

5 Steps to AI Driven Testing

Artificial intelligence is top of mind for executives seeking game-changing efficiency boosts, especially in software development and IT operations. In those software eating the world domains, data is plentiful — but talent and time are dear. Spanning dev and ops, software testing is as promising a target as could possibly be. It’s a billion dollar…

User Centric Testing (at scale)

We test software so users don’t experience bugs. It follows that all testing should be user centric. This requires intuition and an understanding of design intent when creating tests for new functionality, since users have yet to engage with the new features in a meaningful way. (More on that in a future post.)  Fortunately, the…
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