What do you get when you hire a manual software tester?

9 min read

QA
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Why did I decide to write an article about testing software?

Because I’m a manual tester myself. I know how important my work is and what value it brings to the software development process.

I also know that I cannot perform each type of test. In my article, you will learn what are the different kinds of software tests and who can perform them.

In short, you will know what you’re getting when you hire a manual tester for your project.

 

Author

Urszula Warchocka

Tester

Managing Developers: 5 Steps to Productive Team Nirvana

7 min read

Business, Agile, QA
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Whenever you’re managing a team of developers, productivity problems may occur.

Productivity may be an overused word these days. But in the end, aren’t we all looking for results?

Hours of development work don’t come cheap these days - and yet when you ask the team about progress during a Sprint, it’s almost always a disappointment.

It’s a common situation - but it doesn’t have to be your reality. It is possible for you to call your devs and hear that everything is done according to the schedule. They might ask you eagerly for more work ...

Author

Rafał Kałka

Service Delivery Manager

Author

Jakub Grajcar

Inbound Marketing Specialist

The measurable benefits of unit testing

9 min read

QA, Business, Python, JS
None

Articles praising the usage of unit testing are a dime a dozen. A little less popular but still readily available are articles that will try to convince you that unit tests are a waste of time, at least in some cases.

Most of them (or maybe even all?) try to prove their arguments based on feelings, on the author’s own assessment of what is good and effective or bad and inefficient.

In this article, I won’t be trying to prove which side is right.

Author

Maciej Polańczyk

Python Developer

Software Product Design - what is the ROI of good UX?

8 min read

Product Design, QA
None

Let’s say you’re dealing with a software development project. You’re trying to develop an app or any other software product. Here’s how the story usually goes:

Your project is approved. Check.

You’ve assembled your development team. Check.

You’ve allocated your Product Design budget… Have you?

Author

Marcin Siemieński

Product Designer

Managing software developers: 4 steps to improve your process

8 min read

Business, Agile, QA, DevOps
None

So you’ve gone through the effort of hiring a team of software developers for your project. Now is the time to manage their work. How do you get the most out of their skills?

I’ve talked with Rafał Gajewski, one of our Service Delivery Managers, to find out what his experience can tell you about managing software developers effectively.

How can you save money and effort as a manager for software developers? We recommend focusing on 4 areas in particular that yield the best results.

Author

Jakub Grajcar

Inbound Marketing Specialist

Author

Rafał Gajewski

Service Delivery Manager

How can your software benefit from automated testing?

9 min read

QA, DevOps
None

Introducing changes to a live software product involves a certain risk which can not be ignored because breaking any functionality would entail financial losses. After all, the company relies on its software. As a result, a lot of effort must be put into quality assurance and testing software to avoid problems.

Of course this requires additional expenses to either hire more testers or outsource more work.

Does it always have to be like this?

The short answer is: no. This is where test automation plays its role.

Author

Sebastian Buczyński

Senior Python Developer STX Next

Software development outsourcing: 5 holes in your contract

12 min read

Business, Agile, QA, DevOps
None

When you select software professionals to work with, you want them to know their game. You may go through tens or hundreds of their previous projects, but you are still vulnerable. You are out of your area of expertise and you are about to face the first challenge: signing a contract.

We're here to help you tackle this challenge. This list will help you spot the most common traps in software development contracts. Click to learn how to avoid copyright issues and ensure a fair and productive relationship.

Author

Marcin Zabawa

Head of Service Delivery

Practical tips for JIRA Software

4 min read

Agile, QA
None

Software development projects nowadays are becoming more and more complex and aim to deliver products with lots of features. Managing such projects can be easier once you choose suitable issue tracking and project management tools.

There are many solutions available on the market: JIRA Software, aha.io, Basecamp or Trello. They can all support a wide range of software development projects. Obviously, each tool has its pros and cons but my personal favorite is JIRA Software created by Atlassian.

Author

Tomasz Kołodziejczyk

Scrum Master