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Blog Spy Vol 31: A Weekly Round-up From The Software Testing Blogosphere

  • 11/09/2013
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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.


10 Experiments to Improve Your Exploratory Testing Note Taking – Alan Richardson

“I have some ‘rules’ that I apply when I take notes as I perform exploratory testing.
When I look back over how I took notes in the past I can see that I tried different experiments with my approach when building those ‘rules’.
I recommend some of my experiments to you now.” Read more here.


How to guarantee bug free software? by Gareth Waterhouse

“Which leads me onto the title of this post, you can never guarantee bug free software. You can highlight the areas of risk and highlight what you have and haven’t tested, to make business owners aware of what issues may arise, but you just can’t guarantee bug free software being released. There are far too many variables that affect what you can and can’t test unfortunately. Software is an extremely complex system, and this is ignoring hardware, which makes it even more complex.” Read more here.


How do I become an Automated Tester? by Simon Knight

I caught one of those “How can I move from being a manual to being an automated tester?” questions on LinkedIn today. I rarely venture into the murkier depths of LinkedIn’s group pages, but this particular question made me think of an exercise I’d carried out while stuck on my train recently. Read about the exercise here.


Don’t Be So Negative … or Positive – Jeff Nyman

“Previously I talked about the distinction between positive and negative tests and why I felt such a distinction was not only unnecessary but also potentially harmful. This is still a topic that interests me because I run into testers who still like to make these distinctions. This is often the case with more junior testers where they read these terms in books and then try to incorporate this idea into their test design.” Read more here.


On Being Replaceable, Role Traps and Adding Value – Simon Morely

“I said to one of my managers several years ago that one my main goals towards the team and organisation was to make myself replaceable.

He nearly fell off his chair….

As I was a leader within the organisation – if I become replaceable what does it mean for the position I have or the value of the work I’m doing? Oh, I say this to most managers (partly as a test :) )” Read more here.


Testing the hiring process for testers…by Isaac Howard

Having now interviewed hundreds of people for testing positions. Isaac shares some of his insights to what he looks for when he is hiring a tester. Read about his hiring process here.


Applying test automation – Nicolai Nielsen

Nicolai discusses a solution to the problem: Test automation is easily applied wrong, resulting in huge cost and little productivity gains. Read more here.



Why is testing data difficult? by Jeff Pascoe & Matthias Rasking

The first installment of this blog series introduces the concepts of testing data applications and aims to set the scene for the types of applications we would be discussing in this blog series. Read more here.

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