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Blog Spy Vol 28: A Weekly Round-up From The Software Testing Blogosphere

  • 21/08/2013
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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.


Tis the Season for Conferencing – John Stevenson

“It will soon be the start of the main software testing conference season and there are many people who will not be able to attend for lots of reasons. So if you cannot attend in person then why not use social media to follow what is happening at the conference. The best way I have found to do this is to use twitter and a hash tag designated for the conference.” John has gathered together as many hash tags he can think of for upcoming testing conferences so you can be virtually there. Check them out here.


Comparing Teams Is Not Useful: Exposing Another Management Myth – Johanna Rothman

Every so often, managers want to compare teams. You’ve heard this in several ways: Managers want teams to “normalize” their story points, Managers want to compare teams to see which teams are more productive, If you ask the teams to increase their points, they will. Read why Johanna thinks this is not useful here.


Word. Search. – Rob Lambert

“A key aspect of being a good tester is being able to understand, decipher and communicate in the language of your business. The jargon that your business uses is an important aspect of the way your team members communicate.” Read more here.


The Test Hourglass – Michael Herrmann

An interesting question in the context of test automation is which ratio of your tests should be unit tests, integration tests or GUI (/system) tests. A common answer to this problem (especially in Agile circles) is given by Mike Cohn’s test pyramid. The test pyramid is right in many ways..But one aspect the test pyramid does not describe is how the ratios of different types of automated tests change as the project progresses. Read more here.


Heard of CDT, want to try it, but don’t know how? – Katrina Edgar

Here’s where to begin- Katrina outlines how she uses a context-driven testing instead of structured formal testing, what tool she uses & how this method fits in to each sprint. Read more here.


Why I Left Google – Ellen Huerta

Ellen shares here thoughts on trading in pride and security for authenticity and why she left her job at Google. Read more here.


Why Aren’t There More Women Programmers – Jessica Kerr

When we feel like we’re good at something, that’s when we can really learn it, sink our teeth in and love it and do it until we’re experts. It is a great motivator, this feeling of confidence. But why aren’t there more women programmers? Jessica outlines sources of self-efficacy that she feels explain why women (in aggregate) are less likely to program than men. Read more here.


Video: Debugging with Structured Exploratory Testing – Mario Gonzalez Macedo

It’s typically very easy to be led to wrong paths when we debug or test applications, either because we make wrong assumptions or get confused by unexpected results which then lead us astray. We thus end up taking longer than we should to arrive at the root of the problem. Mario’s video shows us how to use the concept of reachability graphs from the unified theory of testing to direct their debugging and arrive at root-cause faster. Watch the video here.


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