This is the second part in our two-part automation blog post series. Part one, What is Automation and What Can I Automate? can be read here.
How much can be automated? This is a question that we ask ourselves every project and it begins by talking with our client to see what their goals are for automation. Is your site frequently updated and you want to be able to make sure changes don’t break existing functionality? Do you want it as a supplement during development to help test requirements or catch regression issues early on? Knowing your expectations will allow us to formulate a plan tailor-made for you.
Continue reading Automation 101: How Much Should I Automate?
There is no greater project than one that ends on time and under budget. Stakeholders get what they asked for, in the timeframe requested and at the expected cost. There is no arguing that closing a project with those three boxes checked is the aim of any successful transactional relationship.
Continue reading What Makes a Truly Successful Technology Partnership?
A large part of writing software and creating websites is making sure the product actually does what it’s supposed to do, and can’t be used to do something it’s not supposed to do. Quality assurance (QA) takes a very long time and sometimes performing the same tests again and again can be tedious and time consuming. What if the regression testing could be handled automatically, freeing up QA engineers to find the really interesting bugs and writing more thorough test plans? That all sounds like some of the benefits of automated testing.
Continue reading Automation 101: What Is It and What Can I Automate?
Episode 04 of This Is the QA Podcast is live! The Nerdery’s quality assurance podcast is written, produced and recorded by our acclaimed quality assurance team each month. Need to catch up on our past episodes? Listen here.
Continue reading This Is the QA Podcast: Episode 04
At The Nerdery, passionate people are the driving force behind our culture and our success. This passion comes in many forms, shapes and sizes: passion for vocation, hobbies, friends and families. Passion for animals, sports, dance. Passion for philanthropy, volunteering, mentoring. Whatever it may be, it is that passion that truly defines what it means to be a Nerd. Passion in action is curiosity, discovery, learning, diving deeper and above all, sharing.
Continue reading Cultivating Culture: Attracting, Embracing and Nurturing Passion
(aka What I Did This Summer/ aka What I Do Every Summer / aka What I Do All Year Round)
Quality Assurance — commonly known as QA — can be a disconcerting beast. Its heart beats with the midnight wings of a thousand owls. Its glimmering eyes twitch with the slightest breeze. Its stalwart engineers test with ferocious tenacity.
Continue reading What I Look for in a Quality Assurance Engineer
Nonprofits and volunteer technologists who like helping nonprofits, it’s my sincere pleasure to tell you that registration is open for the 2016 Twin Cities Nerdery Overnight Website Challenge.
Continue reading Reintroducing the Overnight Website Challenge
Nerds enjoy the pursuit of impactful outcomes. Valspar told us their business goal, but they counted on us to drive design decisions. Together, we’ll win the paint chip war.
Continue reading Putting A New Coat of Paint on Paint Shopping
The range of available options when architecting the back-end of your web application can be simultaneously exhilarating and exhausting. You tend to gravitate towards the solution you have used in the past, perhaps unaware of other viable options. The top players in back-end web application development include .NET, Java and PHP. But which one will be the best fit for your current project?
Continue reading Overcoming Your Tech Biases
tl;dr: Web Challenge coming/iterating; Nerdery Foundation evolving; Ginger Bucklin’s role
I’m writing with an update on our community service through our Overnight Website Challenge and The Nerdery Foundation, including our addition of Ginger Bucklin as Executive Director of The Nerdery Foundation. For the immediate future, The Nerdery Foundation is focused on the next Web Challenge event, but in time the Foundation will take on other initiatives that support its mission to activate the passion and skills of technologists to better our world.
Continue reading Foundational Changes for Overnight Website Challenge – Here’s Why and What’s Next