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Best Practice 4: Data Scenario Management

It is not uncommon for some teams to spend fully 40–60 percent of their integration, regression, and performance test cycle times on setting up and cleaning out test data. We’ve talked about the mess of data issues and the enormous difficulty development and test teams encounter when trying to manage their own projects against an ever-increasing amount of volatile data within out-of-scope systems that are beyond control.

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If you’ve ever sat on a prerelease conference call with a couple dozen developers ...

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