1. It’s not uncommon for teams to reach a quality breaking point, at which point they need to take a hard look at their QA process and decide to make some changes. There’s no better time than the new year to start thinking about how your team can make a bigger, better impact on product quality moving forward.

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  2. For the third year in a row Rainforest’s co-founder and CTO Russell Smith headed to AWS re:Invent to share his insights and experience with using Amazon Web Services to power the Rainforest QA platform. Watch one of his sessions below!

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  3. Key Metrics to Help You Track Your QA Success

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    Ashley Dotterweich, November 30 in qa testing

    Implementing a more strategic approach to testing can have a huge impact on product quality, but measuring exactly how your QA strategy has made a difference can be challenging. The long-term success of any QA strategy depends on measuring change and communicating that change to the team at large, so it’s important to measure the right metrics.

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  4. It’s no surprise that since 2005, “Cyber Monday” has exploded in popularity, eclipsing even Black Friday in total sales in the United States. The same great deals without all the pushing, shoving, standing in lines, or even leaving the house? Cue the sweatpants and wine! Fortune.com reported that in 2016 Cyber Monday was the highest spending day of all time in the US, peaking $3.54 billion in sales in one day, and estimates that 2017 is set to break that record with 16.5% growth from last year’s spending.

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  5. Last week Rainforest QA’s CIO Derek Choy hosted a webinar on “Cracking the Automation Code,” where he shared how dev and QA teams can leverage testing automation more effectively and see better results for their efforts. Here are three key takeaways from Derek’s talk that every team should know about automation.

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  6. Rainforest Tester Spotlight: Marilyn

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    Kristen Hohenstein, November 21 in crowdsourced testing

    Our network of 60,000 crowdsourced QA testers are a critical part of the Rainforest platform, providing the human perspective that allows Rainforest customers to have confidence that their code is bug-free and user-ready. Today we're getting to know Marilyn, a Rainforest Super Tester who is a very active member of our tester community!

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  7. When you think about the quality of your QA strategy, is test coverage your primary metric for success? Does test execution time creep up as your product matures, as more and more test cases are added? Are bugs slipping through the cracks regardless of how many tests you run before release?

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  8. More tests doesn’t always mean more coverage — in fact, we’ve found that utilizing a smaller group of tests strategically can be far more impactful than building a huge database. But whether you have 10 tests or 100 tests, a good test database is an organized one.

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  9. In the Rainforest Customer Spotlight series, we highlight the superstars of the Rainforest QA platform: the Rainforest project managers (PMs) that write tests, manage databases and help build better quality processes for their organizations.

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  10. Our customers want to deploy fast and not be slowed by uncertain delays. One way to tighten their release cycle is by estimating well when a test run completes. However, estimates are hard because each customer has their own tests and environments, and yet being off by minutes or more could add that much to their release cycle.

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