Take a break from your Netflix, find downtime, and get some distraction by reading posts from our authors. Check out what they’ve been covering this week.

What Makes a Good Test Environment Manager?

Software delivery life cycles are becoming more complicated. As a result, large companies require hundreds and even thousands of test environments to cope with the number of applications they support. Within these changing circumstances, a test environment management strategy has become a must for a modern organization. And using a test environment management tool during software development can significantly increase productivity, reduce costs, and speed up releases. This post highlights the criteria for a good test environment manager. Find out more from Daniel de Oliveira on Enov8’s blog.

Change Control Process: An Overview and Three Concrete Steps

Nothing ever goes as planned. A statement most project managers hate to hear, yet sometimes it’s true even for projects that seem too easy to fail. Yet there’s a way to enjoy the idea of change: by taking total control of the inevitable changes in your projects. A good change control process will make this a reality. This article will discuss three concrete steps you’ll find when coming up with a change control process. Learn more from Taurai Mutimutema on Plutora’s blog.

When it comes to running production software, observability and monitoring provide the necessary data to make things easy. They provide the foundation to improve the customer experience and to reduce reliability metrics like Mean Time to Repair (MTTR) and improve Mean Time Between Failures (MTBF). And those provide your customers with the reliability and availability that they expect. But what does observability really mean? And what can monitoring actually provide? Are these just the latest buzzwords? Sylvia Fronczak might be able to answer some of these questions on Scalyr’s blog. 

Your Complete Guide to Test Automation Frameworks

We also updated a post this week on automation frameworks. Gone are the days when enterprises relied solely on manual testing. Even though manual testing is an integral part of the testing process, there’s no denying its disadvantages. It’s tedious, time-consuming, and calls for hefty investment in human resources. The debate about manual vs. automated testing has been going on for a long time. And many people are still ignorant about what automation means in testing. Find out more about the debate on Testim’s blog.