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Blog Spy: Weekly Round-up of Software Testing Blogs

  • 08/05/2013
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“Manual” and “Automated” Testing – Michael Bolton

“The categories “manual testing” and “automated testing” (and their even less helpful byproducts, “manual tester” and “automated tester”) were arguably never meaningful, but they’ve definitely outlived their sell-by date. Can we please put them in the compost bin now? Thank you.” Read more here.


Software delivery is fundamentally broken? – Markus Gärtner

“A while ago, Elisabeth Hendrickson wrote a piece on endings and beginning. There was one sentence striking out to me: I believe that the traditional software QA model is fundamentally and irretrievably broken.
I think there is something fundamentally broken in the way we are used to build and ship product.” Read Markus’ thoughts on what might be broken here.


Programmer Pairing with a Tester – James Bach

“My sister, Erica, is not a programmer. Normally she’s not a tester, either. But recently she paired with me, playing a tester role, and spotted bugs while I wrote in Perl. In the process, it became clear to me that testers do not need to become programmers in order to help programmers write programs in real-time.” Read more here.


To Automate or Not To Automate…Is that the Question? – Chris George

“We all know that test automation i.e. the ability to run a bunch of tests automatically, not manually, and then release based on the results, is a good thing, don’t we? Effective automated tests provide insurance that the areas of your product that are tested are not broken from one build to another.” Read more on Chris’ thoughts here.


What makes agile testing different? – Huib Schoots

“Last week Pete Walen asked me the following question via twitter: The Question (read it carefully!): What is it that makes Agile Testing different from “other” testing?” Read Huib’s answer here.


What Does it Take to Change the Software Testing Industry? Courage! – Keith Klain

“When was the last time you were proud of the work you did?” Excellent question! One of the values I talk about with my teams is integrity, and an example of how I see that being demonstrated in your testing should be a refusal to accept mediocrity.” Read why here here.


To Mind Map or not to Mind Map – Adam Knight

Testers love mind maps. We love them like kids love toys and kittens love balls of string. I am a great fan of the format, but I do find that as a community we have developed a tendency to use it at the exclusion of all other options. Mind maps are a fantastic way to capture information in certain contexts, and I use mind maps for a wealth of things.” Read more about Adam’s thoughts on Mind Maps here.


Organizing an Agile Program: Part 1, Introduction – Johanna Rothman

“If you want to organize an agile program, so you can manage the stream of features in your agile program, you have some options. It depends on the size of your program. The communication structures in your agile program matter.” Read Johanna’s tips on organizing an Agile Program here.



Do You Have a Process, or Do You Depend Upon People? – Peter Varhol

“There was a time when the answer to this question was very different than I hope it would be today.” Read Peter’s thought on this here.



Solutions to 5 Major Test Management Issues – Colin Cherry

“Do you feel valued and respected for what you know and do?
Do you feel unappreciated or undermined?
Is the training and development budget for you and your team realistic?
Are your testing estimates always negotiated downwards?
Are you involved in new projects/software releases from Inception or not until Development is under way?” Read Colin’s solutions to these Test Management problems here.

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