Are there any patterns/best practices in QA and Testing?
May be there is some guideline that list how to test certain types of projects. For example if you are projects is Data integration these five things you should look out for.
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Software integration projects could be build from many data sources and with many tools and O/S so there's no way list the "top 5" so to speak.
If you know all the sources and targets and tools, you can find out each of their fragilites, and ensure that you've got some testing to exercise the results of those proceses, IF they are relevant to your project.
Talk with your business users, your developers, your co-QA's and the call center. Find out about each project, and what they feel are the risky areas, and the most crucial areas of the system. Test those.
My take on "Best Practices" is that it's a buzz word that can mean anything you want it to mean.
It's never the same twice. You can define it as a set of processes and practices that are best for your organization.
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