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Blog Spy Vol 30: A Weekly Round-up From The Software Testing Blogosphere

  • 05/09/2013
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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.


How we solved our #1 product management problem – Gojko Adzic

In Inspired: How To Create Products Customers Love, Marty Cagan has a couple of very strong statements about product managers identifying themselves with their customers. The book has lots of interesting and thought-provoking ideas, but it seemed as few would apply in the context of the product that we’re building at the moment. Cagan promotes a strong separation of project management, product management, delivery and marketing, as well as arguing that product delivery and product discovery have to be separate. His experience managing successful large scale products is beyond doubt, but the team I work with at the moment consists of just three people. Unsurprisingly everyone does everything, and we firmly believe that discovery and delivery are entangled and inseparable. Actually, that makes it more fun for us. We started building the product to satisfy our needs, so we’re genuinely representative of our target customers, or at least I thought so. Read more here.


How would you check that a www web site redirects to a mobile site? – Alan Richardson

Alan Richardson presents a case study where he demonstrates how he thinks about testing and incorporating automation into his test approach. Watch the case study here.


Software Security: Balancing Resources and Risks – Lisa Morgan

Security and software have to go hand in hand, but not all teams are equally equipped. Some organizations retain security experts, some hire consultants, some use multitasking developers. If your company can’t afford a dedicated security expert or team, consider these points. Read more here.


CAST 2013 : My talk report – Pradeep Soundararajan

Pradeep gives a report on his talk at CAST 2013. Check out his report here.

Pradeep will also be speaking at the EuroSTAR Conference this year giving a tutorial on Context Driven Mind Mapping.


Trust, Agile Program Management, & Being Effective – Johanna Rothman

“If you read my most recent post, Comparing Teams Is Not Useful: Exposing Another Management Myth and the comments, you will see that I rant about the business of normalizing story points for predicting cost or schedule for a program. That led to several comments re SAFe for programs or other frameworks or lifecycles for programs.” Read more here.


Twitter for Testers – Erik Davis

“Over the past year, I’ve learned a fair amount about using Twitter to further my connections in the community and aid in my professional development.” Erik discusses as a Tester why you should be on Twitter & it’s pros and cons. Read more here.



Let’s talk about our software – Nicolai L. Nielsen

“Problem: People tend to forget that testing starts way before any code is written.

One of the common mistakes is to wait with test until running code is available. Some testers spend their time writing huge test plans, and a million test cases while waiting for some running code to test.” Read more about Nicolai’s solution to this problem here.


This is how Facebook Develops and Deploys Software. Should you care? – Jim Bird

“A recently published academic paper by Prof. Dror Feitelson at Hebrew University, Eitan Frachtenberg a research scientist at Facebook, and Kent Beck (who is also doing something at Facebook), describes Facebook’s approach to developing and deploying their front-end software. While it would be more interesting to understand how back-end development is done (this is where the real heavy lifting is done scaling up to handle hundreds of millions of users), there are a few things in the paper that are worth knowing about.” Read some of these points here.

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