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

  • 05/03/2013
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Models of Automation – Iain McCowatt

Why do many people completely miss obvious opportunities to automate? This question has been bothering me for years. If you watch carefully, you’ll see this all around you: people, who by rights have deep and expansive experience of test automation, unable to see the pot of gold lying right in front of them. Just maybe it has something to do with their mental models, the way they think about automation. Perhaps different models might be useful. Find out more here.

 

A Rant about Estimation – When Will We Stop Being Crazy – Dave White

“I had a work colleague recently ask a question on our internal mailing list. A summary of the question would be:
A company that is using ‘agile’ wants to know if their formula for converting story points into hours is sound because executives are doing short term (< 6 months) planning.
This is an example of how they break down their work.” Read more here.

 

Kanban for Chores – Brent M Jensen

“Today’s post is a lot more practical than most. It’s fun to mix things up now and again. I really enjoy it when work related activities can improve the home. I feel like the time invested in learning pays off doubly so in those cases.” Read all about the new chore system that Brent has introduced to the Jensen family, inpspired by Alan Page’s story of how he introduced Kanban to his family. Read more here.

 

Management For High Performance Agile Teams – Eric Jacobsen

Warning: this post has almost nothing to do with testing and it barely has anything to do with software development. Managers should read it however.
Recently, at the Atlanta Scrum Users Group, Eric saw Peter Saddington’s talk, “The New Role of Management for High-Performance Teams”. Peter has three master’s degrees and claims to be Atlanta’s only Certified Scrum Trainer.
Read some of the highlights from Eric’s notes here.

 

The Confidence Game – What is the Mission of Testing? – Keith Klain

“Maybe it’s due to an extension of my tendency towards skepticism to myself, but I get really uncomfortable telling anyone that something is certain. That is especially true when it comes to software and interpreting the results of testing. There are just too many variables that impact the control and validity of the output, and that’s just limited to what we can know – let alone the things we don’t know! The great “unknown unknowns” loom in the shadows, waiting to rear their head and question our approach and as well – shake our confidence.” Continue reading here.

 

Test Automation – How to handle common components with Page Object Model? – Anand Ramdeo

“If you are working in web application testing domain and are interested in test automation, you might have used, come across or heard about PageObject Model in test automation.” Find out more here.

 

My journey with Jerry Weinberg – Markus Gärtner

“I came across this blog entry earlier this week. While I also can resonate with most of the books that Soronthar read from Jerry, I felt like to tell my own story with Jerry’s books.” Read Markus’ story here.

 

Use traditional testing tools in a way that makes you agile – Matt Archer

“This post is part of the tips for manual testers working in an agile environment series.
Some agile teams have the luxury of being able to choose the tools they use, but others are tied to particular tools or venders which may not necessary be their first choice due to a lack of agile credentials.” Read more here.

Why Would a User Do THAT? – Michael Bolton

“If you’ve been in testing for long enough, you’ll eventually report or demonstrate a problem, and you’ll hear this:
“No user would ever do that.”
Translated into English, that means “No user that I’ve thought of, and that I like, would do that on purpose, or in a way that I’ve imagined.” So here are a few ideas that might help to spur imagination.” Read more of Michael’s post here.

 

US Grant on Software Testing – Pete Walen

The question of “What makes a good tester?” is one that I have been considering for some time. The thing is that most folks, even those involved in testing, look at a broad mix of stuff that seems partly personality traits and partly technical stuff. The thing is, you can have technical skills till the cows come home, as it were, except for the minor issue that without the personality to make use if them, no amount of skills will make you more than an “almost adequate” tester.Read more here.

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