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Blog Spy Vol 32: A Weekly Round-up From The Software Testing Blogosphere

  • 18/09/2013
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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 to Write a Good Bug Report (and be a Bug Advocate) – Chris Kenst

“For Software Testers bug reports are one of our most visible work products – something tangible that comes from our efforts of investigating the system. How well testers write a report can effect how we are perceived (to those who read them) which in turn effects our credibility and influence among those same people (especially programmers). Specifically for development and testing groups, bug reports are important communication mediums (think about the amount of time you spend reading and writing them) and as such an emphasis on understanding bug reports and improving writing skills is important. This is why I took the Bug Advocacy course through AST and here’s what I learned.” Read more here.


The Size of the Automation Box – John Stevenson

I have previously written an article about doing too much automation and have recently been involved in successfully implementing automation and exploratory testing in agile environments. During discussions about how to implement the automation framework a work colleague made the following statement in regards to defining the automation boundaries:
“Defining the size of the black box is critical”.
It made me think about the importance of knowing where your automation boundaries are and how critical it is for successful deployment of an automation framework. Read more here.


Could not having a certificate make you stand out? – Rob Lambert
“Many years ago when I sat the foundation certificate it made very little difference (if anything at all) to my day to day work. I remarked to a colleague though that the certification would make us all “more employable”. I was right.” Read more here.


What Is a Good Test Strategy? – Rikard Edgren

To me, a test strategy is about “what to test and how” and “ideas that guide testing towards the testing missions”. Read more here.


Describing, Not Prescribing: A Different Way of Looking At Test Documentation – Clint Hoagland

“The Regression Testing Problem
I work on a commercial product. We release several times a year, and that’s been going on since I started on the team five years ago. Like (I assume) most teams that are in that situation, we have a set of regression tests that we use to verify that new work hasn’t broken old work.” Read more here.


Testing inside the box? – James Christie

The EuroSTAR online softare testing summit took place yesterday. I missed the morning, but there were a few things that leapt out at me in the afternoon. Check out some of James’ key takeaways from the day here.


Software Testing and Creativity – Friends or Foes? – Arik Aharoni

Arik discusses what makes a good tester and a great tester and the role that creativity plays in making a tester great! Read it here.


Challenges in Testing Data Applications – Jeff Pascoe

In this article we are going to discuss some of the challenges in testing data applications – both traditional data warehouse applications that are often ETL/ELT driven, as well as some of the changes that new Big Data technologies add. Read more here.

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