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Blog Spy Vol 19: A Weekly Round-up From The Software Testing Blogosphere

  • 11/06/2013
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A round up of some of the latest blog posts from the Software Testing Industry in the past week. If you would like to have your blog featured in our regular round-up, please email details and a link to the post to [email protected] or tweet us @esconfs.


Quick Start Guide…To Public Speaking – Amy Phillips

EuroSTAR 2013 Conference Speaker Amy Phillips gives some advice on Public Speaking. “Public speaking is a bit like jumping into a pool. There is no half-way point; you either jump or you don’t. Sadly many people let the fear of public speaking put them off sharing great stories. Nobody is born as a great public speaker, it is a skill that everyone develops with practice.” Read more here.


Coding, Testing, and the “A” Word – Alan Page

“I remembered that there’s a sad bit of truth in the software world. It’s a fallacy that causes great confusion. It promotes poor strategies, bad hiring decisions, and endless confusion among management, contributors, and consultants. It may very well be the most misunderstood word in the world of software. It’s the “A” word that is practically ruining testing – Automation.” Read more here.


10 Random ideas about Test Automation Estimation – Shrini Kulkarni

“I received a mail from a friend who asked about estimation approach for test automation. Wow – what a topic to mess up your head on a sunday night. Instead of responding to him in a mail – I thought of writing a post on this so that other can engage some conversation with me on this topic. Here you go – 10 random thoughts on the topic.” Read more here.


Test Ideas Cue Cards – John Stevenson

“How often when we are testing do we get stuck or cannot think of new and novel ways to exercise the system?” Check out John’s suggestion of using cue cards for Test ideas here.


Human Acceptance Test Driven Development (HATDD) – Eric Jacobsen

“ATDD Sans Automated Tests. Why Not? Every time I hear about Acceptance Test Driven Development (ATDD), it’s always implied that the acceptance tests are automated. What’s up with that? After all, it’s not called Automated Acceptance Test Driven Development (AATDD).” Eric recalls a discussion about ATDD tools and several other dependencies to automating acceptance tests. Check it out here.


Slides for my Keynote at the Nordic Testing Days conference, Tallinn, Estonia, in June 2013 – Julian Harty

Julian shares the slides from his keynote talk Symbiotic relationships between Testing and Analytics. This was presented at the Nordic Testing Days conference in Tallinn, Estonia, in June 2013. Check them out here.


Slides from Exploding Management Myths Posted – Johanna Rothman

Johanna shares the slides and audio from a talk she gave recently called Exploding Management Myths. This is her first talk based on some of her management myths. Check it out here.

Hacked – Colin Cherry

“In a bizarre twist of fate, my Twitter account ( @cherryAKAtism ) was hacked the other day, while I was presenting (at the ANZTB Annual Testing Conference in Canberra) on the benefits to Testers of engaging with various forms of social media – in order to improve their (Testing) knowledge/skills and further their careers.” Check out Colin’s expereience of being hacked here.


Guiding Software Development with Design Challenges – Michael Feathers

“There’s quite a bit of bad software design in the industry and that’s surprising. After all, there hasn’t been any lack of guidance about design over the years. From the earliest days of programming, there have been people who’ve shared their experience with creating software that is easy to change over time. As a result, we have an incredible number of concepts that we can fall back upon – Coupling and Cohesion, the Single Responsibility Principle, the Law of Demeter, the Dependency Inversion Principle, Postel’s Law, RESTful-ness. The list is nearly endless. Surely, we should have good design by now. If only it were that simple.” Read more here.


Quality Engineering at Lloyds Banking Group – Allan Woodcock

Allan Woodcock, Platform Lead, QA, Lloyds Banking Group gives an introduction into the topic of Quality Engineering and how LBG use Static Testing, Risk-Based Testing and Automation throughout the testing lifecycle. Read it here.

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