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Blog Spy: A Weekly Round-up From The Software Testing Blogosphere

  • 30/04/2013
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Managing Successful Test Automation Part 1 & Part 2 – Eric Jacobsen

Eric Jacobsen attended Dorothy Graham’s STARCanada tutorial, “Managing Successful Test Automation”. Here are two part blog post series on his thought about the subject: Part 1 & Part 2


Selecting Performance Test Tooling – Martijn de Vrieze

“How do you come to a logical and effective performance test tool set? Yes, I say tool set since quite often just one tool will not suffice.” Read this 2 part blog post here: Part 1 & Part 2.


The Testers, the Business and Risk Perception – Adam Knight

Adam discusses a talk he attended recently by Tony Bruce on testers and negativity. “In his fantastic disarming style Tony discussed why testers are sometimes seen as negative by both themselves and the business, and whether that ‘negativity’ affects their lives outside work. Tony made a great point in that a tester role should be a positive one to provide information, why is that seen as negative?” Read more here.


The 4 rooms of change – basics of Agile Evolution – Thorsten O. Kalnin

“Science has shown that each individual, teams and companies as well, pass 4 different emotional stages when going through a change process.” Read Thorsten’s opinion on the basics of the Agile Evolution here.


Debugging Communication – Markus Gärtner

“Here is a thing I learned from J.B. Rainsberger at XP 2012 in May 2012. I used it in the past months quite extensively for debugging communication based upon the Satir Communication model. While doing some research for this blog entry, I discovered that some others have also written about the topic. I especially liked Dale Emery’s Untangling Communication which seems to go a bit deeper than my understanding of the topic. Anyways, here‘s my write-up which might give a different perspective.”


When it comes to automation.. less is often better – Anand and Komal (Testing Geek)

“How much automation is enough in software testing?
It is possible to answer this question in many different ways” Read more here.


Personal Kanban and Iterations, Day 1 & Day 2 – Johanna Rothman

“I use a form of personal kanban inside one-week iterations to finish my work and notice what I am not doing. I do this to maintain a cadence of blogging and to finish work. Did you notice that word, finish?” Read more about Johanna’s experience using a form of personal kanban: Day 1 & Day 2.


Some Thoughts on the “Anyone can test” Fallacy and Education about Testing – Stephen Hill

“I would like to know what the testing community thinks about this: At DEWT3 last weekend I was thinking a lot about what happens when human interactions with systems are ignored. If we think of software development as a system we must think about how people are involved and the characteristics of those people if we are to get a rounded view of our organisation’s software development system.” Read more here.


Visual Test Models – Leah Stockley

“A picture saves a 1000 words!
Or in the case of testing… Saves a 30 page word document (test plan) capable of putting even the most dedicated project manager to sleep! Many times I spent hours writing a document at the request of the project team, only to realise that no-one ever reads it. If I had a dollar for all the times I’ve groaned “Its written in the document I sent you”… So lately I’ve been studying the power of effective communication and how it can help my Testing” Read more here.


The View From 4 Weeks Out – Peter Morgan

The run-up to a major code implementation can be a tense and anxious time. In this, the first of 5 weekly blog posts, Peter Morgan sets the project context, and describes project activities. As of 4 weeks out, the implementation date looks more likely than not – but sometimes the overall status changes three times in the same day! Read Peter’s blog post here.


Liveblogged! Anne-Marie Charrett’s “Coaching Software Testers” Webinar Review – Mauri Edo

Today Anne-Marie Charrett presented a webinar on ‘Coaching Software Testers’ Mauri Edo wrote a live blog review of the webinar which you can read here.

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