Quality Assurance

How QA Transitioned from Biweekly to Weekly Releases thumbnail

I imagine it went down something like this: the VP of Engineering, director of QA, and some key engineers at Lucid were hanging out in a Star Wars-themed conference room one day when someone said: “Hey, we keep developing really cool features for our users. We should release every week…

Lucid’s Experience with Crowdsourced Testing thumbnail

Lucid realized that crowdsourced testing could be helpful in our transition towards a more automated testing process. As a result, Lucid introduced Rainforest QA, a crowdsourced testing service, into our testing process last year. We now have over 200 active tests in our suite, which has freed up quality resources…

Fantastic Testers and How to Hire Them, Part 2 thumbnail

Introduction Welcome back to the blog, and welcome back to this series on hiring fantastic testers. Previously in part one, I talked about what to consider before you even start the process of hiring a tester. To find a good candidate, you have to look for certain traits: curiosity, creativity,…

Mobile Test Automation That Works thumbnail

At Lucid, we automated half of our manual regression testing for our Lucidchart Android app—knocking the regression cycle down from six to three hours.  As Lucid moves toward a continuous release cycle, we are working to reduce manual QA testing for server and native releases to only one hour of…

Fantastic Testers and How to Hire Them thumbnail

One day, I realized that my testing workload was too much for me to handle alone. It was time for me to embark on the recruiting train. Hiring new testers is critical to protecting existing team members from burnout and to cover the ever increasing volume of testing needs. Hiring…

How to defuse a bomb… Wait, I mean a bug thumbnail

Helpful testing methods to get a quality product out faster When you have a product release happening very soon and there are major features going out, you may feel a bit of pressure trying to make sure there are no bugs going out with those features. Testing the product under…

How to Transition to Tech: A Friendly Guide to QA Careers thumbnail

When I tell people about my transition from mental health science to quality assurance testing, the response is similar across the board: “Wow, I could never do that!” There’s a false perception that the tech industry is unreachable for people with backgrounds outside of tech. I spent over half a…

Cracking the Code Review, Part 2: Tips for Reviewers thumbnail

Previously, we discussed ways that you can maximize the success of the code reviews you request from your peers. However, preparing a good code review is only half of the story. There is a lot you can do as a reviewer of code reviews to make your review as helpful…

Developers and Testers: Nemeses or Soulmates thumbnail

My husband and I have been married for a little over two years now. In that time, we have heard all kinds of marriage advice; some of it is good and some not so good. Most of that advice could be applied to just about any relationship, for instance, that…

Selenium IDE: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly thumbnail

Here at Lucid Software, we are always trying to release high quality code to users as quickly as possible. For every release, we spend three to five days doing a full regression to make sure the code is user ready. Three to five days is not as fast as possible….