1. Shipped: Go-based Rainforest CLI

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    Edward Paulet, April 5 in product

    We’ve made some changes to the Rainforest Command Line Interface (CLI) to make it more accessible to Rainforest users. Here’s what you need to know about the updates to the Rainforest CLI:

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  2. Crowdsourced Testing (or “crowdtesting”) can be a scalable, cost-effective way to optimize your testing workflow. The 2016 HPE CapGemini World Quality Report found that 47% of engineering leaders surveyed use crowdsourced testing to as a model for getting fast quality feedback on their product. But for many these teams, managing a crowdsourced workforce is still new and uncharted territory. Implementing crowdtesting can require a shift in thinking and some infrastructural changes that make it a significant investment. So how do you know if, and when, the time is right to try out crowdsourced testing?

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  3. QA can be a challenging aspect of development to manage because of its variability. Uncertainty about how much testing to do, time-consuming test execution and the drawn out cycle of finding, fixing and retesting for bugs all contribute to a sometimes lengthy process.

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  4. Last night, Rainforest hosted our first [:] futureDev meetup, where we focused on exploring the strategies that teams can use to increase deployment velocity while mitigating risk. Our panel featured experts from Atlassian, HackerOne, GitHub and Rainforest QA to discuss the state of development today, and to share their thoughts on where it’s going next. Here are some of our key takeaways from their discussion.

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  5. Building a foundation of critical test cases can be tough. According to the 2016 HPE World Quality Report, 33% of software development teams have trouble knowing what they should test. As a result, teams often test too much -- and waste valuable time running tests that aren’t mission-critical -- or too little -- and miss major issues.

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  6. Testing isn’t usually at the top of the list when it comes to agile development priorities. Agile teams are keeping their QA headcount lower than ever before, and many startups are delaying hiring a testing team for as long as possible.

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  7. Entrepreneur partnered with CultureIQ to discover the best company cultures in America, and we were thrilled to have been selected among the Top 50 medium-sized companies.

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  8. Introducing Rainforest Exploratory Testing

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    Otávio Dalarossa, March 9 in product

    We're excited to announce that Rainforest QA now offers Exploratory Testing to super-power our customers' QA efforts. Rainforest Exploratory is an unscripted approach to QA where the tester, provided with a set of guidelines, canvases a website or app to find errors that may not be covered by standardized functional regressions.

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  9. Have you ever wished that you could see exactly what happened during testing? Now you can! Rainforest now makes test videos available for every test result. This feature is part of our standard product suite, which means that every Rainforest customer now has access to videos of test execution.

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  10. I am Fred Stevens-Smith, CEO of Rainforest, a software startup in San Francisco. Given the current political climate in America, and the concern it has created for our team and their families, we are choosing to share our perspective publicly. Prior to publishing this letter, we first shared it with our entire company. We discussed it as a group, and everyone had a chance to provide feedback. It represents our collective point of view.

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